Driveways are an important aspect of your property when it comes to design and style. While many homeowners opt for a basic asphalt, dirt, or concrete driveway why not add some style or flair and enjoy the huge aesthetic potential that more modern styles offer. A driveway is more than just a place to park your vehicles, it’s a full-on stylistic compliment to the rest of your home and yard and essentially a welcome mat for your home.
Sustainable Driveway Design Ideas
In case you’re looking to spice up your driveway’s look, let’s discuss some potential ideas for a new driveway that are both fresh and sustainable so you can reap the functional benefits as well as the stylistic ideas that they have to offer:
1. Accommodate Industrial Strength Traffic in a Residential Space
If you have heavy vehicles, big trucks, machinery or a big RV, consider a driveway that can handle industrial traffic. Built with permeable PRO PLUS pavers from TRUEGRID, this driveway is capable of supporting the heaviest of loads with ease. Thanks to the TRUEGRID permeable paving system, water won’t pool in the driveway or wash away loose gravel.
Stormwater and other types of liquid will simply pass right through into the soil below. This type of driveway is great for those who are a fan of the industrial look, and it goes great with contemporary siding and trim colors as well as urban landscapes.
2. A Ribbon Driveway for Design Aesthetics
Another popular design style of a sustainable driveway is known as a ribbon driveway whereby you have two “strips” of a different element, This hybrid driveway is an excellent balance between the two. Installing TRUEGRID DECO stepping stone base pavers from TRUEGRID in your driveway which have a built in paver base for 16 “ or less square concrete or stone pavers, along with permeable cells to hold gravel in between. This way your driveway drains immediately and looks great!
The gravel aggregate will provide a passageway to the soil beneath for any liquids while the cement pavers can create a unique design that aligns with the wheels of your vehicles.
3. Include Vegetation in Uncommon Areas
Including some vegetation in your driveway is not only possible, but easy to do with TRUEGRID’s PRO LITE pavers. The pavers will keep the permeable aggregate locked in place, preventing it from spilling over into the vegetation. This way, you can include plants, trees, flowers, shrubbery, or any type of vegetation you want in your driveway.
For urban homeowners looking to add some greenery to their landscape, or plant lovers who just want to surround themselves with vegetation in inventive new places, this driveway stands out as the perfect sustainable option.
4. Blend Your Driveway Right Up to the Edge of Your Home
Driveways are usually stand alone features in a yard, but TRUEGRID PRO LITE pavers give you the option of having your driveway right up to the edge of your home. This works especially well for homes with neutral siding that meshes well with the color of the gravel aggregate in the pavers.
For additional originality, you could include individual paved blocks leading up to your home (to create the appearance of a walkway within a sea of gravel) that’s sure to impress. This will also prevent water from pooling around your home’s foundation, which is especially crucial if your yard slopes downwards towards your home or your foundation has any cracks in it.
5. Create an Earthy Look for a Cozy Color Contrast
Another of the many options that the PRO LITE pavers provide is the down-home, earthy driveway. By including some yellow gravel in your pavers, you can have a driveway that is sustainable and goes great with bolder steel siding colors as well as other landscaping features in your yard. In residential neighborhoods with a lot of monotony, this design can be a beautiful contrast to the typical white or grey driveways you see populating many residential neighborhoods.
6. Exude Grace and Cleanliness with a Drainage Aggregate Pit
If you’re just looking to enjoy the benefits of a sustainable, flood-proof driveway without including too much permeable material in your yard, the enclosed plastic grid paver area with aggregate pit is the perfect option. By including permeable gravel filled paver grid area with a deeper detention base underneath, the surface area bordered by, cement, you can create a beautiful driveway design that pairs especially well with taller, multiple-story homes and neutral-colored siding while adding drainage to keep water out of your garage. The plastic grid keeps the aggregate in place and the structure to handle cars without sinking or spreading.
7. Keep it Short and Sweet with a Short-Skirt Driveway
You don’t always need to have your driveway extend out to the road. With the residential PRO LITE pavers from TRUEGRID, you can just pave outward from your garage or home. Enough space to park your car is all you need, with this design creating the illusion of an island in the middle of your yard. This is yet another unique take on a modern, sustainable driveway that will likely differentiate your home from others around it, or stand on its own as an artful, functional, and sustainable parking space. Note the RV parked at the top of the sloped PRO LITE gravel driveway.
8. Extend Your Lawn with a Hidden Grass Driveway
The hidden driveway is a particular favorite among residential homeowners with lush, green lawns. This driveway connects paved sections near the road and home, with TRUEGRID PRO LITE residential pavers filled by grass in between.
This gives a nice grass driveway appearance without ruts and mud and retain the permeable, water-detaining benefits of the gravel aggregate beneath. Stormwater and other liquids will pass right through the grass and soil just as easily as they would through uncovered gravel within your pavers.
9. Open Up More Green Space with a Grass Driveway
Here we have another take on the grass driveway, with this version the grass filled PRO LITE plastic pavers being bordered by the impermeable paving of your choice. This provides the same look and feel of the hidden driveway and allows you and your family more room for outdoor recreation. This design works exceedingly well for homes with smaller lawns in crowded neighborhoods.
Automotive spills, stormwater, pet fluids, and more will pass right through the grass and into the soil or detention pond below. No ugly concrete stains or cracked asphalt. This can be a great option for those who park their vehicles in a garage, only using the driveway as a passageway from the road to the garage.
TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers Open Up a World of New Driveway Design Options
As you can see, sustainable, eco-friendly, stylish, and durable driveway designs are easy to create with the TRUEGRID permeable paving system. Not only will these driveways give your home a cool new look, they’ll help protect your home and yard from flooding while remaining durable and locked in place for many years to come.