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You want to completely redesign your garden. Or maybe just update it. Why not add a new natural stone paving area.  Adding a focal point to your garden design Exeter…

 

Natural Stone Paving · Seating Areas · Paths · Edging Setts · Exeter

 

 

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Seating Areas · Paved Walk Ways · Edging Setts · Paving · Sidmouth

Why not create a paved seating area. Entertain family and friends in the late summer sun. Creating interest in your garden. Link key areas of your garden design Exeter. Add a natural stone path. Define your lawn. Add natural stone edging setts. Add extra interest to gardens beds and borders.  Setts are great for adding curves to any contemporary design.  Granites look great.  Sandstone is a little more rustic in appearance.  Point with sand and cement.  Or Easy point. 

 

 

Create A Garden Design ⋅ Patios Exeter · Sidmouth

It’s always good practice. To have a garden design in place. You may already have some great ideas. Check out garden design guides for more ideas.  A good garden design will save time and money.  For a small garden design project.  A garden design could be a simple sketch.

 

 

Scaled Drawings · Planting Schemes · Calculate Costs

For a larger garden design project. Consider a scaled drawing. Include your key garden features. Detail materials to be used. Include a planting plan and detail plants and numbers. Develop interesting planting combinations for your garden design Exeter. A garden design will help you visualise the entire project.  Helping to calculate the overall costs.  For both landscaping materials.  And associated labour costs.

 

 

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Patterns · Keep It Simple · Should I Add a Boarder?

Choice a laying pattern.  Don’t overcomplicate your design. The harder the pattern. More time-consuming it will be to lay. The more wastage. The more money the paving project will cost. Keep it simple and avoid garish borders and geometric patterns.  They will date.  And avoid different coloured stones laid together.  Quality stone laid in a simple classic design!  Try to keep it natural.  Subtly complement other materials in your garden design project.  Keep the pointing colour a similar shade to the stone.

 

 

Large Stones · Pointing Gaps · The Stretcher Bond

Large quality stones always look good.  Always have a pointing gap.  The paving looks better and the pointing will  ‘hold’ the stones in place.   I always like to offset the stones in a stretch bond style.  This works well with 900 x 600 paving slabs.  Which looks great 100 x100mm stone setts.

 

 

Rustic patterns ⋅ Paving ·Exeter · Sidmouth

Great for traditional garden design Exeter. Compliments Victorian and Georgian properties. The 4 stone pattern can be more complicated to lay. It can lead to slightly more wastage.  You can be short of one stone size. The pattern is generally more expensive to lay.  Compared to single sized stretcher bond paving Exeter.

 

 

Four Stone Pattern · Small Projects · Adding Interest

I don’t really like laying a four stone paving pattern. It’s pretty old school. However, for some smaller paving projects, it’s worth the extra time, effort and cost.  It’s a good idea to have a paving plan. Before you set off lay your patio.  Have I thought about how to reduce your wastage?  Cross off the stones as you go along to over confusion and brain ache.  Add birds beak pointing for that traditional feel.  Looks great in Raj green sandstone.  Or Natural slate paving, Exeter.

 

Stones of  choice york flagstones ⋅ sandstone ⋅ slate ⋅ black limestone paving Exeter

 

 

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For a  contemporary feel. Consider a single sized stretcher bond pattern. It’s easy to lay.  Once you get in a rhythm with the large stones.  900 x600mm.  The meterage will zip down.  A single size is less complicated to lay in terms of the pattern.  The cuts are easier.  With a lot less wastage.  Giving you more time to concentrate on creating the perfectly flat patio.

 

 

Getting The Gaps Right · Should I Use Spacers

After you have laid a fair few patios.  You will judge the pointing gaps by eye.  It’s easy to get the spacing wrong.  And for a patio to bow out.  Especially when laying a complicated four stone pattern.  Rember on hand-cut stones the sizes vary in size.

 

Large Pointing Gaps or Smaller Pointing Gaps?

Smaller gaps look better than large clumsy gaps.  Especially on a tighter calibrated stone such as granite or porcelain paving.   Tighter gaps are harder to point.  So the pointing gap size is always a compromise.

