Our home is both linear and angular with the only curves being the half moon arches over five of the windows on the front of the house. Because of the angles on the footprint of our home, I felt it needed a curved sidewalk, or “curvy” as I like to call it, to soften the many sharp corners. Much of our home has been DIY’d, as was our sidewalk, so I thought I’d share how we accomplished the task of making the curves inexpensively.
Tools of the Trade
- Concrete Float with Long Handle (This smoothes the concrete after it’s poured.)
- Concrete Edger (It’s just what it sounds like, it gives the smooth edges.)
- Concrete Joiner (This makes the seams in concrete to help keep it from cracking.)
- Concrete Finishing Broom or push broom (This adds texture for skid resistance.)
- Shovels for guiding the concrete out of the cement truck.
- Large spray water bottle
- 2 x 4 Lumber (Make sure they are straight.)
- 3.5″ strips of Masonite for the curves. (Have these cut at the big box stores.)
- Plenty of wooden stakes for shaping and setting the framing in place.
- Sledgehammer for pounding in stakes.
- Nails for the few places you’ll need to secure the Masonite framework to the stakes or 2 x4s.
Once you’ve gathered all your tools, lumber and have your plan mapped out, it’s time to lay the framework for your sidewalk. We started at the point that would soon be our driveway. Pound the stakes in place and lay out the lumber and Masonite strips accordingly.