|What Witchery is this? Not our house, but you get the idea.|
In water conservation terms, you always hear people saying "Don't waste water on the driveway!" But our new driveway grows!
So the husband and I have done the eco-bay friendly thing and added a "green driveway". Its concrete pavers, like in the picture, but the holes are filled in and the grass is planted. Slows the runoff, absorbs water, doesn't absorb heat, etc. And when the grass comes in, you really won't see the pavers so much.
The house was never built with a drive, but one was in the plans from day one.
These are not very common here, so we get a lot of gawkers and they all have comments:
- "What do you think you are doing?"
- "What's the meaning of this?"
- "Are you going to pave over it?"
- "Well, I am not sure it's a good idea."
The most ludicrous comments come from old white men. What flying monkey's ass do you think I care about when Mr. 70-Something Year Old Man thinks its "not a good idea or not?"
"How do you think you are going to shovel that?"
What difference does it make to you, Pickle Puss?
The neighborhood busybody came by and told us she would get an injunction to force us to remove it. "I will do everything I can to keep this out."
Not so fast Dora. I showed her the permit from the city. And I smiled. It's totally legal, and the city wants more stuff like this.
We do get more positive comments than bad ones. Most of the people come by and say it looks "neat", "cool", or "progressive."
"These are all over the Netherlands," said a woman down the street.
Marylanders who live near the Bay or watersheds that drain into the Bay are all being told to do what we can to protect the Bay, so this qualifies - thus we were so easily able to shoo-off Dora.
One word of advice - unless you have a very strong back - hire this work down. We paid to have this driveway laid down and the contractor gave us $40k worth of work on a 20K contract.