 

Setting Your Pointing Gaps · Paving · Exeter · Sidmouth 

Use plastic window spacers to set your pointing gaps.  Decide on a size.  Somewhere between 6 -1-mm.  The smaller pointing gaps look better.  But are harder to fill!  Don’t leave them in overnight as they will become part of your patio!

 

Victorian ⋅ Georgian Properties ⋅ Paving · Exeter · Sidmouth

This single sized 900 x 600 paving Exeter.   Looks classic and elegant. It will compliment Victorian and Georgian properties. Equally suited to contemporary garden design. Again use large rectangles single sized stones. For a modern traditional garden design.  Squares are great for contemporary garden design.  A pathing class, Exeter.

 

 

Paths⋅ Walkways ⋅ Paving  · Exeter · Sidmouth

Paving is a great way of linking key areas in your garden design Exeter.  When designing your paving path Exeter.  First, think about the with of the path.  Make it comfortable to walk on.  900mm is a generous size for your garden design.  Don’t skimp.  Remember the wider the better.

 

Path Sizes · The Bigger The Better…

You can just about get away with 600mm for your paving.  Next, think about the design.  I like to keep things simple.  A 600 x600mm couple with a 600 x 300mm looks great.   A contemporary/ Zen design.  Alternate the paving pattern as you work down the path.

 

Your Garden Levels · Paving · Exeter · Sidmouth

Before you start laying have a look at the levels.  Ideally, it would be great if your paving could avoid any steps.  For some garden designs, this is obviously impossible.  For other a gentle slope may be all you need.  Fewer steps.  Less work for you.  It will look better.  Small steps are always a trip hazard!

 

 

Linking Parts Of Your Garden Design · Paving · Exeter · Sidmouth

Finally, think about how you will join up different parts of your paving design Exeter. For example the main patio to the start of a path or walkway.  If maybe that the gradients or falls will be different for different parts of your paving in Exeter.

 

 

Cutting A Stone Diagonally To Cope with Levels…

I am not a fan of the builder’s trademark of cutting a stone diagonally to deal with tricky gradients.  Using a transition of edging setts.  A couple of rows.  Is a neater and more flexible solution to the problem.  It looks great adding a bit of extra detail to that paving design, Exter.  Sandstone setts obvious work with sandstone paving!  Granites setts look contemporary and will work well in a modern garden design.   The granite looks great with Kandula grey sandstone paving.  They also make a great boarder for subtle sweeping curves. Berst of all design your paving to a have gradual well thought out levels.  Minimising the steps in your paving project, Exeter.

 

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Remember stone is a natural gardening product.  Each stone product will vary.   In colour and texture.  Always use the same paving supplier for your paving Exeter.  Reducing colour variation.   Between batches of garden stone.

 

 

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PLANTING IDEAS ⋅ PATHING EXETER · SIDMOUTH

 

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Planting always looks good in any garden design.  It is great to soften the appearance of your hardlandscaping.  Particular paving.  Beds are also great for dissipating water runoff from a large paving area.  And the plants like it!  Combine key plants together creating great planting combinations.

 

Traditional planting ⋅ phormium ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ box hedging ⋅ gaura ⋅ verbena

Contemporary planting ⋅ pittosporum ‘tom thumb’ ⋅ hebe  ⋅ pennesetium ⋅ festacca

 

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NATURAL STONE GUIDE ⋅ PAVING EXETER

 

Cost of Natural Paving · Exeter · Sidmouth

Over the years.  The cost of natural stone has fallen dramatically.  Concrete paving seems more expensive.  Concrete in my opinion doesn’t look anywhere near as good as natural stone paving in Exeter.  It certainly doesn’t wear like natural stone paving.  Which seems to get better the longer you have it.  Thinks of york stone flags with that lived-in look.   Natural stone does benefit from an annual jetwash with a good quality cleaning product.

 

 

Sandstone · Slate · Granite · Exeter · Sidmouth

Natural stone garden paving is available in a wide range of materials.  Sandstone, slate, granite and limestone to name a few paving products sold in Exeter.  Natural paving comes in a variety of Colours and finishes.  The quality is extremely high generally.  Far superior to fake stone garden products.  And in most cases more affordable.  It’s a good idea to have a look at the stone in person.

