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Brick and Paver Patterns - Diagonal Herringbone

Diagonal herringbone is a more complicated pattern to lay. It involves cutting numerous bricks or pavers to fit. Lay the pattern using full bricks, then make all the cuts to fill in at the edges. Measure carefully for the location of the starter row and check your work constantly as you proceed.

5 Steps

  1. LAY A SMALL SAMPLE
  2. LAY THE FIRST FOUR BRICKS
  3. LAY A STARTER ROW
  4. LAY SINGLE ROWS
  5. CHECK AGAINST A STRAIGHTEDGE
LAY A SMALL SAMPLE
LAY A SMALL SAMPLE

Step 1

LAY A SMALL SAMPLE

Lay nine pavers as shown. To make sure the layout is square, draw a line at a 45-degree angle across one brick, as shown, and connect the corners of the other bricks in a straight line. Measure the distance between the two lines. Stretch a mason's line this distance from the edge.

LAY THE FIRST FOUR BRICKS

Step 2

LAY THE FIRST FOUR BRICKS

Make sure the line you stretched in Step 1 is parallel to the edge restraints; reposition if necessary. Lay two bricks, as shown, so that the outside corner of one and the inside corner of the other fall along the line. Lay two more and make sure they are square.

LAY A STARTER ROW

Step 3

LAY A STARTER ROW

Snug two bricks up against the first bricks, aligning the corners as in Step 2. Follow the line all the way across the surface you're covering.

LAY SINGLE ROWS

Step 4

LAY SINGLE ROWS

The next row and all subsequent rows are single rows. Align them by tucking the second brick of the row in place. Next lay the first brick of the row, then lay the remaining bricks in the row.

CHECK AGAINST A STRAIGHTEDGE

Step 5

CHECK AGAINST A STRAIGHTEDGE

Lay two rows, then stretch a line across the surface. The corners of each block should just touch the line. If not, adjust the bricks so that they do. Continue laying rows and checking the alignment until the surface is covered with whole bricks. Cut bricks to fill in the spaces at the edges of the pattern.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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