For years I have wanted a greenhouse /potting shed /garden house/ conservatory… any structure in the garden to serve the above purposes would do. Not to be confused with a tool shed, we have one of those.
Over the years , what I had heard from clients who built any one of the above, is that they were expensive… One client calls hers “The Taj” another “The Potting Chateau” … you get the idea…
Then, I saw the structure Susanne Hudson built in her garden. Soon as I saw Susanne’s Folly, I knew mine was within reach.
Susanne is one of those Designers who can make something out of nothing!! She built this conservatory with found windows.
Same idea as what Bunny Williams did with windows & pilasters she rescued from a Hudson River estate. Below.
I had to work with what I had, the abandoned chicken coop (terrible story …. dogs chewing through wire… feathers everywhere…..heartbreaking!).
‘Thrown together’ by my husband and untrained labor when I was out of town (I’m apparently too ‘demanding’!) It was the focal point in the Potager! I don’t even have a photo and believe me…that’s a good thing!
Last week Susanne Hudson surprised me with a visit . As fate would have it, she had WINDOWS in her van and she left them for me!
Today I am 8 windows closer to completing my garden structure …. the BOTHY.
Edith Hope suggested the name when I posted a potting shed. She commented that it needed a tattered but comfortable armchair and tea making facilities. Then she would call it A BOTHY.
(A one room hut or cottage where unmarried male servants lodged… Also an unlocked shelter where the wayfarer could seek shelter.)
Love this Sandra and I agree for me it is almost within reach! How big will it be? pfr
Gaye, the main part measures 20′ x 15′ and the small annex, (foremost in the photo) which was the chicken run is 8′ x 10′. There is something special about the space, everyone who visits gravitates there.
This is so beautiful Sandra!!! What an amazing space to enjoy the afternoon. Miss you!
Good for you !!! I know you will enjoy the finished product……Love…M
Marvelous! It should fill all your requirements. Too many gardeners spend their days wishing for what is out of reach without considering what can be.
We let the scrap man take our old windows when we agreed the structure I envisioned was not going to happen in my old age. My Polycarb House meets my needs: warm in winter for plants, running water, electricity; a hangout for the cat, a gymnasium for the dog — her idea, not mine.
Oh, I love this idea!! If only I had the space ;/ I’ll have to tuck it away for the future if I should ever have a bigger garden!
I’m sending this post to my son, the builder. What a great idea!
I am remodeling a house in Decatur, GA and will be removing about 10 windows. These would be perfect for such a project. I can even build it for someone who might be interested. Let me know!