Over the past couple of months several people have asked whether we drew up any plans for the tea house and Japanese garden so, as my next few posts will be concentrating on the building of the tea house (yeah!!!), maybe now is the time to share them with you.
As many of you will know, Himself is a reincarnated Victorian engineer and inventor (he's actually a software designer, but hey!). He is meticulous and thorough, so his plans are a thing of beauty which should be shared.
Himself and our dear friend Pete spent many a happy(?!) hour designing and redesigning the tea house, discussing different types of joints, angles, load bearing timbers, roof curves, elevations, flooring depths, materials, insulation, sliding doors versus folding doors, etc (have you noticed - I almost sound like I know about technical stuff!). I was relegated to the odd comment along the lines of "no, that's not what I want, please can I have........" and "don't forget I want a wood burning stove and to be WARM!". Eventually, after their umpteenth discussion but no pen to paper, someone threw a strop, accused them of procrastination and the plans miraculously appeared!
Anyway, here are a few photos of our plans. If you click on them they will enlarge for you to see the details more clearly. Enjoy:
This photo shows the building's structure, including the roof lines, distances between the posts and so on.
Himself's ID system. All the posts and beams were numbered and lettered according to position. The next two photos show his cutting schemas and identify some of the different types of joints he needed to cut.
This one shows the concrete posts in the water, distance from water to top of post and to the bottom of the horizontal beam. Nothing was left to chance!
This one focuses on the roof - angles, joints, number of rafters, distance apart, etc.
This one shows where the pond is in relation to the tea house and which posts are above or below floor level.
Some of the details for multiple joints in a beam.
Himself's maths ........... good job he understands it!
I, in the meantime, was busy getting on with the garden design part of things - admittedly mostly in my head, but hey, who needs plans?!!! Yeah, yeah ...... I know - one rule for them, another rule for me! The thing is (in my defence!) I had had a very clear picture of the finished garden lurking in the back of my head for about 3 years by this point and had been working away on the hard landscaping to create it. I didn't need a paper plan!
Anyway, after some ongoing persusion from Himself - along with his arguement that he still didn't really understand what I was trying to do or achieve, I eventually spent considerable time and effort into putting together a scaled drawing with detailed planting plans for the Japanese garden - not! :)
The planting scheme!
Job done, everybody happy!!!