Summer is here! Finally, after months of still using our super thick winter duvet and wearing thick jumpers it seems like the good weather is here to stay for a while. But instead of resting and lying outside in the sunshine with a nice glass of something refreshing and cold, we’re taking up half of our garden, building a fence and replacing our driveway.
We’ll be sharing more on all of that soon (at the moment everywhere is just covered in dirt) but something else we’ve decided to do is finally tackle our horrible garden path that leads up to the front of our home.
It’s a complete mess.
It’s not only uneven and ugly, it’s also slowly dissolving into millions of little gritty stones that get stuck under your shoes and then end up covering most of the hallway. Not exactly an ideal situation, especially if you have wooden floors as we do.
Whilst the path rises a bit towards the house, there are no steps up to the front door/ porch which means that we’re left with one huge step up into the porch and inevitably back out and down again. It’s that bad, that we’ve even had visitors literally fall out of the front door – although that may have also had something to do with that evenings wine consumption!
A new porch is also on our to-do list (ours is actually falling away from the rest of the house), but as they’re quite pricey and don’t really improve the quality of living in our home, it always seems to slip down our list of priorities and is still a project that will have to wait a while longer.
The current plan is to remove all of the tarmac and loose edging stones, before adding a new hardcore base, landscape membrane to stop weeds and then pave a nicely curved path up to the front door which a step or two at the end to make it easier to get in and out of the house.
For the paving, we’re thinking of something classic block paving. It may not be the most exciting design choice, but we think it will suit the house and it’ll definitely be much nicer to walk along than our current bumpy tarmac path!
For the less important path leading down the side of the house, we’re currently planning a gravel surface to match the (also yet to be done) driveway at the back of the house. It’s obviously cheaper than paving it and we think that using the same finishes should nicely tie in the front and back gardens and give a more coherent look, as well as making it clear which is the main path that people should be using.
As with most projects around here, the plan is to build the path ourselves, too – although we may decide to have the edges of the path installed by a builder as these should be laid in concrete to stop them from moving over time. Because our path is curved, it’ll probably also be one of the trickiest parts of the project. I guess it’s always good to know your limits and anything that makes our lives easier has got to be a good thing.
Have you ever laid a garden path? What projects would you rather leave to the professionals? Do you have any other paving suggestions for us? Our design is fairly basic (and probably a bit boring), so we’d love to know if you have any other suggestions!