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Getting Creative with Your Sidewalk Design: Four Ideas and Examples

Design: TMD Landscape Designs

Something many may not think about during the building process or remodeling process is sidewalk design. Sidewalks are a great place to get creative and add extra curb appeal to your home.

There are many ways to add curb appeal to a sidewalk. This could be anywhere from cleaning it up with a pressure washer if it’s a remodel, to getting creative with a unique design.

For our sidewalks, we want to do something a little different. Here’s what we have in mind.

Our Plan

We are planning on doing the stepping stone in the grass look but in a diamond pattern.

We love the look of this gorgeous landscaped sidewalk by TMD Landscape Designs. This will be our inspiration as we are doing this project. More than likely, we’ll be doing a lot of this ourselves so hopefully, we can achieve a similar look. There is just something about this design and how it compliments the exterior of this home.

Design: TMD Landscape Designs

We will have two separate sidewalks: one in the front and one leading to our friend’s entry. We would really like them to have a similar look using this same design style. Luckily ours will not be as long as the one in this photograph. The larger the sidewalk, of course, equals more money.

We will be taking one of two approaches to constructing the sidewalk. One option is to build a form as you would for a regular concrete sidewalk, but to also include the geometric pattern. This will allow the concrete finishers to pour the sidewalk while they are there doing the driveway. We will then cut our strips of sod to fit in between each piece of concrete.

The other option is to achieve the same look, but with pavers or stones. We’re stilling weighing out the pros and cons of each.

We feel like this look will complement our design style and the modern cottage feel we are trying to achieve. And it will add a unique touch that’s not very common in our area. It will also be very eye-catching from the road. And that’s what it’s all about: curb appeal!

More Examples and Ideas

Brick

You can’t go wrong with a brick sidewalk. A brick sidewalk gives any home lots of character. There are many options such as herringbone, basketweave, running bond, and stacked bond pattern.

Design: TMD Landscape Designs

Many older homes already have a brick sidewalk that offers lots of character. Most of the time when remodeling you can just clean those up and you are good to go.

Stone

Anytime you use natural material, you can count on adding a sense of timelessness to your home. Stones look great on the exterior walls of a house, but they also make beautiful sidewalks.

I love this stone sidewalk by TMD Landscape Designs. The stone looks so at home with the surrounding grass, plants, and flowers.

Design: TMD Landscape Designs

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