Step 2: Create a Frame

Using the windows you chose as a guide, construct a frame for each wall. Use good lumber for this, as it is the structure that holds all the weight. I used all 2 x 4s for the studs and 4 x 4s for the corner posts. Choose a length that allows at least 14" of the stud to be placed in the ground for support.
<p>you would need alot of windows to make them all match up!</p>
<p>****see my post below****</p><p>Please everyone...Check out my post below...</p><p>look and reply!!</p><p>Enjoy</p><p>Peave</p>
<p>I know I'm only ~8 years late, But it looks like more ventilation is definitely needed...</p>
<p>in mine, some of the windows will open, look above at th pe pic of mine framed out and ready for windows. Andi have roof vents like he does.</p><p>I have a kick ass fan/vent system</p><p>.you are correct!</p><p>peace</p><p>martie</p>
<p>I like the idea but it seems difficult for me :p</p>
<p>amd you're right!</p><p>Look at my photo anove...I paid someone $2,000 in labor for what you see.</p><p>I paid for the materials and I have the windows which I will put in.</p><p>Anyway...thats how I achieved it.</p><p>The rest is up to me.</p><p>Good luck</p><p>Peace</p><p>Martie</p>
<p>hiya..</p><p>(March 2016)</p><p>All replies welcome!</p><p>Here is my greenhouse. It has a poured concrete footing. Its 12x12. </p><p>Water and electric too!</p><p>When growing time snuck up on me last year the windows were not in.</p><p> I wrapped it in plastic and had a veggie/tomato bumper crop growing vertically.</p><p>Its time to get the windows in and I have questions, if you please.</p><p>I still have to frame the front, but the other 3 sides are ready.</p><p>So....</p><p>Did you caulk outside or inside or both? Have you solved your leaking?</p><p>Any tips? It is laid out, framed and ready for my awesome hometown, </p><p>Circa 1900's wood windows.</p><p>Peace!</p><p>martie</p>
<p>i kind of made one ? :)</p>
<p>it's beautiful!</p>
<p>Very nice!</p>
Nice! Great looking cold frame!
<p>Lace sheers would diffuse the sun, where as the window shades completely block it ...just saying</p>
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<p>ahahahah this is great, by far the best use for old windows Ive seen, congrats</p>
<p>This is a very clever use for old windows. Thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>This is really great! I've been wanting to build one of these for a few years now. Just waiting until I move a little further from the city to a place with a larger yard. Thanks for the build!</p>
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Very nice! Plants just love a good hothouse. One thing that you may consider - usind a corrugated translucent fibre rosen or plastic top that is installed on a slant (not flat horizontal) will keep away any problems with a leaky roof why? because the slant of tilt of the roof helps rain to drain or slide off as soon as it touches the roof. You could take this further by creating a rain collecting system so you have ample supplies of gentle rain water to give your plants. Thank you for sharing and conserving otherwise wasted materials. Bravo!<br><br><br>
<p>I've always wanted to do this. Great job.</p>
When our local community gardening group was offered a bunch of windows by a guy who was remodelling an old house, we were told by our local county extension office that building a greenhouse from discarded windows was a bad idea because of the possibility of injury due to broken windows. Greenhouses should be paned with shatterproof substances because regular household window glass could break badly and seriously injure someone inside the greenhouse. Just a caveat.<br />
, you gave me associations to some thriller movie now. Can't remember what it was called, but a lady got &quot;murdered by greenhouse&quot;... I just love the greenhouse here, it is just sooo beautiful! Make me want a mini version for my balcony! Mine wouldn't be a walk-in model though, but rather a &quot;closet&quot; version... :)
<p>Wasn't that Rebecca de Mornay?</p>
<p>yep...the hand that rocks the cradle and it was Julianne Moore that was killed by the glass panes in the greenhouse...</p>
I'm sure the name of the movie is &quot;The hand that rocks the cradle.&quot;
A warning about single pane ordinary glass hazards is warranted, <strong>BUT...</strong><br> <br> There should be no regulation preventing the use of used windows with single pane, single or double strength glass.<br> <br> I to am in the process of trying to collect enough old windows to build a greenhouse of a reasonably usable size.<br> <br> In the meantime, I got really lucky when a couple of neighbors replaced their large &quot;patio&quot; sliding glass doors.&nbsp; They&nbsp;each consisted of TWO glass panels [one fixed and the other sliding], giving me FOUR large double glazed&nbsp;[insulating] panels.<br> <br> And the REALLY good thing about them is that they are both made with TEMPERED glass which is genrally much stronger, AND IF broken, shatters into hundreds of small &quot;pebble-like,&quot; pea gravel sized pieces which are not as dangerous as the shards from broken ordinary glass.<br> <br> Not yet having enough windows collected to build a greenhouse, I used the 4 double insulated panels to make four COLD FRAMES,&nbsp; which work great.&nbsp; Because of&nbsp;being double pane insulated panels, they each are very heavy, but with proper [ergonomically speaking] handles and automatic [gravity-pendelum action] prop rods, they are managable.<br> <br> I made the cold frame bases of treated 2x4 framing, with the cavities filled with discarded Styrofoam sheeting&nbsp;[picked up wherever found discarded], covered with 1/2 inch treated plywood on the outside, and 1/2 inch untreated, but exterior grade,&nbsp;plywood on the inside.&nbsp; I then lined the interior walls with a construction&nbsp;water barrier film&nbsp;to give some limited protection to&nbsp;the plywood.&nbsp; To facilitate replacement of the interior plywood wall panels if it should ever be needed, I assembled the entire structure&nbsp;with Galvanized drywall screws.<br> <br> Before varnishing, I carefully caulked all exterior crevices that might allow entry of weather [wind or water].&nbsp; Finally, ALL outside wood exposed to weather was sealed with a properly applied [per label directions]&nbsp;triple coat of Polyurethane Varnish.<br> <br> Unfortunately, I have no photos, AND have sold both cold frames a few years back.&nbsp; A&nbsp;&quot;out-of-towner&quot; guy&nbsp;made me an offer I couldn't refuse [$500 each], and so I've got to start over in the process of collecting tempered glass double insulated panels.
