If you took a survey of residences in urban and sub urban Nigeria, you would find that 9.5 out of 10 homes were either ‘interlocked’ or ‘concretised’. My colloquialisms speak to the fact that most developers, clients and almost anyone building, tend to make use of interlocking pavings or good old fashioned concrete for the entirety of the unbuilt area of the given site. They’re mostly oblivious to the heat island effects and general lack of green space that this approach perpetuates and often times are none the wiser as to what alternatives they could employ.
There are a plethora of ways to deal with this challenge. Introducing green areas and lawns go a long way to make a home feel well, more homely. Proper pathways in and around backyards and entry ways are a great way to make sure that these green spaces stay green and lush while still allowing people to enjoy the outdoor space.
One of my favourite solutions to the aforementioned pathways have to be stepping stones. Stepping stones come in so many different styles and can be arranged to create different looks and feels depending on your preferences.
This article originally published on contemporist offers 10 examples of stepping stones used in various landscaping projects that could give you an idea of what to do for your next project.
1. Slabs of stones contribute to a natural, raw feel in this grass-less backyard.
2. Square and rectangular stones used here guide people around the yard and add a unique style element to the yard.
3. Round stepping stones scattered throughout the yard of this home create paths and fun places to practice your hopping skills.
4. Warm stones create a wide path in the backyard of this single family home.
5. Large concrete stepping stones line the side of this sloping yard, making for an easy path around the house.
6. These round stepping stones surrounded by grass connect the various areas of this park, and add a touch of fun with their circular shapes.
7. This small backyard uses stone slabs in various sizes to create a geometric pathway.
8. Circular stepping stones surrounded by small pebbles, lights, and greenery create a pathway through this backyard.
9. These large stones allow you to get from one part of the yard to the outdoor shower without getting gravel stuck in between your toes.
10. Round stepping stones carry you over a rocky path into the yard of this Tokyo home.