30 + Greenhouses Made From Old Windows and Doors – Plus More…

Are you missing out on the fun of greenhouse gardening – growing anything you like, from annuals to orchids, all year ’round – because you fear the cost?

Or because you think it would take more time than you can spare? Or because you don’t believe that you have a suitable spot for a greenhouse anyway?

Here’s a news flash: greenhouses can “be bought” for the price of a good flat screen television. Greenhouses come in all sizes and shapes suitable for any home property.

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A greenhouse can make growing so much more fun. However, a backyard greenhouses can be expensive to buy new.

Expense does not stop some people from having their greenhouse.

Reduce cost significantly by upcycling, recycling and reclaiming old windows and doors. Need some ideas? We found a collection of 30 plus home greenhouses made from old doors and windows – great for ideas and possibilities!

Check out the collection via InspirationGreen

Another “How To” Greenhouse Design Using Old Windows

If you are into making things with your hands, recycling, gardening, and the wonderful feeling of self-accomplishment, this post will teach you had to build a custom greenhouse out of found materials for a fraction of the cost of a “new” greenhouse.

The design is based on “found” windows. If it’s a framed window, you can use it.

There’s a small amount of construction ability involved, but very basic, and if you follow the step by step guide provided even the most novice of builders can do it. Details on a greenhouse from old windows via instructables

Build Your Own Add-On or Kitchen Greenhouse


A greenhouse is a key to having some “food independence, ” but a home greenhouse is often considered only a luxury few can afford.

Reasonably priced ready made units are available. If they are too expensive, you would be surprised what you can build from salvaged materials.

Mother Earth News has details on “building a kitchen greenhouse. Since we’re on the topic of “old greenhouses” or upcycling, we need to remember the past with these abandoned greenhouses.


Have you noticed the urban exploring trend taking off?

People exploring abandoned urban buildings looking for beauty in decay?

If that fascinates you, check out this fantastic blog post by Messy Nessy at messynessychic.com showcasing amazing photographs from all over the world of abandoned greenhouses.

The overgrown foliage and decade old buildings combine for a genuinely unusual sight.

The history, stories, architecture, designs, people feed, entertained and employed never to be repeated.

The piece gave me much to reflect on. Check out the full article via messynessychic.com

Building A 300 Square Foot Hoop Greenhouse For Under 500 Dollars

This comprehensive guide will show you everything needed to build your own 300 square foot windproof Hoop House.

This project is great for those looking to add a greenhouse to their home and keep costs low. The article claims less than $500.

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To build… a site must be selected that is suited for the hoop house and you’ll also need to prepare the soil.

The hoop house requires lumber for the frame and pvc pipe for the hoop elements and thick (but not too thick) plastic sheeting for the cover. All the details you need are at the link below:

Once done it will be time to fill the greenhouse with plants of your choice.

Build 300 Sq Ft Windproof Hoop House

Year Round Growing in Underground Greenhouses

Underground gardens are built three to five feet into the ground and can host a variety of fruits and vegetables. Growing a garden at home ensures that vegetables are fresh and natural so that living a healthy life is possible.

Growing an underground garden is a great alternative for those who live in areas where the weather varies throughout the year.

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Underground greenhouses are helpful in the fact that vegetables can grow comfortably all year long. It gives homeowners options even when they live in areas where the weather is not consistent all year long.

The greenhouses are built a few feet into the ground. It’s great to have another option to consider when considering growing a home garden.

Home gardens ensure that you know where your food is coming from and that it is safe and pesticide free, if so desired. More at this link: Underground Greenhouses

If an “underground greenhouse” seems way out, it is not new. Many greenhouses in the late 1800s and early 1900s were built in a similar fashion. A more “modern” method would be building a greenhouse in a pool.

Is BuildIng a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse For Real?

Ever want to make something out of all those empty plastic bottles? Think recycling isn’t good enough? Make a greenhouse! Yes, a fully functional, full scale greenhouse.

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Thanks to the people at goodshomedesign.com, here is a step-by-step instructional article with pictures on how to make your own outdoor greenhouse using entirely used plastic bottles.

Below is video of some students from Georgia Southern building a greenhouse out of soda bottles.


The question I have is NOT if it can be done, but how long the bottles will hold up under the sunlight, before breaking down.

See the full article via goodshomedesign.com

How To Build A Mini Indoor Greenhouse

For the craftsman looking to create their own greenhouse, this is the perfect project.

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A series of well documented steps will lead you to the creation of an amazing home gardening structure.

This enclosed greenhouse will amaze your friends and family once your plants are happily growing inside.

The swinging roof door adds easy access to your growing garden. Learn more about this interesting do it yourself project at:

Build Indoor Greenhouse Project

How To Make A Greenhouse From A Carport Frame

Adding a greenhouse to your backyard does not need to be a costly, time consuming venture running into the 1,000’s of dollars.

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Here is a tutorial where they took a standard carport frame that lost it’s cover and turned it into a wonderful greenhouse for about $250.

“This was a standard 10’X20’ Costco carport that had lost it’s cover. We purchased it for $50. They seem to be flimsy, and maybe that’s what causes the tarp covers to tear. We decided to beef up this one by attaching the bottom of the posts to some pressure treated 2”X6” boards. Actually, the first step was to level the ground area about 15’X25’.”

I’ve made some small greenhouses with frames similar to a carport and they will need to be “beefed up”, but they make a fine greenhouse for home use. Some growers now are opting for grow tents for growing indoors.

The tutorial has some good images and details on the whole project. Great way to get started! More at: Jerry’s Carport Tube Greenhouse.

How To Turn A Trampoline Into a Greenhouse!

Here’s an interesting greenhouse project. Heather from HowSheDoes.com captured how her in-laws converted an old trampoline into a greenhouse.

Do you have an old trampoline the kids are no longer using? Click on the link below for the trampoline to greenhouse transformation.

Trampoline Into a Greenhouse!

Turn A Trampoline Into A Polytunnel Greenhouse “Start to Finish”



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