The shuttering is off and a lot of the scaffolding is down. It’s really exciting to see the concrete in it’s ‘nearly finished’ state. A light slurry and polish to come and it will be fabulous. Very contemporary, very maintenance free, and although controversial in terms of being green, gets big points for it’s thermal properties and longevity.
The column and portico entrance is looking a lot grander than expected! I’m relieved that the outbuilding wall behind it is to become the vertical garden so all the harshness of the building will disappear into the green trees behind.
It’s wonderful to stand in the lounge/dinning area and see how each section of windows presents a beautiful picture of lush shrubs and plants. Come the humidity of Jan/Feb it will be an oasis of cool and peace.
Check out the skylight in the middle of the lounge. Above is the roof garden. I’m planning to plant Aloe tenuoir around it so they can grow up the sides and be visible from below.
While I’m on my favourite theme, part of the update must include the ever expanding nursery for the roof and vertical gardens. After the plumbers vacuumed out my forest under-story in search of the sewage man-hole I’ve made the most of the bare soil to propogate five species of Plektranthus – one of the most valuable and beautiful shade loving species in this part of the world.
My current garden also has all available space filled with pots and containers. Look at this gorgeous yellow Arum Lilly, it will be an absolute joy on the roof garden.
I’ve linked up forest pathways. Very satisfying to recycle the old slate and timber.
Thee roof beams are in with the roof to follow soon. Very exciting to see the final shape of the building emerge!