5 Tips for Planning Walkways and Pathways

February 7, 2023 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you are wondering how to plan out a walkway and pathway, there are many things you must take into consideration. Both have the capability of boosting your home’s curb appeal. If your walkway or pathway is not well put together, it can have the opposite effect, making your home extremely unappealing. This guide will provide you with some things to keep in mind if you are planning on installing either sometime in the near future.

Tips for Installing Walkways & Pathways

Here are some tips for planning out a walkway and pathway:

  • Costs/Budget: This will probably be the biggest factor you consider before you can even shop for materials, etc. Typically, prices for walkway pavers can cost about $600 just for the materials, and $1800 for installation. For colored concrete, you will pay about $350 for materials and $1200 for installation. Pathways are similar in price. For shredded bark or wood, you can expect to pay up to $300 for materials and $750 for installation. Don’t forget to budget accordingly.
  • Consider material for paving: Some of the materials available for use for your pathway include gravel, concrete pavers, wood planks, slate, brick, or bark. If you are interested in changing colors, concrete can be tinted. Weigh your options and decide on a budget to help you choose the right material. Also, go over all materials that may cause a safety issue.
  • Consider landscaping: Landscaping should be considered first if you want your walkway to be highlighted. You can add your own creative touch just by putting a birdbath, sculpture, or fountain around the walkway. Walkway pavers can give your walkway a more authentic appearance. But, you should consider leaving out pavers or smooth stones if you have an elevated walkway since it can become slippery when it gets wet.
  • Design: What design would you like your walkway or pathway to have? Would you prefer sweeping curves? Or would you rather have stairs? This all depends on what type of look you are going for. For example, sweeping curves give a relaxing vibe, while stairs should be used for straight walkways. Either way, your walkway should be wide enough for at least two people to walk side by side.
  • Consider adding lights: Adding lighting around the edge of your walkway can brighten it up, especially during the night. This can make it easier for you and visitors to see where they are walking, especially if you have stairs. For a more unique design, consider installing LED lights or strip motion sensors. Additionally, antique streetlights can brighten your walkway and add an aesthetic touch. If you are looking for something more affordable, consider solar lights. They also do not require electric cables for installation.

It takes planning and a lot of effort to install a new pathway. However, it is well worth the investment. You can seek professional assistance from various local contractors who can examine your current landscape. From there, they can create a plan to help enhance the outside of your home.

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