DIY Brick Patio

DIY Brick Patio, Sunken Patio in our Farmhouse Backyard

We finally finished the brick portion of our sunken patio project.  This DIY brick patio project took way longer than I ever imagined but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!!!

DIY Brick Patio

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Sharing all the details of how we created our farmhouse diy brick patio with reclaimed brick. #brickpatio #diypatio #backyardpatio #diy

After taking down the deck at the start of this project we were SUPER excited to find the original brick patio still here that there was no question that we wanted to bring the brick back.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - taking out the stairs

Just look at that gorgeous brick!!!

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - old brick patio

I am still completely perplexed as to why someone would cover a brick patio to begin with but it became clear as we were pulling up the old bricks that they were never laid properly to begin with.

DIY Brick Patio - bricks before

There was no layer of rock or crushed stone under the bricks only a layer of sand which is why the patio was so uneven and weed filled when we moved in.

DIY Brick Patio - brick before

After finishing the wood retaining wall, we started digging and leveling out the dirt inside of the walls.  We had to take out many, many wheel barrel loads of dirt.

DIY Brick Patio - digging out the dirt

We had a truck load of grit (or crushed stone), dumped in our driveway.

DIY Brick Patio - wheel barrel crushed stone

With the kids help we brought back wheel barrel after wheel barrel after wheel barrel of grit back to our patio until we had a few inches of crushed stone.

DIY Brick Patio - adding crushed stone

This crushed stone will make our patio base strong.

DIY Brick Patio - crushed stone, retaining wall

Jason strung a few level lines of string as a guide to make sure we were keeping everything level.

DIY Brick Patio - crushed stone

Jason tamped the crushed stone so it was level.

 DIY Brick Patio - tamping crushed stone

Once the crushed stone was in and level we brought in many wheel barrel loads of sand until we had 1-2 inches of sand.

DIY Brick Patio - sand

Once the sand was level we were able to start bringing the brick back.

DIY Brick Patio

It was my job to clean off any dirt on each of the bricks.

DIY Brick Patio - cleaning brick

I found that a wire brush did the best job to get the dirt off.

DIY Brick Patio

Jason started laying the bricks down the middle of the patio and then across the middle until we had 4 separate squares. We decide to lay the bricks in a basket weave pattern.

DIY Brick Patio - tamping down bricks

He leveled each brick using a rubber mallet making sure to keep the bricks in line with the level string line he had added before.

DIY Brick Patio - laying brick patio

He added the bricks one square section at a time.  This task took FOREVER!!!  Not all the bricks were the same size as we had once thought making this process a little more difficult than we once believed.  It took a couple long days until most of the brick was laid.  I was excited to find this vintage stamped oil brick among the pile and made sure to include it with the patio.

DIY Brick Patio - vintage brick

Jason used our tile saw to cut the bricks along the edges of the patio.  Using the tile saw to cut the bricks was a messy job.  Jason was covered from head to toe in wet red brick dust.

DIY Brick Patio - cutting bricks
DIY Brick Patio

Once every brick was laid it was my job to sweep sand in the cracks.

DIY Brick Patio - sweeping sand in cracks
DIY Brick Patio
DIY Brick Patio

We FINALLY finished the patio late Sunday night.  I didn’t even wait two minutes before I started dragging our patio furniture back in :).

DIY Brick Patio

We were all so excited that Jason and I agreed to let the kids go for a quick swim in our hot tub as well as enjoy some s’mores.

DIY Brick Patio - s'mores

They worked sooo hard to help us and we wanted to reward their efforts despite the fact that it was a school night.

DIY Brick Patio - fire pit

Our 13 year old found this awesome fire pit in the trash and brought it home for us knowing that it was something we would appreciate.  I couldn’t be prouder of him for his trash picking skills :).

We still have a lot more left to do with this sunken patio project…

Our Plan for this Sunken Patio

Demo Deck

Save Brick from Previous Patio

Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub

Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio

Move the Hot Tub

Level the Ground inside the Patio

Use Reclaimed Brick and Create a Brick Patio

Use Reclaimed Flagstone for walkway in front of Sliding Doors

Landscape around Sunken Patio

Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back and Decorate

 DIY Brick Patio - sliding doors

The area in front of the sliding doors will have a new flagstone patio and we still need to landscape around the patio but we are so excited to be enjoying this part of our yard again!


We FINISHED our Backyard Brick Patio (read all about it HERE)

We transformed the backyard of our farmhouse by taking down a deck and creating a sunken brick and flagstone patio. Back Patio Makeover - Final Reveal / sunken patio / brick patio/ farmhouse backyard / patio makeover/ diy

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to check out our brick patio Ivory! This project really was a big one but we are thankful to be able to use this outdoor space again :).

  1. Is that a fireplace chimney outside on your patio in between the sliding doors? That could be a great place for beautiful decor with paint, stucco or outdoor faux finishes. What a great job you and your family have done on the patio. Goes to show even little ones can help on a project that benefits the entire family.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our new brick patio Pat! We would not have been finished as quickly if it wasn’t for our kids helping! So funny that you pointed out our fireplace chimney because my 6 year old just told me the other day that I needed to do something about all the peeling paint on it :). Not sure yet what we have planned but I think we will definitely be saying goodbye to the pink chimney paint the precious owner used!

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