We do not limit ourselves to just making garden buildings. The Evergreen Workshop takes a real pride and is happy to look to all items in the garden. A lot of our work also comprises repair and maintenance on buildings, furniture, gates, pergolas etc.
Whilst some projects can be undertaken on site we also can dismantle and restore items in the workshop before returning them to site.
Some garden buildings especially older ones develop issues. Normally this tends to be rot sepecially where a building is located in a mature garden. Obvioulsy sheaper garden structures are often cheaper to simply replace but older one and larger buildings can often be brought back into shape for a fraction of the cost of renewal.
Again we are always happy to come and have a look at offer advise. If we think the client would be better served replacing the building then we will always say.
New builds are perhaps the most difficult to show costings for.
The point of a custom build is to meet a particular requirement or style and design. In that, we can have so many variables in how the building is specified, such as size, materials, finish and installation. It means that rarely are any two buildings the same..
We don't limit ourselves to a small area and travel across most parts of the country
To try and provide an answer here are a couple of examples of what we created and how much it cost.
Here we have a greenhouse and potting shed combination. The building has an 8 foot wide by 6 foot 6 inches deep greenhouse and is extended out to include a further 4 foot 6 inch storage shed. The major element of this build was the height as the client was a full 6 feet 4 inches tall !!! The dividing wall was reinforced to accept shelving on both sides.
interms of spec. The whole structure was mounted on a dwarf wall and concrete base. The timber used was pressure treated and then painted. The greenhouse had a pair of doors at the front and featured 4 opening vents.
As for the potting shed it features rustic overlap board finish all nailed over a vapour barrier. The roof is fully tongue and groove 16mm thick, covered in tear resistant felt and battens, before being finsihed in cedar shingles. All the fixings and fittings were black iron, the client opted for standard horticultural glass as there were no children involved. The site was located about 20 miles from us and access was very easy due to surrounding fields. However the building is in a very exposed location which mean't the frames had to be strengthened to cope with high winds.
The total cost of the work deliverd and erected was £4500 all inclusive.
Another dwarf wall greenhouse this time just the greenhouse measuring 3.0M (10 ft) by 2.4M (8 ft). It has a generous height of 2.0M to the eaves and 2.7M to the ridge. It features 4 roof vents all automatic. 4 side windows vents and a single locking door. The greenhouse is built on a 600mm high wall and has 4 fold down benches that can be used independant of each other. There is guttering and water butt storage all included and was built, erected and finsihed in 3 weeks. All painted in the clients choice of colour.
For all the above the cost would be,
On an existing wall to replace an old structure including its removal would cost around £4000
Built from ground up including the foundation, dwarf brick wall, internal path and the greenhouse would be around £5900
This greenhouse / potting shed in victorian style has proved very popular and has been reproduced several times over the years in several different specs.
As an example the greenhouse / potting shed in a 7 foot by 5 foot configuartion (as seen) and because it was close to the boundary it stands 2.4M tall. It features an all redwood treated cosntruction finsihed in two tone decorative paintwork. The roof is boarded and in this case felted but we have also done cedar shingle snad even lead. There are 4 opening side windows and two full length opening roof vents. All the windows whetehr opening or not can be removed for ease of painting. The interior is fully lined with tongue and groove over a vapour barrier but we have done some without the lining. This building has a fully boarded floor 28mm thick made from pressuret treated boards but again we have made it without a floor for those using it purely as a greenhouse. There are details such as gothic arches, finials and cresting ridge rails in abudance. The whole building was delivered to site 25 miles away where there was very little access and no on street parking.
The total cost of the work delivered and erected was £4000
Most people assume that a custom made building is more expensive than a commercially made one. This is not true, yes against the really cheap little brown sheds that proliferate the internet and most garden centres. A bespoke builder would struggle to compete, simply because it is almost impossible to buy the cheap materials that they are made of and as the point is to make a well designed and long lasting building then it isn't our market.
However when looking at the 'better' end of the commercial market then it is a different pricture and certainly when comparing with the 'top' end.
Most comercial builders list one price but when you factor in all the option costs a completely different cost is arrived at.
