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||Posted: 16 Mar. 2018,10:47
The soakaway can go anywhere, but it really ought to be at least 5 metres from any structure. Sometimes, they go beneath a (larger) patio, but most often they go into a graden area where, althought it almost never happens, if access is ever required, it's easier to dig it all up again.
Finding 'bargain' porcelain is less of a challenge than finding porcelain of certain sizes. Now that it's taking almost 8% of the patio market, every market trader and his pet dog are flogging procelain, and a lot of it isn't quite as good as it should be. This evolution of the market is more or less exactly what we saw with Indian sandstone 20-25 years ago. It started off fine, market share grew, then the conmen moved in selling shite at unbelievably low prices and the whole market became devalued.
Sleepers: I hate them, but if you are going to include them, get the damned things in position first, so they can start rotting and greening-up that bit sooner! ;)
Coming back to porcelain sizes, it's simply a matter of looking through the brochures of the better suppliers, so, in no particular order, Rock Unique, Pavestone, Global Stone, Brett, Bradstone, Natural/Talasey, Marshalls, Stonemarket, London Stone, CED and so on. One or more of them *will* have precisely what you're looking for.
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