 

Hitchins of Exeter, has been selling natural stone paving for a number of years in Exeter.  They have a great reputation and product range.  And a great level of customer service.

 

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Traditional sandstone patios exeter are riven in appearance.  Great for traditional garden design exeter.  Kandula grey paving is ideal for contemporary garden design exeter.  Affordable and hard-wearing. With effective non-slip surfaces. Low maintenance.  Available in a variety of natural colours.

Sandstone colours ⋅ mint ⋅ fossil ⋅ raj green ⋅ patios exeter

 

Sandblasted sandstone ⋅ patios exeter · sidmouth

Sandblasted sandstone patios Exeter are uniform in texture and appearance.  Adding a twist to traditional garden design Exeter.  Lay single sizes.   For a contemporary garden design Exeter.  Most sandblasted pathers have machine edges.  Which when laid with tight pointing gaps.  Give the paving a distinct contemporary feel to your garden design project.

 

The lighter stones can be prone to staining on the top surface when laying.  Alway through clean your stones and consider sealing the stones.  Not an easy task unless you have a clean cover area to leave the stone to cure.  Sometimes they can get stained from your mortar bed.  In particular, is the sand used is rich in iron.  A belt and braces approach is to coat the back of the stones with a concrete slurry.  I have in the past used white cement and river washed sand.  But this can prove extremely expensive for a large paving project.  If you are worried about staining. It’s probably best to avoid the stone  And lay an easier stone!

 

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Granite paving ⋅ patios ⋅ paving Exeter · sidmouth

Granite Patios Exeter has an interesting textured surface.  With a subtle sparkle. Great for Contemporary Garden Design Exeter.  Granite patios have a great non-slip surface.  Granite paving is scratch resistant. Easily cleaned by jet washing.  It can be hard to cut.  Make sure have the right blade.  A large disc cutter is a must. Evolution has some great disc cutter products. Or may hire a masonry saw for a large project.  Spectrum does some great blades in various sizes.  For a wide range of stones!

 

Slate paving ⋅ patios exeter · sidmouth

Sleek and elegant appearance.  Get for both traditional and contemporary garden design.  Slate looks great in both contemporary and traditional garden designs.  It’s hard-wearing and easy to clean.  It can be prone to frost damage.  Causing the slate layers to delaminate and flake off.  It’s important you use a thick exterior slate.  To avoid this problem.

 

It is a premier paving product.  And is expensive.  Maybe avoid laying a large patio of slate paving,  Exeter.  But it looks great front of house.  Especially for a traditional Georgian house.   For a touch of class.  Add led strips lights.  To the underside of the treads of your slate paving steps.

 

Black limestone ⋅ paving ⋅ patios exeter · sidmouth

Looks similar to slate. Very affordable for larger patios.   Look great laid in single sizes.  Great for contemporary garden design paving exeter.  It can fade over time and can be prone to staining.  In some cases, this can be overcome by applying a colour enhancer and sealer.  Please test the product on an offcut before applying to the whole patio.  Black limestones pathing does heat up very quickly on a hot summers day in exeter.  For this reason, avoid sealing in high temperatures.  opting for a cooler day.  As the heat can cause problems with the sealers curing process.

 

Porcelain ⋅ paving ⋅ patios exeter ·  sidmouth

Everyone is talking about porcelain paving.  It’s extremely stylish.  Adding sharp, clean lines to any garden design and paving in Exeter.  Great for contemporary garden design Exeter.  Porcelain paving is extremely hard-wearing.  Texture finishes are available.  Adding anti-slip properties to any garden design project.  Porcelain paving is rich in colour.  And is extremely uniform in both appearance and texture.

Porcelain paving exeter is available in a variety of styles and finishes.   Lay in single sizes for a contemporary garden design feel.  Check out london stone for further garden design ideas!

 

It does have its own special laying process.  Involving bridge bond compound such as SBR.  Its not for the faint hearted.  As sticks to every think in site.  And will stain everything in site!  Clothes, towels, stones and mixers.  Be methodical!  Once it has stained a stone you won’t remove it!  Cutting can be an issue.  You will need a porcelain blade and a disc cutter.  A table cutter may be a good investment.

