How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows Feat

How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

Can you turn something old into something new?

Yes, you can and here is a great way to recycle the old style windows.

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The following is a basic guide on how to make a greenhouse out of windows.

What You Will Need

How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows what you will need

1- Plan to collect two pair of equal sides of windows.

Look around for some old windows and save all of them that you can. Whenever you have a lot, lay them down and then try to match both sides with the same size windows. If you have holes of about 2 or 3 inches then don’t worry about it, you can easily cover it with some wood. If you have smaller holes they can easily be replaced with smaller cuts of glass or either you can fill them with something else. Make sure that on one side you leave a space to put the door. And one of the other side for a fan.
Look around for some old windows and save all of them that you can. Whenever you have a lot, lay them down and then try to match both sides with the same size windows. If you have holes of about 2 or 3 inches then don’t worry about it, you can easily cover it with some wood. If you have smaller holes they can easily be replaced with smaller cuts of glass or either you can fill them with something else. Make sure that on one side you leave a space to put the door. And one of the other side for a fan.

2- Shape the frame

With the windows you have, create a guide and construct the frame for each of the four walls. Always just some decent wood for this. This is what will hold all of the weight from the windows. A good idea is to use some 2 by 4s for the studs and some 4 by 4s for the posts on the corner. Use a length that will let 14” of the stud to be inside the ground to support all of the weight.
With the windows you have, create a guide and construct the frame for each of the four walls. Always just some decent wood for this. This is what will hold all of the weight from the windows. A good idea is to use some 2 by 4s for the studs and some 4 by 4s for the posts on the corner. Use a length that will let 14” of the stud to be inside the ground to support all of the weight.

3- Brace the walls

To brace the walls, you need to start putting up the walls. Be sure you are bracing them well enough so that they will not tip over. Make sure they are level also.
To brace the walls, you need to start putting up the walls. Be sure you are bracing them well enough so that they will not tip over. Make sure they are level also.

4- Secure the foundation

Just so you can advert those silly building permits that may be needed, think about building the foundation low enough and the shed height too, so that you do not need to pour any concrete. One idea that you could use, is to use some cinder blocks to help secure the 4 by 4 posts.
Just so you can advert those silly building permits that may be needed, think about building the foundation low enough and the shed height too, so that you do not need to pour any concrete. One idea that you could use is to use some cinder blocks to help secure the 4 by 4 posts.

5- Place the windows on

To place the windows to the frame, use some deck screws. This will let the removal and replacement be easy if it is needed.
To place the windows to the frame, use some deck screws. This will let the removal and replacement be easy if it is needed.

6- Make the floor

Use some rocks or stones for the floor. They are good a draining and storing heat.
Use some rocks or stones for the floor. They are good a draining and storing heat.

7- Construct the roof

When trying to make a greenhouse out of some old windows, make sure you are using some lightweight and waterproof material. Always keep in mind that you need to have open ventilation and to build with a slanted roof at 4 degrees. If you do not, then the rain will not come down properly.
When trying to make a greenhouse out of some old windows, make sure you are using some lightweight and waterproof material. Always keep in mind that you need to have open ventilation and to build with a slanted roof at 4 degrees. If you do not, then the rain will not come down properly.

8- Adding the shelf and the fan

Use something like a bench table and an old fan for this.
Use something like a bench table and an old fan for this.

9- Paint and caulk the greenhouse

When you are ready to caulk your greenhouse, you need to make sure that you use outdoor caulk. Seal the holes and crack that are between the windows. You would next, paint the wood. This is protecting it from mother nature.
When you are ready to caulk your greenhouse, you need to make sure that you use outdoor caulk. Seal the holes and crack that are between the windows. You would next, paint the wood. This is protecting it from mother nature.

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