Build Your Own Garden Greenhouse
If you're trying to build a greenhouse to fit into a particular location, this garden greenhouse design is just the thing that you are looking for. This greenhouse was constructed by a retired contractor who enjoys growing his own vegetables. Robert was looking for a way to build a structure to protect his plants and came across Kee Klamp fittings. Kee Klamp fittings are galvanized metal fittings that allow you to build tubular metal structures without the need for welding.
Here are three steps to take in order to build your own garden greenhouse.
1) Design the Structure of the Greenhouse
As we already mentioned, you do not have to stick to standard dimensions. Because you are using Kee Klamp, you can tailor the greenhouse to fit perfectly into your environment. Measure out the dimensions of the area you want to cover with the greenhouse. From there you can decide how much pipe you need to order.
Robert's greenhouse was about 18 feet long, 10 feet wide and about 7 feet tall.
Make sure you give the roof enough slope, so that the water does not stagnate in the plastic that will be draped over the structure.
2) Determine and Gather Your Materials
Now that you've come up with a plan, you can begin to figure out what lengths of pipe you are going to need. Robert had the pipe for his roof bent, but if you don't want to bend pipe you can use a fitting instead. Determine what lengths of pipe that you need and what fittings will be required. Check out the wide variety of tubular fittings that are available. At the bottom of this article you'll find a list of fittings that Robert used to construct his greenhouse.
If you need assistance with your design, reach out to our projects team. They will help you come up with a complete list of materials based on your measurements and sketches.
Order your materials right here on this site. We can provide you with the fittings and the pipe. You can pick up the plastic you need to cover the structure at a local home-store.
3) Put Everything Together and Make Your Greenhouse
Now here's a warning, this is going to be really simple! If you were hoping for something complex, sorry! The only tool that you need for assembly is an Allen wrench. We recommend using a socket set version. It makes it easier to connect and adjust the fittings. Order your pipe pre-cut to length, or cut your pipe on site. If you cut pipe on site, a pipe vise and portable pipe ban saw come in very handy!
Get started by putting together the pipe and fittings for the roof of the greenhouse. Once you have the roof together, you can lift it into the air a corner at a time, inserting the upright pipes as you go. Having a friend to help you at this point is a really good idea -- it will allow you to work more safely and efficiently.
Be sure to stabilize your greenhouse. After you put on the cover, the wind can catch the structure if it is not properly anchored. You can secure the structure by anchoring the upright pipes into the ground. If the structure is permanent then consider using concrete. If you want to be able to take the greenhouse down or move the structure then consider using base flanges that can be staked into the ground.
Robert sealed his structure into concrete blocks that were poured into the ground.
An Ideal Garden Greenhouse
Building with Kee Klamp fittings allows you to build a durable structure that is unique to you. Building a greenhouse yourself will probably be cheaper and certainly offer better quality than standard pre-fabricated greenhouses. Of course all the fittings and pipe are galvanized so the whole metal structure will withstand the test of the elements!
Reach out to us if you need assistance and have fun building in ways that you never thought possible!