Our side walkway…


Here is what the side of our house has looked like for the last month during our renovations. They had to remove the neighbours retaining wall, and move our shed out of the way to get their machinery in and out of the backyard. And let me tell you, it was a slippery mess, like the rest of the backyard for most of the time!

We paid the landscapers to move the shed back and build the retaining wall, but we decided to do the pathway ourselves. After all, we were the ones who laid the path in the first place after we ripped out the interlock to fix the leak in our basement a couple years ago.
Our thinking about the side of our house is that it is just a passage way to get to the backyard. We want it to look nice, be low maintenance, but an area where we could save a bit of money by doing ourselves.
Luckily, the landscapers were kind enough to level out the space for us. So, this is what we started with…

And, a massive pile of gravel…(that’s a long story, I’ll spare you from hearing. You’re welcome.)

Here are a couple different angles.


So, we began by raking the entire area flat. There was a lot of limestone screening at the sides, so we raked that into the middle to level everything out. Then we covered the area with black landscaping fabric to stop weeds from growing.
We started with large cement pavers…Those of you that know me know I am not a huge fan of measuring, so 90% of the things I do, I put on a slight angle on purpose because I think that looks far better that trying to be straight and being a little off. It also makes stuff look a little funky, and funky is always good. So, we put down each of the pavers on a slight angle.

Also, every couple months when the kids were babies, and whenever the mood hits me since, I have made stepping stones of the kids feet, so every three pavers, I added a homemade stepping stone…

Then, we went around the garden and collected all of the rocks we had laying around, to make a border along the pathway, not a great picture, but you can kind of see where I was going with this idea…

Then we stared digging gravel. We filled in the outsides of the path with the rough, larger gravel, and got a load of of pea gravel delivered for the pathway. (btw: the kids thought the name “pea gravel” was the funniest thing ever – you can imagine the quality of conversation between John and the kids here) So we spent quite a while shovelling. But, this is the end product…

As you can see, we still have a little cleaning up to do, but we were happy overall. I would like to add a rock sculpture, or some painted rocks, or more stepping stones or something to make it a little more interesting. Right now, there is a lot of rock, not a whole lot else…let me know if you have any ideas! Now, onto the flagstone…

2 responses »

  1. Maybe you could plant some cacti/succulents? They’re very low maintenance, and the flowering ones are beautiful in the mornings.


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