Dorset Man Creates Wine Bottle Floor
7:08am 24th July 2014
A man from Charminster has created a wine bottle floor to keep his outdoor workshop warm.
Mark Watson spent months working on the foundations using 1,558 wine bottles.
The task involved digging a deep hole, removing the soil and then planting wine bottles, neck down.
Mark had to fill in the gaps with soil, clamp the bottles down and then build the workshop on top.
The idea is that the room will have a moderately warm floor throughout the year.
Mark explained to Wessex FM why he started the project.
''My wife is disabled and we wanted to find a venue at home where she could make jewellery and clothing. There's no room in the house so we decided to put up a workshop but in the winter it will get cold out there.
''By putting each bottle upside down, it traps warm air and the more bottles, the more warm air you have so when there's a frost outside you will still have a relatively warm floor.''
The Durnovaria Wine Bar, Royal Oak and Carluccio's in Dorchester helped Mark to collect the wine bottles.
He added ''It's a good example of upcycling, local business involvement and sustainability.''