I often consult my inspiration files when I start a new build and go back to them along the way as the build progresses. For Mt. Sydney Chalet, I found a wonderful idea for the side walkway in a mud room floor from designer Amy Morris for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. I love the use of wood and brick as well as the diamond design.
After measuring the space on the landscape board, I drew a template in Word and tested the fit.
I made some minor adjustments and made a final template to use in construction. I cut egg carton pavers 1/2" x 1" to fill the space between 1/2" x 1/16" wood beams. The entire structure would be enclosed with 1/4" x 1/16" beams.
To age the wood beams, I used a carving knife to rough up the surface before sanding the boards smooth.
I stained the wood using Staining Antiquing Medium mixed with Mississippi Mud by Americana.
While the wood dried, I glued the pavers to the template, leaving next to no space between the bricks. This wasn't a wall where I needed room for grout lines.
I painted the bricks with Liquitex Burnt Sienna.
I aged the bricks with a dark paint wash.
I cut and glued the wood beams to the template starting with the border.
I then cut the diagonals to fit.
It worked out better than I thought it would. :D
I added a dark paint wash to deepen the wood grain.
The wood color seems to clash with the cherry siding at the moment, so I might need to add more paint washes. I will wait until the grass and other landscaping is in place, though, before making any modifications.
It’s going to look even more amazing when the grout goes in. I don’t think the color looks weird at all, but it’s your build, by all means modify if you wish!
There won’t be grout since these are pavers packed tightly together. Maybe some “dirt” ground in later.
I love it!
I love it just the way it is! It really pops the window poppy!
Wow!!! This looks fantastic!!!
I agree that the color might be a bit off, but the addition of grass and such should make it moot. Yay, Pea!!!
The walkway is stunning Brae. I love that you consider all aspects of your build, including the outside and landscaping. Beautiful!
I would never have thought to make a template in Word. I have learnt something from you, yet again :-)
Ik vind het echt heel mooi, ik zou het zo laten.
Kan altijd nog als je er gras hebt geplaatst
:-) Anche io ho quel l’immagine nel mio archivio-immagini personali. Continuiamo ad avere gli stessi gusti….peccato essere così lontane! :-)
I just discovered your website about a month ago and have finished working through the archive.
I can’t think of a grand enough adjective to describe your work! Your creativity and workmanship are amazing. It is inspiring and discouraging at the same time - I could never hope to come close to the realism you achieve.
However, I am encouraged to try some new techniques I have learned from your excellently presented blog.
Thank you for sharing so generously. I have put you at the top of my favourites and will be checking every day!
This look fantastic
Thank you so much!!!
A lovely pattern and well emulated!
Hi Brae! How wonderful this looks and how well it enhances the property! You always come up with practical and interesting solutions that are simply Marvelous to behold. Love it!
It looks great and I’m really excited to see how it looks with landscaping!
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