Here we share our brick walkway design ideas including the different patterns, materials, cost, edging methods, how to lay pavers and brick maintenance tips.
Bricks date way back thousands of years in history as building blocks of houses and infrastructures. You can see them in movies being used in pyramids back in the past.
And until now, they are being used to add value to a building, as well as additional charm to it. A brick walkway is definitely a good way to add aesthetics to your home and at the same time give a rustic vibe to your home.
Are you fond of a rustic ambiance and want to integrate it into your home? If you want to try out this kind of walkway for your home and learn more about it and the options you have, this is the place to be. Let’s start with patterns.
Brick Walkway Patterns
Brick walkway patterns are both for functional and aesthetic purposes. Bricks are arranged in a way where they can be tightly and tidily glued together.
Sometimes called bond patterns, the tight installation is important, especially when it comes to wall construction. It doesn’t mean that it’s less relevant with paving though.
Here are some of the brick walkway patterns you can often see.
Known as the stacked bond, the jack-on-jack brick pattern is when the bricks are piled up together in perfect rows. The pattern is well-organized and geometrically pleasing to the eye.
Jack-on-jack pattern works in wall construction and edged paths but not in outdoor paving. Since the bricks are arranged neatly in rows and columns, without any interlocking, any movement can ruin the pattern’s clean lines.
Walking on this brick walkway with this pattern can mess it up. It’s a different matter with wall construction though since the bricks are mortared.
This particular brick walkway idea uses the jack-on-jack brick pattern. While not normally used for a walkway, this pattern secured its bricks using stones and gravel.
The running bond, known as the stretcher bond, is a classic brick pattern good for paving. It follows a 1-over-2 pattern, wherein one brick is stacked in between two bricks (its simplest version).
The bricks are locked by alternating how they are positioned together. This creates a more tight pattern compared to jack-on-jack.
This running bond pattern uses more than just a 1-over-2 pattern, but also random-colored bricks. This brick walkway can easily be walked on without disturbing its pattern, as long as it’s installed firmly and tightly.
Basketweave is also considered a simple brick pattern that you can consider. The bricks are arranged in a way where 2 bricks are positioned horizontally followed by another 2 bricks positioned vertically. It’s named as such because it creates a woven basket look.
Half-basketweave is a brick pattern similar to the basketweave pattern but instead of having 2 vertical bricks, it follows 1 vertical and then 2 horizontal bricks. These 3 bricks are grouped in one square, which is continuously repeated in the pattern.
Herringbone is another brick pattern that is functional in its installation and mesmerizing in its aesthetic value. The bricks are arranged in a zigzag pattern at a 90-degree angle.
Some choose to cut their bricks and customize the pattern at a 45-degree angle. This pattern is even more tightly organized and glued together, making it a good design for walkways.
This brick walkway uses the herringbone pattern, with bricks arranged at a 90-degree angle. To add aesthetics value, the walkway is bordered with cement and the bricks are grouped in rectangles.
You can also try out the grid brick pattern, which may seem like the basketweave pattern but the bricks are grouped in a box of 18 bricks. The first box stops at the third pair of bricks in the row and in the column.
This pattern is a good option for wood timbers, along with the jack-on-jack pattern and pinwheel, which will be discussed next.
The pinwheel brick pattern is a bit more complicated than the first few patterns discussed. This is primarily due to the brick-cutting skills needed to accomplish the pattern.
The pattern looks exactly like a pinwheel, using 4 whole bricks and 1 half brick (square). The half-brick is placed at the center with the 4 whole bricks surrounding it in a pinwheel design.
Whorled is a brick pattern considered the most complex among the different brick bonds. The pattern itself is time-consuming to make, especially since compared to the pinwheel brick pattern, it doesn’t just involve half bricks.
There are also specifically-cut pieces of bricks needed to accomplish the whorled look. And installation is also difficult that it may take experts to do it.
The middle of the pattern is a half-brick with 4 whole bricks around it to form a cross. 4 specially-cut bricks are inserted in the spaces between the bricks in the cross. Bricks would then continue to surround the center in a circular manner.
