Driveways, pathways and stairways are the 3 important landscaping around the house that you cannot overlook. If you have already created a beautiful foliage front yard landscaping, you must finish the overall appearance with an attractive driveways, pathways and stairways to have a 5-stars entrance.
Driveways and pathways should be properly lay out and construct with strong durable compacted foundation to withstand the heavy usage. The cost of construction could be staggering depending on the size of the driveway and pathway.
Always bear in mind to choose the materials or type of rocks and stones that compliment the theme of your home.
First, let us talk about driveway. Below are a few paving suggestions that you could consider.
1. Tegula sets or blocks
2. Tumbled Blocks
3. Travertine for contemporary finishing
5. Cobble stones for country look
6. Mill stones
It is advisable to hire a professional landscaper to do the construction of the driveways. Do it right the first time for a long-lasting result.
As for the pathway, the project is not that labor intensive and therefore, you may consider doing it yourself with five important characters to look for.
Water erosion is the most common maintenance problem in a pathway. Jointing sand and stabilizer do not have water resistance feature. Secondly, construct a durable pathway for heavy traffic. Thirdly, find quality material is low maintenance and enable easy replacement by sections. Fourthly, get an easy application formula. Pathway materials usually mix with chemicals and wrongfully done will create a disaster with aggregation and paving stone. Lastly, look for environment friendly solution to construct the pathway so that, there will be no harmful chemical residue left behind.
Adding contemporary bollards to driveway and pathway landscaping have become popular in the last decade. Retractable bollards define the driveway and pathway besides providing safety and protection to the structures, building and any pedestrian. It is now well accepted as a decorative or ornamental fixture in the gardens and surroundings. It is durable, can be customized and withstand any weather condition as well. This is something new to think about for an added feature.
Stairway landscaping can be modern, classic, or elaborate with details. Always starts with the basic functionality, safety and aesthetic design principles and purpose.
The stairway landscaping should be consistent and compliment with the theme of your home. The best choice for building a stairway is using the hardscape material like concrete. Other common options are brick, stone and wood.
Brazilian walnut, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Redwood are some excellent durable rot resistance choice for wood material. Granite, Limestone, Bluestone or Slate and the high-end selection for the stone category. And the cheapest long-lasting material is brick or concrete.
There are building codes to comply with when building a stairway landscape. Here are some specs for general guidelines. Stair tread should be at least 10-inches. Deeper treads constitute for a lower riser. The height of the riser should not be exceeding 7 ¾ inches. Minimum width of the stair is 36 inches. And, the landing step should be wider by 12 inches on both sides than your door for a comfortable access.
To complete the look and safety of your stairway landscape, please consider railings especially if you have more than four steps to the landing step. Stairway lighting dramatically enhance safety as well by improving tread visibility besides adding intriguing element.