Walkways, paths, and steps are integral to the flow of both your yard’s layout and its traffic patterns. They can help set a mood and create a seamless design, as well as facilitate smooth transitions from point to point.

When well-planned, they can complement other structures, patios, and plantings—and become interesting focal points in their own right.

In this section of HomeTips, you will find advice for making decisions when buying materials for walkways and steps, and you will discover lots of step-by-step help for DIY installation and repair of pathways and steps.

For more about working with brick, please see Properties of Brick Paving.



• Materials for Paths, Pavers & Steps

• Planning a Front Walkway with Curb Appeal

• Repairing Concrete Patios & Steps

• How to Build a Garden Path

• Building Outdoor Stairs or Ramp

Featured Resource: Get a Pre-Screened Local Outdoor Walkway Installation Pro

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About Don Vandervort
An avid builder and remodeler, Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort