I'm so delighted with this greenhouse (and thankfully the customer is too). The weather was horrible most of the time and even had to delay the installation for a few days whilst storms lashed the UK. The glass roof panes are just under 3m long and I couldn't risk the heavy winds catching hold and breaking them. Once installed the toughened glass will be virtually indestructible.
The greenhouse is built entirely from accoya which carries a 50 year guarantee and a life-expectancy well above that- even when unprotected with paint. So this time the customer has chosen to have it unpainted which will also make maintenance of the greenhouse virtually nil.
I've installed 4 auto-opening roof windows, 2 manual opening windows along the front and one to the rear. The door opens inwards so this could also be left open in hot days.
The raised beds will be used for permanent planting and a large paved area at the back for sitting with friends and enjoying the garden, and the amazing views, in comfort even on the coldest days.
I removed the rest of the soil inside, laid weedblock sheeting and paved over. The cold frame sides are finished and the inside is laid with weeblock and gravel for no maintenance and good drainage.
This week I'm down in Cambridge building the base for a "Julien" greenhouse - 3m wide by 5m long with a long cold frame along one side. I was delighted to find the ground pretty level - but I had forgotten that my customer had chosen a brick path rather than paving slabs! I laid the retaining path edgers in concrete and will get the materials delivered to do the pathway when I return with the greenhouse structure. It won't delay the overall completion thankfully.
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