Everything You Need to Know About Walkways
The landscaping around your home makes a big difference in your property, as it not only creates visual appeal but can also increase the value of your home. A well-thought-out walkway will provide a way for you and guests to access your house, while also adding a design feature. There are many options to choose from when creating a walkway, from different materials, layouts, etc.. When installing a walkway, there are four key components to take into account before beginning your project: width, shape, style, and paving materials.
Whether it’s from the street to the front door, the driveway to the front door, the pool area to the back door, or the front yard to the backyard, determining a walkway’s width is essential. Generally, the walkway should be able to fit two people side-by-side comfortably. Are you often the one to host gatherings and parties at your home? If so, your walkway will often be used going to and from the house. Typically, walkways are four feet wide, but five feet has a better aesthetic appeal.
The first thing to consider when designing the shape of your walkway is the actual size and dimensions of your property. This will determine how long and wide the walkway can be, but also determine the style of the walkway. Will it go straight to the door or porch or will it curve to add a touch of style to your walkway? These are the types of design choices that will make your walkway unique.
The next thing to consider when designing your walkway is the style of your house. Is it more classic looking- Victorian or traditional Colonial- or is it more informal like a ranch of Mediterranean style? Traditional houses typically have straight walkways to balance the style of the house, while more modern homes have a bit of fun and do curved walkways.
Walkway Paving Materials
The most important consideration is the material you want for your walkway, for stylistic reasons and functionality. Your walkway will compliment the exterior of your home, so it’s important to choose one that you love. Keep in mind that solid paving options, such as concrete, will be safer to step on than stones or gravel. The commonly used paver materials used on walkways are:
Natural Stone Pavers
These are manmade products with every shape, size, and color under the sun. You’ll find that there are virtually no limitations when using concrete pavers.
These are also manmade products processed and manufactured all over the world, with their earthy tones coming from the high temperatures they’re fired at.
Contact Done Right Landscape
Walkways add charm, interest, and curb appeal to any home. Call us today to inquire about our walkway masonry services at 781-858-8000.