The handmade clay brick paver work is complete, and I would now like to bore you with the technical design details of brick laying. It all started with a series of books written and illustrated by Peter Joel Harrison, who was the first to research and illustrate the historic details of fences, gates, gazebos, trellises, brick pavement, and garden walls. I won’t tell you why and how he came to do this, because you can easily find this out by visiting his website.
Peter Joel Harrison’s book Brick Pavement and Fence-Walls has been an invaluable resource for all of us. The dilemma of how to lay the corners of the steps without diagonal cuts that would create fragile slivers was solved by the illustration in Plate 40 of this book. On the top level within the stretcher frame, we re-introduced the pattern from my front doorsteps, stack bond, which is illustrated above and on Plate 11.
For the two small terraces, the only specification I gave was to do the infill with stretcher bond, and left the border design up to the paver contractors. Speaking of the paver guys, I should have mentioned earlier that this group of highly skilled craftsmen are part of an outfit called Performance Paver Systems, Inc. from Irving, Texas. The border and corner designs of these two small terraces are exquisite!
Monday the landscape crew will return to start laying down the pennsylvania bluestone creating a patio below the back steps, two pathways, and redoing the stonework at the front entrance of my house.