HOW TO CREATE A GREEN ECO-SURFACE WITH TERRACRETE

Terracrete hard lawn blocks add a parklike or pastoral feel to many areas at Glen Dirk Estate in Constantia.

Terracrete grass pavers were chosen at Glen Dirk Estate in Constantia for their attractive and permeable qualities.

Terracrete hard lawn blocks hold many benefits for landscape designers. From an aesthetic point of view, they are very versatile – a grass driveway, a rustic gravel driveway or an attractive pattern of pavers can provide the finishing touch to a residence or development that is looking to stand out.

In addition, permeable grass pavers can add a parklike or pastoral feel to many areas that normally require hard paving, while providing effective storm water management and permeability at the same time.

At Glen Dirk Estate, a Constantia estate with a historic Herbert Baker main House, the countryside quality of the blocks was used to maximum benefit. In the design of a new house on the property, the need for storm water management was a primary consideration along with the aesthetics, and the Terracrete grass pavers were chosen for their attractive and permeable qualities.

Late 2017, 4000 Terracrete blocks were installed on 100mm sand fill, 100mm G5 sub-base and a 50mm laterite layer, cut to shape as needed around corners, and finally edged with E1 edging for a neat finish. To being grass planting, the blocks were filled will topsoil and seeded by Alex Duigan. The now established grass is cut with a lawn mower as needed. Three years later and the site is grassed over beautifully and the client is very happy.

Project Team

Architect: Rod Gurzynski
Engineer: Geoff Bold
Quantity Surveyor: Talani
Main Contractor: Westcape Tiling (Pty) Ltd
Sub-Contractor: Infinite Eco Solutions

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