If you’re looking for a smart way to spruce up your home’s appearance that serves a practical purpose and adds value to your home, you might want to consider an outdoor walkway.
PowerScout lists landscaping upgrades as one of the top 10 improvements that add the most value to your home. And, they specifically name the installation of a walkway as a recommended place to start. Their article also claims that outdoor improvements can boost your home’s value by almost 20%, according to estimates by The National Gardening Association.
Ready to get started on a walkway project of your own?
Read on to find out the best materials for creating an outdoor walkway!
One of the best things about adding an outdoor walkway to your home is that it will go to good use. But, depending on your lifestyle and needs, how it is used will vary.
This is something to consider before deciding which materials suit your walkway best.
Will it serve as an entryway that’s only for walking? Or, will your children ride their tricycles along it? Or, perhaps you will need to consider materials that are suitable for a wheelchair.
Keep in mind your own needs and preferences when choosing the material that’s right for you.
No matter which material you choose, you’re bound to walk away as a winner. Home design experts applaud walkways as one of the best landscaping trends to boost value. So, what are you waiting for?
Decomposed Granite or “DG”, is a great choice to use for a walkway outdoors because it is easily compactable and doesn’t move when wet. It also isn’t affected by the sun’s harsh rays and can withstand the elements without sustaining damage.
Plus, the color of DG is a calm and neutral shade that matches any home’s design. It is low-cost and it tends to make a flat and evenly distributed smooth walkway surface.
For a traditional look and an easy do-it-yourself project, clay brick pavers are a good pick. Since this project doesn’t necessarily require cement or other mixtures, making a brick walkway is easy enough for anyone to do.
The variations of clay add a nice splash of color to your lawn and can be arranged creatively in unique patterns with alternating natural hues.
Mixed material walkways have become a big hit in recent years.
They are easier than some materials to install and they make a charming walkway for practically anywhere on your property.
Paired with a gazebo, they make a fairy-esque entrance to a secret garden of blooming flowers. Or, perhaps your walkway might beckon guests to have a seat on a bench beneath a shaded oak tree.
Stone and pebble gravel is a perfect choice for a pathway that leads to your lawn’s hideaways and garden nooks. The materials are readily available, reasonably priced, and can be matched with practically any type of border you choose.
Flagstone is a naturally non-slip material that makes a comfortable finish for walking. Plus, it can be dry laid and still maintain its’ flat, even surface. So, if you need a steady, smooth walkway flagstone is an obvious winner.
Flagstone also comes together nicely and is an attractive match for a wide range of home and garden walkways.
When it comes to picking the perfect material for your outdoor walkway, we’ve got you covered.
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