The "Steve" greenhouse measures 3.5m long by 2.5m wide with a small porch projecting 1/2m - right on to the pathway in this case. So I removed the edgings which had been concreted in and laid a new concrete trench foundation for the building.
The first 2 courses are engineering bricks which are very tough and don't absorb water - they lock the walls to the foundation and protect the softer brickwork above from possible rising water which could cause frost damage.
The next job was to dig out all the spoil and historic builders rubble from the inside. I then laid weedblock sheeting, compacted a layer of hardcore (Type 1 mot), and leveled a layer of sharp sand:cement to support the new flooring. In this case we added a gravel bed which could be used for siting pots, or tomatoes could be plugged through the weedblock sheeting into the soil below.
I'll finish building the front porchway back at the workshop now, order up the glass and return in a few weeks once the glass is in.
Sent: 20 February 2021 19:10
We’d just like to say how utterly delighted we are with the greenhouse, it’s a real testament to your passion and skill. Needless to say we’ve spent the entire day in the garden in lovely weather and lots of time standing in the greenhouse just admiring it.
Thank you so much for your tireless work in the most appalling wet and cold conditions, your hard labour was amazing. We shall certainly send you some seasonal progress as we get the plants growing and we hope to be here a few more decades to enjoy it...and should we ever [move] rest assured we’ll be back for another GreenBug.
With our deepest thanks and warmest regards
Michael and Catherine
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