Around here, these are called “Charleston bricks”. Have no idea as to why. Must be a small town South Carolina reference to the largest and oldest town around here created from bricks and cobblestones.
Last year, we began the piazza and then went on to other things. Bricks came into our life again and we attacked the old project with gusto.
Glenn has created two brick pathways that strike out against the otherwise linear pattern of the piazza.
Working with bricks is so simple here in the Low Country of South Carolina. Our ground does not freeze, and our soil is mostly sand.
We modify the lay of the work area with a box blade. The sand in our driveway is virgin like beach sand and we mix it 2 parts sand to 1 part Portland cement. Set the bricks, and let it rain, or water them.
Looking for a picture in my library that shows our sandy soil, I settled on this one, which features details other than the sand. This is our house, hovering on rails, having been moved three miles. Trenches are dug in the sand for the foundation block to go in, the next step in renovation. The charcoal smudge in the foreground is what was left from an old burn pile.
At the left of the foreground of this image is a poured 1/2 basketball court. The piazza will attach to that.
One edge of the “internal” brick path on this side has been measured out.
And now almost filled in. More discussions of brick: