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A patchwork stone path perfectly complements the precise lines of this Craftsman-style house. Including subtle curves in the path ensures that visitors encounter a few little surprises as they wend their way to the door.
Add a few smooth rocks to a flagstone path to create a more natural look. The change in material also creates visual interest.
Large, rectangular pavers are set into river rock, concealing a French drain. (A French drain is a shallow trench that collects surface water and directs it away from an area such as home's foundation. The trench usually has loose materials and/or drainage pipe at the bottom to facilitate water flow.)
Curving lines please the eye more than straight lines. They also help an area, such as a narrow side yard, feel larger.
Get a grander look by playing tricks on the eye. For example, widen a path as it rounds a corner to make your yard feel bigger. Or if you have a long, straight path, design it to narrow slightly at the far end.
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