Large-scale community-driven projects like parks present a myriad of difficulties. For one, open spaces in communities can often be difficult to transition into usable land. Also, parks seem to be notoriously bogged down by oversight and committees.
The next time you enter your business, take a moment to look at the exterior. If the entrance and landscaping look outdated or ordinary, potential customers may just walk on by. To attract new business and provide a greater, aesthetic experience for your customers, consider the modern trend of placemaking.
If you have a path, driveway, or patio and are planning on redoing it, then you may have heard about porous paving? It’s also known as permeable paving or, rarely, pervious paving. There are a number of advantages – particularly for a patio or pathway in your yard.
Porous paving is designed to allow water to seep through it rather than letting it run off the side. Here are some of the advantages:
- They are better for the environment – and for local flood management. Because the rainwater seeps in rather than ending up in the storm drain, there is less risk of a flood. Also, the water is cleaned of pollutants as it seeps through the gravel base under the pavement. Porous pavement can also be made from recycled materials such as concrete or glass.
- They reduce irrigation costs by directing the water into the soil under the path or patio, from where it can flow into your garden.
- They often look better. As porous paving consists of a series of tiles rather than one solid surface, you can create interesting patterns. Some people like to put the stones a bit further apart and allow grass to grow between them. They also come in a wider variety of colours. Another alternative is tiny stones which give the same look as traditional asphalt – but can be laid in different colours and patterns.
- They last longer. Because the paving stones can flex, they don’t crack as easily with seasonal temperature changes and they can handle high traffic.
- They don’t reflect as much heat – especially if you live in a hot and dry climate. This helps the health of local vegetation, makes your patio more comfortable to relax on in summer, and can even help reduce heat build-up in your car.
Let’s talk about “Going Green“. You hear the word tossed around a lot, and its’ meaning seems to draw a fine line between environmental awareness and publicity. In an effort to be transparent, we are going to draw up a list of pros and — strangely enough — cons of using porous paving as part of your green project.
As a property owner, it can be an enjoyable experience to design the exterior landscape of your home; everything can be tailored to your wants and needs. It all comes down to the amount of space required for vehicles, the incorporation of shrubs and trees, or whether or not an in-ground swimming pool for those hot summer days is needed. Even though it is a big project, the end result of a beautiful and functional layout is well worth the time and effort. But when planning a design, it is often necessary to take certain legalities into consideration; namely the requirements of council ordinances.
Sometimes yards start looking…dated. The bland open lawns and tired flower beds get a bit old after many years. That’s why hardscapes made with porous pavement are making such headway in landscaping design. Paths, patios, and tracks provide an exciting design twist to a yard’s look, and they refresh all the other elements in the landscape. StoneSet particularly is great for updating your yards look. Here are 3 reasons to touch up your yard with porous pavement hardscapes using StoneSet.