There are many types of building stone available, so it's important to choose one suitable for the walkway you want to create. You also want to choose stone that complements your yard and home. In this project, we’re using a rough-cut flagstone for a random, rustic look appropriate to its lawn and garden setting.
When buying stone for a walkway or any other building project, consider these criteria:
Climate: If winters are cold where you live, use dense stone like granite, bluestone or quartzite that can withstand freezing temperatures. Softer, more porous stones like limestone and sandstone are better suited to warmer areas because when temperatures fall below freezing, any water they absorb could cause them to spall and crack.
Style: Use stone that suits your home’s architectural style. The clean, sharp lines of modular or geometric-shaped stone make it a good choice for contemporary homes; brick and cut stone blocks, called ashlar, are more suitable for traditional or period homes; and the rustic look of rough, irregular stone adds to the character of country homes.
Function: A widely spaced, random stone path, such as the walkway we're creating, is better suited for gardens or secondary paths across lawns or in backyards. For a high-traffic walkway leading to a home's entry, choose smooth, uniformly cut stone set with tight joints to prevent trips and make walking easier.
This project features a walkway that branches off from the front gate and meanders around the side of the home to the backyard. To give it a rustic look, we're using flagstone for the path and cobblestones for a border. The path will be in a low-traffic area and we want it to blend in with the lawn and garden plantings, so we've designed it with wide grass joints between the stones.