I can’t believe I’m writing this blog – our recycled greenhouse is DONE.
Glen randomly walked into the living room one morning as I was drinking my morning coffee last July and said, “I’m going to build a greenhouse!”. I’ll be honest, and I didn’t think much of it. There’s a difference between Glen and me; Glen thinks through everything he does and normally takes 1,000 years actually to do something. BUT, it’s very well thought through. I take 1 second to think through anything, but I start immediately, even if there are kinks I haven’t worked out.
Well, to my surprise, Glen meant business and started sourcing used materials right away.
He first started digging the base for our greenhouse in late summer. Since we want to move it when we move in a year, we decided against cementing the foundation and making a floor.
This spot in our yard had already been dug up in the previous year from our landlords, so it was the perfect spot to put our greenhouse.
For the entire process from start to finish, click here to watch the video. To say I’m proud of Glen is an understatement. A greenhouse is a huge undertaking, and since we didn’t have a big budget, it made it even harder as Glen had to source all of the materials.
He found most of the wood between teardowns, craigslist and marketplace. We picked up all the glass when we were on Salt Spring Island back in October of 2020, and the highest cost of this greenhouse was getting the two back panels cut on an angle.
Once Glen had completely built the frame and shingled it with reused shingles he found marketplace, I had the idea to paint it black. Glen was skeptical, but as soon as the first coat was on, we were in love.
Cost Breakdown on our Recycled Greenhouse
- Wood – Free and recycled
- Pavers – 12 @ 5.99 each =71.88
- Black Paint @ 1 galon = 28.97
- Glass 50.00
- Angled Glass Cutting @ 2 panels: 150.00
- Cedar 1×10′ Cedar rough deck boards: 55.12
Total Cost: 355.97
Keep in mind, we had a lot of the other supplies on hand; screws, landscape fabric, all the tools, extra random wood etc
I’ve received a lot of messages about the rough cost of this greenhouse, plans etc. Unfortunately, Glen built this greenhouse out of his head. We didn’t follow plans, we don’t have plans, and we do not have a rough cost or supply list. Glen figures if he were to buy all of the supplies new, it would cost around 3,000 with how inflated lumber prices are right now.
I’d love to hear what you think of our greenhouse. This week we planted all our vegetables, fruits and herbs, and we cannot wait to see the fruits of our labour in the next few months!