There's no too much change for me at the moment - I'll just have to pack the completed greenhouses in a little tighter until the restrictions have been lifted. I have a fully completed "Richard" greenhouse here (the glass has arrived and is stored in the racks outside) and I'm busy building and painting a "Bruce" greenhouse - this is a new one. It's a "Mark" but is 6m long and has 8 auto-opening windows in the roof - which are hanging up to dry in the picture below.
I built my workshop inside a large metal barn and it's sound proofed, insulated and has amazing dust extraction equipment keeping it clean and safe - I love it here. I have stocks of timber and accoya to completed another couple of greenhouses so I'll just carry on working as normal for the next few weeks.
After that....I'll have to do my accounts and office paperwork. Apologies to those waiting on quotations - I will get around to those too.
Here's the completed "Tim" greenhouse - with 4 auto-opening roof windows, 2 manual side windows, flagged interior, shelving throughout and 2 cold frames, either side of the door. This greenhouse could be passed through the generations - given that it's built from accoya which has a guarantee for 50 years and a life expectancy exceeding 60 years without maintenance. I've painted this with 3 coats of Profilan paint colour to Farrow and Ball's lichen shade - the paint itself has a life expectancy of 10 years.
we had the opening of our fabulous new greenhouse yesterday.
Your hard work was thoroughly appreciated by the engineer in the group …. the others just wanted one!! Of course they did!
Every time I look out into the garden and see it I smile.
Thanks for all your hard work, we couldn’t be happier.
Mark and Carole
Taking a little respite from all the flood prevention work - spending some time building the doors and window frames for the extension I'm slowing building to our home.
The exterior doors are very tough, and heavy - solid accoya with hardwood marine ply strips in rebates running the whole length and top and base of the lower panels.
I've made the window frame for the upstairs pediment window and little qwerky to maximise the amount of window we get - the views around here are amazing.
The stream behind our garden overflowed and brought waves of mud through the Green Bug workshop overnight. We abandoned the clean-up after a few hours after seeing it was coming again and diverted the stream away onto the drive, laid sandbags (left overs from previous building jobs - thankfully) and dug channels .
However, the main pipe carrying the stream water blocked completely on the second day and nothing could clear it. We tried rodding, digging out, I went in the water 3 times trying to pull out what I could find with my hands. A kind farmer neighbour dug out part of the bank with his JCB so we have a new overground stream for now. It's just running clear of the workshop door and back into the stream again.
The "Tim" greenhouse is 4m long by 2.5m wide with a porch which extends out by 1m. The porch isn't quite as wide as the rest of the building which brings the ridge down just a little - adding a little extra interest to the front.
I've built quite a few of these now - the first was for Tim who lives in Southampton.
This feels like a great spot for the greenhouse, virtually filing this corner of the garden - the only downside is this deep concrete path laid right through the middle of it. Rather than excavate all this and skip it I'll work around it. The path is deep enough to work as a foundation where the wall meets it but I've got to make sure my wall levels and flooring eventually meet the same height (thankfully the path is level).
Even after digging out the interior the ground was pretty loose. You can see how messy it is outside the greenhouse. So I fetched a load more material from the building merchants and opted for a full dry bed of sharp sand : cement to support the flagged flooring - there's no way that floor will ever move.
Now back to the workshop to finish off building the greenhouse and order up the glass. I'll back here in a couple of weeks or so.
Since my last update in July I've been working every weekend on an extension to the house - to provide much needed extra facilities - we only have one toilet and a bath so there's always a queue. We can't wait to have a shower again!
A small job just to finish off this week - adding a brick-sided cold frame to a greenhouse I built last summer.
This greenhouse is only down the road from me so it's easy enough to do this as a small job.
My customer is really enjoying the greenhouse but thought a cold frame will be a really useful addition.
These foundations are a bit excessive for such a small wall but why not. I'm matching in with the foundations I laid for the main greenhouse and I can continue the brickwork courses through as well.
There are 2 courses of engineering brick and two of the facing bricks. You don't see that much of this brickwork from the outside but it allows a nice deep space inside the cold frame,
I'll build the frame and opening windows now and return to fit those shortly.
My customers were very keen to use local reclaimed bricks for the base so on the first day I travelled to the salvage yard with my customer and we chose the best bricks we could find (after a bit of sifting and sorting through).
For the floor we re-used some beautiful old quarry tiles my customer has had for many years - and we had just the right amount for the floor. I laid them on a full 3" bed of dry mixed sharp sand / cement and I'll brush through the joints with kiln dried sand when I come back here in a couple of weeks.
So chuffed to appear in Phao's excellent "blog of two gardens" this week. I built her greenhouse a couple of years ago and she recently came across a photo from that time. She looks very pleased.
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