You Can Build Your Own Add-On Greenhouse

Learn how to design and build your own add-on greenhouse from low-cost new and salvaged materials using this helpful guide.


| January/February 1978



Greenhouse Add-on Diagram

Learn how to design and build your own add-on greenhouse.


Illustration by Clark Photo Graphics

It's a snap to design and build your own add-on greenhouse from low-cost new and salvaged materials.

You Can Build Your Own Add-On Greenhouse

For decades, the height of gardening and "food self-sufficiency" luxury has been the private greenhouse. Unfortunately — or, perhaps, foolishly — too many of us have traditionally regarded a family greenly greenhouse as just that . . . a luxury that "maybe" we'll be able to afford "someday".

Internationally recognized greenhouse gardening authority Jack Kramer doesn't agree with that line of thought at all. "Far more people than realize it can have a greenhouse right now," says Jack. "And that includes you. Prefabbed units that attach to an existing residence are becoming more reasonably priced and more popular every day. And if a ready-made kit is too expensive or too sterile for you . . . well, it's a snap to design and build your own attractive conservatory from low-cost new and salvaged materials!"

Some of us (far more than have thought about it) can afford to buy and erect a prefabricated greenhouse, and some of us can't. But even if you include yourself in the latter group, that's still no reason to do without your very own plant conservatory.

Homemade greenhouses — just like homemade food-can be even better than the "professionally" designed kind. Furthermore, when you sketch up and build your own, you can make absolutely certain that it'll be both the exact size and the exact shape you want. Best of all, you can calculate the layout and construction of your personal plant palace so that the finished structure will be both [1] distinctive and [2] a building that works with — rather than against — nature.

Greenhouse Location

For too many years, in my opinion, greenhouse manufacturers have been saying, "if you add a plant place to your house, make sure you put it on the south side of the existing structure." That's a good suggestion . . . but hardly mandatory.

mikemills82
3/13/2016 12:32:59 AM

I used the plans on WWW.EASYGREENHOUSE.INFO and built my own greenhouse VERY cheap and easily! It was the best decision I've ever made. To my family and I, it just made economic sense to build a DIY greenhouse. We spent a fraction of the cost of buying an expensive pre-built one that just have to be assembled anyway...why pay inflated prices for material? The guide on that website is so very easy to follow and it doesn't matter if you're a total beginner like us. We were on a very small budget and found so many wonderful plans for our greenhouse...it was hard to pick just one, but the one we chose is terrific! We actually built the one that is featured on the website's homepage. I love growing fruits and vegetables for my family all year round! There's no such thing as out of season for us anymore! I finally have the greenhouse of my dreams and it was VERY affordable!


highwayman
1/26/2016 8:08:37 AM

Hi, only read the first page of your article and I'm already inspired and excited by the style and content. Good work!






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