Greenhouse Project: A Peek Inside

Greenhouse Project: A Peek Inside

Today’s peek into my greenhouse project is just one little picture, but it’s a view from the inside out. The biggest windows have been installed but, as you will see in the picture, need a thorough cleaning and painting. The misty haze on the panes is due to too much time spent outdoors under the effects of the weather.  Dirt and grime have accumulated but I’m confident that they will clean up nicely like the smaller windows did. These two are 6′ tall by 7′ wide and still need a little leveling. Initially I measured the windows and allowed a little over 1/2 inch of extra space to play with on the windows. When we started to fit them we discovered a little mistake, OK big really.  The bottom of each window was beveled and I made my first measurements from the short end.  This meant that we had to trim a piece off the wood frame in order for it to fit. It was a pain to fit the panes but we had plenty of wood to trim with room to spare. The old dirty windows remind me of an old conservatory.
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Taken at 6:49 AM on a cloudy November morning. It’s very bright when the sun chooses to shine!

In the back are two open spaces for windows that will swing outward. I’ve also hooked up one side of the back door but need to do some custom fitting work to get the other side pieced together. A peek up toward the back roof area will reveal the “skylight” made from two storm door windows.  I have some serious caulking to do to make them air and water tight. It’s not the windows that are leaking as much as it is around the window framing. I’ll come back and fit some flashing around them when I can.
It’s very exciting to start to see the sides piecing together.  Yesterday I worked inside the greenhouse for a little while and was able to do all my wood cutting in there. With the walls on the long sides completely covered I didn’t have to deal with the wind that came through the yard. It was very cool to be working inside the greenhouse for the first time.  I can’t wait to get the doors all put together!


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. It is a very big project and is coming along most nicely.

  2. Thanks!

    Being inside it for a little while make me realize how much room I'll have to grow plants. Still lots to do and a whole lot of caulking…a while lot of caulking!

    1. Hey I saw the pictures of your shed last night in other website, and then all morning Ive been looking for your website and cant find it till I found this, but its only two pictures.. i know you have a different website that you built from ground up.. can you tell me which website to go to?

  3. Those are quite lovely. I've always wanted a greenhouse from reclaimed windows. I'm getting one vicariously through you 🙂

    Perhaps someday I'll get Mr Chiots to build one for me.

  4. Oh Dave, it's just delicious!!! The large windows are fabulous and give so much light. I hear you about the sun shining, maybe today, maybe not. I know you are having too much fun in there already. Think of the fun to come! 🙂

  5. Dave, I love those large windows! We are in the process of deciding about where we can put a greenhouse, and after seeing what you have done, am more anxious about getting it done.

  6. Wow Dave, your new windows look just incredible! I can't wait to see what you do when you start putting plants in there!!!

  7. Wow Dave, your new windows look just incredible! I can't wait to see what you do when you start putting plants in there!!!

  8. What wonderful progress you've made — I love those windows with their multi-panes. Can't wait to see the finished project!

  9. You are going to have fun this winter, Dave! Your greenhouse is looking fabulous!

  10. I know you will be happy when it is finished. Hazy windows are good for a greenhouse.

  11. Dave,

    This is going to be a wonderful greenhouse.

    I don't know what type of roofing you have in mind for the top but if you want to really seal up the leaks around the windows on the roof, you might look into Eternabond. It is a commerical sealer in a tape form that is very inexpensive for one 50 ft roll. You can get it in white or black (don't know about other colors). I've used it for projects and if applied properly, works beautifully and lasts for many years. It is used to seal the seams of flat roofs on commercial buildings so you know it is sturdy and long lasting.

    Can't wait to see your finished greenhouse.


  12. Dave, It sure is looking fantastic~~what would a project be without one or two miss-measurements!

    It's going to be a great greenhouse.

  13. Dirt or not on the windows they look fabulous. Can't wait to see the final project.

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