Brick inlays have long been used to eliminate the monotony of conventional concrete surfaces. With a plethora of geometrical designs and wide ranging colors, brick inlays promise to enhance the appearance of a concrete floor with aesthetic designs. You can choose form a number of brick patio design ideas and concrete brick inlays design ideas when it comes to picking the right design and color scheme for your home. In this article, we will get information about the step-by-step process of inlaying bricks into your concrete driveway floor.
Things you will need
Here is a well-sorted list of things that you will require during the process:
- Spray paint
- Garden rake
- Wooden stakes
- 1-by-4 lumber
- Screed board
Step 1: Measure and Design
The first thing you need to do is to determine the dimension of the area that needs to be paved. You can use your garden hose to mark the area and later use spray paint to mark the impressions.
Find the materials according to your requirements. You can look up online to understand the materials that will be needed for the process, or you can contact a local builder and get information regarding the materials. Your local builder will be able to guide you regarding brick patio design ideas that will go with the overall theme of your house.
Step 2: Rake and Add Forms
Before you start inlaying the bricks, it is crucial to level the area. Make sure that you remove all the sod and other debris before raking the floor smooth. Now, add gravel (up to 4 inches) to the excavated area and level the surface with the help of your garden rake.
After raking and adding forms to the area, place the stakes. While installing stakes, make sure that they are no more than 3-3.5 inches in the ground. Next, attach the wooden boards to the stakes in a way that they are perfectly leveled across the area.
Step 3: Install the Brick Inlays
To install brick inlays:
- Before installing bricks make sure that the excavated area and the boards are properly wet.
- Add concrete to the excavated area and on top of the boards. Also, add around 1.5-2 inches of concrete outside the boards and the excavated area.
- Smooth the concrete to level the surface with the help of a screed board.
- Remove the forms that we added in the step to after the concrete is in place.
- Use the mortar clay mix to place the brick inlays by adding 1 inch clay mixture on one end of the brick that will come in contact with the concrete and half an inch of clay to the side of the brick.
- Add all the brick inlays in a similar fashion until you are done with the design.