|Project by Moron||posted 12-21-2009 03:02 PM||6206 views||10 times favorited||22 comments|
I always wanted a greenhouse and cameclose to buying one from Costco, then another from a buy sell magazine. Always too big, too small, too much money, too cheap and for what I wanted I decided that I could build twice the greenhouse for half the money so here it is.
It isnt quite finished yet. If I waited until it was totally done….....most of us might have passed on. It’s built post and beam, with timber main trusses and 2×3 gussets inbetween trusses. Using thermal pane glass for the walls and tempered glass for the ceiling with the vented glass yet to arrive?. Small kneewalls at the bottom as the snow gets rather deep around here. I sprayed the floor and kneewalls with that 2 part polyethelene ? foam insulation, very pricey but no vapour barrier required and I got an R7 per inch of insulation…..so my floor wound up being an R30. I have tested it for heat and despite it not being quite sealed up, a smalloil filled electric radiator heater gets it up to 80 F in about an hour when its 0F outside. When the sun shines it heats up to 80F without added heat and this is a bonus because I can open the window from shop to greenhouse and I get “free” heat….yippeeee
The floor is old barn board flipped over so the smooth side shows, a quick sand and finish.I made the door from scraps
As an unforseen bonus…...when I turn the lights on at night it lights up the barn.
next spring I should have a great head strt on vegatables and flowers and hopefully it will pay for itself in the first 2 years ????
i still have to flash the whole exterior but I cant dothat until the vented glass arrives
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso