When designing her new garage with LD Arch Design, our client Katherine made a simple decision to make her home greener: using a permeable material for her driveway. While standard concrete pavement is expensive and contributes to issues with runoff and water pollution, installing a permeable surface allows water to be filtered as it seeps back into the ground.
Katherine chose to “pave” her driveway with open cell concrete blocks. These blocks are designed to support a car while also allowing grass to grow. Water hitting the surface now becomes groundwater instead of contributing to erosion and adding harmful chemicals to our streams. This project also featured a green roof garden on the upper story overhang accessible through the window and creative solutions for storage!
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