Outdoor walkways and paths can add beauty and interest to your landscape. They can provide a lovely pathway to a pool, a cozy bench, or even a beautiful garden.
Walkways are important to your Connecticut shoreline home, so it's important that they're well designed.
Design possibilities are almost endless from either a cottage garden type path to a formal front walkway.
They can be almost any size and shape you want.
Before you decide on the design and material of your walkway, think about what purpose your walkway will serve. Does the walkway lead somewhere, or is it more aesthetic?
Walkways can be designed for
* Direct foot traffic to a specific location
* Draw people to a beautiful garden or a cozy bench
* Connect the front yard with the back
* Add definition to the landscape
* Add contrasting texture with plantings
* Create a finished look to the landscape
Many homeowners don't often think about walkways and miss a perfect opportunity to enhance their home.
So what things should you take into consideration when thinking about a walkway?
WHAT STYLE SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?
You want something that matches your home. Whether you have a beach-side cottage in Branford, a Colonial in North Madison or a Farmhouse in Guilford, your walkway should match your home.
A front walkway should be wide enough to fit two people walking comfortably side by side. We recommend about 4' wide.
A pathway doesn't need to be as wide as it's prone to less foot traffic.
WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD I USE?
The material you use has a lot to do with the purpose of your walkway. If you are looking for a front walkway to a formal colonial, then your materials may be different than if you're looking for a pathway to a cottage garden at a beach house.
Several material choices include:
*Natural Stone such as
- Natural Cleft Bluestone
* Concrete pavers
There are an infinite number of paver styles and colors to choose from. There are pavers that look like real stone, pavers that look like cobblestone, even pavers that look like old clay-fired bricks!
* Aggregate stone and other materials are also sometimes used in walkways or pathways.
- Crushed shells along a beach side home
- River rocks along a country estate
- Aggregate such as pea gravel or decorative gravel can be appropriate for a less formal path.
Brick walkways still create a classic look. Laid in a herringbone pattern they have a traditional appeal. That can however, form a mossy coating in the shade which can become slick. Think about where your walkway will be when considering the type of material to use.
We've even done a combination with Belgium Block bordering decorative gravel with bluestone stepping Stones along a garden path in Madison.
Final words of wisdom:
Regardless of your style or the material your select, we recommend your walkway or pathway be created with a very soft curve or curves depending on the length. A curve creates a more visual appeal and draws your eye around the landscape. A straight walkway resembles more of a runway and is much less inviting.
There's much more to installing a walkway than meets the eye. As Meghan Trainor said "it's all about the bass"... Of course in landscaping it's about the base. Without a proper base your walkway will fail so be sure to have a qualified professional install your walkway to ensure your investment is properly installed and will last for years to come.