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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