|Re: Landscape Design/Pedestrian Paths||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Deborah Mensch (deborahmenschgmail.com)|
|Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 18:33:46 -0800 (PST)|
I hear a lot of desire for pervious surfaces and a lot of concern about dirt getting tracked in. At Pleasant Hill, when we got rid of the DG, we put in pavestones, which I believe are set in a bed of sand. Thus, water still gets down into the ground, and we don't track in mud. Deborah Pleasant Hill Cohousing On 12/24/05, dahako [at] aol.com <dahako [at] aol.com> wrote: > > Hi - > > Your subsoil really matters for this type of path surface. As does the > depth of the installation (don't skimp, and maybe even go for more than > your landscape architect recommends). Also, pay really close attention > to how water moves across you site - will it cross the path or need to > run along it? Then you need to address drainage or use another surface > material, or plan to do lots of maintenance. > > If you don't want it tracked into the houses at all, it helps to have > at least 10 feet (about 6-8 footsteps) between the path and each front > door, over grass, or hard pavers or rough finished concrete. And have a > mat at each door for people to wipe their feet. > > A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair to get around hates this stuff. > She says the smaller particles get ground into her wheels and her > floors and generally make her wheelchair dusty and this is hard for her > to clean. This may be a consideration in your neighborhood and may not. > > I learned all this researching for the pedway at Eno Commons in North > Carolina. The path is on a mix of soils, mostly clay. Water moves > across the path line in a couple of places and runs along it for most > of its length. Most of the front porches start 8 feet from the pedway. > Eno Commons eventually picked asphalt for the pedway and concrete for > the sidewalks. It didn't have the pervious surface surface we'd hoped > for, but it met the other criteria better. > > Jessie Handforth Kome > Eastern Village Cohousing > Silver Spring, Maryland > "Where we had chocolate martinis, baked brie, and a warm fire at Happy > Hour last night." > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
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