Good afternoon Mr Smith,
I’ve been buying Farmer’s Weekly for some time now, scanning for a building plan that would suit my needs. I want to start a tea garden, but require plans.
It will be built on farmland between trees and I was thinking about thatching, but isn’t this a fire risk?
We have access to building sand and bluegum trees. I’d like a kitchen, an inside area and porch for windy days, and to be able to use plastic roll-ups as necessary.
I want to retire at the end of next year and was thinking of starting with the foundations so long and then to build
as I get cash in. At least the building
would be complete by next year. Is this a good idea or should one start and get it over with?
I would really appreciate ideas.
Thank you, Anna-Marie
My life is certainly not boring with all the different requests I receive from Farmer’s Weekly readers. A tea garden can be something very simple or something with greater potential. In the layout shown, the essential room components are ladies and gents, kitchen and scullery, reception and goods store, where the receptionist can keep tabs on what comes and goes, if you know what I mean.
The construction is uncomplicated and can be adapted to many styles as well as roof types. The unit has metal roof sheeting, but can just as easily have Cordova tiles, which will give it that Chinese tea house look. Your gum trees can be incorporated in the roof structure. For enclosing the veranda on those cold and blustery days, straight veranda columns would be best for those let-down blinds. Alfresco dining under the trees can be arranged according to your specific tree placements.And yes, build for cash when you think of building. Building materials and labour escalate at an average of 8% per annum compounded.
Thanks for the different design challenge, Jonno