As our outdoor renovation programs heat up, the terrace and path ideas are percolating. After settling on brick as our substance of choice, that knew we’d then have to pick the pattern where the brick is laid?

When designing a brick patio or path, you have to consider key variables like the design, area and application. You’ll want to choose the pattern that is most suitable for the size, aesthetic and shape of your outdoor area. And with four designs dominating the brick patios across our country, you’re guaranteed to find one that best fits your requirements.

Frank & Grossman Landscape Contractors, Inc..

1. Basket Weave

Bricks are laid horizontally and vertically in pairs to produce the basket weave pattern.

Whitney Lyons

The basket weave layout works particularly well on large patios, because it divides large expanses.

Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc..

2. Herringbone

The herringbone pattern is a glorified zigzag. Diagonal rows of bricks alternate directions to make this original, formal layout.

AMS Landscape Design Studios, Inc..

This terrace’s herringbone pattern is repeated with the fireplace’s firebrick. Both seem beautiful alongside the fireplace’s running board brick layout.

Jonathan Miller Architecture & Design

3. Running Bond

Possibly the most usual of brick patterns, the running bond includes rows and rows of brick in which the ends of the bricks in one course align with the centers of their bricks above and beneath them.

Ike Kligerman Barkley

A weary Southern porch is highlighted using a running bond pattern. The wide porch flooring and the fireplace both feature the layout.

Frank & Grossman Landscape Contractors, Inc..

4. Jack-on-Jack or Stacked Bond

This layout refers to designs where bricks are put in rows and columns, making a regimented, symmetrical and gridlike layout.

Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group

A Jack-on-Jack pattern is transported throughout this whole pool and seating area. Setting bricks in this style can help make an illusion or sense of a larger space then what actually exists. It’s interesting how this stacked bond pattern is installed directly to the pool edge with no border.

Each class of the Jack-on-Jack pattern with this patio is separated with one stretcher course of brick. This technique divides the rhythm of the routine when preserving consistency.

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