Our newest project is a lean-to greenhouse attached to the South side of the barn. The idea for the greenhouse is to be able to start all of my seeds indoors early enough in the season and then transplant them outside when the weather warms up. I am also planning on growing my tomatoes in the greenhouse all season long as well as a few other fruits and herbs. The first thing we needed to decide was what type of greenhouse we wanted to build. There are 3 main options. There is the stand-alone traditional greenhouse, a lean-to, and a geo-dome. As much as we love the geo-dome the cost was not something we could do at the moment and after a lot of research Ty decided trying to build one on our own would be extremely time consuming. So we chose to build a lean-to. There were a few reasons we chose a lean-to versus a stand alone.
- It was more cost-effective. You are essentially only building half of a greenhouse.
- Because it is attached to the barn it will stay better insulated than a stand-alone.
- It is accessible through the barn door so I will not have to go outside to enter it. A plus when there is a few feet of snow on the ground.
- It needs to be South facing and while the location is ideal there is not a ton of space in this area so a lean-to was the best fit.
Ty was able to draw up the plans in CAD and used a few different resources to plan slope and height. As for size we walked outside and marked off a 10×10 area. As I walked around the space I decided if we could go a little bigger we should. So we ended up pushing the length out to 20ft which seemed more reasonable for what we are trying to do with the space. One thing I have read many times is that if you can afford to go bigger from the start, do it. We did have to get a permit for the building but it was a relatively easy process. We are now in the construction phase and it is going up pretty quickly. I will talk about the type of heating we will be using in my next post. Stay tuned!