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.