If you’re developing your driveway, parkway, patio, pool perimeter, or even your entire backyard, consider looking into permeable paving for your hardscape. There are many permeable pavement solutions: pervious concrete, plastic grids, porous asphalt, aggregate, porous turf, interlocking pavers and bricks, and recycled glass porous pavement. These green options allow stormwater to move through the material and trap suspended solids and pollutants. This reduces runoff and helps improve water quality. The following photo demonstrates water being able to flow readily through porous concrete
In addition to their function, permeable pavements can also be used to define spaces with textures, lines and curves, and structure of pathways and the areas around buildings. You can use them to provide contrast, color, and character.
Be sure to also check out the Pervious Pavers and Green Driveways Design Book and save some ideas!
If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, here are a few local companies in the South Bay that advertise their work with permeable paving: