Greenhouse Project: In The Front

Greenhouse Project: In The Front

Here’s a quick look at the front of the greenhouse. My idea is to have the front side or the view from the house appear to be a small cottage in the backyard. The windows on the front were originally from one sliding window that I separated into 2 approximately 20 inch wide windows.  I say approximately because one is slightly larger than the other but most likely no one except those I tell (like you!) will know.

Between the windows the French doors that are currently resting on the corners of the greenhouse will be installed.  The gable areas were left open while I deliberated about what I wanted there. I ran through a few ideas and managed to put together some of what will be installed there.  It involves 4 small 12″ x 9″ windows that were panes I removed from another window. The window was falling into pieces but the glass was in great shape. Since the window actually had 8 panes of glass I’m planning on making the small glass windows into double pane windows. There’s no way I can come close to a factory built vacuum sealed double paned window but any air space between the outside and the inside will improve the insulation ability of the window.

What still needs done on the front of the greenhouse:
  • Install the French doors.
  • Attach some sort of lock for the windows.
  • Trim the door area.
  • Finish the windows for the gable and panel it with plywood.
  • Cover the greenhouse front with trim. 
  • And something special I just came up with! Stay tuned to see, it may be several posts away!


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. That is one spectacular greenhouse. Can't wait to see it when it's done.

  2. Gosh, it is so nice! You could use plastic to insulate the windows until you get them the way you want them.

  3. Kerry,

    I have the exact same sentiment! I can't wait to use it!


    Thanks! there's still a lot to do though. My main goal is to get it enclosed so I can move stuff from the garage in. I've never had a garage, just a storage warehouse room!


    That's a good idea! I was thinking of insulating with clear plastic over all the windows each winter for added heat insulation. I do plan to add weather stripping and try to seal up every window as best as I can.

  4. Wonderful and soon it will be complete! gail

  5. It is simply marvelous, Dave! Might I suggest window boxes or benches of some kind, or planters below each of the front windows? It looks cottage like already and your glass pane additions will add even more light too. I want to advise about the skylight plans, that you will need a rubber membrane type thing, old pond liner perhaps? around them that goes up the sides of the frames, very important! 🙂

  6. Ooh, I'm so jealous! I would love to have one. The fact that you're making one to look like a cottage is even better. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  7. Dave, this is wonderful! I can't help but envision what you MIGHT do as it evolves! 🙂 Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving celebration – will you be with family? (I will not be on the computer for a few days, starting Saturday or Sunday…)

  8. Thanks OFB and Gail!


    I'll see what i can do around the skylight. The pond liner is a good idea I've got a few options thanks to commenter suggestions to seal things up. Window boxes and benches sound like nice ideas! The girls would love them, one window box for each.


    We definitely wanted something that would be a feature rather than just function which is why we liked the cottage look. I can't wait either!


    You have a great Thanksgiving too! We'll be visiting family but they are in the area so there's not much travel needed. I have all kinds of ideas for what I can do with this building once it's complete!


    I definitely happy with the progress, although I wish more if it was complete!

  9. It is so much fun to watch a project progress…it looks wonderful! Can't wait to see the finished product, Kim

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