Having a brick walkway is and easy and relatively inexpensive way to create a stylish, sophisticated atmosphere, while at the same time increasing the value of your property. And while it may be a daunting task for many people to consider, making your own brick walkway is actually relatively simple, and much less expensive than professional instillation. Below is a guide to just about all the tools you’ll need and all the steps you’ll need to take to have your brick walkway up in no time.

Required Tools

• Shovel
• Tamper*
• Measuring Tape
• Safety Glasses
• Rake
• Gloves
• Rubber Mallet
• String
• Level
• Stakes
• Paver Sand
• Paver Base Material
• Paver and Patio Edging
• 1-inch Diameter Pipes
• Plate Compactor*
• Wet Saw or Circular Saw*

* Often available for rent

Preparation

1. First you will need to take note of the size of the bricks you plan to be using. (The most common bricks are called modular bricks and are 2 1/4″ x 4″ x 8″.)
2. Next, you’ll need to determine the length and the width of your planned walkway, and calculate the total area (length x width). This will determine the number of bricks you’ll need, and the amount of base material and paver sand required.
3. You will also need to calculate the perimeter of your project to determine how much edging will be needed. (For a standard rectangular pathway perimeter is equal to: 2 x length + 2 x width. For more complicated pathways a string can be secured around the entire edge of the pathway and then stretched out and measured)
4. Use the area and the dimensions of your bricks to determine the number of bricks you’ll need, as well as how much base material you’ll be using. (You’ll want a thickness of at least 4 inches over the entire area of your walkway.)
5. Calculate the amount of paver sand will be needed. ( square feet of project x .083 = cubic feet of paver sand required.)
6. Compute the required amount of edge restraint and spikes.

Note: This is also a good time if you haven’t to figure out the total cost of your project since you know exactly how much material will be required.