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greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse made from recycled windows by Jan and Ed Vitse of New Look Floral (a garden and floral business) in Rochester, Mn.. This little gem, made from recycled windows was built in 2003. The structure is 12 feet long by 6 1/2  wide, and 10 1/2 feet tall. newlookfloralrochester.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Constructed from reclaimed doors, windows and millwork from a home renovation. Doors are old pocketdoors on slides, currently slid open. By Donna Reyne of Indiana. www.dreyne.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Old window greenhouse by Karla and Steve Ritchey of McKinney, Texas. Used Mexican roofing tiles that came from a mansion in Fort Worth frame the Hydrangea and variegated liriope filled bed. www.karlaathome.com


recycled greenhouse

Re-purposed windows and doors. A couple in McKinney,Texas built this greenhouse using old windows and french doors. It has a chandelier inside and icicle lights that set it off at night. www.hometalk.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Old window greenhouse. Using recycled windows from one neighbor who was replacing all the windows on her house, and a couple of old doors from another neighbor who was getting new ones installed, Kiem worked out this design. By Keim-Loesch. www.finehomebuilding.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse from recycled materials by Montana Wildlife Gardener. Lots more great photos here: montanawildlifegardener.blogspot.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Old window greenhouse by Lucy and Stephen Marr. Photos by Todd Selby. theselby.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Old window greenhouse by Lucy and Stephen Marr. Photos by Todd Selby. theselby.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse built from old windows collected over the years. By Kathy of Moss & Twigs, Asheville. mosstwigs.blogspot.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Used windows were donated by the neighbors. This greenhouse was built to fit the windows, without plans. It has 3 sliding windows for ventilation. By Jevan. forums2.gardenweb.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse by Jesse Schlesinger at The General Store, Judah Street San Francisco. www.visitgeneralstore.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse from old windows. By mao_tse_mom on Garden Web. Read all about it here: forums2.gardenweb.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Recycled window greenhouse. By unknown. Image source: featherandnestkim.blogspot.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Window greenhouse. So pretty, but do not know the builder. Image source: curiousbird.typepad.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Tall greenhouse with an Asian influence. www.fadedprairie.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Glass House Made from Recycled Windows in Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiania Commune. Considered “architecture without architects" there is a strong political will to tear the houses down. they are illegal, follow no building code, have no permits, yet they are safe for the next year as a local battle ensues. Image by Seier + Seier. www.flickr.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Old window reuse. The Back Porch in Harrison Hot Springs, BC Canada. Image source: homedezine.blogspot.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Salvaged window greenhouse by Brian Koehl. Koehl, a master gardener from Waller, Texas, spent a year buying secondhand windows and doors to construct the building that houses his roses and vegetables. www.sj-r.com



greenhouse made of old windows

10x16 greenhouse in SW Ontario- salvaged windows for the glass, salvaged doors, an old deck for 1/2 the floor and the other half is discounted paving stone. The walls that aren't glass are insulated and the north side of the roof is insulated and asphalt shingles. Several back and side windows open and there is an automatic venting window in the roof near the ridgeline. By WyndyAcre. forums2.gardenweb.com





greenhouse made of old windows

Reclaimed window garden shed. downsizemyspace.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Shed and greenhouse made from salvaged materials. Mike did an amazing job of putting it all together! By Mike Christie-Fogg of Colchester, Conn. "The plan came together after Mike drove his Toyota Corolla past a pile of antique windows put out as garbage. He returned with his truck, loaded up the glass and went home to create an 18 x 10–foot barn with a 10 x 7 greenhouse." www.popularmechanics.com




greenhouse old windows

Wood windowed greenhouse.
Via: www.xericworld.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Old window cold frame. Image source: downsizemyspace.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Old window cold frame by Adina and Walter of Campobello, South Carolina. simplycountrylife.blogspot.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Small greenhouse from 3 storm windows exactly the same size. Love this! Instead of using her find of 3 old storm windows for a low cold frame, Anne decided to go upward. Read all about it here: designdreamsbyanne.blogspot.ca



greenhouse made of old doors

Old door greenhouse by Tara Dillard. Love this. Just attach old doors to a side of your home. taradillard.blogspot.com




greenhouse made of old windows

Greenhouse built by Lloyd Kahn with used windows. "The rear wall consists of stabilized* adobe bricks made with a CinvaRam, a compression tool I learned about in the '60s from the Whole Earth Catalog. There's a solar-powered fan for cooling and a small solar-powered trickling fountain inside. Note: using old windows like this requires a lot of time puttying and/or painting." Lloyd’s latest book is Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. For more info, see: www.shelterpub.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Recycled window greenhouse by Holly Willgress and Fraser Koroluk of Bella Coola, B.C.. In the process of renovations with a new roof and third floor added onto their lodge, they had a lot of old and leftover building materials. They maintain a “no new stuff'” theme to their backyard. More images here: www.bcmountainlodge.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Recycled window greenhouse by Shannon Rankin and friend. Lots more photos here: www.flickr.com Shannon's website: artistshannonrankin.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Old window greenhouse by Angela Davis of Washington State. Read more aboout it here: myrubberboots.wordpress.com



greenhouse made of old windows

Clear awning roof allows lots of light to enter this greenhouse made from lots of different old windows.


greenhouse made of old windows

Sara of Davison, Illinois made this garden shed from windows salvaged from an old school. Calico Apron: www.flickr.com


greenhouse made of old windows

Sara of Davison, Illinois made this garden shed from windows salvaged from an old school. Calico Apron: www.flickr.com



Supplies:

Neighbors.
Used building material stores run by Habitat for Humanity.

