Often taking up a large footprint in the front of a home a walkway is a key element in any front landscape garden. A well designed front walk will provide a compelling transition from curb to door. Popular design features include, a wide approach providing additional space for unloading vehicles and a large enough porch with space for seasonal planters and holiday displays. Whether using a curved of linear shape for a walkway it is important to plan elevation changes with a minimal number of well lit steps making the experience safe and inviting for visitors. Items such as handrails and lighting are worthwhile investments even when not required by local building codes. Plant material is an integral part of any garden design but when planning a front entry choosing plants for ultimate size as well as color and texture will keep site lines open and minimize future maintenance.
Clay brick and concrete pavers are the most popular materials with many clients. Pattern flagstone is another option that works well with both traditional and modern architecture. More organic materials such as irregular flagstone and decorative aggregates offer even more choices, often well suited for a secondary entrance that receives less use. There are pros and cons with each of theses materials, such as initial costs and long term maintenance, as well as aesthetics. All of which can be discussed either over phone, email or in person during a scheduled consultation. Feel free to contact us to begin the process of designing your next walkway or front entry project and picking out the best materials for your specific needs.