This home has had a number of recent upgrades, including a new walkway leading from the pool apron, around to the side-entry gate. In addition to providing a walkable surface, the path needed to accommodate a lawn tractor entering from the side gate. Drainage was also a concern as the slope of the nearby terrain channels water away from the pool-apron and down the nearby hill. Because of this, the path was designed to follow the existing grade and is permeable to facilitate infiltration.
The final design is a paver walkway that extends to the end of the deck. RumbleStone’s™ Mini Café was used because it is the same material as the retaining wall in the above pictures. A small niche was left to allow a climbing vine to grow up the side of the lattice.
The pavers were laid on a 45° running bond and set within a border of larger material. After finishing up, the pavers were compacted and grouted with polymeric sand.
The permeable section of the walkway was made with medium-diameter river rock from the Tennessee River. The larger stones were chosen because they have a decreased tendency to wander into the lawn and they resist “rutting” from repetitive trips across the surface with the lawn tractor. The bottom of this path was lined with a Geo-fabric to prevent the stones from migrating into the underlying soil.