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Post  landarch on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 10:24

I had the opportunity to design some new raised beds for a client with a passion for gardening...trying to feed her as much info as possible about SFG...a great way to enjoy gardening with her children.  Here are a few images of the design study and the final product.

The beds are 4'x8' (inside dimension) and 24" deep with Ipe wood over an internal frame.  One thing we learned is that future beds may be 4'x4', not as deep, or both as it will help cut the cost of materials down by half (materials for the box as well as the soil mix). 


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Post  AtlantaMarie on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 13:27

These look really nice!  What kind of internal frame is that?  It looks like cement...
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Post  Marc Iverson on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 13:50

Those beds really are stylin'! I especially like that they look like you can sit on the edge or put pots and tools on it to keep them clean and in easy reach.

Can't read your handwriting at all. What's Ipe wood?
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Post  landarch on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 17:55

Ipe is a very dense, renewable Brazilian hardwood...very durable.

I think the contractor installed a rigid foam insulation in the inside of a 2x4 frame...Ipe sheaths the outside of the frame.  The insulation should be covered with weed fabric...and it may not even be needed.
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Post  68carguy on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 18:52

IPE is a very durable product and these are very nice looking beds!! I am thinking about have a deck built and might check into this type of wood. From my research I have found it is a bit labor intensive to install so the cost will be higher than building your standard deck, but very nice looking product that requires very little other that a cleaning and a application of IPE oil every 13 to 18 months.
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Post  landarch on Tue 10 Jun 2014 - 19:25

Here is another nice product called Geolam...it's an engineered product made of a material that's a wood/plastic mix.  It looks like Ipe but it stays rich in color without the oil application.

http://www.geolaminc.com/cms/home
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