Things to be Considered when Planning a Greenhouse

By | April 10, 2012

Adding a greenhouse to your backyard is one of the best ways to improve your home greenery. However, an effective planning is necessary when thinking of building a greenhouse. Certain important factors should be considered during the planning process. Have a look on some of those considerations.

The first and foremost factor is the purpose of installing it. Consider what you need to include in the greenhouse. Do you wish to just plant seeds in late winter? Then determine the size of the greenhouse. Do you need a smaller one or a larger greenhouse? Also check what plants you want to grow in the greenhouse.

Then consider its location. It is very much important to choose appropriate location. The plants should be exposed to sunlight for at least six hours aFairy houses day. Remember that northern exposures are not preferred to construct greenhouses as they are often shady. It is often ideal to choose southern exposures. You can also erect them in southeastern, southwestern, eastern and western locations. While considering the exact place, check if there are any elements of landscape like trees, buildings, fences and so on that may block the sunlight. Ensure that the greenhouse is located at a convenient place that is closer to water and electricity sources.

Once you decide the location, you should consider the type of materials to be used for building a greenhouse. Glass, wood, fiberglass, acrylics, polycarbonate and plastic are the common materials used.

Also you should determine the style of your greenhouse. A greenhouse can be built in different styles including attached and stand-alone styles. Attached ones are built by attaching the greenhouse to one part of the house where as stand-alone ones are built free. In addition to these primary considerations, ventilation, insulation and others should also be kept in mind when planning to build a greenhouse.