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Building a Stone Walkway or Path

Building a Stone Walkway or Path

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Looking to enhance the look of your yard, or make it easier to stroll in your garden? Creating a stone path or walkway can add both charm and functionality to your landscape.

The first step you’ll make is designing the stone walkway. When you work with a contractor specializing in landscaping and walkway design, he or she will help you to decide the best look to compliment your home and yard. When working with you to create the walkway design, your contractor will also consider:

  • the best materials for your climate
  • the appropriate size and shape of the stones
  • the function of the walkway

Types of Stone by Climate
There are many types of stone available for garden paths. For those living in climates with cold winters, you’ll need a heartier stone that can withstand freezing temperatures. Dense stones, such as quartzite, granite, or bluestone are best for these climates, because they won’t absorb water and crack easily. Those living in milder areas can select from the above options, but have the added options of softer stones like limestone or sandstone.

Stone Aesthetics
The look of your stone will impact the look of your path, and will be important if you’re trying to create a cohesive look between your home and yard. You might choose geometric-cut stone if you’re into more modern décor and architecture. Ashlar or squared stones are often appropriate for more traditional homes. A country-style home will often benefit from the more rustic look of irregular stones.

If your path will get a lot of foot traffic you will want to put the stones closer together. Ashlar paths are often ideal for this type of path, because they fit together tightly. If your path will get less foot traffic, you can space the stones out farther from each other. If you expect much foot traffic on your path, it’s best to create a wider walkway, versus something really narrow.

Preparing and Laying the Stone Path
Getting your yard ready for the stone walkway involves digging up the border of the path, lining it with landscape fabric, and laying out the bedding sand. Afterward, you can begin placing the stones. Of course, working with a contractor makes the process much easier, as he or she takes on all of the heavy lifting. You’ll help decide what the path should look like, and when the contractor has finished, your beautiful stone walkway will be waiting for you.

Selecting a Contractor
To find an excellent contractor who will help you decide the type of stone path that will achieve your design and function goals, contact Signature Contractors. Our contractors are skilled in stone walkway creation, and will have your pathway laid out before you know it. Give us a call and we’ll get you going on a stone walkway that will help you get the most out of your yard.

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