DIY Stone Walkway Around our Farmhouse

Sharing all the Details & Ideas of How we Built a DIY Stone walkway around our farmhouse with flagstone & pea gravel steps. #walkway #gardenpathway #diy #farmhouse #stone #stonestep #backyardideas https://lehmanlane.net

Sharing all the Details & Ideas of How we Built a DIY Stone walkway around our farmhouse with flagstone & pea gravel & steps.

I am a bare feet in the summer, slippers in the winter kind of a girl. 🙂

The last thing I want to do when I am taking our crazy dog out is get my feet or my cozy slippers wet or muddy. 

Well, no more we FINALLY have a stone farmhouse walkway all around our house! 

DIY Stone Walkway Around our Farmhouse

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Farmhouse Walkway Around House – Before & After

Just to remind you this is what the back of our farmhouse looked like last year.

Cedar Post and Rail Fence

And here’s how it looks today, much better!

Back ofour farmhouse with cedar post and rail fence, dogwood allee and new walkway

Supplies & Tools Needed to Create a DIY Stone Walkway Around House

  • Landscaping Tools (Shovels, Saws & Rakes)
  • Wheel Barrel
  • Landscape Fabric & Pins
  • Pea Gravel
  • Flagstone Stepping Stones
  • Belgium Block or Cobblestone

Step by Step Instructions for Creating a Stone Walkway Around House

This DIY project was a BIG PROJECT & long time in the making. 

Step ONE – Taking down all the Landscaping & Starting with a Clean Slate

Here’s one view of the back of our farmhouse when we started…

walkway along the back of the farmhouse overgrown

Ever since we bought our home I have been dreaming of having a stone walkway or path that would go all around our house & it is finally done!

We were fortunate to have a few paths started for us but the back was just never done.

While we appreciated the privacy the of the shrubs but they had become overgrown & made it impossible to walk along the back of our home. 

Taking down the shrubs along the back walkway

We took down what bushes we could but we were nervous to take down the pear tree because it was so close to the house. 

FYI that’s not Jason in the pear tree, thank goodness!

talking down a tree to make a walkway

Last year we finished putting the post and rail cedar fence around the back of our farmhouse for Moose & we have been left with a muddy mess after taking down a bunch of bushes. 

Step TWO – Prepping & Leveling the Ground for a Farmhouse Walkway

The kids were such great helpers on this project with taking down the bushes, pulling the weeds & helping me level the ground & shovel out the dirt.

DIY: Post & Rail Fence - Moose Containment Done

Orange Crush is a staple for my husband when he’s doing heavy yard work.

I try to tell him it’s not quenching his thirst but it makes him keep going. 

He calls it his orange juice, ha!

back walkway cleared and leveled

Step THREE – Adding Landscape Fabric & Cobblestone Edging

After everything was leveled & weeded we laid down landscaping fabric & secured the fabric with pins. 

We had some extra Belgian block around the yard that we were able to re-use for the edging. 

If you are laying edging just make sure it is laid on top of the fabric & wrap the fabric up behind it. 

This will help keep dirt & weeds out of your path.

landscape fabricand flagstone stepping stones

Step FOUR – Laying Flagstone Stepping Stones & Pea Gravel for the Farmhouse Walkway

The flagstones we used were a part of an overgrown weedy path that no one was using & the boys helped me lay them out to make a path.

We filled the gaps in with some Quikrete River Pebbles that we purchased in bags from Lowes.

flagstone pavers and stone walkway

I don’t know why our farmhouse has so much nice stone just laying around but I am not complaining. 🙂

Step FIVE – Adding a Dogwood Allee (Line of Trees)

We also added a dogwood allee along the back of our farmhouse to help shade the back and give a little privacy & year round interest. 

stone and flagstone walkway along the back of the farmhouse

We chose to plant dogwood trees because they are native to Pa, don’t get very large & they are slow growers & therefore easy to train. 

stone walkway along the back of our farmhouse with a dogwood allee and cedar post and rail fence

They have pretty flowers in the spring & turn a gorgeous red in the fall.

Pea Gravel & Flagstone Steps

We built flagstone & pea gravel steps along with pressure treated timbers similar to the ones we used for our wood retaining wall.

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Our pea gravel & flagstone steps look great, were easy to make & inexpensive to build!

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Stone Walkways Around the Rest of our Farmhouse

We tried to have the back stone farmhouse walkway match our walkway on the side of our house that was already here when we moved in.

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Concrete Flagstone Walkway in the Front of our Farmhouse

The flagstone also mimics the flagstone path along the front of our farmhouse.

Curb appeal hop week 2 - landscaping the front

Even though this was a ton of work I am so happy with how the stone walkway along the back of our farmhouse turned out!

Back of our farmhouse with cedar post and pail and latttice fence

Small Garden on our Farmhouse Walkway

We even left a little room for a small garden

I filled it with hostas now but I hope to add herbs & a clematis vine next year.

flagstone and stone walkway along the back with a hosta garden
flagstone and stone walkway along the back of our farmhouse

I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to create a diy stone farmhouse walkway around your house.

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about our new walkway Lynn! My kids are growing up way too fast!!! Have a great week too, Tara

  1. You guys did a wonderful job with the walkway. It’s awesome that you guys reused some of the stone lying around your farmhouse. I bet you can’t wait to tear down that kitchen window and make it into a door leading to the outside!

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