I fitted shelving and plant hooks throughout as requested.
This greenhouse is fully double glazed. I was really grateful for that given that I built this in the hottest week of the year. It was genuinely cooler inside the greenhouse than out.
Click the video below for a short tour of the completed greenhouse.
Lovely to get a message and photo from a past customer this morning. I completed this one almost 4 years ago - Nov 2019. The greenhouse is looking really at home in this fantastic garden.
Just an image to show how well the greenhouse is settling into the garden.
Hope you are well
A stepped greenhouse? This one goes over a large step - actually the bigher level to the garden which is retained with gambion baskets filled with stone. My customer wanted me to design a greenhouse close to the shared boundary at the top of the garden but also have it stretch down onto the lower garden.
I came up with this....
There are lots of complications which restrict this design -
I added 4 opening side windows and 2 auto opening roof windows to ventilate the space and the doors, being inward opening, can be left open all day if required.
I built internal steps and brick-sided internal raised beds as well.
It's not about greenhouses but it's worth a mention. I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and love exploring the countryside by running the fells. I get to see Snowden (Yr Wyddfra) from my garden on clear days but this weekend I got the chance to climb all the 15 peaks of the Snowdonia range in one day. We ran it of course!
Taking another re-fueling stop whilst chatting to our guide. I'm not in this photo as I took it!
Here we're crossing the treacherous Crib Gogh just as the sun is coming up. We set off at the base of Yr Wyddfra at 4am and took just under 15 hours to complete the journey. What a blast!
I'm 3rd from the left on the above photo. An amazing bunch of fun-loving, madcap folk!
I'm up in Cumbria again this week to build a large greenhouse on a base that my customer built himself in advance. I did come over here for a few hours to bed the wallplates on and check the final measurements a couple of weeks ago - luckily I was already up this way completing another greenhouse just up the road.
I love the wall my customer has made. This was his first attempt at stonework. We did keep revising the sizes until the wall was fully finished though to make absolutely sure that it would fit just right in the end.
This greenhouse is large at 3.16m wide, 5.5m long and a roof almost 3.5m high. There a loads of opening windows - 4 along the sides, one on the rear and 4 auto-opening ones in the roof.
I set the first course of block in a wet mix of concrete and laid concrete to both sides to lock it tight into place. This will help strengthen it against the side pressure of soil over the years. After laying the second course of block I added corner beading and drip edges (in plastic - which won't rust like the old ones we used to use back in the day) before rendering a scratch coat to the walls. This was finished with a top coat which was brushed off to a smooth finish. All the render coats had frost-proofer added but it will be given 2 good coats of masonry paint once it's fully dry.
I built a smaller raised bed to the same spec at the other side of the garden. These will sit either side of the new greenhouse.
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