Brick Walkway Materials
Now let’s talk about brick walkway materials after discussing patterns. This is another element you need to consider if you’re planning to have a brick walkway of your own.
Also known as clay brick pavers, red bricks made from clay and go way back centuries in ancient homes and yards. This may be the reason why red bricks have this rustic feel to them when used in construction.
Red bricks, traditionally, can be in the colors brown, orange, or red due to the clay they were made from. Since they are made from clay, they are durable because they don’t easily crack.
They are also flexible in terms of maintenance, especially since you only have to get the damaged brick out and replace it with a new one.
Due to their colors, red bricks (orange or brown) boldly pop from green lawns, making them great for landscaping and for added aesthetic value.
This running bond brick walkway uses red bricks. The red bricks in the walkway are bordered with cement.
Brick Paver Walkway
Brick pavers are molded from clay and then baked in a kiln. While similar to red bricks, brick pavers are processed more than red bricks.
They also come in varied shapes, colors, and sizes. And since they are made from natural materials, they are flexible enough to be cleaned and reused when needed.
The downside of using brick pavers though is that maintenance must be accomplished frequently, especially since these pavers can easily chip and crack over time and when in regular usage.
Faux Brick Patio Walkway Paver
Using faux brick patio walkway pavers is an alternative to both red bricks and brick pavers. If you are looking for something of authentic clay, this is not the material you should use.
It might be a good option though if you’re worried about the weight of the real bricks. You can choose the following for faux brick pavers:
• Brick-look vinyl
• Brick-look porcelain tile
• Faux brick laminate
Brick Walkway Cost
A brick walkway can definitely add value to your home but will you be able to afford the prices of the materials and labor necessary to build one?
There are two options you can go for when planning this type of walkway. You can either hire an expert to do it for you or DIY and make a project out of it.
If you plan for a DIY, choose a simple brick walkway pattern like jack-on-jack or running bond. If you choose to hire someone to do the work for you, make sure you can afford their services. See more paver patio ideas here.
Brick Walkway Cost Per Square Foot
When considering the cost of your brick walkway, what are the factors involved? The cost will be affected by the brick materials, design, and labor. And of course, the location where you are may also affect the cost. In general though, here are the costs we’re looking at:
• Materials (brick cost): $0.5 to $3.50 per brick
• Professional charge: $8 to $15 per square foot
• Complex design: additional $30 or more per square foot
And depending on the design, more complicated ones cost more, because of the additional bricks from twists, turns, and specialized cuts.
Brick Walkway Edging
Brick walkway edging refers to creating a foundation and border to your brick walkway. This is highly needed especially since bricks would need a firm base to be installed properly, without the future possibility of movement. Here are some types of edging options for a walkway made of bricks:
• Wooden Beams – effective except for curved walkways
• Plastic Paver Edging – effective for both straight and curved walkways
• Metal Edging – effective and more practical since it’s more resistant and durable (either steel or aluminum)
You can choose from these three options what kind of edging you want your brick walkway to have.
Brick Walkway Ideas
If you have no idea what kind of brick walkway can work for your home, we have a few ideas you can skim through.
The role that a brick walkway plays is to create opportunities for a good flow of movement in the yard. And of course, as some aesthetic value to your home.
Before diving into these ideas though, make sure you know the size of your yard and who will often use the walkway.
Will there be bikes rolling on the walkway? Make sure you have a clear vision of how you want your brick walkway to function before even considering design and ideas.
Painted Brick Walkway
A painted brick walkway offers a more flexible approach to styling your walkway. You won’t have to depend on the natural colors of the bricks since you can just paint them over! It is even the solution to an aging brick walkway and if you somehow want it to look new.
This brick walkway is more durable and flexible in style. It also adds to the holistic aesthetic appeal of the year. If you choose a painted brick walkway though, it will somehow lose the rustic feel that the authentic color of clay bricks provides.
Curved Brick Walkway
A curved brick walkway is another option to consider and it can be a fun and cool addition to your home. You would have to make sure that there is a curve in your yard in the first place.
One example of a curved brick walkway is a serpentine path. This will require a spacious yard though or a large garden.
This brick walkway has a herringbone pattern that’s pleasing to the eye and at the same time works well with a curve.
Concrete And Brick Walkway
In considering a concrete and brick walkway as your option, make sure that it first the ambiance of your yard, garden, or wherever you plan to install the walkway.
Concrete is more affordable, flexible, and easier to install. Mixing concrete with a brick walkway can be a good combination.
This specific brick walkway can be less expensive than other brick walkways. Having concrete added to it can also have a rough appeal and so make sure it matches what you have at home.
For more details about these two materials, we have put together an article comparing pavers vs concrete patio here.
Interlocking Brick Walkways
You may also want to try interlocking brick walkways for your home. These brick walkways will require more space to accommodate their design.
Through these brick walkways, you can divide your yard into different sections. If you plan to use it for your garden, you can divide flowers and bushes with them.
Brick Garden Path
With a brick garden path, you can enjoy its minimalistic design, which can allow the beauty of your garden to shine. You can even include a bench you can relax on whenever you visit the garden. With this idea, the limit is your imagination! (And your budget as well!)
How To Lay A Brick Walkway
If you are set on making an effort and DIY a brick walkway for your home, you need to know how to do it. You can’t just miraculously turn mud into a rustic-looking brick walkway like magic. You need money, effort, and knowledge to do so.
To start with, here are the factors you need to consider:
Brick: make sure to take into account all elements under it, including:
Brick Walkway Border: what kind of border do you want to use for your walkway? You can choose a temporary or permanent border, depending on your budget and preference.
Brick Path Location: choose a location where the path won’t be too narrow or too wide
Here is the summary of the steps to follow when laying a brick walkway:
1. Dig and excavate the soil
2. Fill the hollow with a graded base
3. Compress it and repeat the process until it reaches 3 to 4 inches in layers
4. Add a sand layer
5. Grade the path for drainage
6. Slowly lay the brick edging
7. Fill in the field and begin laying the bricks following the pattern between the edging
8. Start laying the top of the bricks with sand or stone and fill the joints thoroughly
If you feel like following these instructions is too much for you, hiring a professional for the work may be best. If you are fond of DIY projects though, this is the next perfect project for you.
Brick Walkway Maintenance
Brick walkway maintenance is one task you have to learn about if you plan to install one in your home. It’s not surprising that after installation, it will look incredible.
After a few years though, you will be required to maintain it so as to keep its look and value. Here are some of the ways you can maintain a brick walkway:
1. Power wash the surface of the bricks of your walkway (Make sure to use a proper surface cleaner)
2. Stop and avoid weeds from growing between your bricks – using Polymeric sand rather than regular sand and filling the joints between the bricks with it will make this possible
3. Make sure to track and keep the sand in your brick walkway than in any other part of your home
These are only examples of what you can do for your walkway. The first step is to gain enough knowledge on how to care for the bricks and so the walkway in general. You should also learn how to properly clean the walkway.
How To Clean A Brick Walkway
Let’s face it, you can’t just sweep your walkway and assume you’ve done your part in cleaning it. Should you sweep the sand off the walkway? How will you be able to keep the bricks clean and at their best?
1. If you know how to take care of and clean your brick walkway, it can last for a long time. Here are some of the ways you can clean your brick walkway:
2. Sweep off dirt (and make sure not to clear off your walkway’s sand)
3. Make a habit and routine out of cleaning your walkway
4. In case of liquor and oil spill, use something absorbent to pick it up
5. Conduct power washing periodically to bring the bricks back to their original look and shine (You can hire a landscaping contractor to do this task for you)
6. Fill or replace sand on the brick walkway every now and then
7. Avoid sandblasters and muriatic acid
By following these tips, you can ensure your brick walkway is constantly free from dirty elements. Doing so will help it last longer.
See more related content in our article about the different walkway ideas on a budget on this page.