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Do It Yourself of Not: Install a brick walkway

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

Make the entrance to your front door more than a serviceable path by creating a handsome walkway with brick pavers to enhance your property. Bricks are an enduring and attractive material and an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come, because brick is a natural choice for a dramatic garden path and a popular upgrade connecting walkways around outbuildings like a garage or shed.

A landscape contractor charges $2,543, including labor and material, to lay a 40-foot-long-by-5-foot wide brick walkway. A homeowner can buy the materials — good quality brick pavers, sand and plastic layout grids to help you space the bricks evenly — for $925, do the job and save 64%. And you’ll earn those dollars, because laying brick is not for the faint hearted; it’s difficult and strenuous work. You’ll need a wheelbarrow, shovels, a push broom, a garden hose, a ball of string and stakes to outline the walkway. A carpenter’s level will guarantee the bricks are level, and a pair of kneepads will save your shins.

Digging a trench is difficult work, and working on your knees for a long period of time can be downright uncomfortable. Bricks and sand are heavy; so unless you have a pickup truck to transport the material, pay extra and to have them moved.

And check with your local building department to ask if a permit is required before you begin planning the job.


Pro Cost: $2,543 — DIY Cost: $925
Pro time: 35.2 — DIY Time: 45.0
DIY Savings: $1,618 — Percent Saved: 64%


To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.




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