When we built this house, we didn’t want a huge, concrete sidewalk in our front yard. We wanted something unique and more rustic, so we came up with a design using the bricks that were leftover. I had seen a similar design on Pinterest and helped my husband figure out how wide to make the sidewalk and what angle to lay the bricks to make the design work.
After he had everything laid out and made sure there were enough bricks, he dug out some of the dirt, leveled it, and then added sand to completely level the bricks. He also placed heavy-duty plastic edging along either side of the sidewalk to prevent the bricks from shifting from side to side.
We loved the look, and the bricks held up well until last summer. We had a tremendous amount of rain last May and then a drought the next few months. This caused the ground to shift under the bricks, and our beautiful sidewalk was ruined. Several bricks sunk in the middle about halfway down, and some bricks were raised in other places so that we were afraid someone would trip and injure themselves. We decided to replace the bricks with large flagstones.
My husband dug out all the bricks as well as the sand and dirt beneath them because the new stones were about twice as tall as the bricks. This was a lot of work, so he only removed a few sections of brick at a time so that we would still have a sidewalk even though he wasn’t finished. He removed the plastic edging too because we wanted grass to grow between the stones, and we didn’t need the edging to contain the bricks anymore.
He placed the flagstones about four inches apart to accommodate all of the little feet that walk this path frequently. After he finishing placing all the stones, he added topsoil over the sand so that the grass would fill in between the stones.
He finished the new sidewalk on April 10th, and the grass has already grown between the flagstones. My father-in-law had already built a similar path on the other side of the driveway along their flower beds. This area receives too much shade for grass to grow well, so my father-in-law put decomposed granite between the flagstones and bordered each side with Oklahoma chopped stone.
We have been very pleased with our new sidewalk and love how it blends with the stone on the front of our house.