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Pathways & Sidewalks How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our sidewalk step-by-step tips & ideas.

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How to Anchor Hardscaping with Plants | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada helps out a friend with some plantings that work well with a winding, brick walkway.

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How to Resurface Worn Concrete

Trowel concrete resurfacer over your worn walkway, and you'll have a brand new, durable surface with uniform color. Before you get started, check out this how-to video on working with concrete.

Quick Guide to Brick Path Patterns

Are you trying to decide which brick pattern to lay? Read on to see which patterns are easy to arrange, how many cuts you'll make, and what will—or won't—work with a curve.

How to Repair an Asphalt Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a fast fix for ruptured paving

How to Install a Rustic Stone Walkway

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a front walkway for a homeowner using natural stone.

How to Repair a Brick Walkway

Resurrecting a sunken brick path with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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How to Redo a Brick Path

In this video, This Old House Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo his brick walkway that was originally a rush job. He explains that walkways need a sturdy, consistent base so it is not a project to be rushed.

What To Put on Icy Steps, Stairs, Walkways, and Garage Floors

Make slippery surfaces safer in winter with 4 chemical-free products.

How to Repair a Mortared Flagstone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a no-mortar way to fix a mortared walkway

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How to Lay a Brick Paver Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to lay a beautiful and long-lasting pathway

Patio and Pathway Inspiration

Update your patio, build a new walkway, or install a fire pit for yard that’s perfect for summer shindigs.

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How to Build a Flagstone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to rescue an old stone walkway

How to Install a Dry Well

Ready for your next home improvement challenge? A dry well diverts roof runoff and makes for a less slippery yard and walkway.

How to Lay a Brick Path

Turn a swath of dirt into an elegant brick walkway in just one weekend.

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How to Lay a Flagstone Walkway

In this how-to video, learn to create a beautiful natural-stone walkway with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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How to Make a Pebble Mosaic

Turn smooth, flat stones into a whimsical outdoor accent of your own design.

How to Pre-treat and Prevent Ice Like a Pro

It’s possible to prevent ice buildup—without the mess, and without harm to pets, property, or environment.

Ask This Old House: Walkway Repair

If your bluestone needs some TLC, let Roger show you how to do it

Greener Ways to Melt Winter Ice

Icy conditions can pose a huge risk to your safety, making it important to be prepared to take on such dangers during the year’s cold months. Read our easy and chemical-free ways to deal with ice this winter.

How to Repair a Paver Walkway

Sometimes you may need to pull up a section of a walkway for a repair. As part of the Ask TOH Tips from the Pros series, Roger Cook shows us how it’s done

How to Build a Bluestone Walkway

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove a flagstone walkway and replace it with bluestone

How to Repair a Broken Stone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner repair a cracked stone walkway

How to Lay a Stepping-Stone Path

A pathway made of stone pavers is a great way to save your lawn from being trampled and compacted by foot traffic

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How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone

Overhaul your boring concrete porch with bluestone and natural-stone veneers

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How to Set Stone Slabs

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to make beautiful, long-lasting steps from giant stone slabs

How to Repair a Flagstone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to affix loose flagstones

How to Repair Stone Walkway Mortar

Fixing up the cracks between paving stones keeps a walkway beautiful and safe

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How to Lay the Base for a Brick Path

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to prep the ground for a beautiful brick walkway

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How to Lift a Sinking Concrete Slab

An uplifting way to rescue a sunken walkway with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

All About Concrete Pavers

When it's time for a new driveway or poolside patio, this easy-to-install option is tough, cost-effective, and surprisingly handsome. The TOH experts show you how to choose well for your next project

Laying Down a Stone Path

Turn a muddy narrow side yard into an inviting passageway

How to Hand-Cut a Brick

Score and split for a perfect fit.