Sunday, 11 June 2017

A new porch for the Summerhouse

Hello. It's been a nice day, sunny but a tad windy, so I've been out in the garden. The Summerhouse is getting a new look. I have four spare doors, someone offered them to me last year, they will come in handy I thought. So, I have a pallet, haven't I always got a pallet, I can't resist picking them up when I see them lying around. 
I've screwed the pallet to the side of building, and screwed a door onto that. I had to remove some of the brick patio and the bricks from the corner of the raised bed, to squeeze it into the gap. I could do with another pair of hands to keep things steady as I screw them together, but the bungee elastic will have to do instead. 
The back view. I don't paint this side because it's close to the hedge and can't be seen. It's also a hidey hole for tubs and plastic boxes. That hard wood door was difficult to drill into with a hand drill.

On the other side there are three more spare doors to use. I am repainting that side, and repainting the back of the garage. I shall paint over the beach scene, I'm not doing that again.

 That's all fixed together nicely, it's pretty solid. The gap is closed with a piece of wood. I have a spare piece of polycarbonate roof which I would like to use to cover the porch, but I have to find a way to support it on the other end. I might add another door like this one so the roof can be attached at both ends. I'll have a think about it. I have another pallet but it is not really big enough.

I am thinking of opening it up for the Open Gardens event in two weeks time. I missed the deadline for getting on the list, through my dithering about, but I have plenty of time to tell everyone it will be open.

I am now going to lounge in the bath for half an hour. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

14 comments:

  1. That will be lovely Ilona when it's finished.I've got a sitting area I call a gazebo(really a car porch style.)The plastic roof blew off in the winter,it's still off.It was 30 years old though.I wonder if you could make a large wooden triangle bracket to fix the roof onto x

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  2. Oh,i think your beach painting is brilliant!!,Ive got a beach area in my garden but im not clever enough to be able to paint a scene like that on the fence!,I would like to put a shed on it and paint it candy stripe to make it into a beach hut....but hubby says no cause it would block out the sun on our seating area....im wondering if this is grounds for a divorce,Lol,Debi,Leic,x

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  3. You could just paint your fence in stripes on bottom corner Debi,and put some of that twiggy roll on top for a roof and just grow a climber on the open side for a shelter x

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    1. What a brilliant idea, love it !!
      Lea

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  4. I have a brick area similar to yours and my husband suggested alternating the way the bricks are laid to make a pattern. I did this and feel it looks much neater.You put two bricks length ways and then two bricks width way and so on.It makes for a smoother look and more like a patio. Just a thought as sometimes it's good to pass on ideas.

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  5. I wasn't sure if I had explained what I meant by the simple brick pattern I used in my garden so I googled it. It's called basket weave if you wanted to look it up. It's difficult to explain without a picture. Hope this is helpful.

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    1. Similar to a basket weave knitting pattern Carol. Knit four, purl four for four rows then purl four, knit four for four rows, a simple classic pattern used mainly for squares for a blanket. Simple but effective.

      Joan (Wales)

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    2. I haven't knitted since my boys were babies and I am a grandmother now but that brings back memories. I remember knitting a baby outfit (trousers, jacket and hat in blue) with that pattern and I liked it because it was simple to do but effective.

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  6. I'm constantly amazed that you do all this work with a hand drill!

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  7. I like seeing the building work on your lovely summerhouse. And I agree there is always a use for any discarded pallets. Sarah (Cornwall)

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  8. fab job! how on earth you come up with these inventive ideas is beyond me - really like what you've done with the door.

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  9. well done - another brilliant upcycle

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  10. People would love to see it in the open gardens scheme. Natalie

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  11. You really should have people round during the open gardens scheme. Folk would love to see the famous shed off the tele :-)

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