Except festive excitement and warmth and coziness winter raises the question of where to store the loads of indoor plants. This becomes a hard to deal with problem when the space you can spare is not enough. In cases like these it would be a better idea to use your backyard greenhouse. If you're a DIY enthusiast and would like help here are few tips to follow and build one.
1. Plan Smart
This can be regarded as a kind of chained step-by-step process. The first step is to decide what type of structure you would like to create. This is the foundation of your project, as greenhouses come in different shapes or sizes. Check the construction space you have. Thus the plant home won't turn our to be too big for the backyard, for example.
2. Give It A Good Thought
What you should take into account is whether you'd like a custom-built or a prefabricated building. When it comes to prefab structures there are a few pros you have to take into account.
The variety of choices is greater than with prefab greenhouses. You can choose the appearance and everything else and create something unique exactly the way you want. There are hundreds of designs created in accordance with different factors—climate, space requirements, styles and similar. It'll be more efficient when it comes to space—you decide the size and form of the plant building.
The very idea of DIY greenhouse suggests you'll pay less. This depends on its size. Materials like PVC and lumber are cheaper than a ready-to-build structure. If you're on a budget this is the ideal way to act.
You'll be more involved in your handyman work. You'll have more say on how it looks and the way it will be built--customize final strokes such as colour and similar.
First the work you'd have to do is less than when building it from scratch. You basically know the outcome of that project because “what you see is what you get”. You'll put less efforts and you wouldn't have to make a paper plan in advance.
What's more, a prefabricated type doesn't require advanced handyman skills and it comes with instructions. A non-prefab greenhouse construction is sometimes sturdier than one you've built with your own two hands.
When it comes to appearance a prefabricated greenhouse would look better than one you've created from a pile of different materials.
3. Material For A Custom-Built Hothouse
Regardless of what you've chosen this step is essential to the DIY project. Will you use wood, plexiglass, steel or something else. In case you've decided to re-use materials from previous builder's enterprise, check if they're sturdy enough to hold the construction. If they're not you'd have to buy new unless, of course, you don't mind the greenhouse collapsing on your head.
- Plastic Sheeting- Compared to the other three types of materials it is the cheapest when it comes to a hothouse covering and it's the easiest to work with if you're a DIY handyman enthusiast.
- Hard Plastic, also known as plexiglass'll make your covering structure stronger and more enduring. A small disadvantage of this material is plexiglass sheets tend to yellow with time and need to be replaced. However, they'll provide significantly more warmth and allow you to grow plants which prosper in one or two climate zones warmer.
- Fiberglass- If you wish to have maximum strength walls, decent heat and light penetration and a lightweight construction. As a stronger material it'll allow you grow plants from many climate zones. It may be a little bit more expensive but in exchange you'll have better quality and opportunities to grow plants.
- Tempered Glass- This material is considered best and in the right frame it'll provide you with optimum results and won't change its colour. The level of light penetration is also the best possible when compared to these above. Naturally it's the priciest of all, and though it's fragile , it is a very good option. The best about tempered glass is it'll provide you with the opportunity to grow anything—from tropical plants to a home vegetable garden.