How To Build Your Own Cedar Frame Hobby Greenhouse
For those of you who have some building experience and are looking for a woodworking project we have detailed greenhouse plans you can download for an 8'8"x 16' cedar wood framed freestanding greenhouse.These plans are the same design (chalet) as the hobby greenhouse Sun Country sells as a kit and seen in the photographs below. We use Lexan Corrugated however there are instructions on how to attach and cut Lexan Thermoclear polycarbonate twin-wall or triple wall covering to the frame as well. Conveniently, the Sun Country Greenhouse Plans are available for download worldwide (a Telephone Help Line for USA and Canada). You'll need a miter saw, table saw, compressor & nail gun, router and power screwdriver. A thickness planer which is optional makes the greenhouse look professional by cleaning and dressing up the wood. These plans are very detailed with over 100 reference drawings and photographs. The photos are taken from greenhouse kits constructed over the past 14 years. You will not find plans anything like these on the web and the best part, "A Free Help Line" while you build. Whom better to get a little advice from than the designer builder of the critically acclaimed Sun Country Greenhouse.
How to build your own Cedar & Lexan covered greenhouse using our detailed plans
For only $12.95 download the greenhouse plans worldwide. Telephone assistance for residents of Canada and USA only. Talk directly to the builder, there's no posting messages on a forum and waiting for a reply. If you are outside of the USA or Canada email assistance is available. For just $19.95 download the greenhouse plans and a hard copy is mailed to you (Canada and USA only) including samples of Lexan Corrugated polycarbonate and Lexan Thermoclear 8mm twin wall polycarbonate. Expect the text hard copy and samples in the mail in 2 - 3 weeks.
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When the transaction is complete Pay Pal will send you to our password protected web page where you can download the step by step text, drawings and photographs. If you miss the Pay Pal prompt, email us and we'll send you the link. You'll get the step by step text, drawings, materials list, info on G.E. Lexan polycarbonate panels and building assistance. You may asked to telephone if you have questions that require more specific answers. These greenhouse plans are not generic CAD blueprints you see on the web presented by some "dodgy" web sites. What's important is you get permission to use the design of the Sun Country Greenhouse when you buy the plans. You will also recieve important information on attaching the twin wall or corrugated polycarbonate panels to the frame and how to cut and maintain polycarbonate. Our sponsored links may provide great leads to local suppliers in your locale (put your browser in the non private browsing setting). It's very important to pick your own lumber making sure the pieces are straight, not bowed or crowned, and knot free. There's lots of construction photos for trim ideas and to help make building your backyard hobby greenhouse easy. There are several videos of our greenhouses on YouTube. We've also added some free DIY greenhouse plans and potting bench plans you can download at our gardening tips page.
Lean-to: The most convenient of all greenhouses is a greenhouse that becomes part of your house or garage for that matter. Construction is easier and the structure is better braced because one wall of the greenhouse is actually your house or garage. You will find a simple 8' x 12' lean-to greenhouse that's framed with 2 x 4 redwood or cedar and covered with rigid Lexan polycarbonate panels at our lean-to plans page. Once the foundation is complete and all the supplies are on hand you and your helper can complete this "attached" greenhouse in a weekend. For energy efficiency it should be constructed around a door or window and insulated and caulked to prevent cold drafts. The main advantage of an A-Frame greenhouse is it is easy to build. The steep roof sheds rain, snow and debris and makes it easy to install the greenhouse covering you want to use (polycarbonate sheets) and shadecloth. This greenhouse is relatively light and can be moved easily if needed. Designed to bear a resemblance to a barn a Gambrel greenhouse has sufficient structural strength to tackle average snow loads and is very popular with do it the yourself crowd. Vents are located on the end walls and if needed more vents can be incorporated into the side walls as louvers. A gambrel roof is a symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle, while the lower slope is steep. This design provides the advantages of a sloped roof while maximizing headroom inside the building's upper level and shortening what would otherwise be a tall roof. Constructed in sections, this lightweight greenhouse can be covered with polyethylene plastic, polycarbonate, fiberglass or acrylic sheets. A Gothic Arch greenhouse has two advantages it can be portable or it can be placed on a cement pad and anchored. Either way it should be anchored in some fashion as it has a light frame like the A Frame. It can be covered with polyethylene, acrylic, fiberglass or better yet polycarbonate panels. A Sun Pit Greenhouse uses the insulation properties of the ground to provide insulation and little need for supplemental heating. The roof can be framed with wood and glazed with dual or triple wall polycarbonate panels. A southern exposure will take advantage of solar heating as well paint the interior white to maximize the sunlight. Using a thermal mass like water barrels painted black or dark coloured stones will help keep the greenhouse warm at night.
When choosing between greenhouse kits or building from greenhouse plans there are four different wood frame styles or Designs to choose from. For technical specifications and how to apply, cut and clean polycarbonate panels visit our Lexan Corrugated and Lexan Thermoclear web pages. There are other Greenhouse Coverings to choose from including glass, fiberglass & acrylics. Besides being beautiful to look at we use Western Red Cedar to frame our greenhouse kits because of it's resistance to rot and insects. We have Free Solar greenhouse plans you can download for an eco friendly greenhouse, you can also download free Lean-to greenhouse plans for a greenhouse that attaches to your home or garage or free Gambrel greenhouse plans for a barn shaped greenhouse.
See our customer's greenhouse kits at our Photo Gallery, or watch our hobby greenhouse promo Videos. There are free potting bench plans, information about lighting, ventilation, pests and diseases at greenhouse Gardening Tips.
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