C. Meton

Greenhouse / Shed Project 2012-2013

I enjoy gardening (except for the hassle with Bermuda Grass) and I wanted a greenhouse for starting garden plants.

Two by four lumber staged on concrete slab
Wall studs and plates staged on the concrete slab.
The flexible PVC pipe is a "sleeve" that goes under ground back to the house for routing plumbing for hydroponics.
Begin framing of first wall
Beginning framing of the first wall.
Mico the cat inspecting wall plate
Mico the cat inspecting a wall plate.
I used pressure-treated lumber for the plates.
At the right edge of the photo, the flexible PVC pipe is barely visible protruding through the plate. This is for routing water plumbing for the greenhouse.
Two walls framed and propped up
Two walls framed and propped up.
Electrical conduit comes through the wall plate
Electrical conduit also comes through the wall plate.
Four walls framed
Four walls framed.
Ceiling joists added
Ceiling joists added.
Lumber cut and stacked for roof joists
Lumber cut and stacked for roof joists.
The roof is a gambrel design based on a regular octogon.
I used trigonometry to calculate the angles at which to cut the segments of the roof trusses.
See kiddies, you can use Mathematics in real life.
Trusses assembled for the gambrel roof
Trusses assembled for the gambrel roof.
This also shows the jig I built for assembling the trusses.
The segments of the trusses are joined with wafer board on both sides, Liquid Nails construction adhesive, and 36 number 4 nails at each joint.
Professional roofers installing my roof trusses
Professional carpenters/roofers installing my roof trusses.
I hired professionals for this part because I didn't think I could handle installation of the trusses and roof alone and still have it come out looking good.
(It is a good thing to know your limits.)
Professionals installing roof sheathing, felt fabric, metal flashing, and shingles
Pros installing roof sheathing, felt fabric, metal flashing, and shingles.
Roof almost done
With the roof almost done, the shed is starting to take on the intended, barn shape.
The ceiling viewed from inside
The ceiling viewed from inside.
I notched the bottoms of the trusses so that they would lock onto the inside of the top plates.
Painting the studs where the windows will be
Painting the studs where the windows will be.
This also shows tar paper at bottom of walls to separate the concrete slab from the wooden walls.
Windows and siding installed
Windows and siding installed.
Whirlybird ventilator and chicken weather vane installed
Whirlybird ventilator and chicken weather vane installed.
Closeup of weather vane
Closeup of the weather vane.  (It had to be a chicken!)
It's a cheap weather vane: steel painted to look like copper. I'll have to repaint it every few years and lubricate the weather vane and lubricate the anemometer.
Finished greenhouse painted gray to match the house
Finished greenhouse painted to match the house.
Some said I should have painted it "barn red."
Weather vane and bird house attached
My barn-shaped greenhouse with weather vane and bird house attached.
 


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