Walkways tend to get overlooked when planning a landscape design for your house. It’s all pools, patios and plants but then we forget to consider how to connect the different spaces in our yard. By ignoring paths, everything can become disjointed because of the lack of thought put into the transitions and connections.
Walkways guide people through your yard and can create a mood or atmosphere. There’s a lot of important factors to decide; regarding shape, dimensions and materials. Other factors to consider include the desired traffic flow, the amount of foot traffic your walkway will receive and safety.
The differences between formal garden paths — characterized by straight lines and right angles and informal pathways — typically curved and meandering. Only you can choose which one is right for you — take the following points into your decision-making.
Recommended walkway widths for different traffic flow patterns and frequency of use. Using a combination of walkways, patios and planting beds as an alternative to a backyard lawn.
Selecting materials for a front yard walkway, considering such factors as curb appeal, your home’s exterior architecture, and safety. Determining the best placement for backyard walkways to create destination zones and a natural traffic flow from one area to another.
Design tricks for varying the width of a path at certain points in the garden to indicate that the visitor has arrived at a destination, such as a shady bench under a tree. Using outdoor path lighting for both safety and wayfinding — path lighting options include lanterns, lamps, posts, recessed fixtures and solar lighting.