I need a few projects to get on with at the weekends to help me switch off from work. Here are a few of the things I've been getting on with lately.
Laid a new path leading from the house to the workshop. This pathway gets trampled a lot. I reclaimed the pavers from the old patio that was here when we arrived. I used 36 bags of sand for the mortar mix - a full bed under each one.
An small extension to the back of the workshop.
A bbq structure was here when we moved into this house and I loved it but Cloudy, our dog, loves sitting under it and I was worried it would collapse on her one day. I used slate left over from the new patio we laid.
Talking of which, here we all are laying the new patio...
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
Stuck at home - even when I could work - as the van is trapped at the garage whilst the staff self-isolate following a covid outbreak. It's been weeks now and the painting shed has a fully complete greenhouse on the back wall and 2 more virtually complete at either corner. I'll just carry on machining and filling up the space until I can get out again. (Thanks to Mabel for the snowman)
You can see the amount of supporting timber going in underneath the roof - supported by 2 acros to hold the line until everything is finished. It'd didn't move a mil when I took the supports away.
This design makes for a wide open space inside - 6m long overall and 3m wide - with 5 side opening windows around the sides and 4 auto opening windows in the roof.
This is another of the popular "Steve" type greenhouse built entirely from accoya with 4 auto-opening roof windows and 2 side windows. The greenhouse can accomodate a lot of shelving as the sides are very tall. On request, I made a movable potting station rather than fixing it permanently.
The shelves can simply be lifted off the brackets for cleaning or to allow extra height for plants growing beneath. My customer will add some good top soil into the raised bed in time - a good place for tomatoes and other thirsty plants.
And this is only the start.
My customer has booked a team of groundworkers starting just days after I left - to lay new slate patios, walkways, and a raised pathway leading to the greenhouse door with planting beds either side. I'm dying to see the next stage.
Thank you again for all your hard work. It puts a smile on my face every time I look out at the garden now! I’m very much looking forward to having the rest of the work completed and will send you pictures as promised.
Thank you again and hope you get some rest after laying the oak flooring this weekend.
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