I kicked off another weekend by putting a few hours in on my pathway. I’m continuing to make slow but deliberate progress! I’ve made a few decisions that have changed my original plan. First, I decided that I really don’t like the flagstone in the pathway and I plan to repurpose it to build some stairs and a veranda next to the patio by the big rocks. Also, I decided that I really don’t like the bright white pea gravel as much as I’d like a more brown color. Lastly, I’ve decided that the pea gravel by itself rolls around a bit too much, so I want a bed of crushed gravel to create more of a substantial base so that the gravel locks together more!
That’s the benefit of working on the project a little bit at a time! The path area will ultimately need 3 yards of gravel to finish the project. So far, I have only spread one yard of the white pea gravel, so I’m still in good shape. My old pickup can only handle a half-yard of gravel per run and so I made a couple runs to get crushed gravel instead and mixed that in with the white creating a pretty good base. I can already tell that it’s much more firm than it was when walking on it and particularly when rolling a full wheelbarrow over it. The brown has toned down the white and confirmed that I really want to use the brown gravel as my top layer. That will take me two more loads… hopefully just one more weekend!
I also moved all the flagstone to the side and I like the clean pathway much better! I think that the flagstone will make a really cool stairway built into the ground leading up the hill and I’m planning on tackling that one as soon as I get the pathway done. Things are really shaping up and I can already imagine sitting out there on fall weekend evenings with a fire pit and some rustic outdoor furniture! I know it’s pretty bare now while I’m in construction mode, but in my mind I can see it lined with a variety of flowers, flowering bushes and herbs and illuminated in the evening with soft outdoor lighting.
Got some ideas or thoughts? I’d love to hear them!