How to Install a Greenhouse

Written by bailey shoemaker richards | 13/05/2017

Installing a greenhouse for your home, garden or agricultural needs can be a major boon for your planting season as well as increase the amount of time you have to spend gardening. Greenhouses are especially useful for gardeners who have mobility limitations. Placing a greenhouse on your property is simple, but there are a few important steps that need to be taken before you can begin working on your greenhouse.

Get a building permit before starting any work on a permanent greenhouse. Miniature and indoor greenhouses do not require permits, but outdoor greenhouses that are anchored to the ground need a permit from your local building department.

Select a site for your greenhouse. It may be helpful to have a contractor, architect or builder hired at this point so that the best site for your greenhouse can be chosen. Level the ground if necessary.

Pick a site for your greenhouse that receives four to six hours of direct sunlight every day and has available electricity for heaters and lights.

Choose a design and size for your greenhouse. Greenhouse kits are available, which come with blueprints and greenhouse plans.

Hire a builder or contractor to dig a hole for the foundation and put up the structure and panes of your greenhouse. Or use a greenhouse kit to build your own, following the directions on the kit.

Things you need

  • Permit
  • Contractor
  • Builder
  • Greenhouse kit

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