Tricky Gardens and Overcoming Obstacles
We hear it all the time…. “we would love a marquee in the garden but we just don’t think it’s possible”.
Well although admittedly this can sometimes be the case but more often than not we can offer a solution that may not be obvious to who is a first time hirer. The main obstacles that we face when erecting marquees in tricky gardens are multiple levels, slopes, negotiating existing obstacles like garages, sheds, trees, ponds and swimming pools all of which we have a variety of solutions which I will talk you through now.
We have two different options where it comes to extending the legs of the marquee. We can either place what’s called a leg extender on to the existing leg which is great when one side of the marquee needs lifting. It is common this method is used when the marquee is being built on multiple levels and legs are dropping off the side of something like a patio or decking.
The next method is to use 3m legs… the standard leg height of our marquees is 2.3 meters high. When there are obstacles in the way of the area like trees, pagodas or lamp posts a three-meter leg allows the marquee to sit taller than usual clearing any obstruction that may be present. Three-meter legs are used when large items are being housed in the marquees, common examples of these items are props, bouncy castles, large photo booths and band equipment.
Consisting of aluminium main bearers that go across the whole width of the marquee, the wooden boards are then slotted into the tracks of the bearers creating a level surface where there are no trip hazards. Cassette flooring is ideal when we have two different terrains such as patio going onto lawn, it also provides a perfect solution to uneven ground such as gravel, boggy lawns and bumpy surfaces. Cassette flooring can also help when the marquee is being erected on a slope, by inserting wooden supports under the aluminium bearings you can level up the whole of the floor surface. The marquee is then built and connected to the floor making the entire structure level. Although this is a time consuming process the end result is fantastic.
Joining two Marquees Together
It is very common where a garden may change shape, have bends in it, have a precious flower bed contained within that cannot be disturbed amongst an array of other difficulties. When this is the case the perfect solution is to join two marquees together using guttering. This means that if a garden gets thinner, we can connect a narrower marquee to a wider one then gutter them together so it seems like one large marquee. If it has to go around a corner then we can just connect two marquees to overcome it. If there is a flower bed in the middle of the garden that restricts the width we can connect a wide marquee to a thinner one then go back to a wider one to utilise the entire garden.