Kim C
Kim C
  • Hometalker
  • Winterville, NC

My Big Fat Greenhouse Project

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It all started when I saw a post on Hometalk about a greenhouse made of old wood windows. My first task was to find a bulk of windows. I called 2 local contractors who specialize in window replacements. Luckily one of them called me back within an hour to tell me he had 22 windows and would sell them to me for $5 each. SCORE. What I did not expect was 22 windows equals 44 sashes. And he threw in the 2 large
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24 are 27" x 32 which stacks perfectly and since they are all the same size framing the 2 sides was easy.
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And there's more I got 2 which are skylights. Awesome!
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These are the picture windows. 4'x4.5' and 3' x 3'
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4x4 posts cemented in place. 2x6 Floor Frame. Covered in 2 sheets 3/4 Plywood. Floors Done Day1
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First Wall Up Day 2. Since the window frames are wood we were able to cut them with a circular saw.
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Day 3 Both Sides in place.
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Day 4 we set the Picture Window in the frame. It's very solid.
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I'll post more pics next weekend when we start up again. Tonight is Pizza and Martini's to rest up.
Kim C

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  • Marlene Murray
    on Jan 11, 2016

    Do you have a blog in case it doesn't make it to Hometalk?

    • Donna
      on Jul 11, 2017

      Dear Kim C....I am anxiously waiting for the pics of the end result of this project. It looks so beautiful, so far. I NEED to see how it ends! :)
  • Trish
    on Jan 13, 2016

    That's a big job! Did you need to pull permits?

    • Carol
      on Jul 13, 2017

      Here in MI you must have a foundation...its a rat wall so critters cant build "nests" under it.
  • Lori
    on Feb 13, 2016

    Why did you have to cut down the windows??? Just wondering

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  • Jeanetta Morgan
    on Jul 3, 2017

    I have one planned using glass Sliding doors. When I can get that certain someone busy. Had the doors about 4 yrs now.
  • Ron Spear
    on Dec 25, 2017

    I did this same thing a year ago. I was given the windows by a a friend and put up a frame and roof with scrap lumber. the roof was $120.00. It took about 8 months to complete by myself. I loved doing it and can now store all my tropical plant for the winter.
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