This is the "Tim" greenhouse - 4m long, 3.5m wide (including the porch which project by 1m). The porch is slightly less wide that the main structure which brings the ridge line just down a little at the front - I think this makes it look more interesting. It also makes sure you have plenty of height for a full 2m high door.
This job was a little more challenging because a builder had already constructed the large rear wall. On my first visit (click here to read that) I built the rest of the dwarf walls to match in. I had to make sure that I measured the height and depth of the rear wall exactly. I also built that sides of the greenhouse much higher than normal as determined by the rear wall height.
Thank you so much for again for our wonderful greenhouse. We are so pleased with it and know it will give us years of pleasure. We were so impressed with all the stages of work and much enjoyed having you around! We wish we have something else for you to build!
Please do come back next year and see it fully functioning - you will be very welcome.
With many thanks and best wishes
Rebecca and Peter
This is going to be one of my most interesting projects.
It's helpful that my approach is always to build the base first - that way I can be sure of measurements before I start. In this case I found that the concrete slab was very uneven and sloped away by around 6 inches to the front. I built the walls up to a level point by the 3rd course and now it's done I can get on with constructing the rest of the greenhouse.
My customer immediately made the greenhouse her own, moving in plants, trays and pots - it was a wonderful coincidence that her green shelving unit fitted perfectly under the potting shelf.
The "Mike" greenhouse has 4 auto-opening roof windows, a manual opening window at the rear above the potting station and two-tier shelving included. See more information on this greenhouse and prices by clicking this link.
Building the base for a "Mike" greenhouse this week - 2.2m wide by 2.8m long, with an internal, brick-sided raised bed and brick pathway with gravel to the side.
I'll brush kiln dried sand into the pathway to complete it once I've put the greenhouse up in a couple of weeks time.
I built the walls for this greenhouse a few weeks ago in all the rain and mud (https://www.green-bug.co.uk/blog-pages/mud-in-gloucestershire). I've included a "before" photo opposite just a reminder that Green Bug greenhouse include all the work involved in building your greenhouse - foundations to the finials, so you don't have to worry about getting other trades in.
The above shows the flooring is in (just waiting for the kiln dried sand to be brushed in) the shelving in place and the roof verge detail with the rounded leading edges of glass.
Finally, a word from my customer - "It looks absolutely fantastic and gets huge complements from everyone who sees it. I’m looking forward to the kids leaving for uni so I can get another! You did a really good job, thank you."
There used to be a greenhouse here but it gradually rotted away and the owners had it removed when it became unsafe. I'm replacing it with an accoya greenhouse, which should never rot and had a guarantee for 50 years and a life expectancy in excess of 60 years. The glass is toughened so it's also safe and very secure - and allows me to glaze the roof in one sheet rather than overlapping smaller sections as you would with normal glass.
The tricky bit was building the greenhouse to line up exactly with the line left against the wall so I made a first visit to check the roof angle measurements and to undertake the leadwork. For the first sheets of glass meeting the wall I had them cut so they go around the chimney breast - thankfully they were a perfect fit.
The greenhouse has lots of ventilation - 4 auto-opening roof windows and 4 manual windows along the sides. I re-used the aluminium ridge cresting which had been salvaged from the old greenhouse.
I also added steel bars under the roof to support hanging baskets and built 2 long potting benches along both sides.
Over these past weekends I've been working on an extension to our new home. It's all been approved by the local council , building control and other interested parties. The house is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it has to look right - much the same as the rest of the house which have parts dating back to 1858.
The first job was to demolish the old flat roof car port - using my sds drill and sledge hammers and calling on the kids and Jo's help an much as I could.
The river burst it's banks during the works and was an inch away from flooding the house. We worked on diverting it for 2 days and kept a 24 hours watch on the levels (I finished my shift at 4:30am and Jo took over). Nothing got in the house and we're laying wider pipes to take more stream water away and prevent it happening again.
Delighted to read my customers blog of a greenhouse I built over a year ago - still like brand new and enjoying it more than ever. Please click the button below to read Phao's blog of 2 gardens.
A 2.5m by 2.5m greenhouse which needs to be no higher than 2.5m. I'll make the sides a little higher than normal but have a shallower roof pitch of 30 degrees rather then 25 degrees which will increase the amount of useful space inside. There will be 4 opening roof windows and a manual opening window in the rear elevation.
Inside I'm laying concrete setts and a brick sided raised bed for growing tomatoes.
The rain had turned the roads to rivers on the journey down here and it didn't let up for most of the first day. I'd packed my gazeebo which kept my stuff dry and I worked on the foundations until the weather improved and I could get on with brick laying. Unfortunately the suppliers let me down on the setts I want to lay for the inside floor - they didn't arrive until a week later - so I'll be laying those when I return with the greenhouse - laying them in 4:1 sharp sand:cement mix and brushing in kiln dried sand.
I had a beautiful week of weather here in Warrington - with only one wet day. I've been lucky with my work schedule lately by managing to be in the workshop during the weeks of heavy rain and then outside for the weeks when the weather is good. Pure luck.
This an Yvonne greenhouse built entirely from accoya. I built one exactly the same for the sister of this week's customer, around a year ago. This time I've painted in Green Smoke colour from the Farrow & Ball colour range.
It measures 3.7m long by 3.5m long. You can find more details, plans, prices and a video tour by clicking on these works which link to the prices page of this website.
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