It’s amazing how а well maintained walkway enhances the overall appearance and value of your landscape. If the walkway is cracked and broken the property can look run down and unkempt. If the paths are just gravel or dirt your curb appeal may suffer.
Walkways with Pavers
If you’ve been thinking about improving your walking paths, it is probably time to call а construction contractor and get the process rolling. It’s important to find quality craftsmen, because if it’s not properly constructed, it will quickly crack and deteriorate. After all, laying а walkway is more than scattering some pavers or pouring concrete. To do it right requires expertise.
Walkway pavers add а sophisticated look that concrete can’t compete with. There is а wide range of shapes, styles and colors so ask you contractor for ideas that will work for your particular property. Consider coordinating your driveway paver stones with patio pavers to create а cohesive and complimentary look.
So here’s how we make walkways with pavers. While we’ll do most of the work some of it is up to you.
Planning: Design and Layout
This part is where you decide how you want the walkway to look. If you want our help with planning and design then we’re happy to offer suggestions.
So before anybody brings out the shovels, you’ll need а tape measure and а paper and pencil. Go outside and check out the area. We often take things for granted and ignore elements which we might see every day. After walking the area, you might decide that the path should curve or should be а little longer. Once you’ve measured the area, draw it out on paper. After you’re happy with the basic design we’ll also measure.
Excavate and Prepare the Area
So now we take over. The next step in the process is the excavation of the site. Think about future projects you might want to undertake. If you are planning on installing а pond, fountain, fire pit or outdoor kitchen, then you’ll want us run an electrical line under а path. Because that way your beautiful new path won’t need to be dug up later.
We’ll also call the utility companies before finalizing your plans and before digging begins to find out the location of underground lines. Excavation includes digging out the area, laying wooden boards to form edges, installing а gravel aggregate which will follow the grade of the slope, and mechanically tamping it down. After the area is level sand is evenly spread.
Cut and Place Pavers
We will measure and cut paver stones in advance. Then they will set into place and tapped down.
Install the Edge
The final step of building а walkway is the installation of the edge. We replace the wooden boards that were marking the edges with final edging stones or another border of your choice. Either sand or concrete is then swept into the edges and cracks between the paver stones.
When it’s all done remember to step back and take in the whole picture. It is truly amazing how walkways with pavers can transform а landscape.
Call HK Construction for a free onsite look see and cost estimate of your walkway building project.
Marc Gieselmann, Owner