Putting a personal touch in your back yard with a rustic stone walkway is easier and less expensive than most people think. While it certainly is a good idea to consult with a contractor for larger patios, or patios that need to be graded away from your foundation, many do-it-yourselfers have added a beautiful touch to their homes and gardens this way.
It is a common misconception that using real stone for a walkway puts a project out of the price range of most folks. It is true that natural stone is a premium product that retains its colors and doesn’t deteriorate like cement products. However an easy 5’ by 3’ rustic walkway to your garden or tool shed can be done with most any stone that Great Lakes Stone carries in stock for under $200!
First step in adding natural beauty to your house is to figure out how big of a walkway you will need. Often, folks will just find out the length the walkway needs to run from where it starts to where it ends (the linear footage of the path). Since this is a rustic walkway, you can place the stones as close or as far apart as you would like. Therefore, the total stone you will need will vary.
But have no fear figuring this out! Great Lakes Stone is here to help you out. Once you have the linear measurement of the path, stop on up at the Great Lakes Stone yard. There is a huge selection of stone for walkways on hand 12 months out of the year. There are smaller easy to carry stones (called steppers in the industry) to larger flagstones that require two people to set in place. There are quartzites, slates, granites, gneisses, dolomitic limestones and sandstones. There are blues, grays, whites, tans and multi colored stones. There are rough and rustic stones, shiny stones, smooth stones and wavy stones.
All the stones used in Rustic Stone Walkways are sold by weight. And, as mentioned above, depending on how rustic you want your rustic walkway, the amount you will need per linear foot will vary. That’s why it works so well to have stone in stock at Great Lakes Stone! Simply find your favorite stone and arrange a few pieces on the ground with the width and spacing that you would like. Then measure how many linear feet it covers. The helpful staff at Great Lakes Stone will weigh up the stone you have out in your sample selection and help you figure out the math for how much you’ll need for the whole walkway!
The next step is getting the stone to your house. If you’d like to take care of transportation yourself, you can bring in a truck or a trailer. You may need to make multiple trips depending on how large your walkway is. Otherwise Great Lakes Stone delivers everywhere from Thunder Bay to Bemidji to Bayfield to St. Paul. Be sure to ask a sales rep for a delivery quote. Most deliveries in the Twin Ports area are $70 for up to 12 tons (12 tons is a HUGE walkway).
Now that you have your stone, you’re ready to get started adding a beautiful natural stone touch to your garden or backyard. Simply arrange the stones in roughly the same configuration as when you did your sample at Great Lakes Stone. Trace out around the edges of the stone. Remove the stone and dig out an area so that the stone can sit down flush with your soil. This way you can mow right over the top of the stone. You will need to dig down a couple inches, depending on the thickness of the stone you selected. Before placing the stone back in, we recommend placing some washed sand at the bottom of the hole. This will hold the stone in place and keep it from rocking.
Next step: repeat until you have a beautiful new walkway to enjoy!