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How to Design a Walkway

How to Design a Walkway

Create a vision for your new walkway with these tips!

Looking at walkway design ideas can open up your imagination to possibilities that are classic and out of the ordinary alike and creations you might not have thought of. Among all these options, one can get the best results by working with a professional company like Michael Bryan landscapes and having an informed idea of what would be best for your home. Below, you’ll find a set of principles that can help you know how to design a walkway like a pro.


The first step is to determine the width of your walkway, and this will depend on a couple of factors. One is the purpose: is it the primary walkway connecting your driveway to the front door, or is it an additional walkway like a side or backyard path? If it is the front walkway, its width will typically be at least 4 feet to accommodate two people at once. An additional path might be only two feet wide or take on a stepping stone design. The width must also be proportionate to the house.


Your walkway could be either straight or curved. What conditions would call for a straight walkway? Limited space, a formal house style, and a formal garden typically have straight pathways. On the other hand, an informal garden and house style paired with enough land allows one to curve the walkway just enough to add interest.


The slope of a walkway must be 2% for every 10 feet for drainage. Any steeper could lead to a higher risk of falling in icy conditions. The hardscape designer will know this and account for that grading.


Now we get to the fun part: choosing between materials, colors, and patterns. You can find a wide scope of walkway materials, from granite to coffee. You can use natural stone, brick, poured concrete, pavers, gravel, or even glass. It is best to research the cost, care, and longevity of each appealing type.


The color should complement the color scheme and style of your home. Your material of choice will vary in color; even brick comes in different colors. One can experiment with samples or the help of a designer to find out which color would look best with your property.


Brick, poured concrete, natural stone, and pavers can introduce different patterns and textures to your yard. Some can give more natural, modern, or classic lines that go with your property’s style. 

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