White Oak Greenhouse

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Project by KellyFratzel posted 12-09-2015 04:47 PM 2331 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Early this year, after I made the decision to start my own business, I began drawing plans for greenhouses. I’ve tended a large garden for years and went to school for architecture. I figured this project would be a good spring board for my journey into entrepreneurship. I completed it in the Spring, but am just now getting around to posting photos.

I sourced the wood from a nearby sawmill that typically sells log cabin kits. The rough cut wood actually came in a “greenhouse kit”, but I didn’t like the design included, so I changed the whole thing to work with what I had in mind. It was the largest project I had taken on at the time, and let me just say, thank the gods for Autodesk. The green windows are the only part that are not made of oak. They were sourced from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and I modified them to fit into the opening.
So many details changed over the course of the build, and though it was fascinating and fun to work with at times, this rough material also caused me to spew profanities daily. Got a sweet new scar, professional work examples and a comfy little greenhouse for my efforts.

If you have any feedback, send it my way! Hope ya’ll enjoy!

-- Ron Swanson is my spirit animal. -Kelly Anne

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#1 posted 12-09-2015 05:04 PM

Looks great.Curious about your window/rafter connection.


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#2 posted 12-09-2015 05:12 PM

Beautiful. I really like the swing out windows. You did an awesome job.

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 05:36 PM

Looks good.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 06:17 PM

Do you have auto opening vents in the roof to even out the temperature on sunny days?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 09:14 PM

nice project

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#6 posted 12-09-2015 09:58 PM

Looks fantastic!

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#7 posted 12-09-2015 10:31 PM

Thanks all!

Looks great.Curious about your window/rafter connection.

- Paul

Curious? The small transom windows are actually fixed to the posts. They sit on the inside of the structure, and the larger, operable windows below them sit between the posts. The hung windows slide, and are held open with small blocks that fit in a slot in the posts when not in use. The posts are essentially made of two 2X4s with a shorter 2X3 sandwiched in the middle. The rafter rests inside that gap in the post, and they are held together with two hex bolts. The inoperable transoms do not actually affix to the rafters or roof, but were cut at a 45 to fit snugly against the plastic, and sealed with compressible foam.

Do you have auto opening vents in the roof to even out the temperature on sunny days?

- exelectrician

The gable vents are not automatic. They are tension held with cords that run along the perimeter of each door. This greenhouse is for a retiree, though. In the summertime, when the heat is overwhelming, she can be found out and about the garden. So far, she hasn’t told me of any need for an automatic system, but it’s certainly something I’ll keep in mind for future installments! Thanks!

-- Ron Swanson is my spirit animal. -Kelly Anne

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#8 posted 12-09-2015 11:03 PM

man i love it i just wish i had room for one next to woodworking gardening is my other main hobby beautiful job.and yeah the auto open vents would be a great addition so you never have to worry about heat build should have no problem selling more of these.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 12-09-2015 11:07 PM

Well I would say for your first project post on here you hit it out of the park. So whats next? Great work and craftmanship on this and the fact that you designed it takes it to a whole new level. Welcome to LJ’s and A+++++++++++ on your first post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 12-10-2015 02:48 AM

I love greenhouses. This one looks great and has certainly renewed my interest in them. Great job.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#11 posted 12-10-2015 03:17 AM

Super design and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 12-10-2015 12:14 PM

Looks great. Should make the start for a nice portfolio for your new business.
A few, personal thoughts:
- Rally like how airy it seems inside. The outside does not seem to quite reflect this. Is it possible that a potential client would want to know if it could be made to look “lighter” from the outside?
- Would the obvious next project pehaps be to make a matching chair to go with the house?

Looking forward to see more projects!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#13 posted 12-10-2015 01:33 PM

Did you use glass for the covering material or a polycarbonate/acrylic? it appears that the side windows are glass but i cant tell on the roof.

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#14 posted 12-10-2015 03:36 PM

This is awesome. Great job!!

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#15 posted 12-10-2015 04:36 PM

Wow! – Speechless! – That is just awesome! I like the design, the materials and you are obviously a talented craftsman – thanks for sharing this! – did you use kiln-dried lumber?


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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