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Brick and Paver Patterns - Herringbone

Herringbone is fancier than running bond but no harder to lay. It is, however, more time-consuming because so many bricks need to be cut. The finished effect is eye-catching, and many do-it -yourselfers feel the result is well worth the trouble. Measure to make sure you get the right size of brick: The true (rather than the nominal) length of the brick must be twice the true width for the pattern to work.

5 Steps

  1. START IN A CORNER
  2. CONTINUE ALONG THE EDGE WITH HALF PAVERS OR BRICKS
  3. LAY BRICKS DIAGONALLY
  4. END THE FIRST DIAGONAL LEG AND START THE NEXT
  5. CONTINUE LAYING STEPPED LEGS
START IN A CORNER
START IN A CORNER

Step 1

START IN A CORNER

Lay out the walk or patio. Lay out a trial run along each edge to make sure the bricks or pavers fit and adjust the borders if necessary. Starting at one corner, lay a pair of full bricks at right angles.

CONTINUE ALONG THE EDGE WITH HALF PAVERS OR BRICKS

Step 2

CONTINUE ALONG THE EDGE WITH HALF PAVERS OR BRICKS

Install a pair of half bricks next to the full pavers in the corners, as shown, and begin laying a leg of full bricks in the stepped pattern. Spread piles of pavers along the path so you don't have to make trips back and forth as you lay the pattern.

LAY BRICKS DIAGONALLY

Step 3

LAY BRICKS DIAGONALLY

Lay a leg of full-length bricks or pavers in a stepped pattern, as shown. Once a leg is properly laid, bed the bricks in the sand with a tap from a rubber mallet.

END THE FIRST DIAGONAL LEG AND START THE NEXT

Step 4

END THE FIRST DIAGONAL LEG AND START THE NEXT

End the first leg with a half brick. Then lay another stepped leg of full bricks.

CONTINUE LAYING STEPPED LEGS

Step 5

CONTINUE LAYING STEPPED LEGS

Finishing each end of every other leg with a half brick. After the walk is laid, sweep sand in between the bricks. Then compact the walk with a power tamper to embed the bricks and spread the sand between the joints.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 3 

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