Salvage yards.
Craigslist and Freecycle.



How-To:

Greenhouse from Old Windows: www.instructables.com
Greenhouse from Old Windows: www.ehow.com
Greenhouse from Used Windows or Storm Doors: www.motherearthnews.com
Scrap Greenhouse: houzz.com
Greenhouse with new lumber: www.gardensandcrafts.com
Solar Greenhouse Lean-To Basics: aes.missouri.edu
Attached Window Greenhouse: see links on left of page: homepond.blogspot.com
Attached Cold Frame: simplycountrylife.blogspot.com
Small conservatory: maisondecor8.blogspot.com
3 window upright cold frame: designdreamsbyanne.blogspot.ca



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Glen G
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #36 on : Fri September 12, 2014, 17:03:38
I'm working on one of these right now. Here's a tip on finding windows: Go visit replacement window contractors. I was able to get over 60 old wood windows of various sizes for free! They get so many that they end up throwing many of the old single pane windows away.
Anonymous
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #35 on : Mon August 25, 2014, 14:37:04
sweet
danielle
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Windows
Reply #34 on : Thu July 17, 2014, 03:17:57
wish i saw this before the guys took all the widows but owell
barbara brandt
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Fixing my Chicken House
Reply #33 on : Sun June 08, 2014, 17:55:42
I have a rotting roof attached for a 1950's chicken house -- I have lots of old windows and insirationgreen has given me many good ideas of how to start saving this old building. Thanks so much.
KENNETH TALLANT
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OLD WINDOWS GREENHOUSE
Reply #32 on : Sat May 24, 2014, 00:46:44
My wife and I have been collecting old windows for a year now, we have enough now. We got some great ideas from your site. We cant wait to get started. Thanks for a great site.

Kenneth & Yvonne
Kyle Bradley
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#14
Reply #31 on : Sun May 11, 2014, 07:11:08
I just saw the list and lo and behold, greenhouse #14 on your list is ours! We live in Raytown, Missouri. My wife and I collected windows from anywhere we could to construct this green house. It has served us well for over 15 years! Thanks for including us in your list! Kyle and Cyndi Bradley
Marion
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greenhouse
Reply #30 on : Fri April 04, 2014, 09:00:12
Together with my neighbor, I built a similar small one, like the coldframes that are shown. Mine is made on a table, so I can work in it without having to kneel or bend, because I'm disabled by a degenerated spine. We bought the window (a glass door from a green childrens closet) and the table for a few bucks at a thriftshop, used old pallettes for the wood. I love working in it, and am so so happy that my friend made it for me!
Debi
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recycled greenhouses
Reply #29 on : Fri February 21, 2014, 17:23:19
I Love Love Love these ideas, thanks for sharing. I am definitely in the market for all materials needed to make one for me and my Mom.
Harry de Vries
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Greenhouses
Reply #28 on : Thu February 20, 2014, 02:53:08
What an amazing sight to see so many hot houses built by people around the world. I built my first such green house in 1999, and I thought mine was great, until I saw all these.
Although the house then was sold years ago, I will now attempt to get a photo of our current summer house for the winter coffee breaks on your site,
Cheers
Duane R. Morgan
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recucled window glass
Reply #27 on : Sun February 16, 2014, 05:48:31
I have six 4' x 8' raided beds, and several years ago I purchased 20 plus old window panes from a local restore. I have experienced quite a bit of pane breakage due to hail, etc., and would like to find an affordable resource of recycled window glass to repair these broken panes.
Dr. Dan Langston
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Door Green Houses
Reply #26 on : Fri February 14, 2014, 18:32:07
This is a great collection. My hat is off to the environmental, artist gardeners. Good job.
I just bought 40 insulated doors with large windows in them. I am concern that the glass in the doors will shield out the sun energy that is needed to grow plants and heat the inside of the greenhouse year round. Of course, I need to think about cooling and ventilation in the summer. Any cheap way to test the window before using them to build a structure?
Victoria Nelsen
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Wow
Reply #25 on : Sun January 19, 2014, 12:57:39
These are amazing greenhouse, and so inspirational!
Lorayne Clausen
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greenhouses and reclaimed garden art
Reply #24 on : Fri January 17, 2014, 08:39:20
THESE ARE WONDERFUL !!!!!
Monik
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thanks
Reply #23 on : Thu December 12, 2013, 12:08:37
wow.. no more to say.. its exactly what I was loking for.. thanks

great collection
Julian Snyder
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Greenhouses
Reply #22 on : Thu December 05, 2013, 14:35:41
Wonderful collection of houses.

