Boston Ivy…

After having in my mind the ideal plant to combine with an extension material, for the last 4 years, i’ve only just got around to trying to find out what it is.

The building next to my old office in Swindon was covered in Boston Ivy, as is the old B&Q store on Bruton Way. Every time I pass the derelict building i’m impressed with the plants colours, forms and changing nature. It is deciduous and during the autumn there is an amazing array of colours.

The other important feature is that it is non-intrusive and does not penetrate the base material, therefore will not compromise the stability or weather-proof nature of the walls.

I want to use timber panels as the outer cladding and this will weather naturally to a silver grey, and during the winter, this will be exposed when the Ivy has died back, with just the winding stems showing.

Eventually, I want to re-build the shed at the bottom of the garden, making it a ‘lodge’ which would have a single habitable room (maybe for music or guests) with a wood and garden equipment store attached. The idea is that this will tie in with the extension material and the overall appearance. It might take a while, but as they say, the journey is more important than the destination.


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