BC Greenhouse Builders Talk About How to Start Planning for a Greenhouse

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Planning for a greenhouse requires some consideration regarding location, foundation, glazing and heating and cooling. BC Greenhouses offers a few guidelines to help get the process started.

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'One of the best benefits of a greenhouse is that you get to control the outcomes with a bit of experimenting mixed in. Getting back to nature and experiencing the joy of growing is great therapy for a busy life!' says Angela Drake.

BC Greenhouse Builders, North American custom greenhouse manufacturer of hobby, commercial and estate greenhouses is a leading resource for gardeners wanting to take their hobby to the next level.

"We are experiencing an increased interest in gardeners wanting a controlled growing environment both for flowers and fruit and vegetables," says Angela Drake Marketing Director for BC Greenhouse Builders. "Whether it is a lengthy winter, poor soil or deer problems, a greenhouse is a great solution."

The first decision is to select a freestanding or home attached model. Freestanding allows the gardener to select the appropriate site to maximize sunlight exposure and aesthetic appeal. Home attached models offer convenient access to services, good use of yard space and added insulation.

"Home-attached greenhouses are popular because right now, people are trending toward updating or renovating their current home and looking for economical ways to increase their living space," says Drake.

The next consideration is location. Locate the greenhouse so that 6 hours of sunlight per day is available during winter months. Anything less and supplemental grow lights will be required. If possible, align the longest side of your greenhouse to face south. This permits the roof to attract the most amount of sunlight during the day.

And what about foundations? Wood frame or concrete is most common. Wood frames are simple, less expensive and can be moved if necessary. Concrete gives the greenhouse a more permanent look, allows for less movement and is easy to clean and will last for generations.

"People will frequently ask about the benefits of glass over polycarbonate and as you can guess, there are benefits to both," says Drake. "To simplify, the difference really comes down to "form over function". Glass is a traditional glazing used to beautify your yard that gives you the ability to control light transmission with external shading options. Polycarbonate offers built in shading, is maintenance free and virtually unbreakable."

Lastly, some consideration should be given to the strength of the greenhouse.

"Our greenhouses are built for strength and last a lifetime," says Drake. "These structures are significant and can be easily upgraded to hurricane force loads of 140 mph."

The last piece of the puzzle is usually heating and cooling. To determine the best course of action, gardeners must first decide what they would like to grow, what the maximum night time temperature is and the optimum temperature inside the greenhouse.

"We have orchid growers who live in Northern climates that have great success as well as high desert gardeners who are growing citrus in their greenhouse," says Drake. "One of the best benefits of a greenhouse is that the options are endless and you get to control the outcomes with a bit of experimenting mixed in. Getting back to nature and experiencing the joy of growing is great therapy for a busy life!"

For more information on greenhouse foundations, request the free e-book "The Essential Guide to Greenhouse Foundations" today. For more information on greenhouse options, visit BC Greenhouse Builders.

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BC Greenhouse Builders Ltd., North America’s leading greenhouse manufacturer, provides a full range of product lines from economical and functional, hobby and commercial greenhouse kits to complete turn-key luxury estate greenhouses and garden rooms. By incorporating high engineering standards that provide impressive structural strength, the greenhouse structure is unique due to its modular and adaptable design along with the highest capacity for wind and snow loads available on the market today. This family owned and operated business still maintains the high quality standards that were set more than 60 years ago and offers the largest selection of glass and polycarbonate greenhouse to suit all gardening needs, climate and budget.

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