Work In Progress Wednesday: Bricklayers’ Edition

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Well, it may not be quilty, but the project getting all the attention this week in my house has been in the backyard.  My dad and I have been working to build a patio.

New Patio, Day 4

We’ve been planning it for years and bought the material last summer, but all sorts of things seemed to get in the way.  This year, with no lifeguarding to waste my time, I’ve been able to spend plenty of time at my parents’ house.

Sunday, my niece and I laid the first four rounds of quarter bricks while my dad cut and cut on the wet saw.  Monday, my father spent most of the morning leveling and re-laying our work.  We spent the afternoon finishing the circle.  Tuesday we worked in the morning, leveling again, then laying the first round of full length bricks.  We started the second, but needed another new blade.  Today, we made it through the rest of the second row and on to the third.

New Patio, Day 4

There’s still a lot of work to go.  We will finish the circle with a third row of full bricks, put a field stone sitting wall on the outside edge, and fill the distance from the circle to the deck with brick–hopefully in a herringbone pattern.  We’re also building a small installation for the grill with some counter space on either side.

New Patio, Day 4

Wish me luck!  I’m linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday

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3 responses »

  1. This is gorgeous! Are there any tricks to making it level? We have a little patio in the planning phases, and I’m a bit frightened of the leveling attempts. I can’t wait to see the finished quilty patio.

    Visiting from WIP at Freshly Pieced 🙂

    • You definitely need to level and tamp the whole surface ahead of time. We had originally planned to use half bricks instead of quarter bricks, so we had our surface leveled lower. When the surface is prepped properly, you can pretty much just lay the bricks, just hammering occasionally.

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