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Backyard Renovation Idea for Spring

April 10, 2014

Backyard renovation Dilamco Montreal

Spring has arrived and it seems that everyone has picked this time of the year to make the necessary home improvements to beautify their home and keep it appealing for the rest of the year. Probably because the weather is so nice and there’s nothing like the pride you feel while getting your hands dirty knowing it’s all for a good cause.

There are a number of ways you can improve the aesthetics of your home’s exterior, the list is limited only by your imagination. However, if you’re unable to come up with any ideas at the moment, maybe we can help. How about adding a new brick patio out back where those rickety old steps lead to the back yard?

How to begin

Before you begin, you’ll need to prepare the area to receive the brick. This entails pouring a foundation for the brick to rest on. First, you’ll have to dig out an area that matches the dimensions you want your new patio to be, down to a depth of about four inches. Then, a form must be constructed to hold the concrete. Once the concrete has hardened, you’re ready for the brick. If you’re not familiar with brick laying or concrete pouring, then you might want to consult a home contractor.

Laying the brick

There are almost as many patterns that can be made with brick as there are brick designs. Some of the more common types are basket weave, herring bone, stacked and running bond. Of course there are some more exotic patterns and some of them are determined by the shape of the brick itself. If you’re not familiar with brick designs and patterns, consult a renovation contractor for advice.


Your patio wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful column to accentuate each corner of your new patio. Columns can be added before that patio brick are laid, or after. Either way, you’ll thank yourself for coming up with the idea.

To construct the columns, determine the width and height you want your columns to be and lay out the first course accordingly. Using a bed of mortar, begin the next course and repeat the process until the desired height is achieved. To keep the courses level and plumb, use a mason’s level after every course. When completed, use a pre-cast stone cap to top off your new column. The stone cap makes an ideal perch for a flower pot or out-door lamp.

Again, if you’re not familiar with this type of construction, consult Dilamco, a Montreal general contractor. They’ll be able to help you with this and any other home renovation projects you want to undertake.

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