Brick walkways are often a consideration when designing a new front walk or one for the back yard. I love brick since it is a natural material. And there are so many choices!
Note: Actual brick is made from clay, while pavers are made from concrete.
Whether you should choose brick pavers (real brick) or not depends on what materials are on your house and what else is in its surroundings.
Brick comes in various colorings, but most are in the red-orange range due to the clay substance...some more subtle and others stronger. If your house itself is brick, matching brick pavers to house bricks can be challenging. Those homes with neutral or complimentary colored siding look better with brick.
Here are some brick walkways that have been designed nicely. You can see some of the different brick patterns and how they actually look in a completed project.
Also, go here to take a look at my ebook on designing front yards to find out some great tips on front landscaping, brick walkways (and other types), walkway plantings and much more.
This lovely curved brick paver walkway is an example of the running bond pattern, although it has a different soldier course. A soldier course is the border which serves as a decorative edging for such things as walkways, patios and driveways.
The pattern follows the curves. It could have been designed so that the pattern and all joints stayed in the same direction.
However, by following the curvature of the walk, a moving rather than static pattern was achieved.
You can see in this picture that a straight walkway does not have to be boring. The herringbone pattern was used, which is one of my favorites. In addition, it was laid on the diagonal, which I also like.
Another option would have been to lay it so that the bricks and joints were perpendicular and parallel to the walkway edges. A soldier course was used here also. Notice how the brick edgings are laid so that the long ends run into the walk, not the other way around.
Landscaping brick pavers in above photos by Glen-Gery.
I used the herringbone pattern for this design, but on a curvilinear walkway.
See how the same pattern of landscaping bricks can look so different on a curved brick path when compared to a straight one.
The solider course is laid length-wise.
bricks can be set in concrete or dry laid...the choice is yours. You'll
find that you can save money by opting for the dry laid method, which
has no disadvantages. Any future dislodged paves can be easily put back
into place. You can't do this if your walkway has mortared joints.
An inviting walkway leading to a backyard gate...complete with American flag!
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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