A - We recommend that your Gabriel Ash greenhouse is erected onto a solid strip foundation, plinth, slab or dwarf wall. A base plan for your structure will be issued when you place your order.
A - Safety glass to BS. 6206 is fitted as standard to all Gabriel Ash greenhouses.
A - Greenhouses tend to get too hot with double glazed units so we do not offer this.
A - Hinged doors are standard on our RHS Greenhouses and can be fitted to any of our Classic greenhouses at an additional charge.
A - Gabriel Ash Classic and RHS greenhouses have a unique automatic ridge ventilation system which runs the full length of your greenhouse. This provides ventilation at the highest point in the greenhouse where it is needed. This system is operated automatically by wax filled actuators. When it is warm the wax in the cylinders expands pushing the vent up. You can also purchase automatic openers for our essential range.
A - Western Red Cedar contains its own natural preservatives, giving your greenhouse a long life span without the need for treatment. Cedar will mellow to a silvery grey over time; if you wish to prevent your greenhouse from greying and maintain or change its original colour we can provide treatments or there are several proprietary brands on the market that are suitable. Western Red Cedar absorbs stains and oils readily. Should you choose to treat your Classic or RHS greenhouse you will not need to get up on the roof of your greenhouse since these are protected by aluminium cappings.
A - We can install partitions in your greenhouse to create separate areas for different plant types; it is possible to create a hot area and a cool area. In larger greenhouses, partitions may be used to create smaller areas thus saving on heating costs in winter.
A - On all Gabriel Ash Classic greenhouses, lean-to's and vinehouses cedar panels may be fitted instead of glass at a moderate cost.
A - Greenhouse staging is the slatted cedar potting/work bench normally positioned at waist height. Shelving is the narrower slatted storage platform that is positioned above the greenhouse staging.
A - Whilst many of our greenhouses are designed for easy self assembly we also offer a service to erect and glaze your greenhouse anywhere in the world for an additional fee. All our coldframes are delivered on a supply only basis and designed for easy self assembly.
A - Yes, all Gabriel Ash greenhouses and glasshouses come complete with gutters and 1½" (40mm) down pipes; these standard aluminium pipes are easily adapted to fit water butts.
A - If you are within easy travelling distance of Gloucester you are welcome to come and visit us, see our greenhouse showroom, have a look around the workshops and meet our team. If that isn't convenient then, during spring and summer, you can see us at all the RHS Garden Shows. We also have a selection of structures situated at our namesake RHS sites; Wisley, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor, and Hyde Hall.
A - We can supply greenhouse shading consisting of internal roller blinds in varying widths to complement your greenhouse.
A - When it comes to planning permission for greenhouses, they are covered by the same rules governing outbuildings and ancillary garden buildings.
Under new regulations that came into effect on 1 October 2008 outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
- The greenhouse should not be built forward of the front elevation of the house.
- The greenhouse should be single storey, with a maximum eaves height of 2.5m and maximum overall height of 4m with a dual pitchedroof, or 3m for a lean-to.
- The greenhouse should have a maximum height of 2.5m if it's within 2m of a boundary of the curtilage (area accompanying the property) of the house. This still allows for a greenhouse such as the Gabriel Ash 6x8 or 8x10 to be built right up to the boundary.
- The greenhouse should not cover more than half the area of land around the "original house" – this is the house as it stood in July 1948 (or when it was built if that is the latter date). It is worth bearing in mind that although you may not have extended, a previous owner may have.
- In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by a greenhouse (more than 20m from house) is limited to 10m2.
- If your greenhouse is going on the side of the house within the above areas (AONB, National Park etc) Planning permission will be required.
- Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.
If your greenhouse doesn't fit one or any of the above criteria, it doesn't mean that you can't have it. All it means is that you may require planning permission for the greenhouse to be installed.
When it comes to planning, your new greenhouse is unfortunately no exception, and as always, if you think you need planning, the best course of action is to give your local council a quick call and ask!
For those that are worried about building regulations, have no fear. Building regulations are only applicable for habitable buildings, or structures such as Summerhouses over 30m2.