And here it is after a few weekends of working on it....
Having made sure the building is water-tight I could start on the proper job of setting up the workshop - and I had to spend some proper time on this - taking this whole week off work to concentrate on moving the business workshop here.
Part of the planning permission for running the business here is to sound-proof the workshop so, after clearing out the space, I've built another structure inside which will be clad and insulated to trap noise.
And now to move my tools over. Here's a picture of my table saw being delivered on Friday, at the end of the busy week.
This workshop is in the garden of our new home so the whole family will be moving here in a few weeks time. I've changed my contact details in readiness - although my mobile and email address remain the same of course.
I've been subcontracted by a landscape gardener as part of an overall garden redevelopment. I was asked to design a greenhouse with attached shed which I will clad in cedar and roof in small plain tiles with clay ridge. The walls were constructed before I arrived to site so some sections had to be mocked up on site whilst all the roof and sides and shed structure were built and sealed up. I'll return with the finished timber, doors and opening windows to complete the greenhouse and shed in a second visit.
All the sides will be clad in cedar with a lead drip edge skirt around the edges. I'll add an opening window in the centre and finish the partition in hardwood ply and glazed door.
Quite a distance from home this week - a 9-hour drive up to the mountains West of Aberdeen. My customer had this base built by a skilled local builder called Roy (nice bloke) and I worked with Emma to take down all the measurements of the walls as carefully as possible before constructing this large greenhouse. It is 6.5m along the back and 4m wide with a 2m wide porch. One of the tricky parts was making sure the back wall height is correct as this determines the overall height of the structure - and just in case, I added a row of small windows along the rear to give us a bit of extra space inside.
The van made the return journey without a hitch and the weather was perfect once again. It did rain on the last day but the roof was on so it only served to check it was watertight - it came down like an ocean wave and drenched everything outside in seconds. We'd just finished laying the "cobblestone" flooring inside as well.
Over the past few weekends I built a porch for my house - as a side project from building greenhouses in the week - but this project shares many similar aspects. I can add a porch to my house as "permitted development". I don't need to involve the council as long as it's less than 3sq metres in size and below 3m in height. I'm building mine just below that.
On the next weekend I built the walls from concrete blocks, added the drip edge and corner beading (I screwed them into the blocks) and rendered both sides - one "scratch" coat in 3:1 sand cement mix and a final brushed-up coat in 4:1.
I brought a compactor this week and laid Type 1 quarry waste to provide a very solid base for the pathway. I'm really pleased with the finished look of this path and will want to do a lot more of this version in the future.
I'll return in a few weeks to add the accoya greenhouse to this base.
Back on the road again this week after all the recent van trouble and delighted to be back with Chris and Phao who were such great company. Their dog Toby wasn't that sure and kept a vigilant eye on me throughout.
This greenhouse is a "Sarah" - 2.2m wide by 2.8m long. Being around 2.8m high the interior is tall and roomy with plenty of height for growing plants and space for 2-tier shelving right along the rear. Where space is limited this provides a lot of growing and potting up space without taking up much room.
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