Barn Style Greenhouse

Last fall my husband surprised me by telling me that he was going to build me a green house. He knew that I have wanted one for a while but we just never got around to getting one set up until now. I really did not have an idea of what I wanted. He looked online at several styles and decided on this Barn Style Greenhouse from Ana White. He showed me the plans and I really did not get around to reading the plans; I just looked at the picture. I was expecting something around 4 or 5 feet. Nope! The green house size ended up around a 10×12 feet!


The plans did not include a door design. I wanted a half-door so I could leave the door open and not have the chickens come in and eat all my plants. He came up with this one. We did include a latch on the front to lock the top and bottom together. We did find a small flaw. The opening in the plans for the door is not a standard door size. We had to build the door to fit the opening, which is how I ended up with a Dutch Door . The door frame needs to be adjusted if a standard door will be used in the plans.

It was an easy plan to follow. The plans were designed to use 12 feet boards so there is very minimal cutting. The bottom of the frame was put together first and this is the part that was the easiest. It is made of all treated 2×4 feet boards.


The next part was a little more challenging. It was not difficult to put together. We just had to think of some ways to put the ends together. The plans advise making gussets but I really did not want those so we decided to use metal plates on the front of the greenhouse. There are plates installed on front and back of frame.

Remember if an adjustment is made to the door frame; this section will need to be adjusted too. I think building a door would be easier than changing cutting patterns of this section.

greenhouse-4.gifNote my compost bin beside the greenhouse – perfect spot. You can find my post about composting with this Link.

The next step included the back section, middle beam and middle rafter.

greenhouse-3.gif*The girls (chickens) are ready to come out and investigate.

The final step in building the frame – building and installing all the rafters.


The next section included installing clear plastic for the top. The 12 foot length was a blessing at this point. We did not have to cut the plastic on the length. We did have to cut the plastic for the front and back but it was not many cuts. We decided to wait until it was warmer to decided on ventilation and airflow.


We used metal roofing for the bottom of the greenhouse. We have a local company here that cut the pieces to size that I needed.

greenhouseThe girls are looking for treats (worms, grubs or whatever they can scratch up)

We had extra lumber that turned into a shelf for me. This was a surprise from my husband too. It is a perfect level. We only put a shelf on this side. I plan to use the other side for larger plants.  We installed 2 small windows toward the back for airflow and 2 vents in the top as well.


It still gets really hot in there now; the temperature has been reaching about 115-120 F. It is the first part of May and living in southern parts of Alabama – it’s always warm. I was able to start my seeds in here in early spring for my garden. I will be able to continue to grow in the greenhouse come this fall and winter.


Update on Office

We are still working on our office. This is an update to my earlier post of Updated Office. Now we are adding the final touches to the room. We still need to install the shelves (we meaning my husband will put them where I tell him I want them) on the wall and I have finally decided what I want. I will put the shelves scattered on the wall – maybe different lengths. I know I am going to use the same stain that was used for the desktops – Rust – Oleum Stain in Kona. This is a dark stain and I like it the most because it was a chocolate-brown undertone instead of a red undertone. I only used one coat of stain. We still need to touch up the braces but I will do that when I paint the braces for shelves. The braces and trim are painted the same color – Valspar in Du Jour. desk

The paint we used on the walls is Valspar in Puppy Paws. This color was decided after many months of looking at samples on my wall. I truthfully  was at the point of mixing all the paint samples together to come up with one.

I brought in a blue color by painting the doors. I used Sherwin Williams in Tradewind for this. I really like this blue. I actually painted the inside of the front door this color. room

I need to add drapery as well. I will concentrate on this blue color for the fabric. I will keep making updates as we get things finished.

Updated Office – in progress

A new coat of paint sometimes is all that is needed to update a room but sometimes things turn into a bigger project. We finally decided to update our office after many years of looking at the same walls and sitting at the same desks. This is also why I have not made many blog posts.

Painting the walls has not happened yet. I got a wild hair about 10 years ago and decided to put a glaze on the walls. I thought this was a neat idea until halfway through. About this time I was thinking “Why Me?” My daughters at the time thought it was so much fun.

The walls had to be sanded before any painting. I also filled holes that was in walls too. This had to be done prior to painting Kilz on the walls. I had to cover up the glaze on the walls. We found several cracks that needed repair when we sanded the walls. These will need to be fixed first. Office Before 1

I have a couple of plans for this room. I will be attaching a L-shaped desk on the wall. I will be installing shelves on the wall. I did stain the wood for desk a chocolate-brown and several coats of polyurethane. I will stain the shelves and brackets the same color. Office Desktop

The walls will be a light brown and I plan on bringing a light blue color in the accessories. I will post updates on this room.