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How To Install a Brick Walkway

Learn how to establish a level surface and then lay bricks for a unique walkway.

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cut stones to fit incomplete edges
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Establish a Base

Every driveway needs a solid base so it doesn't sink or crack. Start with a base of large gravel, and as it's being spread out, spray paint to the guideline to indicate the radius. Next, spread a base of limestone sand in the area that is marked for the walkway. When compacted, this sand will lock firm and hard, and since the walkway will hold foot traffic only, it doesn't need a stone base like the driveway. Place a layer of small gravel on top of the "base" (larger) gravel in order to level it out and add strength. Put in approximately 8" of big stone gravel, followed by 3" of smaller stone gravel called #1's, which means they are 1" and smaller with dust in them so they lock extremely well. Then top it off with 15 tons of limestone "locking" sand. The limestone is actually crushed from stone, and it turns almost like concrete.

Step 2: Secure the Edges

Purchase the brick pavers and once they're delivered, get started with the installation (Image 1). If using paver stone brick, consider using some polymeric sand and sealers along the rows and some plastic edging to secure the edge of the walkway. Once the stones arrive, place some thin PVC tubing down and pour more crushed limestone (Image 2) to create a level surface by using a 2 x 6.

Step 3: Lay the Bricks

After the surface is leveled, the next step is to put down the bricks. Along the sides of the driveway, place plastic edging to protect the sides of the driveway. With most of the heavy work done, it's time to "refine" the driveway by cutting the stones to fit the incomplete edges. It literally took hundreds of cut bricks to fill the gaps.

laying bricks along driveway edge

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