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They left off one of the most popular options ................. Dirt!
Asphalt isn't just for the northern climes. It is a valid option in most of the country and can be stamped and painted to look like brick, stone, etc. And here on the Gulf Coast where I live, it is the rainiest part of the nation (roughly twice the average annual rainfall of Seattle) so runoff from solid surfaces is an issue. The pervious concrete doe NOT hold up down here, so two narrow (roughly 1 foot wide) strips of concrete for the wheels to roll on is a valid option that allows more water to be absorbed by the ground and costs far less if you have a long drive. And it can make for a beautiful, flower filled drive if you use lower growing plants to fill the space between the strips, while planting taller flowers on each side.
Going back to the Bob Villa show on PBS, this guy couldn't bring a job in on the money if his life depended on it. Many instances of him "calling in" his contractor buddies and informing the morons who trusted him that instead of X number of dollars originally estimated there would be an increase of sometimes as much as 400% because of some " unforeseen" thing.
Would that this practice was occasional. Not so; it was rampant. The unforeseen items were not even improvements, they were fixes.
I wouldn't want this guy near my driveway or garage or house or even my city..