As an example below is an image of a ' HSP 'Potting Shed' listed at £13000 delivered and installed. We were called out to replace one that had rotted out in 5 years. MDF walls and 3mm plywood for the roof substructure all added to mildew and rot.
We completely remade it, Using pressure treated timber and a fully framed and boarded roof, We laid a new concrete foundation and DPM all the walls and the roof have vapour barriers, We fitted new LED lights inside and out. All for £8000
The two buildings look identical but only one will last and it is £5000 cheaper There is more on this build below. Our point is custom made is not necesarily more expensive.
Greenhouse repair and Restoration work is shown in the website but for clarity we can recap here.
In the example shown we have a nominally 8 fett by 8 feet Alton Amateur greenhouse which many will know is made from Western Red Cedar. Located about 70 miles away the greenhouse had all the usual issues and was about 15 years old. There had been little maintenance undertaken previously and the frames were rotting, the glass was sliding out and the vents were not working including a three pane louvre that is no longer available.
The client was considering a replacement but contacted us for a cost comparison. We took the building away and fully repaired the Ceadr frames. The eaves and ground frame rails were replaced with treated Sapele. The glass in this case toughened was cleaned and the whole greenhouse treated to prevent further rot and insect damage. The wood was then finished in two coats of oil that nourishes and provides a waterproof surface. All the vents were made to work again and the whole returned to site and re-erected 10 days later. Every screw and nail was replaced as were the hinges. We did not have to replace any glass.
A replacement new like for like is £2500 and installation another £250, disposal of the old greenhouse perhaps £100 to £150. TOTAL £2850.00
The cost for the work we undertook was £1450 all inclusive, approximately half the cost of a new one.
The most common sized greenhouse we see is the ALTON AMATEUR 10ft by 8ft model. Here the model is 20 years old and was starting to rot in all the usual places. The glass was slipping and water was getting in. We removed it completely and installed a temporary greenhouse. The whole structure including benches and shelves was restored and the glass cleaned. Returned to site 10 days later, it was re-erected and ready for use again.
The client had costed a repalcement which in total was going to be £3381 for the building and staging, £400 for erection and £200 for disposal of the old greenhouse. TOTAL COST £3981.00
The total cost of the work we undertook was £1950, half the cost of new The client was thrilled.
In this example we have the much larger Alton Amateur cedar greenhouse. At just over 13 feet long and 8 feet wide.
Again the client had considered buying a new one as his greenhouse had suffered from being buried at the rear and side in 12 inches of soil and leaf litter that had all but rotted the frames away at ground level. There were mulitple broken panes of g;ass and the main roof ridge bar was rotten. It was located about 40 miles away and positioned on a sloping garden which meant that the right hand side dropped away by 3 feet with little space to work.
We took the greenhouse down and repaired all the rotted frames. It had to be dried as the frames were saturated located as it was under a holly tree. We replaced the rotting ridge bar and broken glass which in this case was standard greenhouse glass. All the screws and nails were replaced and the sliding windows fitted with new handles. The whole frame was treated and then finsihed in a coloured wood preserver to match the other buildings in the garden. All the plastic glazing blocks were replaced with treated Oak blocks custom milled in our workshop. The whole buildings was returned and then reinstalled.
The costs as the client pointed out for a new one was £3500 and installation was another £400 plus as he mentioned getting rid of the old greenhosue was going to cost £175 for a skip. TOTAL COST £4075.00
We completed the work for a total cost of £1950 all inclusive which amazed the client as it was less than half price. He also was keen to point out it had NEVER looked that good.
Finally we don't only do Apex greenhouses. This is the Alton Octagonal model measuring 9 ft 2 inches by 6 ft 6 inches. This particular one is about 15 years old and was really starting to suffer from rot. The whole base rail and bottom edge of the cladding was rotted, so much so that in strong wind it moved on it base. There was also rot in the roof and the building had taken on a lean. It had been painted in a green paint that had all started to peel.The client wanted extra glass in the front and guttering which some may know cannot be fitted to this model.
We took it down and repaired and restored the farme and then modified it to take extra glass. The building was also modified to allow the fitting of guttering. Returned 10 days later it was re-erected and the restored benches refitted.
