Patios & Walkways
Patios are one of the most desired landscape features that homeowners want, and Walkways are one of the most needed features in a landscape.
We get many hours of enjoyment of our patios. When thinking of having a patio installed, make a list of considerations before laying out the patio design. Your list may include the things listed above in addition to things such as an outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen complete with a refrigerator and countertop, a place to store wood for the bonfire, extra seating space for all of the grandkids, outdoor lighting, fragrant flowers planted nearby, a water feature next to your seating area, views to be enhanced or hidden, a shade tree if there is too much direct sun, etc. Next, consider the type of surface you want for your patio. Formal or informal, brick pavers or natural stone, the possibilities are many.
Walkways are an important feature in our landscapes. We want them to be both functional and beautiful. Walkways also need to be safe and easy to traverse. What kind of opportunities does your yard present for an interesting walkway? Just having a walk from the driveway to the front door isn’t enough. We want to enjoy ALL of our property. Walking through our property on a path is better than just going over grass or through brush. Perhaps you have a wooded area where there is a river down the bank. How about creating a woods path, with wood mulch as the walking surface, and flat stones as steps? You can create your own ‘hiking’ path. All along this path, you may want to plant woodland flowers such as trillium. Or, maybe your yard has several buildings on it. You can create a path to these buildings where you normally would walk. This creates the “bones” for even more landscape design opportunities. Maybe your walks could incorporate a ‘hub’ type junction where several paths converge, and this could create an opportunity to make a planting bed, or even a small water feature in the center island of these walks.
Whatever kind of patios or walkways you need or want, we suggest that you always consider them to be ‘design opportunities’. Why settle for just a small square patio or just a simple walk to get from one place to another when you can also enjoy that walk or patio far more in the greater scheme of things by giving it some serious design consideration. They can be absolutely gorgeous landscape features.