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Walkway Pavers Costs

There are many approaches to enhancing outdoor decor with walkway pavers, meaning that costs can range dramatically based on the size and scope of a project. It's important to consider the materials that will be used, recognizing that more elaborate pavestones will carry higher price tags than basic pieces. The level of sophistication in the design of a walkway or other pavestone surface area can also play a role in the price of a project, especially when professional design support may be required. Actual installation of the stones may affect the project pricing as well. Considering the desired outcome in the personal planning stages can help a homeowner budget such an improvement project appropriately.

Cost of Walkway Pavers

Concrete pavers are available in varied sizes and finishes, making it possible to find unique effects and configurations for a walkway or defined surface area. While many pavers are created from concrete, it's also possible to find unique stone pavers in different materials. Flagstone is an excellent option for a more natural look as pieces tend to be irregular because of jagged edges. Natural colors are also attractive in this subset of walkway paver options. The category encompasses materials like shale and slate, and pricing can range from $2 to $10 per square foot.

It's important to realize that bulk orders of these materials can lead to lower per-paver pricing, making it possible to lower overall costs for a big project. A smaller walkway may not require enough material to warrant purchase of a full pallet, but a larger area may require multiple pallets of pavers.

  • Pavers less than 12 in. x 12 in. can range from $0.40 to $3.00 apiece based on sizing and special effects.

  • 12 in. x 12 in. pavers range from $0.98 to $4.00 apiece.

  • 16 in. x 16 in. pavers range from $3.00 to $5.00 apiece according to effects.

  • Irregular, interlocking or specialty shapes in concrete pavers can range from $0.50 to $10.00 apiece based on sizing and detail.

Specialized Walkway Pavers and Systems

Those interested in achieving unusual detail or intricate design elements in a walkway or other outdoor surface may find that general walkway pavers limit their options. It is possible to work with specialists in the landscape industry to find unique walkway solutions with concrete or stone pavers that are engineered to provide elaborate visual effects. 

In some cases, two or more paver shapes are used in alternating arrangements to create a consistent pattern that incorporates geometric effects. Some paver patterns and systems are based on rectangular pieces in varied sizes. In other cases, different shapes are used in tandem to create a pattern. Cobblestone effects can be achieved with concrete pavers designed to resemble stones, and circular patterns can be created with specialized pavers as well. 

The concrete industry has provided those involved in landscape architecture with unique color and finish solutions. As pavers are designed to look like natural materials, a new walkway might be created with a rustic or aged look. Vibrant colors can be used for a modern design, and weathered effects can be achieved with varied intensities of gray or brown hues. 

Layout and Planning Issues

Partnering with a landscape architect to achieve an intricate design can be important for several reasons. If the basic options found in a home and garden store don't provide enough detail, for example, the professional landscape designer often has access to numerous systems, samples and catalogs to ensure that a homeowner finds the pavers that meet personal standards for color, shape and layout. Additionally, a professional is ready to carefully calculate the costs for a project by computing precisely the amount of material needed. At the same time, access to bulk supplies of materials can provide optimum pricing on a large-scale walkway, patio or drive.

Walkway pavers can be simple solutions for small needs in defining areas of a home's outdoor environment. They can also provide exceptional outdoor decor, because they are excellent for creating beautiful highlights while impacting property value. Budgeting for a pavestone project will be affected by issues like the area to be covered, the materials and finishes to be used and the level of detail to be achieved. Once a home or property owner has those schematics thought out, serious work on an improvement project can begin.

Last updated on May 9, 2014

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