The Cost of a new model which has guttering but not full length glass is currently £3107.00 plus installation of £400 and disposal cost of £175 giving a total of £3682.00
The cost of all the repair and modifications including the extra toughened glass was £1850.00 despite travelling 70 miles to site.
This very old summerhouse was listing badly as the right hand side had completely rotted away.
On inspection the buildings original timber base frame had rotted away and so carefully dismantling we constructed a new frame to build on.
The whole building was repaired, re-roofed and guttering added.
All ready for those summer days in the garden.
Tucked away down a steep slope this large she had started to fall into disrepair.
The Building was required to store some large garden machinery in and required extensive repair and re-roofing.
A new double door arrangement was made and a ramp to allow the equipment to access. Painted and with new gutter it was also fitted out with shelving and storage hooks.
Badgers were also an issue, so the old exposed timber support beams were enclosed in strong chicken wire buried deep into the ground.
As mentioned earlier Some perhaps will have seen these buildings. The company, HSP Garden Buildings who produced them went into insolvenvcy leaving many clients who had paid tens of thousands of pounds for them with buildings that rotted away after 4-6 years.
This original building was installed by the supplier on six paving slabs that rats had burrowed under. The walls were MDF and covered in mildew. The roof although lead coated was only actually laid on 3mm or 1/8 inch plywood and condensation was rotting it and leaving it covered in black mildew.
Although a faithful copy of the original design virtually nothing of the original building exists. The MDF walls were replaced with 3/4 inch presure treated timber. New doors were produced along with matching dummy doors. A new timber floor was laid over a new cast concrete pad all protected with damp proof membranes.
The largest element was in creating a new roof with curved joists and boarded then isulated before finishing once again in lead. The whole thing was finished with a new low voltage lighting system.
The first three images below show the incredibly thin roof substructure the whole roof was only actually attached to the extended MDF soffit not the buildings main structural frame. The limescale build up can clearly be seen and this was on a building just 5 years old.
The last four images show the completed new building including the new roof all boarded in Tongue and Groove boards. The building new had cost around £10000 but today costs in excess of £13000 our complete rebuild was far less than this including disposing of the old building just £8000
This summerhouse and tool shed started life as a very old. leaky straightforward 15ft by 10 ft apex roof shed at the bottom of the garden. The original arrange ment was a shed with the remnants of an aluminum greenhouse in front on a vegetable patch.
The client wanted it remodelled as a summerhouse with a seperate integrated tool store. Also to include decking and a wildlife pond. It included removing the old greenhouse and levelling the vegetable patch ready for a lawn to be seeded.
We were happy to oblige and undertook ALL the work ourselves. including creating the pond with solar pump operating a waterfall. The pond overflows to the right to feed a bog garden. The buildings facade was remodelled and the old shed repaired.
A seperate shed with its own acces door and ramp was integrated within the original footprint of the building. The summer house was fully lined in tongue and groove boards and the roof shingled in modern '3T' shingles. A total of 7 tonnes of various sized rock was imported and layed around and into the pool, A small reserve filter tank fed via a solar powered pump through to a simple waterfall to prevent stagnation until the plants created an eco-system.
The client simply had to add plants and let nature take over
Located in the gardens of a house that had once been a country manor then a convent and childres home before being converted to three seperate dwellings was this quaint little octagonal building.
Its exact original purpose isn't clear with suggestions for a pump room for water, a converted dovecote or perhaps just a summer room or folly. Although not a preservation structure the client was very keen to retain its originality and charm. The old oak windows and doors were all infested with wood worm and had to be remade. Removal and fitting was challenging as the roof had settled forward and careful jacking was required to remove them without destabilising the roof.
We were very lucky that the client had some very old photographs of the building and these were carefully studied to ascertain what work and alterations had been undertaken in the buildings more recent past.
Here the building is shown when the house was a childrens home in the 1930s. The building was originally set in an extensive rockery and overlooked a stunning panoramic view of the North downs and 'the Hog's Back' Surrey.
This pair of gates stand at the entrance to a beautiful grade 2 listed house that was part of a larger country estate. They date back to the 1920s and were made by a local carpenter in a workshop that still stands just across the road. Made from heartwood southern yellow pine they had started to rot and many of the vertical slats were missing. Restored they are ready for many years service.
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