Our driveways are often just a functional space for entering and exiting the garage or parking in front of the home. We typically cover them with concrete, asphalt, or gravel. However, a brick paver driveway installation can instantly improve the curb appeal of any home by giving the drive a classic, aesthetically appealing finish.
Brick pavers are just as they sound and are typically four-inches thick and colored like standard bricks or other similar hues. The cost to do a brick paver driveway installation is going to vary based on an array of factors. These include location, size of the drive, the shape of the drive, type of finish desired on the drive, and local labor rates.
As an example, you may opt for concrete pavers rather than brick, and see your pricing decline. You might go the other direction, of course, and choose beautiful cobblestone pavers that would more than double the average price.
Brick paver driveway: 600 sq.ft.
|Item||Unit Cost||Line Cost|
$5-$20 per square foot
$10-$30 per square foot
$20-$70 per square foot
|Labor||$50 per hour||$6,000|
|Prep work (including excavation and leveling)||$5 per square foot||$3,000|
Other considerations and costs
- Materials costs may boost the overall price of the job based on the location of the drive and any engineering or prep work required. Necessary materials include the mortar, asphalt, base, and any finishing supplies.
- Permits are often required before a driveway of this kind can be installed.
- The process of installing the brick paver driveway includes everything from land clearing and removal of trees and stones, to grading the land. Excavation may even need to be done by hand if there is inadequate room for equipment, costing up to $50 per cubic yard.
- You should always consult an engineer before attempting to install a paved drive on a curved, sloped or angled area of the property as they will be able to help your contractor install the drive in a way that controls runoff and steers it away from the home.
- It usually takes experts around 190 hours of work to complete installation of this kind.
- If not correctly installed, a brick paver driveway may run the risk of shifting over time. It is crucial that prep work be done by an expert in such tasks, and one that can handle existing soil, installation of base materials, and proper compaction techniques.
While a small walk or even a moderately sized terrace could be handled as a DIY project, the challenges of creating the ideal base make any sort of brick paver installation a task for the experts. They know how to lay the foundation, place the pavers, and finish the work in ways that ensure many years of good looks and performance.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.