DIY Magic: How To Easily Create Your Own Backyard Greenhouse Using Gorgeous Old Windows 

A project so easy, anyone can do it!

DIY Magic: How
To Easily Create Your Own Backyard Greenhouse Using Gorgeous Old Windows 
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Have you always wished you had your own greenhouse in which to grow your favorite flowers and/or vegetables, but the cost of hiring a builder to construct one for you is simply much more than you can afford?

Well despair no more, since this article contains the solution you've been waiting for!

Read on to find out more.

DIY window greenhouse plans 

DIY window greenhouse plans 

What many people don't realize is that the internet contains a bevy of free instructions and plans for anyone wishing to take on just about any DIY project imaginable; greenhouses included. Upon doing a search myself, I came across a few amazing greenhouse plans/instructions on Pinterest, one set of which I shall be sharing with you here below:

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Greenhouse From Old Windows 

Greenhouse From Old Windows 
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Step 1: Collect windows and plan two pairs of equal sides

Step 1: Collect windows and plan two pairs of equal sides
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Collect some old wooden framed windows and once you have enough, match them to each other breadth and lengthwise, in order to make two pairs of "walls" that are the same height. Keep in mind that you need to make provision for a door on one side and a hole for a fan on another [side].

Step 2: Create a frame 

Step 2: Create a frame 
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Use the pre-laid out 'window walls' from step one as a sizing guide to construct a wood frame for each wall of the greenhouse. The author of the plan advises the builder to make use of the best lumber as the structure is very important since it holds the weight of the whole project. Also bear in mind that you need to allow for at least 14'' of extra wood length to be placed in the ground for support.

Step 3: Brace/prop up the walls

Step 3: Brace/prop up the walls
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Start placing the walls up, bracing/supporting them well so they don't fall over. Be sure to check that they are level by making use of a water level before bracing/securing each wall.

Step 4: Secure the foundation

Step 4: Secure the foundation
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Make use of in-ground cinder blocks to secure/stabilize the corner posts.

Step 5: Screw on the windows

Step 5: Screw on the windows
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Using deck screws, affix the windows to the frame.

Step 6: Create a floor

Step 6: Create a floor
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Create a floor using poured concrete or gravel, rocks or stones. The use of gravel, rocks or stones is preferred since these options provide good heat storage and water drainage.

Step 7: Build a roof

Step 7: Build a roof
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Any lightweight and waterproof material will do as a roofing medium. The author of the project chose second hand siding, which looks much the same as corrugated iron sheets. Be sure to build your roof at a slanted degree pitch (of at least 4 degrees) to allow for rain water to roll off as opposed to pooling.

Step 8: Add all shelves, doors and fans

Step 8: Add all shelves, doors and fans
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Screw or nail all shelves, doors and fans in place (as per the image above).

Step 9: Seal, paint and inspect

Step 9: Seal, paint and inspect
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Use a good suitable outdoor sealant to fill in all the cracks and holes between the windows, doors, and fans. Paint all the exposed wood to protect it from the elements and then you're done!

The original author of the project (cheft) has added a few updates to the project which you can view by following this link, should you be interested in adding these modifications.

Good luck and enjoy your project!

Debbie Nel

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