• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to design a brick walkway.


    1 A running-bond pattern is easy to install and requires cutting bricks only at beginning of walkway and at end; the seams are staggered by half of a brick.
    2 The bricks in a cross-bond pattern run 90 degrees to the walkway, making it ideal for short walkways; bricks must be cut in every other row.
    3 No bricks are cut for a basket-weave pattern; the bricks are set in alternating right-angle pairs.
    4 The stylish herringbone pattern requires cutting bricks at the beginning and at every third row.
    5 Use modular bricks for basket weave and herringbone patterns; the brick's length equals twice its width.
    6 Standard bricks are best for running bond and cross bond patterns because the brick's length is longer than width of two bricks.
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    • 1 to 2 hours, to decide on brick type and pattern, and to estimate amount of brick needed.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      unless you're terribly indecisive
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      1. Samples of walkway bricks,

      used to determine brick pattern and evaluate number of cuts required