Building a greenhouse would not only enhance the look of your garden and add value to your property, but you can also change dramatically your lifestyle and be slim and healthy. Even a small greenhouse will supply your family with fresh vegetables all the year. Strange as it might seem, it is possible to grow vegetables (lettuce, carrots) during the cold winter days, without having to heat it. This means low costs and fresh vegetables every day, to bust up your health and energy level.
From our own experience, if you have a small backyard or a limited budget, you should consider building a lean to greenhouse, attached to your house. You should just buy 2×4 lumber and screws to build the frame of the greenhouse. Make sure the surface is perfectly level before installing the frames into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls and to check if the top plates are perfectly horizontal. Drill pilot holes trough the lumber before inserting the 3” wood screws into place. We strongly recommend you to buy galvanized screws, as any other type of screws will easily rust over time. Small greenhouse plans are an excellent choice, as you wouldn’t have to invest a significant amount of money, but you will grow fresh vegetables all the year.
Nevertheless, before starting the actual project, we recommend you to study the local building codes. The legal requirements vary extensively, so you should make sure you understand and comply with them, before choosing the plans, materials and tools. There are many plans you could choose from, starting with lean to structures up to gable greenhouses. Work with a lot of attention when selecting the plans, as they should come with detailed instructions and they should also contain a list of the materials needed for the project.
After building the main frame of the greenhouse, you should install a simple door. Also, if you live in an area with hot summer days, we strongly recommend you to install several vents. In this manner, you will be able to ventilate the greenhouse and to keep the temperature at an appropriate level. Last but not least, cover the wooden structure with polyethylene foil, as the it is a good material and it will protect the structure properly.
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