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When broken into large squares with wide joints, a concrete path turns into permeable paving while still offering a stable surface for walking. Here, the joints are filled with gravel.
Linear concrete pads visually break up a large expanse of gravel. Because the strips are narrow, the surface area is highly permeable.
Irregularly cut pieces of gray flagstone, inset with gravel, give this patio a casual appearance. If the stones had been set with grout, there’s a good chance that rainwater would run off the patio and end up in the neighbors' yard.
With plenty of room for furniture, this patio made of stone strips provides the same benefits as a solid design, but water can drain through to the soil below.