My Big Fat Greenhouse Project

Kim C
by Kim C
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 picture windows for free. Total cost of windows $200 and I sat down on New Years Day and counted my husbands change bucket netting $377.50 in quarters which is what I spent on the lumber. That'll teach him for saving his coins for so long!
24 are 27" x 32 which stacks perfectly and since they are all the same size framing the 2 sides was easy.
And there's more I got 2 which are skylights. Awesome!
These are the picture windows. 4'x4.5' and 3' x 3'
4x4 posts cemented in place. 2x6 Floor Frame. Covered in 2 sheets 3/4 Plywood. Floors Done Day1
First Wall Up Day 2. Since the window frames are wood we were able to cut them with a circular saw.
Day 3 Both Sides in place.
Day 4 we set the Picture Window in the frame. It's very solid.
I'll post more pics next weekend when we start up again. Tonight is Pizza and Martini's to rest up.
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  • Marlene Murray Marlene Murray on Jan 11, 2016
    Do you have a blog in case it doesn't make it to Hometalk?
  • Trish Trish on Jan 13, 2016
    That's a big job! Did you need to pull permits?
  • Lori Lori on Feb 12, 2016
    Why did you have to cut down the windows??? Just wondering
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  • Sumer Sumer on Jun 08, 2020

    I have wanted to do this project forever! Maybe this year, I'll get er done😃 I am also very interested to see end results!

  • Vesna Kolmanic Vesna Kolmanic on Feb 01, 2021

    Great job!

    I also spotted this project on Pinterest and I find it fantastic. This is so great that people share this fantastic ideas. Thanks so much. We are planning to change 50 years old windows and my wish is to build such green house. Let see!