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Your Free Guide to Greenhouse Plans

Careful planning and well drawn greenhouse plans is the key to a successful greenhouse in your back garden. With the price of food sky-rocketing, owning your own greenhouse is starting to look more and more like a good idea. You too can build a greenhouse in your backyard.

There are quite a few options available to the aspiring greenhouse owner who is seriously considering getting started. The easiest way (and most expensive) is to make use of an expert greenhouse contractor. They will usually look at your unique environment and draw the greenhouse plans accordingly, building your greenhouse from scratch. What’s nice about this is they also take heating, misting, lighting, ventilation, etc. into consideration, all essential elements in a successful greenhouse. Unfortunately this method can run into the $1000’s.

Inside Small Greenhouse ViewThe more cost-effective method would be to do it yourself. Free greenhouse plans can be very useful and you should easily be able to get them off the internet. Buying greenhouse plans can be more reliable, as long as you buy them from a reliable source. Make sure you get a money back guarantee if you choose to go that way. Ultimately, the most important thing is real commitment to get it done.

Get hold of expertly drawn greenhouse plans and take these factors into consideration:

Your Greenhouse Location

greenhouse location indicatorA very important step as you can imagine, make sure you find the ideal spot to build your greenhouse. You also have to take size into consideration when determining the ideal location. Make sure there is plenty of sunlight, usually at the south-south east side of a building or trees are normally the most sunny. Also, very important is morning sun. This is the time of the day that plants grow the most. Sunlight is even more so important during winter.

What materials to use?

tools and construction materials for a greenhouseModern technology has given us a wide variety of materials to choose from. In the old days it used to be wood or metal only. The problem with wood is it can be quite susceptible to rot. When using wood, make sure it has been pressure treated and use it in conjunction with more durable materials. A very popular material these days is high-grade plastic. Also fiberglass. It is recommended to incorporate stone and tile in the flooring. These materials are very durable and help with the ideal heating, cooling and ventilation conditions inside your greenhouse.

What type of greenhouse?

small backyard greenhouseThere are so many different choices for greenhouse plans these days that it can be confusing. Basically, it comes down to these two; free standing and attached greenhouses. Start there. For attached ones, you can choose from lean-to, even span, or window-mounted ones. As the name says, free standing greenhouses are stand alone structures. The benefit of a free standing greenhouse is that it can be set apart from other buildings, thus giving it maximum exposure to sun. The size is up to you, but generally the bigger, the better. Just bear in mind that with a free standing greenhouse you will have to install separate water facilities as well as electricity foe heating and lighting.

What systems will I need?

direct venting greenhouse heaterYou have to take into consideration the right types of fans, heaters, misting systems, thermostats and more. Feel free to browse this site for more handy tips on the types of systems you will need.


Consider this when you draw your greenhouse plans:
  • Will the wheelbarrow fit through the door?
  • If I buy a pre-fabricated greenhouse, does it come with benches and shelves?
  • Will I need a building permit to construct a greenhouse in my garden?
  • How much sun will my greenhouse get? Should I get shade cloths to protect my plants?
  • Is it worth investing in an automated watering system so I can leave my greenhouse for a few days without having to worry?

The smaller the greenhouse, the more rapid the temperature fluctuations. This is because the air volume inside small greenhouse plans is low compared to the exposed area that allows heat exchange. So be aware that there more rapid temperature changes in a smaller greenhouse.

How does climate affect my greenhouse plans design?

The kind of weather cycle you face through the year has a bearing on your choice of style of your greenhouse plans structure.

  • If you face cold winters, go for a design with steeply sloping roof and sturdy sidewalls to which insulation may be attached when needed.
  • If torrential rains and heavy leaf fall plague your region, steep A-Frame greenhouse without
    side walls would work for you.
  • A windy region demands additional strengthening of the structure to withstand force of wind.
    Think of attached greenhouses as they provide structural strength and shelter against wind.
  • For warm regions vents placed close to the floor will greatly help regulate temperature and keep the greenhouse ventilated.
  • Rainy areas with low light intensity would be ideal for attached greenhouse structures. You
    should have ready access to electricity to provide artificial lighting.
  • If you are in a hot region, build a greenhouse that is structurally amenable to putting up screens and shades to control light intensity as well as excessive build up of heat.

Once again, the most important factor is getting your hands on some expertly drawn professional greenhouse plans if you plan to go the diy route. You can save tons of cash this way.

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