Take care pointing.  Textured porcelain stones are easily stained.  Use a commercial patio grout.  It’s available from London stone.  Available in a variety of colours and textures.   Always read and follow the instructions.  Test a small off cut with the product overnight to check for staining.  Always seek professional advice from the supplier or better manufacture.  If you feel unsure about the advice or product.  Don’t use it.  You could be permanently staining your perfect porcelain paving product!

 

Natural Stone Guide

 

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Natural stone edging always looks great.  It’s a great way to add definition to your patio exeter.  Natural stone edging is extremely versatile.  It can be laid in straight formal lines.  Ideal for traditional garden design exeter.  It can be used to form the following curves.  Great for contemporary garden design exeter.

Natural stone edging is a great way to define a lawn area.  Adding definition beds and borders.  Natural stone edging can be used to create contemporary paths and walkways.   It can also be used to add interest and detail to the large paving project.  Adding subtle borders and decorative features.  It also looks great as a border around your artificial lawn.

 

Laying is relatively easy.  Lay a thin bed of mortar, the width of one row of natural stone setts.  Create a V shape in your mortar bed.  Then gently add a row of setts.  Haunch the setts in.  And then add another V shape mortar bed. To accommodate the next row of edging sets.  Point with Easy point or sika pointing compound.

 

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Add a contemporary twist to retaining walls.   Stone cladding.  Great for adding detail to any contemporary garden design project Exeter.  Finishes include sandstone, slate and porcelain paving Exmouth.  Great for hiding brick or blocks retaining paving.  Adhere to your stone surface using an exterior tile adhesive.  Can be bought precut.  Particular useful for hard stones.  Or cut your own and a stone cutting table saw for minimal effect and straight lines!

 

Design clad

Manufactured by London stone.  Design clad is the new contemporary cladding product of the year.  It can be used on walls instead of render.  Uniform in texture and colour.   Resistant to the elements.  Extremely hard-wearing.  Manufactured in large pieces.  1m x 1.5m.   For a quick and efficient installation.  Just don’t drop one!

 

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SIZE GUIDE ⋅ PAVING EXETER ⋅ PATIOS · SIDMOUTH

 

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Size 1 ⋅ 100mm  x 100mm ⋅ paving exmouth ⋅ patios exeter · sidmouth

Size 2 100mm  x 200mm ⋅ paving exmouth ⋅ patios exeter · sidmouth

Thickness ⋅ can vary from 50 – 150 mm

 

 

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Thicknesscan vary between  25 mm – 40mm

 

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Flaming ⋅ enhances each stone of natural colour and appearance.   adds anti-slip properties to paving.  stones include granite stone patios Exeter.

Honing ⋅ create a highly polished surface.   finer than sandblasting.  natural stone includes sandstone natural stone patios Exeter.  check out london stones blog.

Sandblastinggreat for a contemporary garden design in Exeter.  uniform texture and appearance.  stones include sandstone patios Exeter.

 

 

Hand-cut edges ⋅ machine cut edges ⋅ paving exeter · sidmouth

The majority of Natural Paving is available with either hand-cut or machine-cut edges.  Rustic hand-cut edges. Ideal for Traditional Garden Design Exeter.  Machine cut edges.   Cleaner and more defined.  Ideal for Contemporary Garden Design Exeter.  As a general rule.  Machine Cut slabs are slightly more expensive.

 

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The cost of natural stone paving has fallen significantly.   A wide range of Stone products is available.  Paving slabs for paths and patios Exeter.  Natural stone setts.   For lawn edging and contemporary garden paths.  Stones for building garden walls.  Stone cladding for Contemporary Garden Walls.

 

Colour & Quality ⋅ Natural Stone Pathing

Stone is a natural product.  It varies in colour and quality.  The web is full of discount paving suppliers.  Offering massive savings.  It’s tempting to view the ‘same’ product at a local supplier.  And then buy online.   At the discounted price.  Many customers are disappointed.  Remember not all products are actually the same.   Some online bargains may be seconds.  The stones’ colour may be undesirable.  The quality may be low.  Crates can be made up from leftover paving.  Or returns.

