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Home Remodeling for Curb Appeal: Front Walks

Written by Guest Blogger
May 29th, 2014

A continuation on our series about exterior home improvements.

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Front walks are the first impression people have of your home – make it beautiful!  Photo by Briget Murphy.

Your front walkway is not just a way for you and your guests to get from the car to your front door. It provides the first impression of your home, and adds to the atmosphere of your home, which is a reflection of you, your personality and your taste. In the Dallas area, you can find every style of front walkways – from traditional and elegant to whimsical and fun.

When designing your walkway, you should think about the width, shape and paving materials you want used. Many walkways are four feet wide, but five feet across is preferred because it provides enough room for two people to walk side by side comfortably. The shape of your front walkway will depend on the size of your front yard. Small yards tend to look better with a straight walkway while large yards with winding or curved walkways can add interest to the front of your home. The style of our home needs to be taken into consideration too. A colonial or Victorian home often looks better with a straight walk, while a Mediterranean or ranch style home is more suited to a curved walk. However, the style of the walkway may be determined by the size of your front yard as well as by the architecture.

There are many choices for paving materials for your front walkway. You will want something that compliments the exterior of your home, but that provides an interesting touch. Material choices include concrete, bricks (click link to read about brickmaking!), paving stones, slate and gravel. In the Dallas area, you need to take the weather into consideration when planning your walkway. You want a material that will withstand the extremes in temperatures and that will not be affected by direct sunlight. Slate is durable and comes in a wide range of colors that with compliment any building materials. Bluestone is similar to slate, with a slightly different composition that also can withstand the weather as well as high traffic. Brick can be used in a traditional herring bone pattern for an elegant look. Secured with either mortar or sand or gravel, brick is a classic walkway material. Gravel is another classic material for a walkway. A combination of materials can create a unique walkway that accentuates your entry. For instance, a concrete walk lined by bricks is a nice combination. A gravel walk with large slate paving stones is another attractive combination.

Scroll down for more photos of beautiful front walks! If you would like more information about creating a stunning front entry walkway for your home, please visit the von Gillern Construction website or call them at 972-818-0411. Award-winning von Gillern Construction is dedicated to providing the very best quality materials and craftsmanship for all your exterior and interior updates, bathroom remodeling, home additions and kitchen remodeling. Serving the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and beyond, von Gillern Construction is one of the area’s most experienced home remodeling companies.

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