There’s no question that walkways serve a very valuable function on your property by getting you from point A to point B. But they can also play an important role in boosting curb appeal and adding aesthetic value to your space. Whether you have walkways around your senior living community that are connected to garden areas or sitting spots, or you have walkways where employees or guests traverse your property before coming into your building, you can opt for walkways that wow to truly get you the most out of your investment.
While a typical concrete walkway might fulfill the functional purpose of the path, it isn’t going to do anything to boost your curb appeal. If you invest in having a beautiful landscape including landscape lighting, seasonal color, and a well-manicured lawn, you may want your walkway to be just as remarkable.
It’s important to pay attention to details that can help complete the look of your space and walkways are certainly one of those elements. We’ve rounded up some of our best tips to keep in mind as you consider adding walkways to your landscape.
Adding path lights to illuminate your walkway or even just having built-in lighting on a nearby retaining wall can make your path safer to traverse in the dark. If you have employees, guests, or customers who might be utilizing the pathways around your property in the evening hours, then this is a necessity in terms of their safety—and your liability. But there is also added value in the look and beauty of the space when you incorporate well-placed landscape lighting along your walkways.
Add Elements of Interest
While a walkway’s purpose is to lead you somewhere on the property, that’s not to say that you can’t make the journey more enjoyable—particularly if you have a property where people spend a lot of time outside. By integrating seasonal color, a unique statue, or maybe even a bench somewhere along the path of your walkway, you can add a tremendous amount of interest. You might even consider adding a pergola. Incorporating a pergola overtop of your walkway can provide some shade as well as some aesthetic interest to your walkway. Enhancing your outdoor area can make people want to stop and enjoy it, maybe even taking their lunches or breaks there when they can. This can easily boost employee morale and make people feel more appreciated.
Get Creative with Materials—or Patterns
There are so many options from which you can build your walkway. You can opt for a manmade material such as pavers or stamped concrete, or you could go for natural stone. But whatever you choose, you want to be sure that the design matches the overall look of your space. You can also get creative by incorporating a color pattern—or even your company logo—into the design.
Pay Attention to Width
A point that is often overlooked, the width of your walkway can either make the path comfortable or awkward to traverse. Instead of a narrow walkway, choose to go wider. As a general rule of thumb, a walkway should be wide enough for two people to walk side by side. Making it too narrow can make it awkward for people as they’ll all need to come single file down the path.
Work with a Professional
If you’re considering adding a walkway to your property—whether you’re replacing an existing one or adding something brand new—then you’ll want to be sure to work with a professional who can help you create a design that you’ll love. It may just be one feature of your overall property, but it’s an important one.
The last thing that you want is to invest in a walkway that is awkward, ugly, or negatively impacts your outdoor space. Just like any other element of your property, it’s important that everything comes together to create a seamless look.
With a professional’s help, you’ll be able to add walkways to your property that have some serious wow factor behind them. The result will be not only getting comfortably from one area of your property to another but also giving your yard a major boost in value. You’ll have a much more impressive outdoor space and that will reflect positively on your company or business.
Choosing Bluegrass for your Hardscaping Needs
At Bluegrass Landscape and Design, we can work with you on all of your hardscaping needs. Whether it’s walkways, a patio, retaining walls, or another hardscaping project, we can help design and install hardscapes that will functionally and aesthetically fulfill your needs. If it’s a project you’d like to talk about, give us a call at 314-770-2828 so we can get the conversation started today.