David Gatti and I continue our conversation about walkways and pathways. In this segment we discuss such issues as DIY walkways and the cost of installing walkway pavers....
Q. Would you consider installing a pathway or walkway a viable DIY project?
A. Depending on the materials used, I would consider installing pathways to be a viable DIY project because they are usually a lot less labor intensive. Walkways are often much larger than pathways and can entail extensive knowledge of pouring concrete and laying walkway pavers. These projects involve quite a bit more time and effort, and they often require teamwork, so walkways are generally considered a good job for consulting a landscape designer.
Q. What factors should be considered before starting such a project? What is the number one thing homeowners struggle with when making decisions about installing pathways and walkways?
A. Homeowners need to decide the potential uses for the pathway or walkway before starting the project. They need to determine an approximate budget before sitting down with their landscaper or beginning to plan their DIY project. Deciding which materials to use is usually the main struggle for homeowners. This is oftentimes due to budget restrictions, so setting a budget and prioritizing goals are the two best decisions to make prior to starting.
I recommend building with walkway pavers because they are more durable than concrete and have a more authentic look. Walkway pavers are also tumbled, meaning they have natural edges, and are easier to replace.
After determining a budget and consulting a landscaper, reconsider once more if the aesthetic value of your project will be beneficial to your home. You do not want to install a low-budget walkway if it could potentially drop the value of your home. Most landscape designers will tell you whether the project is worth the potential cost.
Q. Is there an estimated cost range homeowners should expect for designer-installed pathways and walkways? Describe a low-end pathway or walkway as compared to something at the higher end.
- A standard walkway size is 4 feet wide by 30 feet long (including base material, polymer sand, and walkway pavers or concrete or flagstone)
- Walkway pavers est. $600 (install price $1800)
- Concrete (with color) est. $350 (install price $1200)
- Flagstone est. $475 (install price $2100)
- A standard pathway size is 3 feet wide by 60 feet long (including base materials, edging, and mulch or trail mix)
- Mulch est. $300 (install price $750)
- Trail Mix est. $600 (install price $1400)
Typically, a higher-end walkway or pathway will consist of custom cut stones and inserts while a lower-end is less complex consisting of mulch or gravel. Often flagstones are selected for high-end walkways because they have to be custom fitted. Walkway pavers are also a popular choice amongst homeowners who are looking for a more formal, patterned walkway.
David Gatti is the president / owner of P.O.P.S. Landscaping, a full-service landscaping company specializing in the creation of attractive, usable outdoor spaces.