Thank you Sue and Barrie for your kind Xmas wishes and card.
A happy Christmas and wonderful new year to all my customers, past and future - and especially thank you for all those patient customers who've been waiting whilst I move to the new premises.
Another great benefit of the new Green Bug premises - I can mock up bespoke greenhouses on site here on pillars which ensure the structure is level and square before doing the "take-off" for the glass order. The view's good too eh...
It's been like holding my breath under water. These past weeks I've been building the workshop but wanting to resurface as soon as possible to carry on building greenhouses again. Thankfully I'm back. Two greenhouses now sit ready to go out in the new year and I'm back on track.
Although this workshop is massive, in comparison to my old one, I added a removable hatch so I can cut down long lengths of timber. I've used up old pieces of toughened glass to add double glazed windows around the workshop unit.
One of the benefits of the added space is I can have permanent workstations - workbench, pillar drill, bench morticer, lathe, router are connected and ready for immediate use whilst the table saw can have an outfeed table which doubles as a sanding station.
I have been granted full planning permission for business use of the barn and agreed to sound proof the workshop. There is a large air gap (corrider) between the workshop building and the main structure and I insulated the roof and walls and the glazing is double.
On the right is access to the shipping container which houses the painting area and office. I clad the walls with dense foam insulation and osb boarding. On the outside roof I added 2" insulation and 2 layers of osb to make the interior comfortable and maintain a good temperature for painting.
I just need to add lots of shelving and storage and set up the internet but thankfully, with great relief and happiness, I am working on greenhouses again full time and with much greater efficiency.
And here it is after a few weekends of working on it....
Having made sure the building is water-tight I could start on the proper job of setting up the workshop - and I had to spend some proper time on this - taking this whole week off work to concentrate on moving the business workshop here.
Part of the planning permission for running the business here is to sound-proof the workshop so, after clearing out the space, I've built another structure inside which will be clad and insulated to trap noise.
And now to move my tools over. Here's a picture of my table saw being delivered on Friday, at the end of the busy week.
This workshop is in the garden of our new home so the whole family will be moving here in a few weeks time. I've changed my contact details in readiness - although my mobile and email address remain the same of course.
I've been subcontracted by a landscape gardener as part of an overall garden redevelopment. I was asked to design a greenhouse with attached shed which I will clad in cedar and roof in small plain tiles with clay ridge. The walls were constructed before I arrived to site so some sections had to be mocked up on site whilst all the roof and sides and shed structure were built and sealed up. I'll return with the finished timber, doors and opening windows to complete the greenhouse and shed in a second visit.
All the sides will be clad in cedar with a lead drip edge skirt around the edges. I'll add an opening window in the centre and finish the partition in hardwood ply and glazed door.
Quite a distance from home this week - a 9-hour drive up to the mountains West of Aberdeen. My customer had this base built by a skilled local builder called Roy (nice bloke) and I worked with Emma to take down all the measurements of the walls as carefully as possible before constructing this large greenhouse. It is 6.5m along the back and 4m wide with a 2m wide porch. One of the tricky parts was making sure the back wall height is correct as this determines the overall height of the structure - and just in case, I added a row of small windows along the rear to give us a bit of extra space inside.
The van made the return journey without a hitch and the weather was perfect once again. It did rain on the last day but the roof was on so it only served to check it was watertight - it came down like an ocean wave and drenched everything outside in seconds. We'd just finished laying the "cobblestone" flooring inside as well.
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