Stone, brick and paver walkways

Whether they are made of natural stone, classic brick, or concrete pavers, walkways in your yard should be easy to travel. After all, it's all about the journey more than the destination.

Landscape Walkway Design Considerations

Width. A landscape walkway should be wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side. Four feet is the minimum for a front entry walkway, but 5 feet is better. Secondary walkways can be narrower depending on where they are in the yard.

Shape. Small yards benefit from straight walkways. Curved sidewalks add interest but are more informal. Don’t overdo curves. That will take away from the overall look. So, consider the style of the home. Do you need to emphasize the front entry? Then perhaps a straight walkway is best. Putting a walkway through a large garden? A meandering walkway in your landscape could feel just right.

Materials. When deciding on walkway materials, take your cue from the home. Red brick? Pavers close in color will make it seem as if the walkway has always been there. Natural Stone? Steppers? Gravel? Poured Concrete? Keep in mind poured concrete or pavers are more solid and safer to walk on than steppers or gravel. Also, in Minnesota, pavers are less likely to crack, but clearing snow and ice can be more challenging.

Flagstone paver walkways leading to an in-ground fire pit surrounded by crushed gravel.

Flagstone paver walkways lead to an in-ground fire pit in this backyard retreat.

Permeable paver walkway.

Permeable paver walkway protects the lake from fertilizer runoff.

Flagstone paver stepper connect two neighboring backyards.

These two neighbors are such good friends they had their two backyards joined by a stepping stone path.

White stone steps and bluestone brick paver walkway.

Black and white stone elements create a striking contrast in this garden walkway.

Illuminated paver walkway

Path lights add drama and make this walkway easy to follow at night.

Brick paver walkway with built-in sconces.

Day or night, this brick paver walkway with built-in sconces looks incredible.

Herringbone brick walkway.

Herringbone brick walkway is part of a historic formal garden restoration in St. Paul.

Graceful front walk winds from the garage to front entry.

Graceful front walk winds from the garage to front entry.

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