A Much Needed Walkway

A Never Realized Feature

This homeowner asked me for a design to renovate the front landscape. The only specific request they had was to save a beautiful Laceleaf Maple that was planted up against the foundation of the house. Beyond that they were relying on me to give their home a new look. I’ve written before about the role design often plays in terms of function and this project offers an excellent example of that principle.

The home is located on a corner lot.  The driveway is on the right side, which leads to the garage beneath the first floor of the house.  From this driveway/garage level the property rises to the front door where it’s only 2 steps up to the first floor and main living area. Supporting the grade change by the driveway was an existing timber wall along with masses of old shrubbery.

Up above, the front door had its own walkway that meandered towards the opposite street from the driveway entrance (remember, this is a corner lot), where it served as the main walkway access to the home.  If you happened to pull in their driveway as a visitor, you would have to walk across their sloped lawn to get to the front door.

A Simple Stairway – Walkway Solution

The timber wall was aging which really incentivized me to replace the wall and at the same time provide steps and a secondary walkway from the driveway level to the front door. The idea and design was well received and the project went ahead.  After the new stone stairway and wall, the walkway continued as incremental stretches of walk and then 1 or 2 stone slab steps until it met up and merged with the existing front  walk. The jaunt up the new steps and walkway was a pleasant stroll as I integrated rock outcroppings and plant groupings to “naturally” retain some of the sloping grades. The homeowner said she actually looked forward to parking down by the garages and walking up to the front door.

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