Greenhouse Structures

If you’re wondering how to get the hobby greenhouse of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place!

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Every gardening enthusiast needs a greenhouse.  There is a lot to be said for being able to grow plants year-round!  Maybe you’d like flowering plants, or perhaps you’d like to grow food plants.  If you want a little bit of both, that’s great too!  It’s your choice and you’re free to do what you want when you have your own home greenhouse.

There are plenty of good reasons to have a greenhouse.  Being able to grow plants all year long despite what the weather conditions outside the greenhouse is a big draw.  You can control the heat and humidity inside a greenhouse, making the climate suitable for whatever plants you wish to grow.

Quality Control Inside the Greenhouse

It’s also a good way to control the quality of your food.  You can’t control the outside enviroment in the same you can inside a greenhouse.

For instance, plants growing outside can be affected by chemicals that drift on the wind from neighboring fields and yards and gardens and settle on the leaves.  The same can be said of the water reaching your outside plants.  If someone nearby uses a chemical fertilizer that seeps into the ground, it can and often does get into the ground water and may reach your plants too.

You control the climate of your greenhouse, and what substances your plants are exposed to.

Types of Greenhouses

There are all kinds of greenhouses.  A few of the types available include:

  • Hot, Warm or Cool Greenhouses
  • Lean-To Greenhouse
  • Hoop House
  • Mini and Portable Greenhouses
  • Solar Greenhouses
  • and more!

Before you decide to build a greenhouse, you need to choose which type is right for your situation.  Aside from picking one you like it’s important to find one that works in the location you plan to erect your greenhouse structure.  What works well in one location may not be best suited for another.

graphic of leanto greenhouse

For instance, a lean-to greenhouse probably wouldn’t be the best choice if you don’t have a south facing wall that it can attach to.  Your greenhouse does better with plenty of sunlight, so it’s best to find an optimum location for it.  Placing one under a lot of big trees wouldn’t work well either.  Not only would they block the sunlight, but in the fall you’d have to contend with all those leaves littering the top of your greenhouse structure.

Keep in mind that each design has benefits and drawbacks.  Decide which one is the best greenhouse for your situation.

How To Make A Greenhouse

Once you decide what type of greenhouse you’d like, it’s time to consider how you want to build your own greenhouse.  You can look and find greenhouse plans free, or you can buy books with plans included, or just a set of plans to make your own greenhouse.

Here again, there are pros and cons to each method.

If you opt to look for free plans, there is of course no guarantee for those greenhouse plans.  Most likely they will be fine, but if you use them and something isn’t quite right, you don’t have any recourse.


Plans you have purchased should carry more assurance of being well-thought out designs and tested.

How To Build A Greenhouse

With a design and plans in hand, it’s time to actually construct your greenhouse building.  Here again, there are choices to be made.

Are  you going to do the construction yourself?  If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, this can be a viable option.  It depends on your skill set and the design you have chosen.  If your skills match those needed to make your greenhouse, go for it!

Obviously, building your own hobby green house is cheaper than having someone else do it.  However, if you don’t feel up to doing your own greenhouse construction, then you will need to hire someone to do the job for you.

However, if you can do part of the work, home greenhouses can be built with some parts like the electrical or plumbing, contracted out.

Learn How To Get The Greenhouse of Your Dreams!

Backyard greenhouses can be a great addition to your property, allowing you to grow plants in all seasons, and literally enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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If you’d like to learn more about the different kinds of greenhouses, how to choose the best design and construction method, check out Greenhouse Structures today!

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