Friday, October 7, 2011

Granite Walkway

from the front steps looking out to the street

When we built our house in 2008, we had no idea what we wanted for a walkway leading from our front door to the street.  Flagstone was an idea we liked, but we didn't want the cost that came with it.  I like to "drink champagne on a beer budget" as they say.  

While picking out our granite countertop for the kitchen, my husband noticed a large dumpster full of granite scraps.  He had the perfect idea!  He asked if he could take some of them, and the owners happily agreed.  With the pieces he took, he built our walkway.  People stop by our house all the time, get out of their cars, and feel our path.  They can't believe it is granite!  LOL

If you will notice on the left side towards the top half, there are small ovals.  Those are the granite cutouts from sinks!  We used them as stepping stones leading from the garage to the walkway.  

I guess you could really say their trash was our treasure...and it tastes like champagne!

By the way, this isn't the best picture.  It was a very cloudy day, so the sun is not glistening off of the polished granite.  Yes, it is polished and sealed like a kitchen countertop, which is why I think everyone is surprised when they see it.


  1. That is gorgeous...what a great idea! I always love those mowable pathways...easy to maintain and look great! You'll never have to worry about your pathway getting old and cracking!

  2. Love your thinking'd probably be surprised at the stuff these companies throw away that could be put to's a shame to throw stuff like this away.....I'd be checking with them a lot to see what else you could find.....
    So did you cement them in place or just lay them down on the soil ?

  3. That is really beautiful Elizabeth..I like it.

  4. Thank you for the comments.

    Mona, no, we did not cement them in. We simply laid them down in the area we shaped out as our walkway. Then, we brushed and packed soil in between the gaps. Once it had settled, we sprinkled grass seed on top of the soil filled gaps so it would grow and fill in. It sort of gives it the appearance that it has been there a long time.