Didn't I tell you this is a beautiful garden - I'm so lucky to get to see all these gardens close up and what great weather this week.
There are 9 opening windows in the main structure (4 auto-opening in the roof) which I built with mortice and tennon joints. The cold frame also has 2 opening lids - all the hinges are stainless steel for longevity. Three coats of Profilan Impra paint has been applied which is more than I used to give but research has indicated the coating should now last 10 years without attention.
Another amazing garden which makes my typical lawn and raised borders look very dull. It's an inspiration being around such dedicated and skillful gardeners - and an honour to be asked to build a greenhouse here.
I'm using up some setts Bob had left over to make an attractive floor covering within the greenhouse.
This greenhouse is quite small - 2m wide by 3m long. I'm making it from this new incredible "accoya" wood everyone is talking about - which comes with a 50 year manufacturers guarantee. I've found it's not the strongest wood in small sections (the grain is wide) so I'll be building the crested ridge from mahogany and will lathe up the finials from some oak I have.
I'll put together a video of this building once I've finished (and of this beautiful garden).
Joan want her greenhouse to be 4.5m long, by 2.5m wide and to have a cold frame 2m long along one side. There has been a lot of thought about maximising the space without it taking over. This greenhouse will be around 3m high though so they'll be plenty of vertical growing space inside with a full length work station and 2-tier shelving along one side.
This greenhouse is being constructed using my standard, premium-grade tanalised timber rather than accoya (half of the greenhouses I build are now from accoya). However, there is no reason why this timber shouldn't last just as long - there is nowhere for water to sit and penetrate the timber and the paint coating should last for 10 years now without further application (*the greenhouses now have a minimum of 3 coats of Profilan Impra paint rather than the recommended 2. We have just learned independent testing showed that 3 coats of this paint give a life expectancy of 10 years between coats).
Well done to Miles and his friend who found a Green Bug greenhouse on Gumtree and rebuilt it completely back at Miles' home.
Miles contacted me after successfully bidding for the greenhouse and we spent some time on the phone and by e-mail so he could understand how the whole structure has been put together. I'm always asked to sell "supply-only" but think there are too many parts to these greenhouse - and therefore to many ways in which things could go wrong.
Well done to Miles & friend so an excellent re-installation. It looks better than when I first built it back in 2014 (click here to see that build).
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