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New Hampshire Landscaping Blog

20Nov

Paver Driveway Courtyard

Paver Driveways make a beautiful entry for a home.In the case of the home in this photo, there was no space for a planting bed between the garage door and the porch, so the pavers more than make up for that with their own kind of beauty! This entire area is large enough for several cars to park and turn around.The area makes a ‘courtyard’ effect.

In the background, you may notice that this house is on a lake. So, as you may know, this was a project that required permitting with the DES (Department of Environmental Services in New Hampshire).

This driveway was required to be “permeable”. So, the pavers were laid in a permeable application. This means that there was a deeper base preparation done under the pavers of crushed stone that acts like a “dry well”under the paver area. The pavers themselves are laid with a gap between each paver that allows water to run into that aggregate base. The joints are filled with a special permeable joint filler. All of this is done as protective measures for the lake. Water will seep slowly into the permeable paver area and into the ground thus protecting the lake.The whole idea is to prevent surface water runoff damage to the lake.

A beautiful border of contrasting paver color was incorporated to add lots of character and interest. You may notice that there is some blacktop to the very right side of the photo. This blacktop is also a permeable type blacktop.

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