20 Brick Walkway Ideas from Around the World – Pictures


20 Brick Walkway Ideas from Around the World – Pictures

Traditional standard bricks can be used to  build walkways, garden paths and sidewalks. When a masonry construction project comes to an end, excess materials are left on site, and these materials which often include bricks can be used for various outdoor projects such as walkways. Extruded hollow bricks as well as solid bricks are both suitable for building a walkway. However, when using extruded hollow bricks, you have to lay them on the smaller edge so that the hollow sides are in the vertical plane. Solid bricks should be laid normally with the wider edge in the horizontal plane.

All types of standard bricks – clay, sand lime, concrete and engineering bricks can be used to build a walkway. The following are some of the most common standard bricks used in masonry building:

USA – 203 x 92 x 57mm (ASTM)

UK – 215 x 102.5 x 65mm

Australia – 230 x 110 x 76mm

India – 190 x 90 x 90mm

South Africa – 222 x 106 x 73mm

Metric Norman – 290 x 57 x 90mm

Norman – 293 x 57 x 92mm

A brick walkway foundation is similar to pavers. To build a brick walkway, start by clearing the ground – remove all grass, vegetation, bushes and rubbish and debris along the path. Set out the path on the ground using stringlines and stakes. Excavate and strip away topsoil up to a maximum depth of 150mm. Dump excavated material in spoil heaps on site for later use. Level and compact the excavated surface up to 95% Modified ASSHTO Density, breaking down oversized material and evenly distributing the excavated material on the surface, adding suitable material where necessary, filling holes and depressions. Apply some soil insecticide on excavated surfaces. Depending on the type of soil and its strength, you can add a layer of hardcore material (gravel) if the soil is weak. This hardcore layer must compacted to 98% Modified ASSHTO Density. If the subgrade is sufficiently firm and well compacted, there is no need to add a hardcore layer. Add and spread a 50mm thick layer of sand over the compacted surface and level off the sand using a runner board. Over this levelled sand, you can start laying your bricks in a preferred pattern e.g. herringbone, stretcher bond, basket weave and so on. Once you are done, sweep some sand into the joints between the bricks.

The following are some of the brick walkways, garden paths and sidewalks that you might like. Take into account how the walkway blends with or contrasts beautifully with the surrounding landscape, lawn, plants and shrubs.

Nafanny Spa, Alto Vista 39F, Noord, Aruba Fanny Lumps Home and Yard

Nafanny Spa, Alto Vista 39F, Noord, Aruba Fanny Lumps Home and Yard (9)

Nafanny Spa, Alto Vista 39F, Noord, Aruba Fanny Lumps Home and Yard (9)

A beautiful curved brick walkway with a maroon bricks laid in two rows, passing through a sand/pebble landscape. This brick garden path is found inside the Nafanny Spa yard in Noord, Aruba island. Look at how the path forms a beautiful contrast with the sand/pebble ground. This is how it should be.

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