Nancy L
Nancy L
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  • Mountain City, TN

Building a Greenhouse From Old Windows

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$1500.00
10 Months
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I wanted a greenhouse so we found windows on Craigslist, not quite enough but we already had some smaller ones.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
So day two the post have set in concrete and the band is added
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Next the rafters go up, this is where a buddy comes in handy.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Rafters are done and everything tied in .
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
The first of many windows going in, it was like putting a puzzle together.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
More windows
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Got the gravel in before the last wall of windows
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Adding some siding on the corners and under the windows where the potting table and gas heater will be.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Nothing like a little paint to pretty it up.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
This is the roof , it's two layers of polycarbonate panels with a two inch air space between them .
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
A view of the potting table and gas wall heater
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Plant shelves and lots of hanging basket hooks.
building a greenhouse from old windows, diy, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
The gutters are up complete with a rain barrel for watering. Some landscapes get to make it all cozy looking. Some of the pictures were taken in the early evening making it look shaded, the greenhouses eats full sun until about 4pm with only the potting table in the shade in the later part of the afternoon.
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11 questions
  • Holly Jo
    on Apr 1, 2016

    How much was your total cost to build this?

  • Leslie Polanco
    on Apr 1, 2016

    This is so cute and functional!!! My question is actually about part of the decor... Can you tell me what those colored balls are? They look like glass but can't really tell... They add a colorful touch!! And can you tell us where they came from please? It is all great!!!!!

  • Kimberly Grosvenor
    on Apr 1, 2016

    What are the dimensions of the greenhouse?

  • Joni Kinsey
    on May 2, 2016

    It beautiful! A lot work done....I'm curious, is the material for the roof sturdy enough to use for deck covers.

  • Claudia
    on Jul 9, 2016

    Where did you find the panels for the roof?

    • Nancy L
      on Oct 12, 2016

      The corrugated panels came from Lowes we used 2 layers with a space between them to trap air and help with heating.

  • Mary Ann Bittle
    on Jan 20, 2017

    You say a rain barrel installed, but I see a gutter downspout all the way down to the ground... did you only catch rain from one side?

  • Lynn
    on Sep 15, 2018

    Is there a link to more information about putting the roof together? I love this idea--I have been planning something like this for a long time and am working on learning all I can before actually getting started. Thanks--your greenhouse is beautiful!

    • Tim
      on Sep 15, 2018

      This is one I love to dive into. Try to get the roof on last. I have been planning this one since I was a littler. Hope to get started sometimes.

  • Tim
    on Sep 15, 2018

    It takes how long and how much.

  • Tim
    on Sep 15, 2018

    Is the roof sturdy?

    • Gilmer Gal
      on Sep 16, 2018

      Looks like it has plenty of framing to handle keeping the roof sturdy. It's not that large of a building.


  • Tim
    on Sep 15, 2018

    How much would a person have to pay?

    • Kerri
      on Sep 16, 2018

      It said at the top about $1,500.00. Which is a chunk of change. Good luck, it is beautiful.

      ❤️

    • Yasmin Hussain
      on Sep 22, 2018

      I too would like to know the cost. I live in Houston.

    • Larry Oed
      on Sep 24, 2018

      I also made a green house out of windows but my windows where diffrent sizes

      Then for the roof i made it a pitched roof with 6mil plastice

    • Tim
      on Sep 24, 2018

      Wow

    • Tim
      on Sep 24, 2018

      That's a stack of cash my friend.

    • Larry Oed
      on Oct 24, 2018

      The windows i used i would look around town for windows on the curb or put out for city trash day

      So they did not cost anything except a little gas

  • Kathleen Church
    on Sep 22, 2018

    I have snow in the winter, would the roof hold a lot of snow?

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