My customer had the base built by a local contractor - who also landscaped the whole back garden - so my job was a little easier and quicker, and thankfully everything fitted the base exactly.
This greenhouse is built entirely from accoya (50 year guarantee) and painted in the customer's choice of "Bancha" - a new colour from the Farrow and Ball range.
I'll return just after Christmas with the greenhouse to complete this one....
I really enjoyed the challenges of designing and building this one - making best use of the space by completely filling it with greenhouse. Also, having the doorway in the only place it could really go - the front end - meant I had to move the ridge line to the front and alter the roof pitches. Even the walls were tricky - I had assumed the concrete slab was level (it wasn't) so the first job was to cut bricks along the first couple of courses to feather it level before I carried on with building the walls.
There are 4 auto-opening roof windows and 4 tall side windows with black cast iron fittings throughout. The ridge is from mahogany (to make sure it's tough enough) painted with 4 coats of Profilan paint.
I fitted a set of solid iron bar supports under the roof for the customer to support hanging baskets or tomatos from . The roof itself is very strong - made from 4x2 structural grade timber with noggins and horizontal supports and birds mouth jointed along the eave - ready in case we get heavy snow loads through the winter months.
Relentless rain for weeks on end have made it difficult to build outside but I had a clear day today - so I laid timber over the pad stones I use to mock up greenhouses to form a temporary deck. Knowing that it is perfectly level I used this to build up the gable ends of a complicated greenhouse. This one has two varying pitches - a 40deg short roof at the front and a long, shallow 30deg at the rear.
I'm excited about this interesting build. I'll be building this one on site shortly.
This one is built in standard tanalised timber (structural grade) painted with a German made breathable polycarbonate paint (Profilan Impra) in a Farrow & Ball colour (De Nimes). I hand lathed the finials from timber stock and made everything from stock timber back in the workshop in Wales.
My customers have chosen the colour De Nimes from the new Farrow & Ball colour range for their greenhouse - you can have any colour you want. I'll be back here in a few weeks to set the greenhouse on this base and install the cold frames.
This is the "Tim" greenhouse - 4m long, 3.5m wide (including the porch which project by 1m). The porch is slightly less wide that the main structure which brings the ridge line just down a little at the front - I think this makes it look more interesting. It also makes sure you have plenty of height for a full 2m high door.
This job was a little more challenging because a builder had already constructed the large rear wall. On my first visit (click here to read that) I built the rest of the dwarf walls to match in. I had to make sure that I measured the height and depth of the rear wall exactly. I also built that sides of the greenhouse much higher than normal as determined by the rear wall height.
Thank you so much for again for our wonderful greenhouse. We are so pleased with it and know it will give us years of pleasure. We were so impressed with all the stages of work and much enjoyed having you around! We wish we have something else for you to build!
Please do come back next year and see it fully functioning - you will be very welcome.
With many thanks and best wishes
Rebecca and Peter
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