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The idea for the conservatory and the pond under the windows.

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(Drc gave me the idea for this blog)
When we moved to this house there was a yard in front of the lounge window at the back of the house with a retaining wall holding back the sloping garden. T was doing his best to turn the steep slope of the first part of the back garden into a shallower slope and had built a further retaining wall about 10ft back from the existing retaining wall. We really wanted a conservatory and realised that by building off of the original retaining wall we could create a garden room. This photo was taken just before we started on the conservatory.

We had dug out the soil and rocks from in front of the conservatory wall and thrown it forward to raise the bottom of the slope. Then we turfed it all.


We secured the windows right along the top of the retaining wall and put patio doors at either end and put on a roof of twin wall. By building it from the side of the house to the wall between the dinning room and the kitchen we ended up with a room that is 24ft by 9ft 6". Terry concreted the floor then fitted old wooden floor boards. He plastered the inside of the retaining wall and fitted the electrics. I thought it might make the lounge dark but it doesn’t.

After a few weeks of enjoying the room I noticed that the rain had puddled against the retaining wall and the idea for the pond germinated…..
We dug down until we hit the bedrock and lined the resulting area with sand and pond liner, leaving a narrow shelf at the back to put plants in. This is the first version…


We were really pleased with the result and enjoyed it until one day I was balancing precariously on the back wall deadheading when I lost my balance and slipped off into the pond taking half the plants with me……..
Time for a rethink………
If we dug back further into the back wall we could form some steps down to the pond. We could build them to match the walls of the patio area I reasoned. So out with the spades again and slowly the steps were formed and it made it so much easier to access the pond and safer for the grandchildren who love to sit on the steps to watch the fish and frogs. At first my children thought it looked like we were building a promenade!!!

I think T is hoping that we have done all the major building we will ever need to do now. Blesss him. Now when I say I’ve been thinking, he visibly shudders and I can almost see him praying for mercy……

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What a lovely story. I love it. You have really worked hard and it is paying off.
Now you can sit back and enjoy it. Well done.

28 May, 2010

 

Oh! thank you Cinders.

28 May, 2010

 

What a wonderful result, after those few teething troubles....just love your Conservatory....the pond is delightful!! the planting sets it off beautifully..
You have done really well, it all looks lovely!!!

28 May, 2010

 

Fascinating blog Homebird.. well done..
... I've added to GoYpedia Sloping Garden ideas... :o)

29 May, 2010

 

Thanks for the blog very interesting. I love this pond right up to the house I would be sitting on the steps or at the window for hours!

29 May, 2010

 

This is like something you see abroard. You have worked so very hard all your efforts have paid off. What a wonderful pond you have. You are so cleaver

29 May, 2010

 

I've often wondered how it all came to be ... such a wonderful idea (except for the cleaning part!) It just looks wonderful ... and what a treat for your grandchildren.

29 May, 2010

 

Great photo story oshowing the progress of such a mammoth project !!!
Love the finished article and am sure everyone appreciates it :~)

29 May, 2010

 

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. The 5year old grandson has invented a fun game of throwing the plastic ball onto the conservetory roof and watching it roll down and plop into the pond. Then fishing it out with the fishing net.

29 May, 2010

 

All those expensive Gadgets, & toys for children, but you cannot beat the children being out in the fresh air, and thinking idea`s up of how to amuse themselves like this 1, so simple, but fun for your Grandson....: ~ ))

29 May, 2010

 

and me Freesia p.............:o)

29 May, 2010

 

That was a lot of work but the result is lovely, I really like it! Funny, whenever I say 'I've been thinking...' OH says 'Oh NO!' as he says that usually means there is work involved!!

29 May, 2010

 

A hard but lovely project and design,Homebird.It doesn't take children long to
think of a good game,does it? Glad you have a fishing net thoughLol.

29 May, 2010

 

I had to get a small childs one just for the job Bloomer.
Potty, he's shuddering again! I posted a question yesterday about a plant for the front and have decided the best place to put one is between the garage doors and it means digging up a 2ft square of concrete!!!
Not my fault............blame Scotsgran............ :o)

29 May, 2010

 

Your hard work as really payed off looks lovely.

29 May, 2010

 

you have worked hard and it looks lovely......

29 May, 2010

 

it looks great homebird, very impressive pond and love the steps, also your conservitory, well done to you all ;o))

29 May, 2010

 

Thanks Clarice, Holly and San, It doesn't really seem like hard work when it's what you want to do and you are happy with the result, does it.

29 May, 2010

 

You have worked hard, but, it was well worth all the trouble.the pond is a credit to you both and I bet the grand children are chuffed to bits as well....

29 May, 2010

 

Thanks Dotty, The children love it and at the risk of overfeeding the fish, like to stand on the pouffe at one of the windows and feed the fish. :o)))

30 May, 2010

 

It looks lovely. Well worth all the hard work. I do hope you've finished now though. It's time to enjoy it I think :o)

30 May, 2010

 

Yep, Hywel, just got to cut a hole in the concrete between the garage doors now to put a climber in. Then that's definately it. Feet up, and enjoy the lovely summer weather we are going to get this year..............fingers crossed. :o)

31 May, 2010

 

Yes all fingers crossed lol

1 Jun, 2010

 

Hi Homebird,
I am quite new to this wonderful site and although this blog is a few months old I have only just come across it due to you having added me as a favourite (thankyou) so I thought I would give it a look and comment.
Love this blog,it is good to see other members projects especially with the progress pictures too.I am doing exactly the same at the moment.
You have worked very hard there (I know) and what a result! Credit to you both.This was a very large project and I am sure it will inspire others to have a go at achieving projects themselves no matter how large or small.
I love sites like this as I feel I can inspire other people and get inspired myself at what others achieve.
Again well done for a great project and blog.

2 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks so much Richard. This is such a friendly, helpful and encouraging site. It's addictive you know........lol. If you ever want to post a question you can almost guarantee an answer in a matter of minutes.

2 Aug, 2010

 

just read ur blog , sumtimes i miss em if its bin busy . but that was a momoth task . thort i worked my oh lol but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol he get shuders as well lol wen i say ermmm just thinking. ur ideas are fab and that pond is lovely . sit there all day just watching . very relaxing x

5 Aug, 2010

 

What a magnificent effort! and I simply love the pond!

5 Aug, 2010

 

Cristina.............we know how to put the wind up them don't we...lol
Sunzuma......Thanks for your lovely comment.

5 Aug, 2010

 

lol we sure do ;0))))

6 Aug, 2010

 

It looks absolutely lovely Homebird. I am intrigued to know how you clean the conservatory windows? Waders, a long pole or reaching out through an open window......if so you could make another splash?

29 Aug, 2010

 

Lol Dorjac, falling in once was enough.........T fitted easy clean hinges so I can do the windows from inside. The window cleaner made me laugh when he said he would do them but was afraid his ladder would puncture the liner.

30 Aug, 2010

 

Absolutely fabulous! You and hubby have worked so hard and what a result. I'd be looking out those conservatory windows all the time. I'm curious if the ducks in the pond are real? Your progress photos really show the process. I'll be reading through your blog..it looks so interesting.

31 Aug, 2010

 

No Whistonlass I am afraid the ducks arn't real ones. Could do with a dozen or so to eat the dreaded duckweed.

1 Sep, 2010

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