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Green driveway?Posted by Julie Ridl at June 13. 2006
We're getting ready to get ready to build a small retirement-friendly SIPS house in the woods, on a little pond, in Michigan.
The planning is underway, pricing struggles have begun...I'll have a lot of questions, but today's struggle is the driveway... help?
I need ideas for building an appropriate driveway. It'll be a fairly long drive, in SW Michigan, near the big lake, through a dark woods, where we get a lot of snow. I'm over budget already, and want to do the right thing where the drive is concerned. I'd like it to be easy to plow, easy to maintain, or better, maintenance-free, and not too scary environmentally. Is plain old gravel the thing to do, or are there other options?
We don't start until we sell our current family modern home, however:
Re: Green driveway?Posted by Ben Brewer at August 10. 2006
Check out www.invisiblestructures.com for some interesting ideas.
Re: Green driveway?Posted by Don Chartier at August 11. 2006
GrassPave 2 is the name for the Invisible Structures product. Think of a network of 2 high plastic rings, that are filled with sand and where grass grows. Much more attractive than grasscrete.
I've looked into it, and am a fan, but it won't solve your budget problems. I got a quote of $3/sf for the product, and it'll be about $5/sf installed. They're also saying a price increase is on the way.
They also recommend keeping the grade to 5% or less, since the grass will interfere with traction. The sales guy said that he had a customer who used it on a 12% grade, but I haven't been able to verify that.
In my part of rural Wisconsin, the fire department has a very onerous requirement for a large diameter turn-around, so even if I don't do GrassPave for the whole driveway, I'm considering it for the turnaround/car park to avoid having a big chunk of asphalt on the property.
Re: Green driveway?Posted by Steven at August 12. 2006
Can that product be used to work around max hardcover limits on property?
How about standing up to winters in MN. Or is it renewable meaning I have to re plant it every year? lol
Re: Green driveway?Posted by Don Chartier at August 13. 2006
The point of GrassPave is to allow drainage and allow more grass, so I would think that it would help address your hardcover problem, but you'd have to get the powers-that-be to approve it.
As for the winter issue, supposedly you can plow over it (with skids) and it's been installed in Wisconsin, so...
Re: Green driveway?Posted by flyleft at January 27. 2007
Here's something I have seen installed locally (Portland, OR) and although I haven't done my research on it yet, it looks very promising to be our driveway when we repave.
Re: Green driveway?Posted by Suresh V at January 28. 2007
Previously Carolyn Talarr wrote:
Here's something I have seen installed locally (Portland, OR) and although I haven't done my research on it yet, it looks very promising to be our driveway when we repave.Hm, I can't post a link anymore--don't know why--but google "turfstone" and you'll find it. Don't know about plowability etc. but you could find out. The same folks also make "ecostone" which has less open space but may be more plowable?