Bad To The Bone! The herringbone. The herringbone pattern as it refers to brick patios, that is. The past two weeks we had the privilege to work for two different clients with their major home improvement projects. Two different houses were bought in poor condition, fixed up to increase their value significantly and sold at a higher price to make a profit and provide a home buyer with a usable home. A process known today as, ‘House Flipping’.
One of the projects we completed was in Adams County, PA, while the other was in Lancaster City, PA. Both were smaller projects intended to ‘dress up’ the exterior of the home. When ‘flipping’ a house, I believe it is very important to understand that a neat, functional landscape holds a great value for the home. Maybe not as much as a kitchen, but, which do you see first?
Once the brick materials were sorted through and consolidated, I was able to determine the patio area that we were able to install. I had about qty. (340) 4″x8″ bricks (which were made up of two different thicknesses). To convert all measurements into square feet I multiplied the length of the brick pavers by the width (in feet). So in this case: 0.666ft L x 0.333ft W = 0.222 square feet for each brick. Multiply 0.222 x qty. 340 bricks = 75. 75 square feet. That is roughly a 7.5’x10′ area.
Because the existing concrete slab was not level in all areas, we had to add base stone to mitigate this before adding our 1″ of concrete sand which is the bedding sand beneath the pavers.
The concrete slab step was repositioned and raised until level and at an adequate height for comfortable stepping.
Important to consider:
- First of all, I apologize because these photos were taken before the bricks were washed off and the sand washed into the joints.
- Second, some of these bricks weren’t exactly 4″x8″, so the joints were not as tight as I wanted.
- Interlock- is achieved when pavers are laid in a pattern appropriate for the use of the space, when the paver joints are tight together and when polymeric sand is added between the joints. This sand acts as a polymer (a glue) and bonds in a way that keeps the bricks from shifting.
The Herringbone Pattern is well known for it’s high interlock capability. It is commonly used on streets and high traffic walkways where load bearings are significant at times (vehicles, bicycles, people, etc.).
Basic plants include: Hydrangea ‘Twist n’ Shout’, Carea ‘Evergold’ and Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’.
Upcoming Posts: Basic Curb Appeal for the Adams County house flip mentioned in the intro, AND a neat, art-centered design for a very special small backyard on N. Prince Street, Lancaster City, PA! You don’t want to miss it.
Thanks for your support everyone!