- envirotechgreenhouse.com
Ann
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Old greenhouse glass
Reply #21 on : Sun November 17, 2013, 20:07:42
I have a lot of glass from old greenhouses. How can I sell it?
Anne Lawrence
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #20 on : Wed November 13, 2013, 14:48:04
Do you think this could be done with doors and windows in Barrie? How effective a greenhouse is it? I mean, do the plants thrive in there? Where did you get your doors/windows?
To Penny
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depends on a lot of factors...
Reply #19 on : Thu October 24, 2013, 11:45:33
All depends on location and plant variety!
Penny
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Sun coming through the windows
Reply #18 on : Thu October 24, 2013, 09:04:04
Is the sun coming through the windows too hot and does it burn the plants?

Thank you
Rita
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suggestions on greenhouse in the tropics...
Reply #17 on : Thu September 05, 2013, 05:33:15
I am very interested in building a greenhouse, however because i live in the islands where the weather is hot all year round, i would appreciate suggestions on how & what materials i should use for my dream greenhouse.

Thank you
Valerie
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glass door greenhouse
Reply #16 on : Tue September 03, 2013, 15:41:58
I have over 50 tempered glass doors. They were either shower doors or sliding doors. I cannot find anything on building a greenhouse with all doors, not windows. Can anyone help me?
Janice Halstead
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greenhouses
Reply #15 on : Wed July 10, 2013, 19:29:07
Love your little houses i am sure going to try to build one have lots of odd lumber glass to i think windows and even an old door sitting out side next to a wood stack. Thanks a bunch
charlene wilson
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greenhouses old windows
Reply #14 on : Sun July 07, 2013, 17:26:42
I have lots of old windows that was replaced and Im looking to build greenhouse out of them just need to know how to start from bottom up these are all great going to use some of the ones here
Promaster
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Garage Door Repair Toronto
Reply #13 on : Mon June 17, 2013, 10:33:03
wow love your blog! all these pictures are looking so awesome, great job..i have read many articles about this topic and every time i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!
Nancy Cronin
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WOW!
Reply #12 on : Sun June 16, 2013, 15:12:05
Just wonderful. I love them all!
Anonymous
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #11 on : Mon April 01, 2013, 09:43:12
I replaced all my old style windows 25 years ago. these windows used weights, storms and half height screens for summer. Plus wood shutters for all 26 windows
so I have 52 1/2 height windows, 26 full height storms, 26 half height screens and 52 shutters plus an assortment of old screens doors and windows.. I just retired so link has inspired me to build a few things from these windows. sure glad I saved them. thanks for the ideas.
Sheree Keegan
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using found items and recycling for new uses.
Reply #10 on : Mon March 04, 2013, 15:43:41
I really like some of the designs that I have seen here and repurposing items that would otherwise be dumped in a landfill.
Brooke
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Greenhouse
Reply #9 on : Sun February 10, 2013, 16:21:35
Where do you get all the windows?
How does habitat for humanity work?
Nancy Wolcott
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You all are an inspiration!
Reply #8 on : Fri January 11, 2013, 13:23:36
I have been collecting windows and have hoped since last year to build a lean-to greenhouse. After viewing this website, I am inspired. This will be the "Year of the Greenhouse"! Thank you all so much.
Deborah
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Window greenhouses
Reply #7 on : Fri January 04, 2013, 12:34:34
Love these houses, just replaced all my windows and so did my daughter. This was exactly what I needed to see.
renee
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flat roof on the greenhouses
Reply #6 on : Sun December 30, 2012, 14:06:35
i wanted to put a flat roof on top of a sqare frame made from metal ( outdoor sukkah). what happens to rain drainage from a flat roof. doesnt it have to pitch? any thoughts?
Backyard Greenhouses
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Amazing Greenhouses!
Reply #5 on : Thu December 20, 2012, 04:33:22
Awesome greenhouses! excellent and creative use of scrap materials. I would like to have one mad e of windows salvaged at my place.
Rhonda Miller
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #4 on : Fri August 31, 2012, 14:38:54
I want one! It's on my honey do list.
Barbie
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greenhouses
Reply #3 on : Wed August 29, 2012, 05:27:21
All so lovely
Anonymous
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Re: Greenhouses made from Old Windows and Doors
Reply #2 on : Tue July 03, 2012, 19:36:04
Way cool greenhouses!
DLyn
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LOVE!
Reply #1 on : Thu June 28, 2012, 14:39:39
I have been telling my husband for years this is something I'd like to do. He's more of they type that needs to see to understand.
My only fear is the mis-matched size & style & how that would look... I felt it could look really rusticly artistic with a nod towards modernism, and I was right. With them all painted the same color adds a more uniformity, but now I'm torn between doing that & keeping it more rustic.

Does anyone know how to heat them cheaply? I seen a program years ago using stone(or cement) floors & one wall a double cinderblock with loose stone between them with a vent & fan that flows air through them... the mass heat effect is supposidly super efficent... but I'm looking for other ideas?
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