July 6, 2018

DIY Salvaged Brick Patio

Happy Friday everyone! I have so many big plans for this house and it’s always a good feeling when a finished project comes together! We took on a doozy this past week doing a huge DIY salvage brick patio in our backyard. Here are some of the finished product pictures.


Shop the Back Patio

This old house is going to take us years to get to where we want it to be but it is slowly becoming the house of our dreams. It’s amazing to think of where we’ve come from with this being nothing more than a gravel back driveway to now having one of the best patios in town. This was Stage One for this space. Stage Two will be  a large freestanding fireplace at some point. I’m not going to say the project was easy but it also wasn’t the trickiest when we have taken on. It was just a lot of grunt work. We found our salvage bricks on Kijiji and lucked out to get about 1800 in one go.

Here are the steps we took to make our DIY Salvaged Brick Patio:

1. Choose the area where you want to lay your brick patio.

2. Measure the area you want for your patio.

4. Prep the area. Remove all grass, objects and enough dirt to a depth about 6-8 inches. Make sure your slope drains away from any buildings

5. Add gravel in the excavated bed. Maintain the integrity of the slope you have developed in the bed. Be sure to pat down the gravel and check to make sure everything is still sloping.

7. Fill your bed with 1.5 inches of sand

8. Level the sand.  We used a 2 x 4-inch piece of wood to do this.

9. Lay the bricks in place.

11. Spread a layer of polymer sand over the bricks. Carefully sweep the sand to fill in the cracks between the bricks and along the edge and make sure to sweep all the sand off the tops of the bricks so it doesn’t adhere to them.

12. Spray the bricks with water, allowing material to settle between the bricks.

It’s so nice to have the space for family to enjoy and for us to use for years to come. The only concern I have is that frost and harsh winters that I have here in Canada can be tough on clay bricks and they make crumble but I guess it will look more true to the age of the home when that happens. I hope to eventually do my front walkway with the same brick as well as pathways around the property and my garden but for now this is much as my husband is willing to take on! Plus I need to start looking for more bricks!

I hope you have enjoyed my DIY salvage brick patio post. Would you use salvaged bricks for a project? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. I notice your bunny hutch isn’t in any of these images… do you still have the little rascal? We only could have bunnies growing up due to allergies, they’ve always been a favourite!❤️? Love the pavers! Your back yard is looking awesome.??

    1. Thank you so much. Yep we still have them just on the other side of the deck. They are happy little ones for sure. xx

  2. Beautiful Deb, I visited with Heather Smith on Wednesday evening, lovely to see your finished project!

    1. Yes it turned out so great!! Nice to meet you the other day!

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