The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

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Wouldn’t you know it that in the midst of all of our Curb Appeal projects, we had to stop and go car shopping?! Craziness at Chez Acheson, I tell ya, craziness!

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Anyway, if you’ve been paying attention, we’ve been talking curb appeal for the last few weeks; we shared how to get a great lawn (ours is still a work in progress – apparently there are no ‘quick fixes’!), some gorgeous lighting options from The Home Depot, several photos of front porch inspiration and of course why it’s important to have great curb appeal.

Well…we’re finally ready to show you the first of our own projects – The Flagstone Walkway!

the flagstone walkway The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

Now, I HAVE to STRESS that this is only a progress picture because while the walkway is actually finished, the grass hasn’t quite greened up between the flagstones – so it’s nowhere near as lush as I’d like it to be. We’re working on it though!  Think lots of watering. Me and the hose. The hose and me. Sorry. I digress. We’ll also be adding some high traffic seed to the walkway this fall to toughen up the grassy area even more.

before and after The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

So how did we get from ‘Before’ to ‘Progress’?

The first thing we had to do when we were planning the new walkway was to decide what we wanted it to look like!

I have always loved flagstone pathways and really love the casual look of a flagstone path through the grass – like a country cottage meandering path. Since we don’t get much snow here, shovelling is not really an issue and because this style of walkway has the tops of the stones sitting level with the grass, we can just run the lawnmower right over the top to keep the grass trimmed.

We knew we’d found exactly what we were looking for when we stumbled onto this video by The Home Depot.

video link The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

Since we had a brick walkway and not grass in some of the (expanded) walkway, we had a little more prep work to do than shown in the video. When we removed the existing brick walkway, we found there was a lot of crushed rock underneath.

crushed rock old walkway The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

Hmm, what do we do with that? Aha! Wheelbarrow needed!

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Daddy’s helpers putting together THE WHEELBARROW!

Once the handy-dandy wheelbarrow was assembled, Dean removed the crushed rock – and put it aside for later use. We filled in the now-empty space with a few inches of soil and sodded the whole area. (Don’t mind the brown sod – it was super duper hot that weekend).

prepping for sod The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

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Then we were ready to do the step-by-step laying of the flagstone!

Supplies:

Step 1

laying out stones The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

Lay out flagstone in a random pattern. Now would be the time to make adjustments! Look at it from all directions. Turn or move any stones that don’t look quite right. You don’t want uniformity in the spaces but you do need some balance.

Step 2

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Once you’re happy with the layout, use the square-head spade (not sure if that’s the technical term!) to cut sod carefully around flagstone.

Step 3

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Lift the stone out of the way. Remove the sod and excess soil from underneath. (This seemed a little counter-intuitive for us after having just put down soil under the new sod, but it was necessary. We saved the soil for the garden expansion project, so it wasn’t wasted.) Also be sure to remove any roots or rocks that may be in the way.

Step 4

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Add 1-2 inches of crushed limestone. Smooth out and tamper. You can use an actual tamper, but we used the end of a 2×4 – both because we didn’t have a tamper (!) and because the flagstone was such an irregular shape that the 2×4 worked so much better than a tamper would have.

Step 5

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Set flagstone back in place. Press down.

Step 6

Repeat for all flagstones. Then using a long level, be sure all stones are level to each other (not shown).

And that’s it – all done! Again excuse the brown grassy spots…pretend they’re green with me, m’kay?

flagstone walkway The Curb Appeal Series: The Flagstone Walkway

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What do you think of our new walkway? Are you as partial to flagstone as we are? What is your favourite type of walkway? Any curb appeal projects up your sleeve? Any instant grass-greening tips for us?

P.S. Don’t forget – we aren’t finished yet! Watch for more of our curb appeal projects, including a garden expansion, concrete foundation refacing, window boxes and the final reveal of the whole ‘kit-and-caboodle’ all coming soon!

The Flagstone Walkway project was sponsored by The Home Depot as part of The Curb Appeal Series. All work, ideas and opinions are – as always – our own! For all of our policies, please visit our Policies page.

 

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  1. how2home says

    This project looks phenomenal! How long did the whole project take? How would you cut the grass thats in between the stone?

    • aka design says

      It should realistically take the better part of one focused weekend. It took us a little longer because we were fitting it in around several other previously-scheduled family activities. xo. S.

    • aka design says

      Sorry, forgot your second question! The stones are set just below the grass. We can actually run the law mower right over the top to cut the grass! (if you do this, be sure your blade is set high enough and your stones are indeed below the grass.)

      • how2home says

        I was avoiding doing this project for the backyard but now I think im going to reconsider. My mom’s house have similar stone and layout but I would have to use a trimmer to trim all the grass around the stone which is such a pain. This is a good tip to set the stone below the grass. Thanks!!

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