Always view your stone.   At your local supplier.  Before buying.  When you are happy.  Buy from the same reputable supplier.  It avoids disappointment and wasted money.  A local supplier will save you time money.   Especially when dealing with returns.  Or pick up any extra stone.

Remember it’s your responsibility to check the delivery.  Quantity of stone delivered.  Quality of stone delivered.  If in doubt.  Send back the delivery.  On the lorry, it came on.  It’s harder to exchange materials a couple of weeks down the line.  It may also cost you extra money.   To get the stone picked up.  A  supplier may charge you a restocking fee.  Sometimes 25% of the purchase price.  Always check for breakages.  Report immediately to your supplier.  To dispatch replacements.

 

 

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When buying Landscaping Materials.  Always go with a recommendation.  You will always pay slightly more for quality.  It’s always worth it in the long run.  In terms of quality and overall finish.  Avoid buying blindly over the web.  Some purchases can be old stock.  Or end of line stock. You may struggle to get extra matching stones.

 

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London stone ⋅ helpful & knowledgeable. high quality and finish.  delivery is great.  bespoke cutting service available. professional stone & paving supplier.

 

Stonemarket ⋅ great range of natural stone paving products.  lots of stone choices.  colours and finishes.  great for contemporary garden design exeter.  great value.

Marshalls stone ⋅ the industry standard.  great selection of stone paving products.  marshalls paving is available from most local builders merchants.

 

Mandarin stone ⋅ great range of external porcelain paving products.

 

Easy joint a premier pointing product, being extremely consistent texture and colour. EasyPoint pointing can be used to give a crisp contemporary feel to your paving.  Most noteworthy, it’s available in a variety of colours and can be used to enhance your paving project.  Works great in wet weather!

 

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DRAINAGE ⋅ PAVING EXETER · SIDMOUTH

 

 

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Most paving projects will need some drainage.  The aim is to keep a patio water-free and avoid flooding the house! Installing bifold doors can complicate the situation.  Where most people want the same level as the dining room floor!

Before you start any paving project.  It’s a good idea to think about your drainage.  Most paving is impervious to water.  Water will run off the paving.  And will need to drain somewhere.

 

 

Falls ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Having a fall on your paving is obviously important for drainage.  The correct fall will direct any surface water.  In the direction of the fall.  For a typical residential property, a fall of 1:60 is needed.  For every 60cm, you need a fall of 1cm. 

 

 

Measure a Fall ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

How do I work out a fall? One method is to set up a string line.  Set the line level and then add the fall to your pin.  Mark with tape and reset your line.  For example, Your patio is 4.6m in length.  What will the end of fall be like?

 

 

4.6m ÷ 60 = 0.076

0.076 x 100 = 7.6 cm

 

 

Calibrate Your Level ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth        

Another way is to calibrate your level to a 1:6 fall and add a mark to the level’s bubble with some tape.  Now you can check the 1:60 fall when you are laying each stone.

 

 

Where’s the runoff going? ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Once you have decided the direction of your runoff.  You need to think about what to do, will you?

 

For a simple patio.  Most of the time the drainage will runoff.  Away from the back of the house.  Driveways are a little more complicated.  And so are long runs of paving.  Enclosed are by walls.  Such as side alleyways.  You really want to avoid pooling water.  But also, not to have a ski slope.  On your paving

 

 

Keep it Simple ∙ Beds ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

One of the simplest solutions is to add a bed at the end of your paving. The plants will love the extra water.  And the greenery will soften your hard landscaping.  Obviously, the soil needs to be pretty free draining and not full of clay.  The lawn will also soak up a lot of the water.

 

Water is going to pool after a heavy downpour.  Just as your lawn gets soaked after heavy rain.  Don’t worry it will drain over time.  Unless the lawn has a clay issue.

 

 

French Drains ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

French drains can be added between your brickwork and your paving.  Especially where the paving is close to the damp course.  A French drain is a small free-draining trench. Filled with gravel.  It’s a belt and braces approach.  Usually, installed at the highest point of your paving.

 

 

These are really the simplest form of drains.  The water will need to go somewhere.  The is likely to be concrete footings near your brickwork!  You may need to direct the water to a free-draining area.

