You can see the undulating levels in the ground in the picture below. It's always hard to tell just how uneven the ground is until the foundation has been laid. Once I've built the walls up I can then dig out the interior to the level point.
After laying concrete edging stones in wet concrete I removed all the top soil from the inside and laid quarry stone and compacted that down with a whacker plate. The concrete setts were laid in a dry mix 5:1 ratio of sharp sand:cement and the kiln dried sand brushed into the gaps to finish.
* Opps - I built this one 4m long instead of 3.5m so the customers get the extra length for free. Luckily there is no shortage of space here and I hadn't built the long sections of the structure yet so everyone's happy. Aiming to return here soon.
A bit risky getting up to North Scotland in February but there was a small break in the weather and I made it up and back OK - travelling 520 miles on the return journey.
The ground was so frozen solid my mattock just bounced off it, with the occasional spark as it struck rock - so I resorted to my SDS drill to chisel small sections out and brake through the first few inches.
This is a "Richard" greenhouse - just 2.5m long by 1.5m wide but the sides are especially tall and there is a lot of detail in the roof having 3 finials, crested ridge, valleys and an overhanging canopy.
It was great to meet you during my short visit this week but I look forward to a more relaxed visit when I return (early April?) and would love to take you up on the offer of a trip to the pub or bite to eat. I journeyed up the Cairngorm Mountains after leaving yours to see another job but gladly made it home again late last night before the weather turned again.
I hope the base is to you liking - although, on it's own it's an odd looking thing.
Thank you for asking me to build your greenhouse
Green Bug Ltd
Sent: 08 February 2019 15:46
To: Robin McGregor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Invoice 1080 from Green Bug Ltd
You are a wonder -- we have never seen someone work so efficiently or magically -- glad you made it home as we were hoping you were safely away after your dawn departure. I love looking at the base -- and am so looking forward to your return. And definitely a pub dinner on us! April would be great. Let us know when you are headed back and be glad you are not here today -- it is a mess.
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