There are a few key elements to think about when designing your walkways. You must choose the right materials, think about the shape and width, and know what space you have to work with. For instance, if your walkway is going to be short and connecting the street to the front door then it will probably be straight and narrow. You will also want to be aware of surrounding trees as roots could push your pathway up. Another important thing to think about is drainage, you don’t want water to pool on the surface of your path. So before you choose your materials and start building, do your research or hire a contractor.
There are so many different styles and materials to choose from. What you choose will depend on the style of your home, how much you want to spend, and how much maintenance you want to invest in it. Here are a few ideas to get inspired for building your perfect walkway (some can be DIY projects, some you will want to hire a professional for).
Using large flagstones laid over grass, or sand and filled in with decorative landscape rock, form a classic walkway. A project like this can be an easy weekend project, even for beginner DIY’ers.
Brick allows for many design options. There are different grades of brick out there, so make sure you choose one that is rated for severe weather or “clay pavers”. There are many colours of brick to choose from and patterns so you can customize to make it your own.
Recycled pallet wood makes for a unique look and is ideal for any short walkways. You can place the planks with spaces between allowing grass and plants to grow creating a rustic look. This way is more vulnerable to movement over time, but you can also fix them to the ground, or make a bed of mortar and concrete.
Gravel is popular as it is an extremely versatile material and is available in many colours and sizes and crushed granite is especially becoming popular. You can also lay this down yourself and not have to worry about spacing or measurements. Just lay down some landscaping fabric, create a border with larger stones or edging and fill.
Bark mulch is affordable and very DIY friendly walkway material. The path can be edged in large stones and you can create a winding walkway for a natural, cabin-in-the-woods type of look.
If you are looking for a more formal look, pavers can dress up your garden or lawn. The material is pricier than some of your other options, but requires less maintenance. The
installation of them is also a bit more laborious, but worth the effort.
Mosaics are becoming more and more popular in the home and if you really want a decorative walkway then try a mosaic made with pebbles. Unless you are an artisan and have the skills to do this, we would leave this to a professional to install. Each path is a unique work of art.
Concrete can be coloured and textured to look like other types of stone or paving materials, so if you wanted to use concrete but have it look and feel warmer, then this is a good option.
Tumbled glass mulch is a recycled material that comes in a wide array of colours. It is long lasting, doesn’t fade and will definitely make your walkway sparkle. There are no sharp edges and it is definitely a unique look.
Bamboo is on the rise, as it is a sustainable, natural building material. By laying them in long rows and alternating direction, it makes for an interesting walkway into any modern home.