Ever looked at your backyard and wondered what would make it more of an outdoor haven you can journey around in? Making your garden more accessible can be more fun than you think. Since stone flooring has never really gone out of style, many trending designs make use of it to create visually appealing garden walkways. Moreover, some of these designs feature large slabs which you can get creative with to pave your own pathway. With the variety of textures that stone provides and the plethora of design possibilities that it opens up, you’re going to wish the pathway never ends. Why not make that everyday stroll around your backyard a much more pleasant one with unique outdoor flooring.
It’s hard to go wrong with slate. Available in different earthy shades, slate makes for a brilliant choice for a paver walkway. The variety of tones lay out an interesting pattern that extends throughout the pathway. As most other types of stone, slate is known for its longevity. Even if it does get somehow damaged, the slate is relatively easy to repair. You can have your walkway paved with slate for an average of $10 per square foot.
2. Improvised Flagstone Walkway
Strategically placed slabs of flagstone atop a layer of river rocks can make for a formidable backyard walkway. For a DIY paver walkway that will guide you through your backyard in style, you can improvise by laying stepping stones or leftover slabs from another project.
Flagstone is available in different types, each boasting different characteristics. Consider going for the type that best suits your garden in terms of aesthetics as well as practicality.
For this design, you can also use boards of teakwood instead of stone. Teak is a weatherproof wood, also making it suitable for a floating deck.
3. Never-Ending Herringbone Brick Path
A fascinating brick walkway pattern in which you can lay your paving can be herringbone. Consider choosing this pattern for longer walkways in order to bring the best out of its aesthetic value. While there are several types of stone with which you can achieve this pattern, a brick walkway has proven to be an ideal choice.
Brick is a common choice for sidewalk pavers. Its warm texture, however, makes it an ideal choice for a cozy garden as well. Although it's available for as low as $3 per square foot, you may get better quality by going for a price closer to the average of $5 to $10.
4. Lively Flagstone Path
You may once again harvest the variety that flagstone provides by coming up with a design that makes pathways obsessively fascinating. Large pavers for a walkway with irregular shapes sitting atop a layer of bright-colored sedimentary rocks create a calm yet vibrant pattern.
5. Minimalist Concrete Pathway Paver
For a more minimalist design, you can go for a plain version of a concrete paver walkway. Concrete’s pros outnumber its cons by a significant margin. An important advantage that concrete shares with other types of stone flooring is its durability. The tough nature of concrete makes it practically immune to damage. It is also stain-resistant, easy to maintain, as well as inexpensive. Expect to pay an average of $6 to $7 per square foot for basic to mid-range designs. But wait, there’s more. Concrete is moreover flexible in terms of design possibilities. Whether you prefer modern designs or intricate patterns, concrete will leave ample room for your creativity.
Another suitable use for concrete flooring would be for an outdoor kitchen. You wouldn’t have to worry about spilling the barbeque sauce because concrete is known for its ability to resist stains.
6. Circular Steps on Gravel
To step outside of the more common shapes of paving stones, you can go for a funky design with circular steps. This unconventional yet simple layout can bring a bubbly mood to your outdoor living space.
For the stepping stones, consider either flagstone or concrete. A pathway featuring this design could fit perfectly on a layer of pebbles as well as grass; although a trending option is a pea gravel walkway with stepping stones. Instead of sticking with the traditional rectangular stepping stones, why not adopt that trend by going for circular shapes for your pathway?
7. Alternative Concrete Pathway
Who said concrete is boring? Since concrete is known for being flexible in its designability, consider an eccentric pattern of differently-sized stepping stones on top of your grass flooring. This is a great design option if you don’t want to disturb the existing greenscape. The difference in color between the grass and the concrete brings out a contrast that emphasizes the pathway. Try not to play hopscotch on this one because concrete may cause some damage to your limbs if you were to slip and fall.
8. Traditional Cobblestone Paver
Although a vintage element, cobblestone pavings have never really gone out of style. Cobblestone is as durable as it can get. It is no surprise that this type of stone has been commonly used for centuries in old towns and roads. If it is used to handle the weight of horses and carriages, it can very well handle your weight. Generally made from granite, limestone, or basalt, cobblestone’s natural properties make it ideal for walkway paving. Depending on the type of stone used, cobblestone goes for an average of $11 to $13.
Granite is available in a variety of colors, making it ideal for a walkway that adopts a more natural feel rather than one with uniform tones. Its high durability makes it suitable for outdoor flooring. Granite is known to withstand a high amount of foot traffic. As formidable as it may be, the disadvantages are not to be taken for granite (pun intended). You can expect to pay up to $25 per square foot for quality specimens. As for installation, granite paving requires a fair amount of expertise to avoid mistakes when applying it. If your budget can accommodate the cost, however, consider hiring a trusted professional to help.
10. Luxury Marble Walkway
A favorite among ancient Romans and Greeks, marble’s presence throughout the ages is a testament to its durability. Moreover, it simply exudes charm and prestige. You can channel your inner Julius Caesar by taking a short stroll across your backyard. As it is a porous stone, one setback of marble is that it is known to absorb stains. Moreover, its elite nature comes at a price. On average, marble flooring costs between $10 to $20 per square foot.
11. Tidy Walkway Blocks
A simple yet elegant design can involve neatly lining up square patio slabs. This will create a satisfyingly clean pathway that paints a sense of order. Anything from flagstone, concrete, as well as wood, can do wonders for a design of this simplicity. You can alternatively take it up a notch and lay the slabs in a way that the pathway appears diagonal. This modified version of the tidy walkway maintains the element of elegance while introducing an added element of adventure.