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How to Prepare for Outdoor Brickwork

For the brick-and-mortar elements of the outdoor kitchen project, prep work is necessary.

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snap chalk line across top of bricks
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Mark Site for Brick

Measure and mark where the brick is going to lie. Our design calls for the brick to lie 3" out from the face of the cabinet. Snap a chalk line on the floor surface designating the location for the face of the brick.

snap a chalk line for face of the brick

Step 2: Measure Reveal

From the top of the counter, measure the distance of the reveal according to the plan. In our case, the reveal will extend down 30 1/2" from the top. Mark and snap a chalk line at that height. This will be where the top of the brick trim will lie and will provide measurements of the brick. Note: Due to the slope in the patio, some bricks will need to be larger than others. The bricks will be cut to size: shorter at the higher end of the slope and taller at the lower end.

measure distance of the reveal according to plans

Step 3: Lay out Bricks

Lay out all the brick to be cut, stacking them together as shown. Get the measurements for the low and high side. Then snap a chalk line that corresponds to those measurements across the top face of the bricks. In our case, the bricks needed to be cut to create a slope going from 3 1/2" at the low end and 5 1/2" at the high end.

snap chalk line across top of bricks

Step 4: Number the Bricks

Before cutting, use a pencil or piece of chalk to number the bricks to indicate order. When laying the bricks, you'll simply need to follow the numbers on the brick in order to get the slope you need.

Step 5: Cut the Bricks

Using a masonry table saw, cut each brick to the correct dimensions using your chalk mark as a reference. Safety Alert: Be sure to wear a facemask and goggles while cutting the brick.

cut each brick using chalk line as reference