Yes glass breaks. Put some gloves and safety glasses in and mindful that it shatters. Once long ago there was a land without plastic and practicality reigned supreme. Anyway you can X tape them to control the breakage.
<p>hi, yes breakage is always a consideration when working with glass. I have old windows, some of which are still in my house LOL.... Until they get replaced, I strengthened them with 3M clear packing tape. I just cleaned the window glass &amp; then laid down strips of the tape over it, with a slight overlap at edges. Most bubbles pressed out but some persisted until I pricked them with a pin, then I could press them out. These are going to be replaced &amp; I did this on the &quot;storm windows&quot; which get put over the regular windows every fall &amp; taken down every spring. I do plan to re-purpose those &quot;storms&quot; when we replace those windows with something a LOT more efficient, as we have the others. A little at a time, ya know? ...anyway I wanted the protective clear film one can simply trim to size &amp; lay over the glass (it's adhesive-backed) but could not find any in my area. The strips of packing tape were a compromise.</p>
that is why many use clear corrugated plastic sheeting for the roof, and windows for the walls. This also helps create moddled lighting as most plants prefer that to full sun and it will greatly decrease the odds of them burning, especially in a higher ambient humidity. :)
I have three greenhouse, and used regular windows for the construction. They have been in use now for more than 11 years, and with only five broken window panes. One from Hurricane Opal, the other four normal accidents that would have broken just about any window.
my sisters inlaws had a green house two people used for years and years....no such problems except weather and age...breaking windows...They even had dogs and cats around.<br>
Gotta love the Nanny State....
[shrugs] not saying we didn't still use the windows! but people should have all the information when looking at a project so that they can make an informed decision.
They shouldn't have scared you like that. In Chicago we have many turn of the century greenhouses still in operation using mainly mainly single paned glass. <br />
<p>Awesome green house, thanks for the idea &amp; instruction. My will be much small but still used all your instructions.</p>
<p>brilliant! thank you for such detailed instructions, I am hoping to make a conservatory out of old windows lol</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing! I love it!</p>
<p>Just scored a few big windows today for my own version of this. Thanks for all the tips!</p>
<p>Okay, I see there is more directions...(duh). So you are saying you exchanged the roof for windows for more light. I like the gutter idea..I have a bunch of them so its great I can use them.</p>
<p>Cheft: could you be more explanatory about the foundation. I see in the pic, you have two boards attached to the 4x4. Did you leave them Both in? How did you attach the windows? Hinges? Screws? I have been collecting windows and want to do this, this summer. I am going to attach it on one side to a garage...any suggestions? </p>
<p> ABSOLUTELY AWESOME !!!!!!!! Love the reuse aspect. </p>
<p>Another good source for old windows is Freecycle.org - you join one of the online groups that's in your own community - I moderate the one for Storrs CT. It's free. On these sites, you ask for/offer items. Always free. I see old windows offered on my site every month or so. And if you post a &quot;Wanted&quot; - you might just inspire someone to part with old windows sitting in their garage, barn, etc.</p>
<p>my husband and i have been collecting glass doors and old windows in hopes to build something very similar to this!! awesome inspiration!! absolutely love it! can't wait for spring so we can start on ours! woohoo! (wow - sorry about all the exclamation points, but this kind of stuff gets me excited. LOL) :o)</p>
Great idea my wife mentioned this earlier tonight and look what pops up while browsing. Well I started collecting window tonight and hop to be able to get some better weather to work on this in my project garage and have it ready to go by spring. Living and gardening in MN make for some tough to do winter projects but I always mange to pull it off. Thanks for a good set set of plans and how to's they may come in handy.
Look, you're an inspiration! <br>See how awesome you are? <br>http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/young-couple-quit-jobs-build-glass-house-500-204553074.html
Inspirational stuff! I want something similar but smaller and probably a fair bit simpler in my own garden and this has given me lots of ideas. Many thanks

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