A Brick Floor in the Garden Shed

>> Monday, August 16, 2010

My last post about the brick floor only had a small portion of the garden shed covered with bricks. I've made a little progress since then and have complete exhausted my supply of free bricks. I've been looking for more but so far I've come up empty handed. I'm pleased with how it's turning out at this point but really would love for another 150 bricks to fall in my lap - OK, not really, that would hurt but you know what I mean.

This picture of the floor was taken from the front door of the garden shed. The bricks are in what is called a basket weave pattern where they form even squares that match up with each other in rows and columns. I toyed with the herringbone pattern idea but found that it would have left me with too many bricks to cut to make even edges and I really didn't want to go through the trouble!


Here's a longer shot from the same point. You can see all the building junk still crammed into the shed. I'm a pack rat by nature and I just can't stand throwing away building materials I could use later. I know I can find a use for the two windows on the right eventually. A coldframe would be a nice addition somewhere!


Here is the unfinished edge of the brick floor. I decided to make sure the main floor area was covered so that walking through would be easy. If I need to I could temporarily cover the gravel with landscape fabric for a cleaner look but hopefully I can come up with some bricks to finish out the floor.


Here is a shot looking toward the front door. The biggest challenge to working with reclaimed brick was the uneven nature of the bricks themselves. Some bricks had warped over the years and others were still partially covered with mortar. It is nearly impossible to have the brick perfectly level.  To me the uneven nature of the brick floor gives it a rustic look that I like.


I have some more projects planned for around the shed but they may have to wait until cooler weather comes through! I can't wait to start propagating plants in the garden shed this coming spring but for this winter it may just serve to overwinter a few plants.

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The Garden Shed - Brick Floor Laying

>> Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Finally I braved the harsh August summer elements and trekked out to the garden shed to lay the brick floor down. I didn't get finished but I did manage to get some important work done like leveling the crushed gravel underneath where the bricks will go. I took a board and a level and made sure that the gravel was nice and even underneath. The bricks are going in the garden shed in three sections:  a back area, a step/landing, and the front area. The step/landing is a transitional spot that helped bridge two different levels in the greenhouse grading.

I went with a basket weave pattern that didn't require any cutting of bricks. I installed a patio a couple years ago and had to cut a few of the paving stones - it's not fun without the right equipment! On the right side of the picture are two layers of bricks that haven't been properly set yet. For now they are just holding down the black landscape fabric.


Here's a better look at the brick floor. To the right is the step landing which is only about two feet deep by two and a half feet wide.


And here is a closer look at that step. The large stones were a part of my Arbor project for Better Homes and Gardens last year. They weren't very effective as stepping stones so I moved them to use here in the garden shed.


I only managed to cover about a third of the shed with bricks so far. By 11:15 this morning the temperature in the shed reached 104 F. Too hot to work. Fortunately the shed stayed in the shade up until then which made working there hot but not excruciatingly uncomfortable!

Advantages of Using Bricks in the Greenhouse Garden Shed:
  • A solid floor for walking.
  • Porus for water to flow through.
  • Works as a heat sink.

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