Create a Breath of Fresh Air for your Walkway
Looking for a spring project for your home? Now that spring has turned the corner, you’re probably asking yourself if you have a great walkway to present to all of your summer guests. If not, you should not be afraid to spend a few dollars to invest in some lawn pavers to improve the presentation of your front yard. Whether you live in a countryside setting wide open spaces or an urban oasis with tight corners, great walkways are only a few lawn pavers away.
Why Lawn Pavers?
What is great about lawn pavers is that they are relatively inexpensive and usually there are a wide variety of styles to choose from when you go to your local hardware store or garden shop. Most lawn pavers come in a form of concrete grey tones, but you can also use a brick style or natural stone depending on the kind of neighborhood character you are working with. At some stores they carry pavers with a variety of colors such as reds, tans and black. In more urban settings, a brick style might be more appropriate, while a natural stone might blend in better with the rural character of the mountainside. Concrete lawn pavers tend to be most common, for their overall weather resistance and affordability.
While some people prefer to hire a contractor for a professional finish, a lawn paver project is an easy do it yourself type of project. The key is patience, and an ability to use a level and be able to line stones with perfection, whether you are doing linear or curved pathways. The cost of lawn pavers can range anywhere from $1 – $5 per square foot, but keep in mind you will also have to purchase a special paver sub-base for support and paver sand to help level out your stones. You can expect to pay a few dollars per bag that will cover anywhere from five to ten square feet. Finally, to fill gaps between lawn pavers, you will need to buy paver set polymeric sand that prevents pavers from shifting laterally against each other.
A great walkway should be at least 30 inches wide, but preferably 36 – 48 inches to make it accessible for those in wheelchairs. Depending on the grade of your walkway, you can either do steps with flat terrain, or do a natural grading walkway if the pitch is minimal. It is recommended you do not exceed 2 percent grade for a walkway due to risking dangerous conditions with ice or creating undesirable drainage patterns.
So, if you’re looking for a spring project to keep you busy and don’t want to break the bank on improving your house, lawn pavers are the best investment to make. After a few days of laying stones, it will be the cornerstone of your front yard and will bring a fresh renewed look to your property.