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Old 05-31-2015, 01:09 PM
 
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Where does this oddly curving walkway go to?

Also, is it an optical illusion or are the bricks very uneven in height? They look very "trip" inducing.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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OMG what in the heck are some you people talking about.

OP this is what is called not throwing good money after bad.

Plant some shrubs or flowers along the walkway and leave well enough alone. Maybe some lighting or other architectural items.

Get a large stone for that first step up to the porch. You can find several that would be a good transition from the color of the walkway to the color of the porch steps.

Oh and trim up those bushes in front of the porch. That would make the whole area look a lot better.

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Old 05-31-2015, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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IMO, It's a terrible looking walkway, it lacks symmetry. You have 4 leading lines all the way to the house. It looks like an amateur installation. I would start all over with a professional installation. If not, have someone come in and lay bricks on both sides of the walkway. You will need concrete footing for the bricks, or hide it with shrubs on both sides. I personally could not live with this walkway.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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Lots of varying opinions. Great suggestions but still as confused as ever. All of these, and any more to follow are much appreciated. This is how decisions get hashed out I think. Txfriend says it's terrible and start over, and others say just add a few enhancements and keep on trucking.

I see both sides. Initially I was on the tear it up and start over side. But then I am trying to get the house and yard prepared for sale and in the end you can only do so much. Money, like time, is fungible - whatever I spend on this could also have be spent on something else - so decisions have to be made. It's a job just trying to decide the appropriate dedication of resources.

Thanks all...keep the dialogue coming.....
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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What did you decide to do about the quarter step next to the stairway? I'd wait until that's fixed to do anything else labor intensive. If that's not going to be fixed, go with the bare minimum in typing the color in. Odds are whomever buys the house will want to fix the quarter step and remove part of the walkway in the process.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:42 PM
 
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Lots of varying opinions. Great suggestions but still as confused as ever. All of these, and any more to follow are much appreciated. This is how decisions get hashed out I think. Txfriend says it's terrible and start over, and others say just add a few enhancements and keep on trucking.

I see both sides. Initially I was on the tear it up and start over side. But then I am trying to get the house and yard prepared for sale and in the end you can only do so much. Money, like time, is fungible - whatever I spend on this could also have be spent on something else - so decisions have to be made. It's a job just trying to decide the appropriate dedication of resources.

Thanks all...keep the dialogue coming.....


Sorry, I had no idea the house is for sale. In that case, trim the shrubs, clean up the front, place some planters with flowers near the step and call it a day.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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What did you decide to do about the quarter step next to the stairway?
I have a "hardscape" person coming tomorrow. I think I want it peeled back, built up and relaid to where the last step meets the brick steps. I'll see if they have another idea.

The moral of this story, as if I needed to learn it once again: be present at least daily when anyone is doing work on your house. I was out of the country and was trying to get the house ready for sale. The walkway didn't workout. I only paid partially, mainly because there was no finalization of our agreement and he didn't do what we discussed. (As discussed in the other thread). So the bottom line is that if scrapped it completely, even if I removed it an dstarted over, I wouldn't be out that much, but still, that lesson is learned again.

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Old 05-31-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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Sorry, I had no idea the house is for sale. In that case, trim the shrubs, clean up the front, place some planters with flowers near the step and call it a day.
Yes maybe so. Still, if people come look at the house and the walkway detracts it's all the same.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I think that once you get the area cleaned up and some red added, it will no longer be a problem for most buyers. If they bulk, give them a "sidewalk allowance" at the closing.

Honestly, I've seen much worse problems, like the idiot who started peeling off the siding and re-doing the exterior with recycled brick from an old school house that was torn down. It wasn't a bad concept, but the brick was in bad shape and the guy used foam to fill in the interior space, which started a condensation/mold problem on the interior.

He would've been further ahead to gently power wash the siding and call it a day.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:39 PM
 
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At this point it would be easier to paint the steps. I would have made the contractor put in the correct ones. But, you do not want to paint all those walkway stones....too much upkeep. Have you checked on having them stained....??

EDIT: I see you are selling....Do not waste your time painting those walkway pavers....Paint the steps a grey slightly darker than the walkway....it will tie in your black shutters, and look fine. Put a couple of medium size planters with flowers or greenery on either side of the porch steps...Call it good. It looks fine...
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