Pea gravel walkways provide a satisfying crunch! underfoot and are especially at home in country and cottage settings. A solid edging keeps stones from escaping, and landscape cloth underneath keeps weeds under wraps. A landscape contractor will charge about $2 per square foot; you can DIY for about half that.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealNatural Stone
A stone walkway made from quarried stone is unmatched for natural beauty. This is Goshen stone ($100 per ton, or about $5 per sq. ft.) that’s indigenous to the Northeast. Local stone usually is attractively priced because it isn’t inflated with shipping costs. These stones have been set about 3 inches apart to let herbs grow between them. Creeping thyme, oregano, and chamomile are good ground cover options that are tough underfoot and release a nice scent when walked on.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealBoxwoods and Brick
Brick walkways framed with boxwoods have been defining walkways for centuries, and look especially good in traditional settings — but both elements need upkeep. Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is a tough, glossy-green evergreen shrub that looks good even in winter — trim it often to keep it under control. With time, brick walkways may settle and buckle; pry out individual bricks and reset them by digging out or adding new sand.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealWalking the Plank
Wood is always warm and welcoming — and makes a friendly entry walkway. You’ll want a weather-resistant wood, such as cedar, teak, or cypress. Screw the platform to a pressure-treated frame that sits on a well-drained base — 3-4 inches of stone or pea gravel works well. Use the same upkeep routine that you’d use to maintain a deck, applying sealer and stain every year.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealDIY Spruce Up
Square concrete patio pavers set in sod made a nice walkway but needed a little oomph to add visual impact and make maintenance easier. The homeowners spent a couple of days digging out the sod between the pavers and replacing it with red lava rock (about $5 per bag). Solar walkway lights help complete the new look.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealEdgy Thinking
The path leading to the front of your house may be direct, but that doesn’t mean you have to play it completely straight. This simple brick walkway gets a good dollop of curb appeal with a dentil-style edging that’s both playful and traditional. You’ll want to fit landscaping cloth into the notches underneath the bricks to suppress weeds and keep the edges well-defined.
7 Walkway Ideas to Pump Up Your Curb AppealMixing Materials
Combining different elements is great way to give walkways (and the front of your house) personality. This geometric design brings together bluestone, pea gravel, and an edging of color-matched landscape rock. Plastic and metal edging keeps materials from wandering and makes sure the walkway design stays in place. You’ll pay $12 to $25 per sq. ft. for this type of customized walkway, depending on the type of stone you choose and the complexity of the design.