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Old 01-09-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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Walkway to front door from driveway

Hi all,

You have been so helpful so far, I have another question or two.

We are in the process of finishing up a new house - victorian style farmhouse with wrap-around porch. The garage is on the back of the house. We mainly plan on using the garage as our entry way, but understand we will need some kind of walkway to the front door for guests.

Anyway, the builder advised we have the option for a cement walkway from the driveway to the door - or we can do some kind of stepping stones or other walkway.

I'm trying to find ideas on line but not having much luck. Do any of you know if one way is less expensive than another? Maintenance issues? Any good sites for ideas? We're already $30K over budget (my husband loves me for that ) so we dont necessarily want to pay more than we have to but still want the house to look nice.

I'm not sure of the footage - probably around 40-50ft long x 3-4 ft wide? Not sure. We are also on 7 acres and sit about 200 ft off the road so wont be noticable from the street.

Thanks for thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc.


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Old 01-09-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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For an informal look, try bluestone. Pavers are also an option. You should visit a local masonary supply and look at the various choices.


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Old 01-09-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Ron - I was looking at the bluestone - do you know off hand - roughly - if its more/less than a concrete walk? Just to give me an idea - wont hold you to anything. Unfortunately, my husband leaves all this to me to go over. The builder wont advise until I give him an idea of what we want.
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Blue stone is expensive. Like $8/sf. I expect poured concrete will be your cheapest option (other than loose gravel, or some non-paved surface like that).

More rustic (and cheaper) than bluestone would be any number of natural stone colors/styles. They're irregular/natural shapes and they're set in a bed of stone dust, then filled with fine gravel or stone dust between them. I think it's the prettiest if you're looking for something very natural. If you want a more elegant or orderly look, then I'd select cut bluestone pavers.

What climate are you in? Do you get snow and Ice? Around here it's important that a walk is flat enough to shovel easily without catching the edges of stones on an uneven surface.
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Are you having the driveway Blacktopped by any chance,........

If so,......
Having the walkway Blacktopped probably would cost little or Nothing.......
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