David & Sara had removed an old shed and exposed a useful base for their new greenhouse.
Unlike last week’s, this concrete hadn’t been exposed to the elements and was in excellent condition.
We want to put a large greenhouse here - 5m by 3.5m with porch and cold frames
(yes - that popular classic you keep seeing on these pages! - I’d have one if I could!)
- so the first job was for me to dig out, lay some hardcore and a wet concrete mix to increase the slab to the new dimensions.
Here you can see the side walls for the cold frames which will go either side of the doorway.
Sara asked me to build a high raised bed inside. I doubled up the brickwork at the base for strength.
And after 3 days work....650 bricks, 20 bags of concrete, 1.2tonnes of sand, and 13 bags of cement.....
we have this lovely, old-fashioned looking base for a greenhouse. I lay the mortar joints a little larger than modern brick-layers would like - it matches the joints on this house and those of the period. I don’t want the Victorian greenhouse sitting on brickwork which looks modern (like a 70’s garage!). I use a heritage brick too -expensive facing bricks which are not entirely uniform to appear hand-made.
On completion it looks like a pretty large space - in a beautiful setting.