Barn Greenhouse

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Blog series by nitepagan consisting of 14 parts so far

Part 1: Decisions

07-11-2013 08:50 PM by nitepagan | 14 comments »

After looking at Ana White’s Barn Greenhouse, I decided that was what I wanted to build. The plans for her greenhouse are at, and looks like this: My greenhouse will be similar with a barn style roof, but will not be roofing panels such as used on Ana’s greenhouse.I am hoping to use vinyl sheeting which is very clear and more in line with my cost structure. I have enough 2×4 to do the base frame of the greenhouse. The ...

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Part 2: Getting Started

07-18-2013 10:06 PM by nitepagan | 2 comments »

So today, I want to update everyone on the progress of my greenhouse. I have decided that my GardenTenders blog will be where all the info on the greenhouse will be. Since the base of the greenhouse will be 2×4’s, which have not been treated, I had to come up with a plan to protect the wood from the soil, water and rotting. Originally, I was going to buy cedar 2×4s, about $8.00 USD for an 8 foot 2×4. I decided that since I already had a lot of 2×4s, that was not a...

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Part 3: End Walls

07-26-2013 10:56 AM by nitepagan | 4 comments »

After some delays, I have completed the end walls, I am about ready to assemble the base of the Greenhouse. But first I want to show you what I did. I have made some changes to the original design. I broke the endwall into 3 pieces. One to make it easier to move out to the location of the greenhouse and Two, to fix a couple problems with the original design. The pieces will be put together with exterior screws. As I was putting the sections together, I ran into problems with the pie...

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Part 4: Going Up - Country Style

07-29-2013 02:11 PM by nitepagan | 2 comments »

I finally got all the sections out there, in the garden area and ready to put up. I have also laid out the cement paying blocks which the greenhouse will sit upon, 28 in all. The ground is pretty level but there will need to be some leveling of the ground. Each of the sections were attached to each other with 2 1/2 exterior construction screws. I have used 4 or 5 screws on each section depending on what I thought was needed. The doorway is awfully tall, that is the way it was...

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Part 5: Top End Wall

07-30-2013 10:09 PM by nitepagan | 1 comment »

As the greenhouse gets further along, the project get a bit more exciting. I have sectionalized the top end wall. it will be put together in two pieces. I am hoping there have not been any mistakes in Ana White’s schematic drawings. Here’s what the end wall is going to look like. This part of the project is divided into two pieces, a left and a right piece. I put them together in the drawing. I have used some screws to toenail the pieces together and have also used metal ra...

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Part 6: Top End Wall Addendum

08-01-2013 02:37 PM by nitepagan | 4 comments »

Is anyone following this blog? Well, I have begun to realize that there is an error in the roof line. I have noticed that the right half of the roof extends about 1/2” further than it should. Well there was two options, take the right half of the roof all apart, so I can make the adjustments needed, but it would be difficult to really determine how much to cut off on each side. Taking apart and reassembling will weaken the joints a bit. So I have decided on option two, to space the righ...

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Part 7: Wow, Did This Really Happen

08-02-2013 03:02 PM by nitepagan | 4 comments »

If you read my last post, I was expecting the right and left roof sections not to line up as they should. So, how could this happen? When I assembled the left side of the roof, the center piece did not line up where it should have, I was off by about 1/2”, seemed like just the amount which I had too much of on the right side of the roof. I had to move the center post on the left section of the roof. I remeasured everything and everything was as it should have been. The only thing...

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Part 8: The Hard Part

08-11-2013 07:17 AM by nitepagan | 9 comments »

Just when I thought everything was on track and was going smoothly, I ran into a stone wall and nothing seemed to be right. I had put up the other end of the roof, but it was out of alignment. If you look really closely you can see the sky between those two boards. I was able to fix that ok by removing the header board on the doorway and shortening that a little. But still things were not lining up properly and was the peak to just sit in the sky with no support. Well, I had to find a ...

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Part 9: The Hard Part Is Mostly Done!!!

08-18-2013 08:09 AM by nitepagan | 1 comment »

What a relief it was to get the end walls up and sturdy enough to go to the next step. The next step was to install the 2×4 joist hangers and mount the ridge board. The board that got mounted ended up being slightly bowed upward. I think it originally was sagging, but then when I redid the end framing, it got turned over and became a high spot. Next was to build the rafters which were to connect to the ridge board. I used three kreg screws to join the two pieces together. One of t...

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Part 10: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

09-06-2013 08:12 AM by nitepagan | 10 comments »

Well the structure is pretty much completed, now to cover it. Because of my money situation, I was going to use plastic. All the plastic I found was between translucent and opaque, leaning toward opaque. I did not build this greenhouse to be opaque. I did put up one end on the greenhouse and here’s how it looked. Am I to build a mancave or what? I spend the next two weeks trying to find an acceptable alternative. I had seen vinyl, but none of the greenhouse places mentioned vinyl...

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Part 11: It's Finally Done

11-05-2013 10:21 AM by nitepagan | 8 comments »

I have delayed putting the final touches on the blog, as I wanted to make sure the GH was finished before I finished the write up. The doors, both ends of the GH are identical. This will lend itself to my plans for next years garden and ease of access for watering the plants in the greenhouse. I started looking at the cost of lumber for the doors and ended up deciding that cost was too great, so I ripped a 2×4 into 3/4 inch pieces, the pieces were 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 8R...

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Part 12: Addendum

01-05-2014 11:19 AM by nitepagan | 14 comments »

Oh-Oh, So far we have had a brutal winter, my northern friends have had it a bit tougher. I was going to wait till spring to mention this, but it’s January, I know the sun is starting to get higher in the sky, well at least in my heart it is. But, I should not spare you the events that have happened. So, I am going to spill the beans. We had this ice storm, I had thought we had survived it ok, but when I went out to look, I found the vinyl covering had been torn in several places...

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Part 13: After The Winter

07-11-2014 07:19 AM by nitepagan | 2 comments »

Last winter was devastating on the new greenhouse, the Suntuf panels made it through the winter but not so for the flexible vinyl sheeting. By the end of the winter most of the vinyl panels would be blown out. So this spring, I started striipping the old off and replacing the vinyl with the Suntuf roof panels. At the very bottom of the greenhouse, I put Smart Siding to fill in the last space, Smart Siding is primed T-111 sheeting, which gives good resistance to the weather. I am now ...

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Part 14: March 2015

03-19-2015 10:50 PM by nitepagan | 1 comment »

Well the greenhouse made it through the winter with just a few scratches.Later that day after the snow had melted some.I have survived the winter with an intact greenhouse, On the right end,of the GH, I had partially replaced the plastic with Suntuf panels. The other end is going to be rebuilt and I am planning on another 8 foot section to the greenhouse. I am going to overlap the Suntuf panels so there should be little or no leakage when it rains. The right end will be permanently closed as ...

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