Careful planning is important before start of a home greenhouse project. Building a glass house does not need to be super expensive or time-consuming project. The final choice of the type of green house will depend on the growing space desired, home architecture, available sites, and costs. Wooden Greenhouses seems to be cost effective route when choosing greenhouse martial. Although Metal ones are becoming more common these days. The must, however, provide the proper environment for growing plants.
Where to start with a Greenhouse
First things first!! The green house should be located where it gets maximum sunlight. The first choice of location is the south or southeast side of a building or shade trees. Sunlight all day is best, but morning sunlight on the east side is sufficient for plants. Morning sunlight is most desirable because it allows the plant’s food production process to begin early; thus growth is maximized. An east side location captures the most November to February sunlight. The next best sites are southwest and west of major structures, where plants receive sunlight later in the day. North of major structures is the least desirable location and is good only for plants that require little light.
Position your Greenhouse well
Huge trees, such as pine, maple and oak, can effectively shade the greenhouse from the intense late afternoon summer sun; however, they should not shade the green house in the morning. Huge trees also allow maximum exposure to the winter sun because they shed their leaves in the fall. Evergreen trees that have foliage year round should not be located where they will shade the green house because they will block the quality winter sun. You should shoot to maximize winter sun exposure, particularly if the green house is used all year. Remember that the sun is lower in the southern sky in winter causing long shadows to be cast by buildings and evergreen trees
There is a good selection of commercial greenhouses and framing materials is available. The frames are made of wood, galvanized steel, or aluminum. Build-it-yourself plans are usually for structures with wood or metal pipe frames. Plastic pipe materials generally are inadequate to meet snow and wind load requirements. Frames can be covered with glass, rigid fiberglass, rigid double-wall plastics, or plastic film. All have advantages and disadvantages. Each of these materials should be considered–it pays to shop around for ideas from experienced growers. My most favorite material is wood due to the fact I grew up building them with my father. They are easy to assemble due to the fact a crafty woodworker can modify the design as he sees fit. Seems to me nowadays that the new trending design is the Metal Greenhouse. I think the number on reason is easy of assembly. The Metal Green house comes with easy to read instructions with not cutting required. The only tools required are screwdrivers and a socket set. Even though the Metal Greenhouse is easy to assemble it can never compete with the elegance and style of the Wooden structures.