Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Part 2

Yesterday was a nice warm winter day — 65 degrees.

The space allotted for the new 6' by 6' greenhouse.
The space allotted for the new 6′ by 6′ greenhouse.

Charlie worked on the foundation for the greenhouse.

Four 8-foot long cedar posts
Four 8-foot long cedar posts

The weed barrier ground cloth had been delivered in a 3-foot by 50-foot roll. And the redwood lumber arrived via UPS all the way from California. The package of wood weighed 84 pounds so the UPS driver helped Charlie carry it to the garden.

The outside measurement of the wood foundation is slightly bigger than the 72-1/2 inch outside greenhouse measurement.
The outside measurement of the wood foundation is slightly bigger than the 72-1/2 inch outside greenhouse measurement.

I cut the wood with our miter saw it so it would create a 6-foot square at the centerline of the 4 by 4 (actually 3-11/16″ square) posts. Two long posts were cut to 75-1/2″ and the shorter posts 75-1/2″ less 7-3/8″.

The interior perimeter, like the exterior perimeter, has about an inch and a half border.
The interior perimeter, like the exterior perimeter, has about an inch and a half border.

We were careful to allow the border around the outside and the border around the inside to be approximately equal.

half-inch by 2-foot rebar
Half-inch by 2-foot rebar

The next step is to put the wood foundation in place and tie it down with rebar.

An interior corner.
An interior corner temporarily fitted together.

We’re waiting for another nice day to finish.

Have you started a project that takes more than one step? Are you stuck?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Part 2”

  1. I am really intrigued by your little greenhouse!!! We keep talking about installing one as a lean-to on our barn, and we have also looked at the style that you are building. I am curious to hear how it works out when you start raising plants in it!

    1. I ordered the redwood from Home Depot and they came from California. Interesting to me too. Thanks for the switch info–we might need it. Jo

  2. Pleeease send us some warmth!! We are suffering with barely-above freezing during the day and low 20s or teens at night. I can’t warm up! So unusual for the NW.

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