greenhouse diy

Lets build a greenhouse! Best yet, lets build one as a gift, for a special someone we love.

Of course we referred to Ana White for our DIY greenhouse plans (see the link here).

Here is the super cute greenhouse that Ana built (and the one that we are going to build too!):

The family and I set out on our greenhouse DIY adventure this weekend with a goal of having it completed by the weekend of the 16th.  All of the plans and materials needed are posted on Ana’s site for FREE! She’s amazing. We set out to Home Depot to purchase  our supplies.

Ana’s list consisted of the following: (see the highlighted notes, we did not have the tin roofing at our store)

Shopping List:

Materials for 32″ stud walls -

3 – 2×4 @ 10 feet long – use on back wall
5 – 2×4 @ 12 feet long – use on sides/ridgepole DO NOT CUT)
32 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
11 – 12 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panels
1 – 8 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panel (use on door side)
3 – 12 foot long tin panels (use on sides and back) *we purchased house siding, tin panels not available
1 – 8 foot long tin panel (use on front) *not at our store, special order only
Tin screws
28 – 4′ long ribbing strips
L flashing (optional for the corners)


*plywood for making the gussets

*a box of 2″ screws (mostly for the plywood gussets)

We made the mistake of buying corrugated tin paneling from the same area where we purchased the corrugated greenhouse panels. Not the same as tin roofing (oops!).  See that pretty silver stuff on the trailer? Yep, that’s not the right stuff! We returned it and bought regular ole’ house siding instead. The tin roofing was special order at our store, and we wanted to get this project done so we decided that house siding would work just as good (and we can paint it to match the house).

for example:

This is tin paneling. It would have worked for this project but it is not as thick nor is it as sturdy as the tin roofing. Plus, we would have to cut it to fit this project (cutting tin is not our area of expertise).

This is tin roofing. Heavier, and more sturdy. In addition to that it was exact width and lengths as sides of the green house, therefore no cutting necessary (that would’ve been nice).

And here we are gettin busy!

That’s me, making the side walls! Holla!

My little helper!

Our handmade gussets made out of plywood… Ana’s video was very helpful!

Applying the gussets to the beams (glue and 2″ screws)

Lots of beams, oh yeah!!

Making progress!! Whoo-Hoo!

All framed! WOW.

Here is where we’re at of of the end of a 2 day weekend! I can’t believe how much we accomplished. This project, so far, has been relatively easy. We spend about 3.5 hours on Saturday (that includes going to Home Depot and getting our supplies) and about 6 hours on Sunday (including 2 trips to Home Depot and a lunch break).  I do have to mention that we were short one drill. Usually when we build something like this we each have a drill. Unfortunately we were missing one drill (let someone borrow it) so we were left with our cheaper, plug in drill. It all worked out fine but we could have accomplished more with two drills and no cord! But hey, I’m not complaining… look how awesome this has turned out! Can’t wait to finish her off! Whoop! Whoop!

Nothing like a beautiful sunset at the end of a long day.

Until next time,

have a great one!!


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