Update Your Walkway with These Affordable Paver Ideas
This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.
We are continuing our exterior makeover, and we are moving on to our walkway. I am going to share with you some different styles of pavers we considered to update our walkway.
Our walkway is a brown concrete aggregate, and we want to update it to go with our new front exterior. The brown color does not go well with our new herringbone brick pavers on our front porch.
Here are some options we considered…
The first option was brick pavers.
My friend, Kellie, from Nest of Posies, covered her existing walkway with brick pavers, and I LOVE the way it turned out!
Cy was worried that the brick pavers we used on our front porch decking would not work well on our walkway because they are a little thinner and more irregular than the pavers above. He was a little worried about the freezing temperates we sometimes get here, and the fact that they would be completely exposed to the elements, unlike the ones on our covered porch.
If we did a brick paver walkway, Cy thought we would need a more sold, substantial brick paver, like these from Lowe’s:
Brick pavers are classic, easy-to-install, and the small shape allows for a variety of different laying patterns
Unfortunately, the color of these brick pavers did not match our front porch brick pavers very well, so we decided to look at other options. However, if our front porch decking was wood or concrete, we would have probably gone with this option.
Another option we considered was a cobblestone walkway.
There were two options we could use to try and get this look.
The first option would be to purchase this concrete patio stone. We could either bust up our original sidewalk and lay these stones, or we could actually apply the stones on top of our existing sidewalk. However, if we chose the second option, it would make the height of our sidewalk taller, and we would need to build the sides of our walkway with either grass or mulch to cover up the height difference.
These single unit interlocking system simplifies installation and increases project durability.
If you are starting from scratch on your walkway, you may want to consider using this stone mold when you pour your concrete.
It will give you the cobblestone look, but with concrete.
Using the mold is less expensive than using the concrete patio stones mentioned previously, but it is more time consuming and labor intensive.
The last option we considered was individual natural style pavers.
These are very similar to the cobblestone, but we would lay them in a straight running bond pattern, which would give our walkway a totally different look.
Here is an inspiration photo…
Isn’t that pretty?
Lowe’s has a great tutorial on how to lay a paver sidewalk HERE.
So after looking at all of the options, we have decided to use a similar natural style paver, but in a totally different way. We are going to use them to line our current walkway. BUT, we are going to have to do a “treatment” to our current concrete aggregate walkway to get the look we want, so stay tuned for that tutorial soon!
Which is your favorite paver option above?
I like them all! and I’m so wanting to update our current walkway :), but I want to tear it all out and start over. My hubby isn’t keen on that idea so…
I’m so loving all the transformation you all are doing! Cy is a hard-working guy!!
Personally, I would want to match the color of the front porch pavers. I think any other color will not look any better than the present walkway. AND…..I would go with a different shape as well. Don’t want to look to ‘matchy matchy. This is just my humble opinion.
You have started your exterior with brick, I would give great consideration before I brought another type of material on the job.
I like all of the options you shared, Traci! You are truly blessed to have a very talented and hardworking husband. I know that if your home could, it would be smiling so big from all of the positive changes y’all are doing to it.
I love watching all the improvements you and Cy are making to your Nashville home.. We have the natural pavers on our back patio and love the look.
So glad you are sharing your work and ideas on your blog. Way to go Traci!
I’m just a brick lover at heart! Very Southern and welcoming look to me…don’t know why, just …is!!
Would a concrete stain on the aggregate be an option?