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Brick Patio Patterns That POP

When you first step into a backyard patio, one of the first things that grabs your attention is the brick work. But have you ever thought about all the intricate brick patterns that bricks can be arranged in? A well laid brick patio can really make or break the whole backyard design.

When it comes to laying your brick patio, the pattern you choose can make a significant difference. While the desire for a visually pleasing result probably tops your list, it’s important not to overlook the importance of ease of installation. Bricks are typically inexpensive what gets you is the installation costs so simpler patterns might be best if you are on a tight budget.

Often the patterns are not just for aesthetics, the brick patterns serve a purpose. They help tie the bricks together and prevent them from shifting over time. This is especially important for wall construction, but also plays a crucial role in patio paving projects.

Choosing the right pattern is a combination of artistry, functionality, and practicality. It’s about finding a style that fits the personality of the house while also ensuring durability through the years.

Brick Pattern Terminology

When looking into brick patterns you may have come across these unfamiliar terms.

Brick Bond

A brick bond is a pattern in which bricks are laid to create a secure and visually appealing structure. This pattern applies to various applications, including brick walls, brick paving for patios and paths, and other types of masonry construction such as concrete blocks. There are numerous types of brick bonds, each with its unique appearance, installation challenges, and structural considerations for walls. Understanding these variations can help in choosing the most suitable brick bond for a specific project.

Brick Stretcher

The stretcher of a brick is simply the long narrow face of the brick, or the part you see when looking at a traditional brick wall.

Brick Header

A brick header is the shorter end of the brick. This is the part that abuts the other bricks and is hidden by the mortar in a traditional brick wall.

Brick Soldier

A brick soldier is a brick that stands on its end, with the narrow side facing outwards. This type of pattern is often used to create soldier decorative elements in a brick wall but could also be used to create a patio or porch.

The Most Popular Brick Patio Patterns

Herringbone Brick Pattern

The herringbone pattern is a classic brick pattern. It consists of parallel rows of bricks placed at an angle to create a zigzag effect. This interlocking design provides excellent stability, making it perfect for patios, driveways, or even pool decks. It also adds a unique visual appeal to your patio with its geometric design. The downside of herringbone patterned brick pavers is that installation can be a real pain. It’s not really something that’s easy to DIY without tons of frustration and material waste.

Stack Bond Pattern

The stack bond pattern is the simplest and most straightforward pattern it involves laying your bricks in straight rows on either side of a central line. This creates a neat, clean, and modern look for your patio or walkway. The downside to this is that it’s not that visually appealing and some people truly despise the look. I kind of like it for outdoor spaces but would never want it on the inside of my home for a flooring pattern.

Running Bond

Made up of bricks set in a row and then offset by half the length of one brick, the running bond is one of the most common brick patterns and the one most people think of when thinking of a brick wall or pattern. The reason for this is, is simple the running bond pattern is easy and simple to do. Because the offset is exactly one half of the brick length material waste is kept to a minimum. This is a perfect idea if you want something that is timeless and appeals to everyone.

Single Basket Weave Brick Patterns

The single basket weave pattern is a simple (kinda) yet elegant and intricate design. It consists of one brick set vertically or to use the right terminology set on its stretcher and two bricks set “soldier style”. This continues in an alternating fashion, creating a woven look that adds tons of visual appeal to your porch and patio pavers.

Double Basket Weave Brick Patterns

The double basket weave brick pattern is similar to the single basket weave, but it consists of two bricks stacked on top of one another and set on their sides (stretcher) instead of one. This creates a slightly more complex and visually appealing design while still maintaining the stability and durability that you need in patio pavers. The name comes form the pattern forming what looks like a woven basket once the design is complete. I feel like this design only works if your patio is on the larger side.

Flemish Bond

The Flemish bond brick pattern is a classic European brickwork technique that consists of alternating headers and stretchers in each row. To put it simply one brick is laid with its long edge visible and the next is laid with the short edge visible. This pattern creates a checkerboard pattern that is commonly found in historic buildings. I love this look because the short edge is usually rougher so it creates a nice textured look on your patio pavers. You’ll have to be careful before deciding to use this pattern though so you don’t want to create a spot where your friends and family could easily trip.

Pinwheel Patio Bricks

I have not seen this pattern in action but it looks amazing. The pinwheel pattern is made up of four bricks laid in a circular pattern creating a square with a half brick in the center. This means you will have to cut some bricks to pull this design off but the beautiful results could make this design worth it.

Chevron Brick Layout

The chevron brick pattern is similar to the herringbone design but with a minor twist. The ends of chevron styled bricks are cut at a 45 degree angle and the bricks are laid end to end. This creates a sharp and modern looking pattern that is perfect for smaller patio spaces. There are a few major downsides to this pattern. You have to be very precise when laying and cutting the bricks so they line up perfectly. Additionally, the pattern can look really busy if used on a larger patio.

Random Brick Pattern

Who says you have to use a pattern at all? There are no set rules on brick layout patterns so have fun with it and get creative and allow chaos to rue the day.

Brick Patio Joints

Once you have the pattern figured out the next step is to figure out the joints and which mortar to use. This truly all depends on your design since a chevron pattern will have different requirements for joints and mortar than a running bond brick pattern. But as a general rule, you will want at least 1/8 of an inch between joints. As far as a joint material generally speaking you will want to use mortar as it will last longer but a cement sand combination is also a great choice. Both will keep the bricks stable and keep the weeds from gaining control of your patio.

Brick Layout Patterns Conclusion

When it comes down to it there are unlimited brick pattern designs out there and these are just a few of my favorites. Each design has its own pros and cons so before you start your project make sure to research and truly what will work best for your particular patio. Keep in mind that some of these patterns may require more materials or more precision than others and might not be suitable for a DIY. Hopefully, you’ve gained some good insight into brick patterns and you can start creating your own patio paver design in no time.

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