Over the weekend I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and began landscaping a section of my front yard. I spent a large portion of Saturday and Sunday, planning, and installing edging, moving dirt, and prepping for plants that will go in a couple of weeks from now.
While planning things out and surveying the entry to the house, I decided that I needed to add planters at key locations. I needed to anchor sections of the yard where it meets walkways and the structure of the house. I also started thinking about lighting and the roll it would play at night with the surrounding foliage. Thanks to ORE, I might be able to kill two birds with one stone.
Since 2003 ORE has focused on developing products for the garden design industry by manufacturing contemporary lines of signature containers, fire pits, benches and architectural elements in Utah. Designer Shane Larson used his expertise in sculpture and metal work to create a line of contemporary outdoor furniture that is durable, functional, and elegant. The products produced by ORE qualify for LEED points, if you are looking for ways to green your home, and yard.
I really like the metal cube containers and column containers with integrated LED lighting solutions. The simple shapes with bright color finishes, and hidden ground lighting, make a bold statement without overpowering the surrounding architecture, and landscape. All the containers are available in any of ten colors ranging from powder coated red to neutral gray.
Storm water runoff and control is a large aspect of green building, especially on new construction with LEED certified credits that are provided for reducing impervious cover, increasing on-site filtration, and reducing pollution from storm water runoff. I’ve found a company that has been making news with their LEED certified paver system, Xeripave. This might just be the solution that I have been looking for to replace the driveway Stabiligrid system. The pavers run about 8 dollars a square foot so doing the entire driveway would be a bit cost prohibitive, running us about 5ooo dollars for the whole surface. What Xeripave has suggested is running tire lines down the center of the creating a solid surface for the cars to travel on and allowing the stabiligrid to reside in 3 sections. This helps to maintain the look of the house on the lot, and still offers a very eco-friendly solution.
Xeripave makes permeable pavers in various colors that have a flow through rate of up to 1.5 gallons per second per square foot. These pavers can be used in conjunction with other materials, such as brick and concrete or Stabiligrid. They come in custom colors and sizes can be landscaped into the existing yard space, Standard sizes are 11.81″ x 11.81″ x 1.97″ or 15.75″ x 15.75″ x 1.97″.
Xeripave Permeable Pavers are safe, non-slip, and strong enough for moderate traffic, low speed areas. In addition, due to the high permeability rate, I won’t need to cover the entire hardscape with the material. With this system I would still be able to capture all of the runoff with something like 12-15% coverage, and not significantly alter the exterior look of the home and the lot.