Choose Your Path
With all of the options available in hardscape materials, walkway designs have gone from drab to fab. In fact, what was once simply a functional element of the landscape has actually become almost a focal point, and some of the unique creations that have been achieved in these paths are giving people a reason to look down and pay attention to where they’re walking.
Whether you choose a more traditional look or you want to make your own road, eye-catching walkway designs can be made of anything from pea gravel to carved concrete. Naturally, the type of material you choose will be dependent on your budget as well as on the size of your project area; but aside from that, there’s no reason that your walkway can’t be one more way to express yourself and let your imagination run wild. After all, walkways are one of the things that welcome people to your home or business, and they play a key role in creating curb appeal.
Whether you realize it or not, your walkways can detract from your space—whether that path is cutting through the front yard or the back—simply by looking poorly maintained or being badly designed, so it’s still important to realize the realities of the space you’re dealing with and the practicality of the design.
Go the Right Way
More often than not, creating the walkway designs of your dreams will require the guidance of a professional, so consulting with landscape designers who have expertise in hardscape design may be something you’d be wise to consider. After all, they can provide you with people to do the heavy lifting and clear the way; and they’ll likely be able to advise you on certain materials or methods that you might never have been aware of.
Some of the most commonly used materials include:
- Pea gravel
Simple or complex, walkways should be installed with care and precision, keeping in mind that they need to look great, but they also need to function well. They need to be wide enough to actually accommodate more than one person at a time, and the materials used in the design need to be safe—you would hardly install a slippery polished concrete path near a pool area. Regardless, however, maintenance is the key to ensuring that broken bricks don’t become trip hazards and that gravel doesn’t stray.
Don’t lose your way! Let the team at Executive Landscaping, Inc., provide you with the perfect path, and give us a call today!