Eric Tetler is president and CEO of Windfield Alloy, a provider of environmentally sound recycling solutions for ferrous and non-ferrous metals and electronics. In his free time, Eric Tetler enjoys working on landscaping projects. One landscaping project that can help create an outdoor sanctuary for relaxation and entertaining is a brick patio.
When installing a brick patio, homeowners should start by creating a plan. The first step is considering the outdoor space’s intended use. Patios can be used to entertain or to provide a quiet and serene place to retreat. They can accommodate large groups or be a smaller transition area that leads to other areas of the yard. The design of a patio depends on how the homeowner wishes to use it.
Homeowners should also consider if they wish to incorporate any built-in features. Fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens are popular additions to a patio. Built-in benches can provide additional seating for guests. All of these features require forethought and consideration.
Brick patios can be installed once there is a design in place and the appropriate tools and materials are on hand. Before excavation, the area where the patio will be installed needs to be measured and marked with stakes and mason string. It is always a good idea to double-check every measurement.
The entire installation area should be excavated to a depth of 6 inches. The outside edges should have a slope of 1/4 inch per foot to help with drainage. Paver base should be spread and compacted over the entire area at a thickness of 4 inches.
Finally, the pavers can be installed. Each brick should fit tightly against its neighboring brick. The installation is completed when joint sand is spread over the entire area. After installation is complete, finish the area with plants, mulch, furniture, and other decorative elements.
Since 2007, Eric Tetler has served as president of Windfield Alloy, an environmentally conscious recycling business in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He first joined the company in 1994, and 13 years later, he became its majority shareholder.