We helped Josh’s wife make a DIY Greenhouse with help from Lowe’s. It was a fun & challenging build, but Lowe’s is the perfect partner to help you finish your fall projects and
get back to enjoying what matters. Look below for everything we used in this project!
TOOLS & SUPPLIES (affiliate links):
Sunlite Polycarbonate Sheets: https://low.es/2lSHmi0
Brown Engineered Panel Siding: https://low.es/2lGodjh
Tuftex 6mm H Channel: https://low.es/2m2Z4jd
National Hardware Spring Hinges: https://low.es/2mdLGcd
Kreg Accu-Cut: https://low.es/2kc1R93
30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner: https://low.es/2kktdKt
Bostitch Framing Nailer: https://low.es/2lErLTa
DeWalt 20-volt Circular Saw: https://low.es/2kcS3vD
DeWalt 20-volt Jigsaw: https://low.es/2ksOmSJ
DeWalt Drill & Driver Combo: https://low.es/2lP7Cdu
DeWalt Miter Saw: https://low.es/2lQLVcF
Union Washer Wood Screws: https://low.es/2kktFs9
Keter Shelving Unit: https://low.es/2lE6bOY
Accord Ventilation Register: https://low.es/2lzw4iK
AcuRite Digital Thermometer: https://low.es/2m1VOod
Josh’s wife is really into gardening and planting beautiful greenery leading to her desire for a greenhouse. This way, she can keep her plants alive during the winter months and incubate some new plants so they’re ready for the spring.
Josh began the design with a 3d model in Fusion 360. We got our bill of materials and the cut list then headed to our local Lowe’s to get the supplies to begin framing the structure. I chose to use pressure treated lumber for this exterior addition to resist the moisture and humidity that may build up inside the greenhouse. Using Josh’s measurements, we nailed together the floor and added the front and back wall studs.
Before adding a structure to your yard, you may chose to grate and level the area beforehand. Josh didn’t want to tear up the yard, and here in Kentucky, the clay is super hard. In lieu of digging into the ground to level it, we chose to level the floor frame by adding 2×4 posts semi-driven into the ground. This way, Josh and i could level the floor and nail it to those posts along the span of the greenhouse. Now that we had a level surface to work from, we continued to build out the frame by connecting the front and back studs and then connecting those two walls with some ceiling joists.
For the greenhouse floor, Josh wanted something that could resist any standing water that would fall down from the plants. We found some engineered siding panels at Lowe’s that are weather-resistant and come in large, 4′ x 8′ sheets. These panels are only 3/8″ thick, so we added another layer of pressure treated 1/2″ plywood to ensure the floor was strong enough to walk on. We fit three of these double-layered panels on top of the floor frame, making sure to cut around the wall studs and secured them with screws.
For the greenhouse’s exterior, it is possible to simply cover the bare frame with the clear polycarbonate sheets, but because of this greenhouse’s size, that would take more than the 10 panels we allotted for this project. We had to order the sheets from Lowes.com and the came in a pack of 10. So rather than sacrificing the size of the greenhouse, Josh got creative and added a decorative element to the outside that helped use less polycarbonate.
We decided to use the cutoffs of the engineered, exterior sheeting to make a skirting of wood panels that wrapped around the greenhouse. To cover any seams and to give the element some definition, Josh cut up some 1×4 trim pieces that really set the decorative element apart. It looked really nice and flowed super well with the overall design. Again, these step is optional, but it does look fantastic and it helps save on the more expensive material later.
At this point in the project, we have a nice looking frame of a greenhouse. To make it functional as a greenhouse, we need a way to trap the radiant heat from the sun inside the structure. We found many ways to do this from using reclaimed windows, rolls of plastic tarp pulled tight, glass panes, and sheets of acrylic.
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Answer to common comments:
1. The 2×4 legs won't settle much here. Our red clay doesn't move much once it's settled, and this is a high point of the yard so it drains well and never gets saturated.
2. All wood was pressure treated, rated for ground contact, so rot is many, many years away.
3. There is a small air gap between the walls and the side of the house.
4. The garage (not temperature controlled) is on the other side of that exterior wall.
With the floor being raised, don't you lose the benefits of a small thermal mass to keep your greenhouse warmer on those fringe months between warm and cold weather?
what do you do for ventilation???
