I am still in the planning stage of landscaping and I would like some advice on where to place the paths in my front yard. The yard is fenced in and there are two gates, one for cars and one for people, I would like a path to come from both the man gate and the driveway and merge together somewhere. There is an existing concrete path that hugs the house and foundation beds, it is only 3' wide and is cracked in several places, I think it would be better if it were at least a foot wider and smoothed out so I would like to improve that at the same time as the new paths are added. I prefer curved paths to straight ones, so some gentle curves would be nice. I am artistically challenged so instead of drawing in paths I just drew a simple schematic that shows the existing features and where I would like the sitting area to be. There is currently no real separation between the driveway and the yard, just a line where the grass/weeds stop and the gravel is more visible. The property line goes to the curb next to the road, some neighbors have their gardens planted all the way to the curb but ours is currently empty.
I would like the paths to come from both the man gate and the driveway, and I would like them to go to the front door, fountain, sitting area, and back yard (although there is already a path for that, but I would like it to connect to that path somehow.)
Lastly, and I don't know if this is a possibility or not, but I read an article in a magazine recently on dry streams that double as paths, and having one of those would be nice. In heavy rain we tend to get standing water right in front of the path by the front door and it would be great if the new path could somehow help drain that water away towards the street. We had some septic issues this past winter and in dealing with them we learned that we are the only house on the street that drains all of our water into the back yard instead of having a method for getting some of it out to the front where there are storm drains. So that has become one of the main priorities in our landscaping, which I don't mind because I love the look of stone and dry creeks so I will enjoy having them.
To sum up I need paths coming from two places and going to 3 or 4 places, hopefully that can double as a water diversion method, that are gently curved and look good. In my previous attempts to draw paths myself it has always ended up looking too busy or just plain weird to me. I also don't know how well something I draw on a bird's-eye-view schematic will translate to real life. I would really appreciate some help.