Upcycle Old Windows Into a New Greenhouse


| 5/1/2017 11:40:00 AM


Tags: Bobbi Peterson, Pennsylvania, gardening, do it yourself, diy,

Bobbi PetersonThere are many advantages to owning your own greenhouse, such as expanding your growing season and isolating your plants from damage caused by insects, rodents, and other pests, but building a greenhouse can be quite expensive.

The average cost to build a greenhouse in the United States is 13,893 dollars, but the amount can vary widely, from 5,000 all the way up to 25,300 dollars. One way you can keep costs down and make your greenhouse truly green is by upcycling old windows for at least part of your project.

How Much Room Do You Really Need?

If you want to build a greenhouse completely out of old windows, imagine how much space you need. Do you simply want somewhere to grow seedlings until the weather is warm enough to plant them in the ground? Do you want to grow specific foods for your family?

Unless you’re selling produce or plants, you likely don’t need the largest greenhouse and can get by with a smaller setup. For example, you can build a playhouse-sized structure out of differing window frame sizes. Even if the glass is broken out of some of them, you can replace and caulk around the edges to create a cozy, warm spot for your plants.

To build a simple structure, fit the windows together almost like a puzzle and add a simple metal roof to keep the rain out.

Steps to Take

Once you’ve decided on the size, there are some specific steps you’ll take to create your upcycled greenhouse. Check your local area about building permits before starting.




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