Sunday, 12 June 2016

Work on the facade

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. Apologies for not posting in a while, all my spare time has been taken up with gardening - with all the lovely weather we've recently had everything has grown up almost over night!

In between mowing the lawn and weeding I have been reading lots of gardening books for inspiration, and over the course of time I slowly started thinking how I could incorporate a garden into the mini house. The answer… a roof terrace! Well, not so much a terrace but outdoor area. I'll cut a hole in the roof and create what ail effectively be an outdoor room. Fountains and box hedging will ensue but that will all take time.

In the mean time I have been working on the front of the house. The picture below shows the front opening panel all fitted on but without the windowpanes. It gives a good idea of how it looks, before I added railings to the first floor window above the door.

 I then looked at the front door area and wanted to have something a little more interesting that what was there.  The wall area looks a bit flat so I put some card with an alcove shape cut out against the wall to see how it looked. Ignore the green painted wood - this was holding the pavement down while the glue dried. There will be a hedge and a couple of planters that I was going to use on my old shop project (that didn't happen in the end).

It looks OK once painted up, it just takes the edge off that flat featureless wall. I've added a low wall and its starting to take shape.

I will put a window grill above the door when I find something that will work. I didn't like the one that came with the door, it was too heavy looking and not refined enough.

My biggest challenge will be ageing and weathering the building. it makes such a difference if you are brave enough. I have only done it a couple of times, most recently on the French house I built, Belle Pierre. I will be reading through some of your blogs for inspiration.

Have a great week All…