Building a Greenhouse

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated October 21, 2020)

Building a greenhouse can either be a great project that helps you out in quite a few different ways. For example, by having a greenhouse on your property you can quite easily start your next crop of flowers and vegetables. Another possible, and common, use for a greenhouse is a place where you can store some extra gardening tools and supplies. In all honesty, greenhouses can be used for so many different purposes, that your imagination is literally the only limit. But before you can use one, you need to build it. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to ensure that you get the job done to your standards.

  • Stop and think. Before running out and just grabbing some random plans, some tools, and a few materials, stop and think for a little bit. Think about what your needs are, how much space you have, and how much money you have to devote to the project. Each of these items can severely affect the overall outcome, so be sure that you know exactly what you want, and what you need.
  • Choose the plans. There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of different styles and types of greenhouses to choose from. If you are planning on having a greenhouse you need to make sure that you look at several different styles. Don't focus on just one kind of greenhouse. Choose a design that will look at home with your home, and your property. It would look really tacky if you chose a greenhouse design that has a modern industrial feel, and your home is a classic English cottage home.
  • Get the materials. Whether you are doing the work yourself, or hiring someone else to do the work for you, you can dramatically reduce the overall cost of the project if you purchase the materials yourself. Often times, general contractors include a small markup to their price to help cover the cost of materials and transportation. By taking care of the materials yourself, you can simply eliminate that portion of the bill. If you are doing the work yourself, you can also control how much your project costs by purchasing only what you need, when you need it.
  • Hire someone to do the work. Hiring someone to do the work for you is perhaps one of the most traditional methods for building a greenhouse. That being said, make sure that you thoroughly interview your potential contractor, and that you have a written agreement for the project before you allow them to start work.
  • Do the work yourself. As with any type of building project, make sure that you know what you are doing before you start. When you do begin building your greenhouse, take your time. Rushing too fast can lead you to making some kind of a mistake. Mistakes can either cost you money, time, or even lead to an injury. Pay close attention to the plans and the directions that came with them.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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