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Bad To The Herringbone

December 10, 2012 Blog 1 comment

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?

This is the project in Lancaster City (before). Existing materials include: 800+ weather bricks (various sizes), (1) 10’x10′ concrete slab and (1) 1’x3′ concrete step slab.

Another view of the back yard. Property line goes to about the right edge of the deck.

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.

The discovered 9’x10′ concrete slab beneath the area intended for brick pavers. This installation will be considered an ‘overlay’ because we are laying the brick pavers over the existing concrete.

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.

The Herringbone Pattern. Polymeric sand has been added between the joints to create the necessary interlock for the patio stabilization.

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.).

Natural ‘Laurel Mountain’ stepping flagstones to transition between the new patio space and the deck.

The patio was just about 75 square feet. We cut a curve in the one corner due to the lack of good bricks. But, this may actually be nice if the home buyer wants to add a chiminea!

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.

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Gendies - December 16, 2012 Reply

PAVERS. The are a bit more expensive but in the long run they are chepear. They require less maintenance over the years. Stamped concrete is a chepear alternative and is made to look like pavers. Why not get the real thing? Pros of concrete: chepear, that’s it. Cons of stamped concrete: it’s still concrete and will crack over time, cuts need to be made into it to dictate where it will crack which cuts up the pattern even more, over time you will need to seal it repeatedly or it will spald and can even fade, if it settles after cracking repairing is EXPENSIVE, and it is very slippery because it needs to be sealed.Pros of pavers: can be sealed but not necessary, more options as far as textures,sizes, colors, patterns, any settling can be easily fixed with sand, better drainage, has a timeless look and better return on investment, polymeric sand can be swept in and no weeds will grow in cracks, longer product warranty, no need for unsightly cuts as in concrete, and easier to expand on if more area is desired. Cons ummm pricier initially but after a few years is a smarter choice, and that’s all I can think of for cons.As far as which product lasts longer, pavers. Take a look at 10 year old stamped concrete and 10 year old pavers and you will see a major difference. Pavers are made of concrete but are molded under such extreme pressure they are 30 times denser than ordinary patio concrete.

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