This gorgeous greenhouse was built very inexpensively by Andy Colley of The Green Lever. Andy and his wife used old glass windows and doors and wood pallets to keep costs down. This is the perfect inspiration for a DIY greenhouse on a budget that anyone can build with a little time and skill.
Building a greenhouse from old windows and pallets
Tons of glass windows and doors are thrown out every day when buildings are torn down or remodeled. By utilizing this resource, the biggest expense involved in building a glass greenhouse – the glass itself – can be drastically reduced or even eliminated.
Repurposing glass windows and doors also helps the planet by keeping them out of the landfill. Old doors and windows can be found for very cheap, if not free, in most areas. Check your local online marketplaces or used material stores and you’ll probably find a treasure trove of used glass.
The idea for the greenhouse was to have something that was both decorative and practical. In particular as it was going to form the centrepiece for the flower garden. We wanted plenty of height both for aesthetics and because we intended to grow many climbing vegetables and flowers and also to incorporate our solar shower. – THE GREEN LEVER
This greenhouse also uses pallet wood – another free or very cheap material that is often thrown away.
The windows rest on wall panels made of pallet wood which are secured by stakes, also made of wood from pallets. 6 wooden posts provide support for the structure. A total of 24 windows and 16 pallets were used to build the greenhouse.
The couple uses the greenhouse to extend their vegetable growing season, overwinter annuals, grow food items that their climate won’t otherwise support, as a shelter for their chickens and quail, and as their own little cold climate tropical paradise.
We had been collecting suitable materials for some time and in all we used 24 windows/French windows of various ages and designs but which overall seemed to fit pleasingly together. The sides and the back were to be made of windows set on pallet wood walls, similar in design to those of the hen house. On each side there was also to be guttering for the collection and harvest of rainwater. – THE GREEN LEVER
See the video below for more details on this amazing greenhouse, or read more about it on the couple’s blog – The Green Lever – where they also discuss other projects they have done using repurposed pallets and windows.