walkway quandry in new construction

sarasue242May 19, 2010

We recently moved into a new home in southern CT (not fairfield county) and have only a temporary walkway. Now that the driveway is paved, we have turned our attention to the front and back walkways but know nothing about what to select. I saw a similar post from a woman who had an existing flagstone walkway that needed repair, but we are starting with a clean slate.

One company quoted a paver walkway with a soldier border for approximately $8K including some stone beds. Another company will charge approximately $10-$11K for a flagstone walkway with a belgium brick border and the same stone beds. The home is a gray, traditional, center hall colonial with black shutters/door. Little guidance is available from neighborhood trends since so few homes have completed walkways yet. One neighbor has pavers, another stamped concrete. I am not partial to either and wonder if the additional $3K is going to be worth the investment and/or if we should skip the belgium block and just do the unbordered flagstone to shave some of the cost. The belgium bricks for material and labor add approximately $10 each.

Any insights would be appreciated!

Clueless in CT

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There are lots of ways to make a walkway. Some cost more than others, some suit a home better than others.Also, amount of traffic to the particular door makes for physical requirement criteria as well. And you can't rule out resale value. Expense is a practical issue as well.There are too many unanswered variables for someone to say -"do this"

A photo would help at least start you out by getting suggestions that fit the aesthetics of the house as a place to start. Then you can make decisions on your own values and tastes without going through the exercise of sharing the details through words.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 6:56AM
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Yes a pic would be more helpful.

The front walkway is the most important one, so go big ticket on that as a choice and lower on the backyard.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 8:34AM
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Walkways laid on packed gravel or sand are well inside the DIY zone.

How good are your knees?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 8:54AM
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Regardless of what material you choose for the walk there are other important considerations. The position of house, drive, and walk often lead to an enclosed area. Roof water from downspouts and rainfall on the area may need to be discharged to another area. Low voltage electrical cables for lighting may need to be installed into or out of the enclosed area. This also applies to water lines for such things as a sprinkler system.

To facilitate all of these possible future uses, before walk construction you should install underground pipe sleeves under where the walk will go in appropriate sizes. Should you later need to route utilities or drainage pass the walk they can be run through the existing pipe and the walk need not be disturbed

Short lengths of plastic pipe are cheap. Cap off the ends, bury under where the walk will go, and keep careful records of where the pipes are. Putting a line into or out of an enclosed area without sleeves can be expensive and result in damage to the walk.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 11:40AM
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