Greenhouse - garden shed
My wife has had an ongoing interest with her flower beds for a few years and recently, after a long hiatus, I have rekindled my interests in vegetable gardening. Because of this, one of my visions was to have a small greenhouse somewhere in our back yard. Initially, I think its use will be for starting seedlings to transplant to our gardens.
IÂm very aware of what is available, in both stock and semi-custom models. But I am not about to drop thousands of dollars into a high-end model, especially since weÂre not sure if this new greenhouse hobby will take off or not. Then what do we do with an expensive glass house in the back yard - scorching hot in the summer and a "polar room" in the winter? I also decided to not take the potential risk of a dismal disappointment with an "economy" kit.
My carpentry skills are above average - not much I havenÂt tried building, and architecturally, IÂm certainly able. Therefore, IÂve explored several variations of a small, custom greenhouse structure, nothing fancy, but well-built, functional and with luck, attractive to both us and our neighbors. It will eventually have supplemental heat and I am not yet convinced on going totally passive solar - the growing space is small and there is not much space for storage systems.
Another design consideration, was the effect of my obsession with tools and lawn + garden machines. TheyÂve filled up the existing 10' x 22' shed I had built - attached to the house a few years ago. The garage is for our cars and my workshop tools - so thereÂs a definite need for another storage shed. Why not combine the shed with the proposed greenhouse?
The link below opens some basic drawings I've done to date. TheyÂre certainly not as complete as what I would prepare for a client. The purpose of course, is for obtaining a building permit and for use in building this myself. Also, the materialÂs list includes stuff I had collected through the years, so the design is somewhat specific to these material profiles and dimensions. The footprint also maximizes the zoning exception for sheds to be built as close as 3'-0" to the rear property line - any larger and it would need to be set back 20 feet. My plan, if all goes well, is to start construction early next summer - plenty of time for planning.
If youÂd wish, please feel free to offer comments, suggestions or critiques. After all, greenhouses are not my specialty and I welcome any ideas I have overlooked to improve upon this humble little garden structure.
Here is a link that might be useful: Greenhouse/garden shed drawings