Greenhouse Installation: The Build — Final

Since we finished constructing the greenhouse the only thing remaining was to anchor it to a level foundation. (Part 1.)

The door was easily installed.
The finished greenhouse structure.

Charlie spent a fair bit of time putting the precisely cut 6′ by 6′ foundation in place with 2-foot rebar anchors.

The foundation is almost in place.
The foundation is almost in place.

Charlie was careful to square (by taking diagonal measurements) and level the foundation lumber so the greenhouse would sit straight thus allowing the door and window to work properly.

Weed-control ground cloth covers corrugated cardboard and is anchored by foundation timbers.
Weed-control ground cloth covers corrugated cardboard and is anchored by foundation timbers.

Before driving the rebar into the ground he laid some large cardboard pieces (to help control the dirt) under 2 layers of weed barrier ground cloth inside the perimeter.  The foundation timbers hold down the perimeter of the fabric.

The greenhouse is constructed of aluminum and polycarbonate sheets which makes it strong but lightweight.
The greenhouse is constructed of aluminum and polycarbonate sheets which makes it strong but lightweight.

Two adults carried the completed greenhouse across the yard (about 20 feet) and four adults easily lifted onto the redwood foundation.

The greenhouse was blown off its foundation even with logs holding it down.
The greenhouse was blown off its foundation even with logs holding it down.

We left the greenhouse on but not connected to the foundation and it was blown sideways by the wind.

We pre-drilled the holes for 6-inch hex-head lag screws then ratcheted them into place.
We pre-drilled the holes for 6-inch hex-head lag screws then ratcheted them into place.

Even though the foundation is held in place by two-foot rebar stakes the foundation corners are held together by 3/8-inch by 6-inch lag screws — one per corner.

Holes were pre-drilled in the base of the greenhouse which we marked and drilled into the foundation. Then we put the greenhouse back in place and screwed it down.
Holes were pre-drilled in the base of the greenhouse which we marked and drilled into the foundation. Then we put the greenhouse back in place and screwed it down.

The greenhouse is very susceptible to being displaced due to winds so it was attached to the foundation by 24 quarter-inch by two-inch lag screws with a washer between the hex head and the wood.

The area around the greenhouse will need some grading.
The area around the greenhouse will need some grading.

As Charlie upgrades the interior for planting we’ll have some information on what works (or doesn’t work) for him.

The greenhouse viewed from the front of the potager.
The greenhouse viewed from the front of the potager.
View from the 2nd story of the house.
View from the 2nd story of the house.

Are you planning your garden already?

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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 — Final”

  1. This is exciting. It sounds and looks like Charlie has don a really good job of ensuring success for his greenhouse. It will be fun to see how he sets up the interior. Colder weather has returned so I’m burrowing in and putting garden dreams on hold for now.

    1. The greenhouse will be a lot of fun. It seems to be 10 degrees warmer inside during the day. I told Charlie he should get a thermometer. Jo

    1. A weather station sounds interesting. My Cottage friend and I were thinking of transforming it into a tea room but we were just teasing Charlie who is thinking “no girls allowed”. Jo

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