How to Build a Reclaimed Brick Patio

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Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to lay an Amazing DIY brick patio over dirt using reclaimed bricks on a budget! We finally finished the brick portion of our sunken patio project. This DIY brick patio project took way longer than I ever imagined but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Our Backyard Before

After  taking down the deck at the start of this project we were SUPER excited to find the original brick patio still here that there was no question that we wanted to bring the old brick back.

Digging out the Dirt

After finishing the wood retaining wall, we started digging & leveling out the dirt inside of the walls. We had to take out many, many wheel barrel loads of dirt. Thankfully, we had lots of help!

Leveling the Dirt & Adding Crushed Stone or Grit

With the kids help we brought back wheel barrel after wheel barrel after wheel barrel of grit back to our patio until we had a few inches of crushed stone & we tamped & leveled it out.

Adding Sand & Reclaimed Bricks

Once the Crushed stone was down & level. We brought in wheel barrel loads of sand. We laid the reclaimed brick back on top of the sand in a basket weave pattern cutting any bricks to fit with a wet tile saw. Once all the brick was laid, we swept sand on top of the cracks in between the bricks.

As you can see from this picture we were not quite done but I didn’t even wait two minutes before I started dragging our patio furniture back in, ha! If you have any questions about how to build a brick patio or to see our whole backyard patio makeover finished, click on the link below which takes you to my blog, Lehman Lane.

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Tara @ Lehman Lane

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Flipturn
    on Aug 18, 2020

    Did you use polymeric sand to help set the bricks?

    How long did the project take to complete?

    • Sandra Dunhill
      on Aug 18, 2020

      The patio is fantastic! You have great kids and they will grow up to be fine adults.

  • Just Gerry
    on Aug 21, 2020

    Love this but what about drainage?

    • Tara @ Lehman Lane
      on Aug 22, 2020

      When it rains the water goes in the cracks between the bricks. We have never had any problems with drainage.

  • Missy
    on Aug 21, 2020

    Does it rain where you live? I don't know if a sunken patio could work in Florida.

    • Benjamin
      on Aug 24, 2020

      You're not going to be sitting out there when it's raining anyway are you?

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