How to Build a Mortared Brick Walkway
We'll teach you the steps for building a mortared brick walkway, plus explain the important differences between building a brick path and building a brick patio.
Brick or precast concrete paver walks (whether laid on a sand bed or mortared to a slab) employ many of the same techniques used to build a similar patio. They offer the same potential for a varied, handsome surface, only on a smaller scale.
You will notice one difference, however, between a mortared path and a mortared patio. When building a paver path, you don't have to start in the center and work outward. All pavered walks start their paving in a corner.
Be sure to lay the base materials in layers and compact one layer before the next one. This is especially important if your walk will be subject to hard use, such as the movement of garden equipment. Base materials that shift under a sand-set path create ripples. In addition, improperly tamped slab bases can crack.
Depending on your skill level, you'll need between 20 and 40 hours to lay a 4x25-foot walk. Make sure you're comfortable designing a layout and working with mortar.