.....and we put together a little video of the project too.
Scorching hot weather this week - and ground I had to pick axe throughout - but refreshing rain just as soon as I had finished all the brickwork - PERFECT TIMING!
This one is the popular "Tim" option - built from accoya and measuring 4m long by 3.5m wide with a 2m wide porch.
That's the base done. I'll return in a couple of weeks or so with the completed top and all the glass and shelving.
THANK YOU so much everyone who supported my marathon run for Ethan. It was hoped that a few thousand would be raised for Welsh Air Ambulance and Young Minds charities - but at the last count £75,000 raised.
You'd have thought I'd won judging by this picture. I was actually near to the last - but what a welcome from the folks in St Asaph.
I hope all is well with you and you’re enjoying the sun.
When we last spoke in the winter when you completed our greenhouse, I promised that I would send some photos of the complete patio path area and flower beds around the greenhouse. Most of the flowers you see are grown from seed and bulbs from the greenhouse so it’s already providing some yield, and although not in full bloom yet it’s certainly giving a taste of what it’ll look like in the height of summer.
Thank you again for all your amazing work Robin. We absolutely love our greenhouse and it very much completes our garden.
I had a great time at Paul and Debbie's this week building a "Jill" greenhouse on top of the base I'd struggled to build on their sloping ground. The weather was fantastic so I just plodded on each day - before returning home for one evening after the autovents I had ordered months ago eventually turned up (****** Brexit!).
This is the "Miriam" greenhouse - I hadn't built one of these for over 7 years so naturally I had to make some minor improvements. Adding an extra pane of glass to make the roof a little stronger changed all the valley angles so I built the structure back at the workshop first before making the glass order. I love the end result. I just hope it's not another 7 years before I do another. It's what comes from offering bespoke at no extra cost I guess - choose one from the price list or have me draw up something entirely new - whatever works best for you.
I love this job so much though guys - so Thank You to all my customers for choosing Green Bug.
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Sincere thanks for the greenhouse and your hard work which means everything to us. We can’t keep out of it and just enjoying a glass of Chablis sitting in our greenhouse.
We can’t thank you enough.
Sharon and Steve
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My base build in Shropshire this week was just up the road from a greenhouse I had built 8 years ago - way back in June 2013. My previous customers had recommended me and asked that I call in to say hello when in the area. They still really loved and regularly used their greenhouse. I was keen to see how it looked.
This is the orginal "Mike" greenhouse with brick floor and internal raised bed which you will find on the prices page.
To read the blog entry from this build - click here to go to June 2013 in the archives.
The first thing that struck me was what a slope this is. You can see the gap between the front batten and the paint line on the ground and it tapers uphill a lot too. A huge amount of soil needed to be removed to get to a level point for the foundations.
You can see how deep the foundations become as they go up the garden on the level - albeit with one step up along the way. The next job would be digging out all the internal soil so that I could start brick laying. This was a case of just get your head down and get on with it!
I'd just started brick laying when I realised I would need to remove soil to the right hand side too. This is normally the place for a cold frame - not possible at this depth. What we would need is a retaining wall to hold all that bank of earth back from the greenhouse.
Once I'd finished the greenhouse base I started on the retaining wall. I dug a trench and laid concrete blocks in a wet 3:1 mix of concrete. I cut reinforced steel bar and hammered then through the first blocks and into the wet concrete foundations and filled all the holes in the blocks, before laying the second course in mortar, fitting over the steel rods and again filling all holes with concrete to finish. The back can now be back filled with soil and a decorative facing course of bricks is going to be added by the customer at a later date.
This is the base for a "Jill" greenhouse measuring 4m long by 2.8m wide with 5 side opening windows and 4 auto-opening roof windows built entirely in accoya. Now I've finished the base I can complete the front gable end back at the workshop and order up the glass before returning in a few weeks.
I've mocked up the top section of the "Miriam" greenhouse roof structure at the workshop so I could check the new valley angles. I decided to alter this greenhouse a little to make the glass panels slightly smaller. This does mean all the angles need changing but it's worth doing. I haven't built a "Miriam" for over 6 years and there are a few improvements I'm bringing into the design now.
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