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Old 05-09-2020, 04:51 AM   #1
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Tips On Building A Green House


Hi guys,

I have a small area in my backyard that is about 80 square metres and wanted to build a nice Green House, I have been reading all the guides available online, but just wanted to check if I could get any tips from experienced people before I start.

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It will depend on your experience at building from scratch and your tool repertoire. Have you ever built a stand alone building before? Have you checked into the need for permitting such work?
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I have a relative who has one of the plastic covered metal frame green houses and his is used primarily for starting plants for his garden. Using a greenhouse to grow your garden is a different process as the heat of the summer will require thoughts of cooling.

Are you thinking about vegetables or flowers? Grow things inside or start them and move outside?

Where are you in terms of climate?

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Using a greenhouse to grow your garden is a different process as the heat of the summer will require thoughts of cooling.
I have seen mechanisms to automatically open a roof vent when it gets too hot.
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It will depend on your experience at building from scratch and your tool repertoire. Have you ever built a stand alone building before? Have you checked into the need for permitting such work?
I have checked all the requirements for the permit and I have very little experience in building a stand alone building.
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I have a relative who has one of the plastic covered metal frame green houses and his is used primarily for starting plants for his garden. Using a greenhouse to grow your garden is a different process as the heat of the summer will require thoughts of cooling.

Are you thinking about vegetables or flowers? Grow things inside or start them and move outside?

Where are you in terms of climate?

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I plan on growing vegetables and a few fruits, that will grow inside the greenhouse. I stay in a daily hot place, around 30-35 degrees on average. However, the rains are going to start in a month or two.
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Here are some pictures for you to dream with.
https://www.google.com/search?source...iw=933&bih=454

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Do you expect to use this year round or seasonal? That will factor in your decision.
I had a small greenhouse that I used in Illinois. I used it for about 7-8 months per year.
It was a pre-built design that I built on site. It suited my needs.
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Do you expect to use this year round or seasonal? That will factor in your decision.
I had a small greenhouse that I used in Illinois. I used it for about 7-8 months per year.
It was a pre-built design that I built on site. It suited my needs.
I will be using it seasonally. Could you give me a little info on the pre-built design you used?
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I will be using it seasonally. Could you give me a little info on the pre-built design you used?
Mine was a metal framed, plastic covered type with benches.
The company was Poly-Tex, Inc.

If that suits your purposes, you can contact them for a catalog at poly-tex.com.

They were designed for commercial applications but all parts are available from the company and they assemble easily.

Not the prettiest greenhouses but they function well.
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Mine was a metal framed, plastic covered type with benches.
The company was Poly-Tex, Inc.

If that suits your purposes, you can contact them for a catalog at poly-tex.com.

They were designed for commercial applications but all parts are available from the company and they assemble easily.

Not the prettiest greenhouses but they function well.
THanks will check their website out.
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I have been thinking about building a greenhouse, too. I figured I would use an exhaust fan on an AC thermostat and have a makeup air vent. If it got hot, the fan would turn on.
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I have been thinking about building a greenhouse, too. I figured I would use an exhaust fan on an AC thermostat and have a makeup air vent. If it got hot, the fan would turn on.
That would work fine. But unless you build a large greenhouse natural venting is a good way to go. Roof vents attached to a temperature activated actuator open and close when needed. But very often the opposite is done with a fan and a long plastic tube with holes. The fan draws in outside are and inflates the tube which has cutout to let the air into the green house. Again, those are for larger greenhouses. The smaller ones have the roof vents and often sliding panels in the sides to move the hot air out the top, much like roof vents work with soffit vents. But the best way to keep the temperature down is with a shade covering.
You can get them from 10 to 80% shade for just about any application.
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I would like to share my tips in building a greenhouse. (1) Good location (2) Choose the best for you, Kit or DIY. (3) Ventilation and Heat. (4) Proper roof and flooring. Finally, (5) Sunlight exposure.
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