Pre-Plan The Placement Of Your Structure

Allow enough room to get a wheel barrow in and around your structure.

Be sure the orientation will allow for proper drainage in and around your greenhouse.

It is recommended that you place your greenhouse in an area of your property that receives the most sunlight but is also somewhat protected by trees, fencing or your home for wind protection and also to keep the temperature up during early spring and late fall.

The best placement depends on the features of your property, it is suggested in most scenarios to have your greenhouse face South on its broadest side and to have the door face East or West depending on typical wind directions in your area. Do not worry if your orientation will not allow for the placement to be as suggested, as a greenhouse that is facing North is better than no greenhouse at all.

Avoid building your greenhouse at the base of a slope as these are often frost pockets where cold air collects, this will not be good for your greenhouse in keeping the temperature up inside.

Extreme Wind Conditions: If you live in a windy location there is no way to build a 100% storm safe greenhouse, but there are a number of things you can do to minimize the chance of damage. Ensure that the base is level and square, be sure all panels are tightly in place and that all aluminum extrusions are tight. The main problem is usually that wind gets into the greenhouse and the pressure pushes a panel out and then the force of the wind on the interior causes more damage. It is best if you are expecting an extreme weather event that you disable any auto roof vents and make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked shut. Also you may need to build a wind break for extreme condition areas where wind is constant and extreme, see the image below for an example of a great wind break.

It is ideal for your greenhouse to have water, electricity and even gas plumbed into place before construction. This will make watering plants and keeping the temperature and air circulation to the max efficiency.

For Cement Base Installation: We suggest you use concrete sleeve anchoring bolts to secure your structure to a concrete slab.

For Deck Base Installation: We recommend you use a set of lag anchoring bolts to secure your structure.

For Earth Installation: We recommend you use a set of L-Bolts buried into the ground and sealed into place with Quickrete.