Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Part 1

The yard preparation for the new greenhouse is here.

My sister's Florida tomatoes are already turning red.
My sister’s Florida tomatoes are already turning red.

We had been putting off the actual assembly of the greenhouse kit until the rainy and cold Maryland weather improved a bit but on January 2 my sister texted us a photo of her tomatoes which were already starting to blush. That’s a challenge.

There were lots of parts designated only by number.
There were lots of parts designated only by number.

We opened the long box and took inventory by matching the pieces against the list in the instructions.  Everything seemed to be there.  We stacked it in the conservatory.

The base is 6 feet by 6 feet.
The base is 6 feet by 6 feet.

As we were thinking about my sister’s tomato photo we decided to build just the base inside the house since it was cold and rainy outside.

We carried the assembled base outside.
We carried the assembled base outside.

When the rain let up a little I texted the Cottage tenant and asked if she wanted to help us start to put the greenhouse together. (She used to put together all the displays for Toys-R-Us including swing sets.) She put on her sweats and mud boots and joined Charlie outside while I pulled the parts and hardware according to the 52-page directions.

The beginning was the easiest part.
The beginning was the easiest part.

They laid the base on a flat area in the yard and inserted the uprights.

The framework remains loose and shaky until the very end when everything is tightened up.
The framework remains loose and shaky until the very end when everything is tightened up.

Following the directions I continued to hand them the next pieces and they installed them.

The lightweight panels slide into place.
The lightweight panels slide into place.

The last items before the rain started to pour and night fell was to insert the polycarbonate panels which stabilized the framework.

The door assembly took lots of finesse.
The door assembly took lots of finesse.

Then we all sat in the conservatory and had cups of coffee.  We were finished through page 24 in the directions.  Not even halfway finished so we jumped ahead and assembled the door.

The door is installed in the greenhouse toward the end but at least it is assembled.
The door is installed in the greenhouse toward the end but at least it is assembled.

That put us over the edge so we quit there the first day of construction.

Day 1 progress.
Day 1 progress.

We were delighted with ourselves and the partially-built greenhouse.

Did you get a present that came unassembled?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Part 1”

    1. We’ll probably learn all kinds of things we never knew about building and growing. Can’t wait to get it in place. Glad it’s out of the living room. Jo

    1. It’s really nice. She has more energy than I. The greenhouse is going to be so much fun for Charlie. He’s excited about it. Hoping to finish it this week or next. Can’t put the roof on until we’re ready to tie it down lest the wind whirl it away. Jo

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