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Greenhouse Built from old 'Garage Tent'

Discussion in 'Indoor & Greenhouse Gardening' started by kathiesgarden, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Apr 15, 2013
    so lucky

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    Ooh! I'm jealous! Great looking greenhouse! I sure wish I had one. [​IMG] (Trying to think of a way to get one.........)
     
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    marshallsmyth

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    I'm seeing things like flow through ventilation in this.

    There is more to this beautiful greenhouse than looks! More I look at it, the more I like it! Coming from a guy who used to work in a greenhouse.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    i really like that sliding window! looks really neat with the plants almost flowing out of it! :p
     
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    kathiesgarden

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    Thank you all for your very kind comments. I will take pictures of the construction details and will post them with the step by step instructions of how we built it. This is a do it yourself project that was not particularly difficult and uses a lot of reclaimed materials.
    Again, thank you for your very nice comments and interest in this project.
    Kathie
     
  5. Feb 23, 2014
    kathiesgarden

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    I am finally getting the construction description and pictures of the greenhouse we built posted.

    A description of how we built it is below, and there are some photos of the details.

    We built a greenhouse from an old ‘Costco’ garage tent. We have cold winters and hot, dry summers here and wind in the spring and fall. We wanted to build something that could withstand these conditions and would be low maintenance as well as low cost.

    The tent had been sitting in our yard for twelve years. It measures 12’ x 20’ The framework was good, but the siding was unusable.

    We leveled a horseshoe shaped area in a sunny spot in our yard which measured 28’ x 18’. We centered the framework into the horseshoe allowing for a 4’ outside bed once the siding had been added.

    We put the vertical posts of the framework into 1 gallon buckets which we leveled, squared and filled with cement.

    Using landscape blocks (any kind of block could be used) we built a wall around the perimeter of the leveled space 3’ high both inside and outside where the siding would be. That created a ditch which we filled with gravel then topsoil. This helped stabilize the vertical framing posts.

    We had an old door and an old window from a remodeling project to use at the ends of the greenhouse. We used 2 by 4’s to frame the door. The door framing went all the way up to the gable of the framework. The window framing was only done on one side because the corner of the framework supported the other side. We framed a spot on the window side to attach the electric wiring which would be used for lighting and heat.

    The framework is reinforced with ‘hat track’ and pan head screws. Hat track is an inexpensive framing material and is available at stores which carry drywall supplies. The pan screws are self tapping and this is important so that they will penetrate the steel framework . (We used 1/2” self tapping pan head screws which are available at Home Depot). The hat track is spaced horizontally in 2’ bands around the entire framework, including the gabled roof.

    Once the framing was done, we bought sheets of corrugated UV acrylic siding and attached it to the hat track with roofing screws with washers attached (also available at Home Depot). The north side and half of the roof of the greenhouse was sided with some old corrugated steel siding that we had. (That worked okay for the side, but we have decided to remove the steel from the roof and replace it with the clear acrylic)

    We framed out the door and the window and installed them. We found some lights for sale on Craigslist that had come out of a retail store that was closing and hung them from the inside framework.

    It works well as a three season greenhouse. This morning it was 21 degrees outside, and inside the greenhouse it was 36!
     

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  6. Feb 23, 2014
    thistlebloom

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    Thanks for the update and the detailed description of the construction Kathy.
    I'm going to show this to my husband since we've sort of tossed the idea around about re-purposing our old "shed" into a green house. Someday maybe...
     
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  7. Feb 23, 2014
    Smart Red

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    Great job there, Kathy! My garden shed is 24' X 18' so I know exactly how much room you have there. :lol: It should be a year or two before it gets too small and needs enlarging.:lol:

    I love how it was done much more than I would rolls of plastic. Me thinks my plans for a hoop house are going to be changing. That is one beautiful greenhouse you have there.
     
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  8. Feb 23, 2014
    digitS'

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    Can't say that people in this area fail to follow through!

    (If we just take Kathie as an example :).)

    Hi, Kathie!

    :frow Steve
     
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  9. Feb 23, 2014
    barefootgardener

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    Absolutely stunning way of re-perposing something you had just sitting around your yard, into something you can get a lot more use and enjoyment out of. The beautiful landscaping surrounding it, and the joy your grandaughter is expressing completes it. Thank you for the pics and detailed description. It will help open so many possibilities and new ways of looking at re-purposing, for those that hope to have a GH in the future.
     
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  10. Feb 24, 2014
    journey11

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    That is one sharp looking greenhouse, Kathie. :thumbsup Thank you for taking the time to post the extra pics and instructions. That was very nice of you! I find the horseshoe bed around it most interesting. I live on a windy ridgeline and am wanting to build a greenhouse out of re-purposed house windows and sliding glass doors. I almost have enough now. :cool: Keeping the thing from blowing over is a real concern for me though. I really like your take on this! And it looks so nice with the landscaping around it. I'll have to show my DH your pics.
     
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