New-Old Brick Patio
In our garden I love that we have several places
for one to sit and to relax.
We have the blessing of having front and back porches as well as a couple side patios. Underneath trees or at the edges of the flower beds I have placed benches and chairs to invite one to linger in the garden.
Our garden is sort of a secret garden in that we are on a hill and much of it is hidden from view.
One of the side patios was a delightsome discovery when we first moved it. A very large, old Magnolia was planted outside the dining room – sadly, we had to cut down this tree because its roots were compromising our home’s foundation.
|brick patio and house before|
Underneath the low branches was an old brick patio.
The center of the patio was laid in a path then at another time added to. Bricks from various sources had come together to create a maze. Some of the bricks are very old – made from the red clay of Georgia and some potentially came from a neighboring house that had burned several years back.
|brick patio before|
We had to pull up a section of the patio to replace water lines – this old house had very old lines – galvanized pipes that had so deteriorated that from the beginning – we could do only one thing at a time with water.
|pipe and cleared section to the left|
Clearing this space gave me them impetus to do what I had long wanted to do – to rearrange the brick.
|birdbath before-last June when the Japanese Beetles attacked|
This turned out to be a very big job – the number and size of the bricks as well as the shape of the former patio was a challenge. A number of the bricks crumbled too as I lifted them.
The ground is not completely level due to the presence of old roots. To me, this gives it a rustic charm.
I chose a basket-weave pattern with a border –
It was like putting together a large puzzle – I had to find just the right piece to fit in some areas.
After all the brick was laid, I grouted with red sand found along many of the dirt roads in our county.
We are very pleased with the result – I hope to one day have a pergola set in to give shade to the afternoon sun.
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