How to Build a Brick Path

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A beautiful brick path

 

Create a walkway with a unique, random pattern using brick-style pavers. Here are the step-by-step instructions. We have printable instructions that you can download, too.

Skill Level: Advanced
Time: One weekend
Cost: $240

 

Tools and Materials

A man measures the width of a brick path that he's building

 

Step 1

Determine your project area, paver size and type, and quantities required. For our purposes we will be creating a path 10 feet long and 3 feet wide using 4-inch x 8-inch pavers.

Since we know the length and width of the path we’re creating, finding the square footage is a simple matter of multiplying the length (10 feet) by the width (3 feet), giving us a total area of 30 square feet. Our path is curved, and pavers are cut irregularly, so there is no exact science as to how many pavers you’ll need, but this gives you a general idea.

Before laying the pavers, prepare the area by plotting out the path and clearing away any grass to a depth of around 4 to 6 inches. Using a measuring tape, stakes and string, mark out the course and finished elevation of the path. Then, using a shovel or tiller, begin clearing the area. A transplanting hand tool will help prepare the area along the edges of the path.

 

Using a tamper to tamp down sand in a brick path DIY project

 

Step 2 

Use a shovel or tiller to fill in the path with paver base at a depth of about 4 inches, which means you’ll need about 20 bags of paver base. With the paver base in place, use a tamper to level out and settle the base. You may want to consider renting a powered tamper for larger areas.

 

Pouring leveling sand in a DIY brick path project

Step 3

After finishing off the paver base, apply a layer of leveling sand at a depth of about 1 inch. Just as before, tamp the leveling sand into place. You will need about six bags of
leveling sand for your path.

 

Cutting paving stones for a DIY brick path project

Step 4

Cut some of your pavers into smaller, angular pieces.

These will give your Brick Path a unique visual appeal. Use a paver wet saw, which you can rent from your local Home Depot store.

 

Laying pavers in a DIY brick path project

 

Step 5

Start placing pavers in the path. Use a combination of pavers you’ve cut and whole pavers. Place them randomly, at various angles, and aim for a more-or-less even distribution of sizes. Use these to cover an area of about 80 percent of your path.

Consider doing this part in short sections, rather than laying all the stones at one time. This will help avoid unconsciously following a pattern.

 

Laying paving stones in a brick path DIY project

 

Step 6

Once you’re happy with the way your first paver stones are laid out, start filling in the gaps with more custom-cut pavers. You don’t have to cut these pavers so precisely that they fill each gap entirely. Just cut them in the approximate shape of each gap, so as not to leave any noticeably bare areas in the path.

Run a vibratory plate compactor over the top of the pavers in a brick path DIY project

Step 7

Now that the pavers are in place, put a thin layer of paver sand on top of them. Run a vibratory plate compactor over the top of the pavers. This will set the pavers further in the ground, and ensure that they are all level with each other. Your Home Depot store can arrange a vibratory plate compactor rental for you.

Use a broom to sweep any remaining sand into the cracks.

And now you have a gorgeous brick path you created yourself!

 

Download the printable instructions for this DIY project and get started! 

If you have questions about this or any other home improvement, gardening or DIY project, post them on our online How-To Forums for an answer from a Home Depot associate.

Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog. 

 

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  2. Heather Baird says:

    Would LOVE to use this product but can’t seem to find it anywhere. I did find some weird foam sheeting supposed to do the same thing but doesn’t look so reliable.

    Where can I buy the bags of paver base

    Thanks so much.

    Heather

  3. serle says:

    help! I stained and polyurethane d my kitchen cabinets about 10 months ago. It is already getting nicks where the poly and stain have been nicked to the core wood. What can I coat it with to make it untranslatable. How do you get floors not to nick and they are heavy traffic areas

    • Craig Allen says:

      Serle,

      That sounds frustrating!

      I posted your question on our online How-To Community so our home improvement experts can take a look at it and come up with a solution for you.

      Just click here to go to where I posted it.

      –Craig, from The Home Depot

  4. I love this idea. My small urban lot needs a ton of help. Actually, we currently have a walkway that was put in by the previous owners of small rocks and they drive me crazy. This brick pathway could really be the answer Ive been looking for. Thanks for the how-to!