A front walkway is an important element of a home’s overall landscape. The right walkway compliments the home’s exterior, is easy to walk on, and looks pleasing. While a walkway might seem simple, there are actually several key elements that you’ll want to consider when you decide to take on a new front walkway project.
The key elements for any front walkway are:
- Grade change
- Paving material
Determining front walkway width
For most cases, you’ll want at least two people to walk side-by-side on your walkway, unless you want a narrow garden path feel. In general, four feet is the minimum width for a front walk, while five feet is preferred.
Selecting the shape of your walkway
The shape options for a walkway are general straight or curved. The size of your home as well as the size of your yard will impact this decision. The style of your home should also be considered. A modern home will likely benefit from a straight or more geometric-style walk. A Victorian home with plantings out front will likely look best with a curved walk.
How to work with grade changes
One of the biggest challenges for some homeowners is figuring out how to work with a slope or grade change between the driveway and the front door. Retaining walls may be needed to help create a more level surface. That combined with steps up to a landing can help keep the walkway a pleasant stroll for you and your guests.
Choosing the right paving material for your front walkway
Pavers and natural stone offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to a front walk. Pavers, in particular, come in a variety of colors and shapes that can work with any home’s exterior. In addition to a beautiful look, pavers are also durable, safe and affordable.
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