Step two: what do we have? While the driveable pavers are very neat, they were not really my style. But Josh really liked them and we had eight of them so it was a 'make it work moment.' As background, these are concrete squares attached together in a 3' by 3' mat with wire holding them together. They can handle a huge amount of weight and the voids can be filled with anything from gravel to grass to plants. Pretty cool. They are great for driveways because they allow water to infiltrate the soil.
The first solution was to create a small landing pad directly outside of the porch doors. This worked for several reasons, it stopped the gravel from kicking into the porch and it also helped transition the space from the yard into the porch. It happened that we were able to cut the pieces so they fit perfectly between the raised beds and the AC unit pad. Yay! We still had three of the mats left. Originally, we had planned on using river rocks to create the border from our gravel grilling area to the grass, similiar to what we did over at the firepit. However, after talking, we both agreed it would be better if there was no barrier to step over. Our solution? Cut the mats into strips and install them along the edge to keep the gravel in place and create a level surface into the lawn.