Permeable Pavers

Permeable Paver Experts in St. Louis, Maryville, and Glen Carbon

In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in requests for permeable pavers in the St. Louis metro area. If you know our company, you know our love for pavers in general so when we got the opportunity to install permeable pavers which are both beautiful AND great for the environment, we jumped at the chance. Permeable pavers are still something that many people don’t know about so let’s talk about some of the benefits of permeable pavers.

First, let’s talk about the benefits of Permeable Pavers:

Good for the Environment (and the Natural Rain Cycle)

Unlike with traditional paver installation which use a material called poly sand (that firms up to more resemble mortar), permeable paver installation has joints filled with tiny stones which allows water to seep through, through the open grade gravel base and into the dirt. Since water flows through the paver joints and into the earth rather than running off the sides, this helps to promote the natural water cycle. The natural water cycle is when the water penetrates the earth, feeds the soil and plants of the area, and then evaporates into the atmosphere to start all over again.

In addition to the benefit of the natural rain cycle, permeable pavers also helps to replenish the groundwater. As mentioned above, with traditional pavers (or concrete), the rain water will run off typically into a drain or storm drain and is ushered away from the area where the pavers are placed. This eventually makes way to a stream or river. When the water is absorbed through the pavers and into the ground below it, it slowly seeps back into the local groundwater in the area.

Yet another benefit to the environment is the water filtration that the permeable pavers provide. Gas and oil particles are physically trapped in the pavement/rock and the soil which prevents it from entering the ground water. Additionally, microbes and bacteria often grow underneath the pavers which helps to breakdown pollutants before they enter the groundwater. We don’t know about you but anything that we can do to diminish the pollutants in our water is a win for us!


Unlike concrete, pavers are great for areas that have variable freeze and thaw cycles. Since there are joints between the pavers, that gives them the flexibility to withstand the different temperatures. They are also perfect for high traffic areas and are so strong that they can hold a dump truck and not crack! With new construction (even with commercial applications), you will see an increase in the use of permeable pavers (and pavers in general) as developers realize just how durable of a material they are. If you look at streets in Europe (and in older cities in the US), you’ll notice that many of them are pavers and that they’ve lasted for years and years and they’re making a comeback in new construction as well!

Helps with Erosion Control

We’ve witnessed a lot of people that get patios installed by other companies and then have an issue with water eroding the land around it since there wasn’t proper drainage installed with it. With permeable pavers, this isn’t an issue. Since the water soaks through the pavers rather than running off of it, there is a much better management of the water in a more natural way. In many instances, installing a permeable paver patio (walkway or driveway) can help eliminate the need for a drain to be installed with the patio which is an added cost.


Like traditional pavers, permeable pavers can add a level of style and curb appeal to any home. When they are picked and installed properly, they can stand the test of time for you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors to enjoy for years to come!

Partner with a Professional to Install Your Permeable Pavers

If you’re looking to add a patio, walkway, or driveway to your home or business, we hope that you’ll consider using permeable pavers and that you’ll partner with a professional when doing so! By using an expert, you’ll have a sustainable and long-lasting space for you to enjoy for years to come. Enhance the aesthetics of your home AND help the environment of your St. Louis metro or Edwardsville, IL area home today and get your consultation with one of the permeable paver experts on our team! We’d love the opportunity to work with you!


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We appreciate all the ideas, energy and work you put into our project. From design through construction you were very professional, easy to work with, and committed to giving us what we wanted. We are very pleased with the result and in knowing we chose the right company to create our backyard experience.
– Rick & Brandi – Edwardsville, IL

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We purchased or new Ranch style home nearly four years ago after living in a two-story for 20 plus years. This was the type of home and style of home my wife and I were searching for once we decided to move. We found our dream home sitting on 2 difficult acres. Once in the backyard, it sloped heavily down to a 1 Acre retention pond that was really in awful condition. We did see potential for something very special if we could find the right company to partner with. We met the entire staff at Envisioning green through an invitation to one of their Wine Open Houses. While there, we were able to see their many outdoor exhibits and view their picture portfolios and well as speak with some of their current and past customers.

Late last summer and we had their owner and designer over to discuss the entire project; both pond remediation and backyard creation. We wanted a pool, gas fire pit and an outdoor bar and as usually happens....once we got going, we added a little more!

The process was quite impressive as we gave them a list of must haves and a budget for the project. We did have change orders for things we elected to add but once we signed, it couldn't have gone smoother. The project turned out amazingly like the electronic design plan they initially presented us with no unwanted surprises. They worked through the winter, around the early spring rains and we are now enjoying our backyard immensely.

With our property, there was so much more complexity than what I'm able to describe here and we knew we couldn't turn this over to just any company based solely on price or promise. For the reasonable budget we gave them we received an "HGTV"" backyard in return. Great job Envisioning Green!
Larry & Kris – Maryville, IL

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We now have our backyard oasis!!! Absolutely love how everything turned out. Brian and his crew were wonderful and paid very close attention to detail!! Any unexpected issues that came up, they were able to quickly fix and when we wanted to add on to the project we were able to get the supplies needed quickly. Overall job well done and can’t wait for future projects with Envisioning Green!! :) big thanks to Charles for the vision, Justin and Steven for keeping it all together and Brian and his crew for making it happen! Time to enjoy some backyard parties!
Mary Beth – Maryville, IL

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Don’t Want To Write This Review … Seriously

Having read the title, it would be understandable if your mind jumped to the assumption that I am preparing to present a plethora of faults with the company, the crew, the work … whatever. But nothing could be further from my thoughts. The reason for my not wanting to write this review is because reviews mark the end of something and I find it hard to meet this particular end; the people involved here, the ones leaving because their work is finished, are people I’ve come to so admire and care about.

I’m 63 years old. I’ve hired contractors throughout my life for big jobs, small jobs and all of those in between. Too often I’ve been profoundly amazed at the level of incompetence displayed by self-proclaimed professionals; their work so shoddy that one simply had to accept the entirety of their training must have come from watching YouTube videos or that some had perhaps once made a wooden letter holder for their mother and, having completed that arduous task, then decided they were skilled enough to build houses. After experiencing so many contractor related disappointments through the years, I finally came to often expect the worst as the new normal.

At 62, I bought my retirement home and soon decided it needed some updates that were far beyond my own ability to complete. I began with a clear vision of what I wanted and began seeking out a company, a partner, that could bring my ideas to life. I called or visited companies large and not-so-large and even approached recommended individuals. Most all of these I asked said they couldn’t do what I wanted and those few that said they could really didn’t have the quality materials, proper experience or share vision that I was looking for. In that I would be spending my retirement money on one-time projects, I could no longer afford to have contractors that were only going to provide me with “good-enough” or less. In driving around through southern Illinois and Missouri, I’d seen some beautiful places with completed projects similar to what I wanted but couldn’t bring myself to go up and ask any of the home owners who it was had done the work for them. My bad.

Then I began searching the internet with key terms like outdoor fireplace, stone staircase, outdoor kitchen, etc.; began searching images of such projects that closely matched what I had imagined. Clicking on an image would sometimes provide a link to the company that had built the project. And that’s how it was I came to find an image, clicked on it and discovered a link to Envisioning Green. I thought it an odd name but, hey, the image was all that and so I was willing to reach out this one more time.

Lindsey Bigham answered the phone when I rang Envisioning Green. I was in a mood and immediately launched into a rather loud and semi-accusatory rant the second she finished saying hello...

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