Our recycled greenhouse – Jessica Sara Morris

Mayıs 3, 2021 0 Yazar: admin

I can’t believe I’m writing this blog – Our recycled greenhouse is ready.

One morning Glen happened to walk into the living room when I was having my morning coffee last July and saying, “I’m going to build a greenhouse!” I’ll be honest and I haven’t thought about it much. There is a difference between Glen and me; Glen thinks about everything he does and it usually takes him 1000 years to actually do something. BUT it’s very well thought out. It takes me 1 second to think about everything, but I’ll start right away even if there are kinks that I haven’t worked out.

Our recycled greenhouse.  How we built our greenhouse from mostly recycled materials.  Where to find materials to build your own

To my surprise, Glen was serious and immediately started sourcing used supplies.

In late summer he started digging the base for our greenhouse. Since we want to move it in a year, we decided against cementing the foundation and making a floor.

This place in our garden had already been dug up by our landlords last year, so it was the perfect place for our greenhouse.

Click here to watch the video for the entire process from start to finish. To say I’m proud of Glen is an understatement. Building a greenhouse is a big endeavor and since we didn’t have a big budget it got even more difficult with Glen having to source all of the materials.

He found most of the wood between Demolition, Craigslist, and Marketplace. We picked up all of the jar when we were on Salt Spring Island in October 2020 and the highest cost for this greenhouse was to have the two back panels cut at an angle.

After Glen completely built the frame and scaled it with reused shingles he found in the market, I got the idea to paint it black. Glen was skeptical, but as soon as the first coat was on we were in love.

Our recycled greenhouse.  How we built our greenhouse from mostly recycled materials.  Where to find materials to build your own

Breakdown of costs for our recycled greenhouse

  • Wood – free and recycled
  • Finisher – 12 each @ 5.99 = 71.88
  • Black color at 1 galon = 28.97
  • Glass 50.00
  • Angled glass cutting with 2 panels: 150.00
  • Cedar 1 × 10 ′ Cedar Rough Deck Boards: 55.12

Total cost: 355.97

Remember, we had plenty of other supplies on hand; Screws, landscaping fabric, all tools, extra random wood, etc.

I have received a lot of messages about the approximate cost of this greenhouse, plans, etc. Unfortunately, Glen built this greenhouse out of his head. We haven’t followed any plans, we don’t have any plans, and we don’t have a rough cost or delivery list. Glen reckons that if he bought all the supplies new it would cost around 3,000, given how high the prices of lumber are now.

Our recycled greenhouse.  How we built our greenhouse from mostly recycled materials.  Where to find materials to build your own
Our recycled greenhouse.  How we built our greenhouse from mostly recycled materials.  Where to find materials to build your own
Our recycled greenhouse.  How we built our greenhouse from mostly recycled materials.  Where to find materials to build your own

I would like to hear what you think of our greenhouse. This week we’ve planted all of our vegetables, fruits, and herbs and can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor over the next several months!