 

 

 

Linear Drains ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

In some situations, you will need something more sophisticated than a flower bed or a French drain.  Large patios and enclosed areas are going to need a different approach.  Linear drains can be added to create a more robust drainage solution.  If you don’t like the look of the drains, they can be hidden by a layer shingle. Linear drains are great for ensuring water doesn’t flow into door thresholds or garages.

 

 

Linear drains plastic or concrete drainage channels.  The top is enclosed with a plastic or metal grill.  They can create a straight run of surface drainage channels.  The different sections can be interconnected with hidden pipework

 

 

Slots Drain ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Slot drains or brick drains.  Are similar to slot drains.  But are more discreet than linear drains.  Great for door or thresholds.  All you can see is a small slot.  One disadvantage is that you can’t remove the cover for cleaning and removing leaves and general debris.

 

 

 

Linear Drain considerations ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

The first thing to consider is where is the water going to go?  You may already have some drainage in place.  Wastewater from your downpipe may go to your main wastewater system.  Or to a soakaway.  Or you may have a manhole cover.  Collecting wastewater from your soil stack.  And water from your gutters.

 

 

Create a Separate Soak Away ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Obviously, you will need to connect your linear drains to one of these drainage points.  Any connecting pipework will need a fall.  Another.  Another option is to create a separate soakaway for your paving project.

 

 

Laying a Linear Drain ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Linear drains are easy to lay.  They also slot together, allowing you to create long runs of drainage.  It’s always going to have a fall on any channel carrying water.  Your paving will have a natural fall.  For surface runoff.  Linear drains should follow this gradient.

 

 

 

Cross Falls ∙ Linear Drains ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Usually, the patio will be level travelling across the patio.  How will this affect the installation of the linear drain?  You will be able to a slight fall or maybe a couple of centimetres.  But any more will compromise the look of the patio.

 

 

 

Straight Runs of Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Linear drains will drain on straight runs.  The head of the water will push the water along the drain and find a low point.  Obviously, the head of the water can’t move the water uphill.  So, you will need a fall at points in your drainage system.  The channels may retain a small amount of water.  But should overflow.  Just remember falls are favourable.  And water can’t flow uphill!

 

 

 

 Concrete Beds ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Create a trench to install your linear drain in.  Allow for the correct fall.  Add a bed of mortar.  Cement and sharp sand mix.  Use a medium to dry mix.  For straight runs.  Connect your linear drains together.  Place in the channel and ‘level’ your drains.  Make sure the drainage is slightly below your paving and has the correct fall.  Using a small level.  Ensure the top of the linear drain is horizontal.

 

 

 

Angles ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

At some points in your drainage.  You will need to create an angle.  First measure the angle with a sliding bevel.  Using a piece of scrap wood.  Make out the angle.  Next for the tricky part. 

 

 

 

Bisect Your Angle ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Bisecting the angle. You need to half the angle.  Using a compass or a non-compass method.  Or a protractor. Or finally angle finder.  There are countless YouTube videos on this!

 

 

 

Practice Makes Perfect ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Transfer the bisected angle onto a couple of scraps of timber and check the fit on your corner.  Next, cut your drains to the correct angle using a chop saw and fit.  You can add a bead of silicone to help with the join.

 

 

Soak Aways Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Sometimes you might not have any existing drainage.  Or it’s not practical to ‘plumb’ you drain into your drainage network You could create a soakaway.

 

 

Building a Soak Away ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Dig a hole at least 1 cubic metre. Next, fill your hole with drainage material. Bricks and rubble.  The top and sides can be lined with a membrane.  To prevent the long-term ingress of clay.  Commercial crates are also available – aqua cells.

 

 

 

Connection Your Soak Away ∙ Paving ∙ Exeter ∙ Sidmouth

Connect your linear drain to your soakaway.  A soakaway won’t handle unlimited water.  The water must soak away into the surrounding soil.  They can have limited use in a garden full of clay.  And do tend to lose their effectiveness over time.  Getting filled with clay and debris. However, they can move the drainage problem to another area of the garden.

 

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Date: September 16, 2018