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Robert J. Kleinberg
Landscape Design & Construction

114 Ashley Road
Newtown Square, PA  19073
Phone: (610) 325-2313  Cell: 484-225-0614
 PA HIC License #:  PA29966

"Patios & Gardens
Since 1986"


Making your yard a joy to come home to.

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All of our services are designed around our goal to help make your yard a joy to come home to.

Permeable Pavers are probably not the first choice of most people today when thinking of a Driveway, Patio, a Walk or Walkway, but things are changing.  As more and more open space is covered with paving, areas that use to soak up rain water are now impervious.  More water is put into the streets, storm sewers, and waterways immediately during, and after a storm instead of soaking into the ground and slowly working it way back into the water system.  The EPA, and in Pennsylvania the DEP have regulations that call on municipalities to limit the amount of impervious area on properties in their jurisdiction.  This is to help prevent flooding that can result from too much paving and building.  Impervious areas include the house, the driveway, walks, patios, sheds, and pools.  Even decks in some areas are considered impervious.  Although pavers, flagstone and other natural stone, and clay brick might not be installed in mortar or over concrete, they are usually counted as impervious because of the compaction of the ground necessary for proper construction.  Most of the rain water will run off the top, much the same as if it were concrete.

This is why environmentally friendly permeable paving is gaining in popularity.  Most municipalities - but not all - will allow Permeable Pavers for Driveways, Patios and Walks when a property is at its limit for Impervious area.  In a permeable system the base is constructed of clean stone over an un-compacted subsoil that will adsorb the rainwater that comes through.  The base stone layers are constructed thick enough to hold up to the traffic that it will receive, and the base stone is compacted.  The pavers are installed on a layer of 3/8-in. stone (not sand) with larger joint than with impervious pavers and these joints are filled with small stone (never sand) to allow for water to run through.

Some additional benefits of permeable paving:

  • Environmentally friendly.  Fits in nicely with a responsible, sustainable lifestyle.

  • Qualifies as a Best Management Practice and can help earn credit towards LEED certification.

  • Snow and ice that melts in Winter will disappear below the paving surface, lessen the need for salt and make for a safer surface.  This could have many commercial applications in business districts.

  • Can eliminate the need for a drainage pond or collection basin in a parking lot.  This can make additional space available for parking.

See the construction steps and photos below from one of our jobs in Bala Cynwyd, PA

  • Robert J. Kleinberg, Landscape Design & Construction has been designing Patios and Gardens as a Landscape and Hardscaping contractor since 1986.
  • We offer a full selection of services including Ponds, Lighting, Patios, Walks, Driveways, Steps, Landings, Walls made of Flagstone or Bluestone, E.P. Henry  and other brands of interlocking concrete pavers, Brick, Natural Stone and Ties.
  • We offer  Landscape Design and Installation, either Residential or Commercial; including new plantings, or renovations of old landscapes.
  • We install trees, shrubs, seasonal plantings of annuals and perennials from a small backyard to a large commercial planting, but we specialize in jobs that fit what we can do.  We know our limits; some jobs are too big, and some jobs are too small.
  • Robert Kleinberg is a Horticulturist with degrees from The University of Delaware and Villanova University. 
  • All work shown here was constructed by Robert J. Kleinberg Landscape Design & Construction.
  • He is a Horticulturist, an ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer and a NCMA Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer.
  • He is also an EP Henry Authorized Hardscaping Contractor.
  • He has been designing and constructing patios and gardens as a Landscape and Hardscaping contractor since 1986.
  • Working in Philadelphia, Delaware County ( Newtown Square, Havertown, Marple, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Lansdowne, Springfield, Swarthmore, Ridley, Media, Upper Darby, Middletown, Radnor, Lima ), Chester County (Edgemont, Paoli, Goshen, Tredyffrin, Westtown, Willistown, Berwyn, Malvern, West Chester), Montgomery County and the Main Line ( Lower Merion, Bala Cynwyd, Ardmore, Narberth, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Wayne, Devon,  Gladwyne, Wynnewood ) PA.
  • We are fully insured, licensed with the state of Pennsylvania (PA HIC License #:  PA29966), and a BBB Accredited Business. 
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If you are interested in any of Robert J. Kleinberg Landscape Design & Construction services,  please fill out the contact form below with your question or request for an estimate.
You can also contact us at (610)-325-2313 or email us at

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Paver Driveways


Permeable Paver Walk and Driveway - Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, PA 19004

This permeable walk and driveway was constructed for a customer in Bala Cynwyd, PA.  He wanted to build an addition on his house, and in order to do so he had to eliminate some impervious paving outside the house.  He was able to do this while still retaining the paved walking surfaces he had before the addition.


Before photo of the front walk in summer.  Even though it is pieces of flagstone set in soil it is considered impervious by Lower Merion Township.
Before photo of the front walk in early spring.  Different municipalities have different rules on what is considered impervious and also how much impervious is allowed.
Before photo of the driveway.  The whole driveway was removed and replaced with permeable pavers by the garage, and two strips of concrete with sod in the center closer to the street.
Excavation for the walk.  The area was excavated down 15-inches for the walk.
Excavation for the driveway.  The area was excavated down 15-inches for the driveway.  The subsoil is not compacted to allow for water to drain better.
Lower Merion requires a filter fabric between the subsoil and the stone base.  This is not specified by the ICPI so check with local zoning for rules that may be specific to your local area.
In this application 6-inches of #2 stone (about1 1/2 to 3-inch stone) is spread first over the fabric.
The large spaces between the stones hold a lot of water while the water is being adsorbed into the soil.
A close-up photo of the #2 stone.
The 6-inch stone layer is compacted with a static roller as recommended by ICPI
The next layer is 4-inches of #57 stone -also called 2B in PA or 3/4-inch stone

Shown here is the #57 stone in the front and the #2 stone in the back.  A 6-inch thick piece of bluestone was installed over the #2 stone as a step that was needed to transition to the deck steps.
A close-up photo of the #57 (3/4-inch)stone.
  A 2-inch layer of #8 (3/8-inch) stone is installed next as a bedding layer for the pavers.  No sand is used when installing permeable pavers.
A close-up photo of the #8 (3/8-inch)stone.

Special edging (with a geogrid attached  to go under the pavers) is installed on the outside as a restraint to keep the pavers from moving.
The edging for the driveway has been placed over the bedding layer, and the pavers are being installed.  Notice the bumps on the paver in the foreground.  These are used as spacers to get the proper joint width.
The pavers are tamped into the bedding layer and additional #8 (3/8-inch) stone is swept into the joints to allow for the drainage through the pavers..
The finished walk with soil graded on the outside.  Care must be taken to keep all the stone layers clean and to keep the pavers clean on top, and soil and sand out of the joints.
The finished permeable driveway by the garage with concrete strips and grass closer to the street.  Even in the winter sand should be kept off of the pavers for maximum permeability.
The finished permeable driveway by the garage with concrete strips and grass closer to the street.  Joints can be cleaned if they do get dirty, and the water is not draining at the right speed.


EP Henry Eco Paver Permeable Paver Walk - Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, PA 19004





EP Henry Eco Paver Permeable Paver Driveway - Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, PA 19004





Here is a video showing how the system works and the water runs into the paving.


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