This is so great👍 I WANT one ! And I have sons & grandsons that KNOW how to🙏
The music in this is really good! Love the pop-punk sound and the riffy song later on!
its a shed, not a green house! 😀
Is there a cut list to this project or did I miss that somewhere?
other counties be like: i have 2 feet
They were sliding the panels between what? Is there a grove in the wood post or something else is attached to the wood that allows for sliding?
Is this works in the tropical climate?
Just like to have one.
High moisture so close to the house (from watering, and trapped humidity) may result in swelling of the ground at this corner of the house, differential ground movement damage to the house, as well as attracting termites. I would not recommend anyone attach a greenhouse to their house.
Beautiful done .I love watching things get built and match from scratch !!!
This video could have been so much better without the music.
I have to say that, sorry, but you guys have no knowledge of the ventilation and you make everything wrong. You have to remember that any room is breathing cool air coming through top window falling down and then hot air come out, so you basically need to make two small windows on the top of the sides and not need make on bottom.
I think that we’re gonna make a green house and put a claw foot tub in it along with some nice plants for cover.
Do a follow up!
That horrifying music has nothing to do with greenhouses.
how much time did it take
You can get self regulating vents from Amazon that open automatically as the heat builds inside
You are Brilliant 👌👌👍👏👏🙏
Nice straight forward build. What was the total cost of materials?
I literally thought I clicked on a home depot dying video because of the logo and here he is just blasting Lowe's 😅
I bow with respect to your talent .. in one word perfect
Instead of relying on two_by -fours to level the floor, use six-inch brick pavers, stacked as needed at the corners and in the center. They won't rot.
Do you have a video on how to build a screened in porch?
And how long will this last for exactly?! You must think people are idiots.
A dead rat or such under the floor would be a serious pain. !!!!
Nice cover that cable wire
Hi, Very nice to see your video. I want one not the of materials and build. please let me know the same size.
I wanna watch this but that background music is super distracting.
it was connected to house you liar
umm.. I like this design idea with the large windows, but I was thinking of making what I'm calling a "reverse catio" instead of having an area fenced in that is outside so the cat's cat go outside. Make something like this with a cat door and flap on one end and a human door on the other. (that way the humans can leave food and fresh water as well as clean blankets or beds) This seems like a good idea, for a few farm cats, we have 3 at the moment.
👍🏼I like that
Yes, as easy as 1-2-3!
Grow food in greenhouse, create critter crawl space under floor, no use gravel. GRAVEL!
Wood floor for greenhouse, yes lets make mud. Like everyone else in the world, use gravel. I am thinking of building something similar against my brick house and closing the air gap with insulation instead of an added back wall.I think the brick will clean upon removal. GRAVEL.
What's that clear stuff called?
L'ensemble du quartier d'habitation est recouvert au 2/3 (maison, béton et bitume). La serre est équipée d'un sol en dur! Pourquoi ne pas exploiter la vraie terre?
Et tout ce bois! Forêt Amazonienne? Tant de vis, clous, quaincaillerie… cette débauche consumériste. Tant de vacuité. Faire, juste pour faire, sans réflexion.
It will last 3yrs max
I plan to build a lean to greenhouse and notice a few things which they did wrong. They paid for expensive polycarbonate sheets but didn't seal any of the ends so bug, dirt and water will get in between those openings making the whole thing look dirty in the future. The use of wood as a floor is not a good idea as it will rot. The gaps against the house should have been sealed to keep in heat. Those vents on the roof will probably blow off or tear.
I would have made the door a little wider ^_^ but quite a nice little finished project especially for people just wanting to built one at home
awful.. this things gonna fall apart in a a couple years
OK real nice done, but why a did u cover the floor? Why not let it be just ground, to plant something in it, , like tomato, right?
realize they were treated. but they don't make it like they used to. those posts will rot in 3 years.
What a waist of resources
I couldn't find these plans on your website, are these available to buy?
Millennials 'building' a greenhouse on stilts that will go crooked, with a plywood floor that will grow mold, with siding touching the ground that will rot and taped on air vents. Could have spent another $100 and done it correctly.