Building a Stone Walkway

Learn how to lay a flagstone pathway around your home.

Related To:

  1. Flagstone
  2. Hardscape
Wash Off Stones

Wash Off Stones

You can build a flagstone walkway with grass joints in a weekend.

0133009_09-materials-stacked-stone_s4x3

0133009_09-materials-stacked-stone_s4x3

The three primary materials for this walkway are cobblestones (top left), crusher run (top right) and flagstones (bottom).

Layout the Stones for the Walkway

Layout the Stones for the Walkway

Dry lay the flagstones before you begin digging so you can arrange the stones in a way that looks natural.

Dig Away Sod

Dig Away Sod

Once the flagstones are in place, it's time to start cutting through the turf.

Stone Walkway Cutaway Graphic

Stone Walkway Cutaway Graphic

You'll need to dig out the soil beneath the path to place the stones, as shown in the diagram. You can place thick flagstone directly in the ground. Thinner flagstone will need to sit on three inches of gravel. The cobblestone border will need to rest on an inch of mortar.

Prep Walkway Base

Prep Walkway Base

Once you've dug out the soil where the flagstone will go, fill the hole with a crusher run to create a stable base for the flagstone.

Setting the Paving Stones

Setting the Paving Stones

Use a rubber mallet to set stones firmly.

Place Cobblestone Border

Place Cobblestone Border

The cobblestone border serves as a decorative accent and keeps mulch in the beds along the pathway.

Clean Up and Replant Grass

Clean Up and Replant Grass

Once the stones are laid, hose off the debris.

Newly Completed Stone Walkway

Newly Completed Stone Walkway

From

Desperate Landscapes

You're done. Your new walkway will last for years to come.

Next Up

East Entry From Blog Cabin 2013

The home's original drive, repaved with pea gravel, leads to a gracious cedar-shaded side entrance and flagstone walkway.

Fence Post Stepping Stones

To add stepping stones to gardens or walkways, consider using "stones" that are made of wood instead of stone or concrete.

10 Things You Must Know About Sidewalks

Use these tips to get your sidewalk closer to perfect.

How to Prepare for Building an Arch or Pergola

The right tools can make all the difference when preparing to build an arch or pergola. Learn how to make your project a success with these basic tips.

How to Safely Build and Maintain Arches and Pergolas

Before starting a garden project, it's necessary to take the right safety precautions and learn how to maintain your arch or pergola for a lifetime.

The Pros and Cons of Engineered Stone Tile

Engineered stone tile is a durable choice for countertops and backsplashes and can be found in a wide range of colors.

How to Clean Brick and Concrete With a Pressure Washer

Power washing patios and walkways can make weathered brick and concrete look brand new. Before you get started read these tips to make sure you get the job done right. 

How to Prep for Laying a Patio or Path

Patios, paths and driveways require a firm base to function properly. Learn more about what you need to do before laying a pathway or patio.

The Different Types of Stone Flooring

Is nature’s most elegant flooring worth the ongoing maintenance and the price?

Working With Reclaimed Building Materials

Learn how to refurbish old materials for use in future projects.

Stories We're Following

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Discover Made + Remade

See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.

Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.