1. Stepping stones
You’ll love how easy this is to do! All you need are some decent sized pavers (at least a couple feet across) or even better, some pieces of stunning natural flagstone. Simply place the pieces on the ground with about 18 inches of distance between their centers to match the average person’s stride. Rounded pieces will give you a softer look, while angular ones will help modernize a space. Random mixes of shapes and sizes communicate a more relaxed, informal pathway.
Natural patio flagstone like our best-selling Gold Quartzite flagstone only costs $5-$10 per piece. Pavers vary based on size and type, but generally cost the same or slightly less than natural stone. But keep in mind: natural stone lasts longer, doesn’t fade and adds more value to your home.
Decide which areas of your yard you’d like to connect with stepping stones, or use the pathway to draw visitors into different areas of your garden. Choose the stepping stone style you want and get to work!
2. Fountain or Water Feature
Don’t worry – a water feature doesn’t have to be an elaborate, multi-level waterfall. While not the cheapest of projects, standalone fountains can be a one-day installation job and provide an additional relaxing ambience with the sound of trickling water. Why not have a garden accent that provides both visual and audible pleasure? You’ll thank yourself for years to come.
Fountains are made of concrete, fiberglass, resin or other manufactured materials, or cut from of real stone for a richer look. When you choose a fountain, pick up a reservoir and pump at the same time (Southwest Boulder locations and most home improvement stores carry everything you need in one place).
Cost: Faux basalt fountains are around $200, real cut stone pieces like stone bowls and balls start at $250, and gorgeous one-of-a-kind basalt and onyx pieces can be well over $1,000. When budgeting for any fountain project, factor in about $125 for equipment. Solid stone bird baths start around $250 depending on size.
To make adding a water feature even easier and cheaper, go with that bird bath instead of a fountain. The bird bath will still look great as a display item in your yard (in addition to attracting local birds) and doesn’t require any setup other than filling it to the brim occasionally. Fountains and bird baths are both great focal points for an outdoor space; you can’t go wrong!