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How to Install a Greenhouse

Updated February 21, 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'll Need

  • Permit
  • Contractor
  • Builder
  • Greenhouse kit
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About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.