Hardscaping a brick path
August 13, 2014 7:50 AM Subscribe
I have a flagstone/fieldstone walkway to my back door. There are a lot of trip hazards from uneven stones, and we'd like to replace it with brick. What should be written into the bids I get from contractors to make sure I get a quality replacement?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Obviously, I'll be looking for bonded/licensed workmen, get a few bids, seek recommendations from neighbors. We're looking for a simple running bond path, set with sand, not mortar.
What I'm specifically looking for advice on are the particular parameters for the job. For instance, some of the issues with the current stone walkway are partially from heaving, and partially from erosion of the soil between the stones. (This is Massachusetts.) When hiring someone, do I need to specify how I want the bed under the bricks set to deal with the heaving? Like how many inches of 3/4" stone I want for draining below the sand bed?
Should I specify the kind/quality of brick? If so, what kind of brick should I be asking for?
We want to invest in quality work, done right--but we also just want this done simply. Probably standard 3' wide by maybe 50'. You are not my hardscaper, but what would you expect this to cost, and how long would it take?