My Greenhouse Dream Came True - Timberframe Style
My love for plants came from my Momma. Growing up Momma always had houseplants and we had a veggie garden that we all worked in. We had some flowers in front of the house, but Momma swore she couldn't have anything for us. It either got mowed down, run over by the cars or chewed up by the dog. I was always curious about flowers and trees and bushes that bloom. One of my chores growing up was to water the vines in the house and the flowers in front of the house. I used to love taking care of the plants and I knew every bud, and flower on them. I loved picking bouquets and I was always getting in trouble for taking all the blooms. We used to talk about how fun it would be to have a greenhouse and be able to have all the flowers and veggies you want and a seating area so we could hang out with friends. The fascination with blooms and their smells never left me and I am so thankful that I never gave up on my dream.
My Momma passed away in 2007 so she never got to see my Greenhouse or help me with the plans. I like to think that she would dig it as much as I do. We completed the build of it last May 2017 and I worked on the inside the remainder of the year. This year I will be working on the exterior plantings and taking care of all my plants I will have inside.
Here is how the plan unfolded.
I started out by keeping pictures that had things I liked or would definitely want in my Greenhouse. I would collect quite a few pictures and then I would clean them out. I would go thru and cut things out and tape to the picture or write notes, etc. I did this for nine years. In the end there was one picture I had ripped from Southern Living Magazine 2008 that remained with me until the final stages of planning. It was more of a Dream Garden Room, but this picture was just like I would see my greenhouse in my dreams.
This is the type exterior I wanted but to leave natural.
Once we had picked our Architect for our house I began discussions with him about my dream. I took him the pictures I saved and we began planning. We knew we were going to use timbers from our land for the greenhouse build too, so immediately it made sense to build the greenhouse alongside our house build utilizing the equipment on site and having the timbers cut and delivered at the same time. I gave the Architect a list of must haves:
I wanted to be able to have two large wooden shelves on each side to sit plants and work space. I would like a walk thru the middle big enough to roll a wheelchair thru. My husband and I have both been in wheelchairs and it sucks knowing you can't go somewhere cause you won't fit. I also wanted to have one of the ends open so I could have some chairs or a bistro for a comfy spot to relax. I wanted big windows that slide open and a double door on one end so it is easier to navigate in and out. My Architect was so good to work with. We spent time in the beginning talking about things that we really like and styles and colors. This put him in the right direction for the design phase. The work had already begun to clear some trees for our House. Once the timbers were cut, our excavator graded and stacked each tree according to length and species.
We were able to use White, Red and Chestnut Oak in the build. There was one Sourwood Tree that was used in the Lodge Room and a Black Gum Tree the architect wanted to make a wood mallet out of. The logs were delivered to Streamline Timberframes where they would cut the sideboards, sort by length and stack.
After firming up the windows and what size doors I wanted we ended up with a 16x24 space with Sliding windows all around, a double door in front and single door in the rear. My instructions with the two pictures I provided the Architect were "I want this look pimped out timber frame style". I think He nailed it!
It was time for the magic in the wood shop at Streamline Timberframes. We kept all the sideboards that were cut off the timbers and we were able to use those in our Mud Room, the Barn Door to our Master Bedroom, Downstairs Bar and siding on the inside of the Greenhouse to cover insulation. The guys at Streamline don't mess around. They wrestle those big logs, cutting, whittling, sawing, and spit out a masterpiece.
They cut each piece according to the plan and put it together like a puzzle. They mark each piece and then they disassemble and stack for delivery. The Timber Frame is completely made with wooden pegs. No screws or bolts are used. It should be here a very long time, I hope :)
The Wood Mallet you see in this picture is what they will make out of the gum tree from our property.
My Husband @qberry began grading the spot we chose for the greenhouse and dug the footers. Getting the concrete truck out seemed like weeks, but he doesn't disappoint in his work, so I waited kinda patiently.
Setting the timbers for both builds requires a crane or high lift. We used the white oak that was cut for our house site to complete all of my greenhouse. That was such a great feeling to be able to use those trees for both builds. We also planned to use the sideboards cut from the timbers to panel the inside of the greenhouse. More on that in Part 2.
The main timber frame was up in two days.
Then the snow came and then it melted and more snow came and then it melted and well you know it seemed like a year went by before we got back to work.
As soon as the snow calmed down, the guys were right back at it. This was in January 2017.
I really didn’t deviate from the Plan once our Architect had it on paper. We did add an overhang on the front so it has a little porch and we had to put braces on the roof timbers as a precaution to hold the heavy polycarbonate panels.
Once the window frames were completed the window install went quickly.
We had the stone masons add the same Eldorado Stone we used on our house around the bottom exterior of the Greenhouse.
We had gutters put on and the Hubs (@qberry) ran drainage pipes to the thousand gallon water tank he buried. We plan to to catch and hold enough water for the greenhouse and our garden. He installed me a water hydrant inside and one outside for watering. Eventually we may add some automation for the watering. We had Propane ran to the Greenhouse for heating and Electric ran to the Greenhouse for lights, pump for the water tank and ceiling fans.
