Brick is a versatile material that can be used for a variety of outdoor projects. Because of its clay-fired composition brick is extremely durable, making it safe for freeze-thaw environments as well as fireplaces when rated appropriately.
Designers and architects use brick to create a variety of looks, from traditional to modern. Check out Glen Gery’s Look Book for inspiring architecture.
Here are a few ideas for using brick:
- Patios and walkways: Brick patios and walkways are a classic and stylish choice that can add value to your home. Because they’re low-maintenance and durable, homeowners feel this to be a smart investment. Get creative with a variety of patterns from basketweave, herringbone or a running bond. For more patterns check out PBM brick patterns.
- Fire pits and fireplaces: Brick fire pits and fireplaces are a terrific way to add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor living space. With the added warmth you have a great place to gather with friends and family on cool evenings. Don’t forget to line your firebox or wall with one PBM’s colored firebrick.
- Brick columns and seat walls: Use brick to dress up an entry with classic column design and front entry planters. This adds personality to your curb appeal as well as ties in brick material/colors in a cohesive way. Bullnose brick can be used to soften the edge cap of the wall.
- Outdoor kitchens and bars: Using brick for an outdoor kitchens and bar is a great way to give your entertainment area character. Brick and beers, kind of has ring to it.
Choosing the right brick for your outdoor project
There are now a variety of brick shapes, textures and colors available, so it is important to choose the right one for your project. Some factors to consider include:
- Durability: Choose a brick that is rated for outdoor use and resistant to frost, cracking, and fading.
- Appearance: Consider the overall style of your home and yard when choosing a brick color and texture.
- Cost: Brick can vary in price depending on the type and color. Set a budget before you start shopping so that you can stay on track.
Installing brick outdoors
Installing a brick walkway or patio can be a DIY project for experienced homeowners, but it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Here are some general tips:
- Prepare the base: The base for your brick patio, walkway, or other project is the most important part of the project. Excavate to the proper depth and lay your base rock in layers as you compact. Don’t skip steps. Run the grade at a ¼” of fall away from your home.
- Choose a pattern: Aim for laying bricks to offset each other by half a brick. Staggered joints adds strength to the structure. Use a mortar mix to adhere the bricks together.
- Finish the project: Use grout or mortar to fill the joints. If your brick ends up dirty from staining or efflorescence consider cleaning with a cleaner like this one from Prosoco.
Here are some additional tips for using brick in outdoor projects:
- Use brick to create a focal point in your yard. A brick fire pit or fireplace is a great way to draw attention to a certain area of your yard.
- Use brick to create contrast. Brick can be used to add dimension to your landscaping. Consider using brick borders to define your flower beds or to create a path through your lawn.
- Use brick to create a sense of enclosure. Brick can be used to define your outdoor space. For example, you could use brick to build a patio wall or to create a raised garden bed.
If you are considering using brick in your next outdoor project, be sure to do your research and choose the right type of brick for the job. Make an appointment at PBM’s Masonry Showroom to see all the different brick paver and clay brick veneer options available.