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From the Ground Up: How Pathways Move

The path is one of the oldest forms of design, an escort for the new, a guide for the lost, a practical direction in and out of a space. It’s an instruction manual with no words. Go this way. That is the influence of spatial design.

My favorite aspect of design is that everything, every little thing – is an opportunity for influence. The pathway is a pivotal part of creating an atmosphere, it serves your purposes, it takes your guests where you want them and returns them to where they have already been. How do you want them to feel? The amount of space a person has at their disposal can open or cut off their imagination of what is even possible to do.

Think back to the last time you were in a field. That wide open expanse allowed you to relax and envision a wealth of possibilities; “we can play a game, we can toss a ball, we can lie down, we can sit and eat, we can spread a blanket…we can, we can, we can”.

Now think about the last time you were in a shop that had a few too many shelves, the aisles were too tight – you wanted to get out of there. The same thing happens when we walk on a path; a shared sidewalk ten feet across simply feels different than the regular width of five, even though the concrete may be identical.

When our designers plan a space; access, transition and purpose all contribute to the final layout. The height of your steps, the spaces between stones, the width of a strip, the angle of a turn, even the “shape” of your walkway all comes into the design. We want to provide our customers with a functional space that works not only for the landscape, but the goals each homeowner has for using it.

Ready to change your path? Reach out to us to for a new way to navigate your landscape!

To see more images from the projects above please check out the portfolio links below:
Barton Hills Contemporary Curb Appeal
Barton Hills Modern Xeriscape
Brentwood Plunge Courtyard
Oak Hill Country Estate
Travis Heights Modern Bungalow

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