Brainstorming on a giant Orchidarium
I've been working on a plan mostly in my head for awhile now and was hoping for some suggestions.
Since finding that glass is quite a bit cheaper then plexi I've decided to use it. But it brings up a couple of questions. For one, the front could either be a big sliding panel or it could be two panels with hinges so it opens outward like a book. Or I suppose it could be two panels sliding across each other.
For my design it's not crucial that the glass part be water proof or airtight, just that it holds the humidity in, so the seams don't necessarily need to be sealed. In fact, I was thinking some kind of wooden frame could keep the glass in place and also support light fixtures.
The best part of my plan is this. I'll have a one foot deep basin made of plywood w/ a wood base. I"ll line that with a pond liner. The back will be a piece of wood that can be used to attach cork and other substrates and then plants. It will also be easy to make a couple of holes to house two fans, one in, one out. The liner can go up the back a couple of feet for moisture protection because...ideally...I'll have a waterfall coming out of the back into a tiered set of falls going down levels to a stream, ending in a pool, all of which would be lined similarly w/ pond liner. I'm thinking dimensions of about 5 feet wide, 4 feet tall, and something less then 3 feet deep because doorways are only 3 ft. wide (at least the one I measured).
So anyway...if anyone's still reading at this point...help me out!
Is it a huge hassle to hinge glass panes together?
Will the measurments have to be so precise that I can't handle it?
Can liner be glued to wood?
Should I put casters on the base to make the thing movable?
A gap along the top would increase airflow and help dissipate heat BUT if it was permanent, and too much humidity got out...very bad. A movable gap would be ideal...but complex to construct.
Is there a better way to make streams/waterfall type constructions then to use styrofoam coated w/ something? Real rock would be way too heavy to use for all of it.
okay, that's enough. Any ideas would be welcome.