I am working on the exterior landscape around the greenhouse this year. I tried vegetables last year in the ground and in pots and the Deer ate me out of house and home. Hoping to have better luck with some herbs and moving some Holly Trees from the woods. I was blessed to be gifted two truck loads of plants, bulbs and flowers. I am already going to be able to divide some of those this year.
If you enjoyed reading about my Greenhouse then Stay tuned for My Greenhouse Dream Came True - Finishing the Inside.
Nice House! ;)
Now that you can live in it, you need some more nature around it! ;)
Thank you so much!
so beautiful yall. I cant wait to walk inside there and be overwhelmed with colors and smells.
Thanks Man! I can't wait for you to check it out either! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Steeming!
Great post. You had a really good both architect and builder to do all of the work you had done. I think your greenhouse is just beautiful. 🐓🐓
Yes, our architect and builder was awesome! They listened and did not disappoint. I am glad you enjoyed reading about the build. I am so happy with it and now its time to garden :) Thank you for your support!
Loved it. Would like to see your house too. Especially, if it was a special build.
Your garden will be amazing . 🐓🐓
Thank you. Hopefully the deer will leave me a couple of blooms. My husband (@qberry) did a couple posts about living in Our barn while we built but we neither one wrote a post specifically on the house. Great idea if I can keep it short enough. I am sure glad to be in the house now. Thank you for stopping by and supporting me.
OH MY GOD THAT'S NOT A GREENHOUSE THAT'S A MANSION!! I am seriously jealous!!! Dying with envy!! And I dont even live in a particularly cold climate! it does get cold enough to need to raise spring seeds in trays but we have a really long growing season. I could grow tropical fruits in a greenhouse though!
Thank you so much for your sweet compliment. I am just tickled to death how it turned out and feel very blessed and lucky. I have a baby orange tree, key lime tree and a dwarf fig in there. They lost all their leaves over the winter but they are coming back. Happy Gardening and thank you for reading my post and leaving a comment.
LOL I would have moved into the green house and grown somewhere else. Very nice I love the real timber cut wood also. That was a heck of a project.
Ha Ha, I sure thought about it. I was like a little girl getting a doll house made. It was a great project and So much fun to watch go up. I am sure I would have enjoyed even more if we were not building our house too. There was a whole lot going on. I appreciate you checking out my post, the vote and leaving feedback.
THat is absolutely gorgeous!!! You need to put THAT in a magazine!
Thank you Friend. I appreciate that :)
I just LOVED reading about how you planned for what you wanted! I think the architect nailed it too! It's such a beautiful space, with so many useful features. Truly a dream come true. Resteeming so I can re-read and dream....
Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed. I dreamed about it for a very long time and it was very emotional watching it being built and coming true. Thanks for the cyber love and resteem :)
Beautiful! Wow. I can't wait to see inside. :)
Thanks so much for the compliment. I am very excited to see how I do in the greenhouse this year. I got started a little late last year since it was not finished but I still learned a lot. I am excited to get everything situated so I can finish up my inside post. Thank you for always supporting me!
Wow.... your green house very beautiful
Thank you so much!
That is amazing. Looks like it canebrigjt from the magazine. Beautiful addition to your homestead
Awwwww, you are way too kind! Thank you :)
Beautiful structure, I love the use of stone at the base as well. Looking forward to seeing the inside, thank you for sharing and inspiring.
You are so welcome. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving feedback. I am excited to get the inside all spiffed up so I can complete that post. Thank you!
Thats awesome. The piece of land you guys live on is also incredible. May I ask what part of the country this is in? I love the nice timber design with the elderado stone. Brilliant!!
I'm not much of a gardener but now seeing this and @grow-pro post about growing vegetation I may be sold haha.
Thank you for the compliments and support! We are in Southwest Virginia on Mira Mountain. Just us and the wild animals. When you plant your feet somewhere the gardening just sort of happens and if you like it at all it just opens all these new doors of learning. I need to work more on veggies and less on flowers or find more edible flowers!
Ahh very cool! I'll do some research on the area later today looks wonderful! It's definitely nice to have a good variety of both I feel like. Nothing like home grown veggies but then again flowers are beautiful!
BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it.
Thank you! I am enjoying it so much. I can't wait to get lots of things established in and outside of it. I appreciate you reading my post!
That is beautiful work, and despite the length of time it took, you stuck to it until the end without cutting visible corners :)
I'd totally want to live in it. Look at that view!
Thanks so much for the compliments. I sometimes just want to stay and sleep in there too, especially in the summer when all the flowers smell so beautiful. I appreciate you stopping by!
THat is absolutely gorgeous!!! You need to put THAT in a magazine!
This is awesome work. Great that this has been featured on ocd. Your momma will be blessing you from heaven
Thank you @Sayee! I sure miss her!
Absolutely beautiful <3
Wow that greenhouse looks like it could be a house :) I'd love to see what it looks like now all done up.