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Marni's New Intermediate Greenhouse

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Marni, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In the end of this project, I will have moved almost every orchid I own. This new greenhouse which is being built where my old cool greenhouse used to stand will end up being my new intermediate house. It will have a 20ft long end wall that faces the west so will get a lot more afternoon sun than where these plants are now where the afternoon sun is blocked by my house. I think it would be too difficult to cool enough for cool growers so the old intermediate house will become the cool house. I found a new contractor with an associate at the end of September who actually show up and work. Even though they have a couple of projects going on simultaneously, they have kept things moving.

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    On Friday the 17th, my job was to figure out the panels and hardware for attaching them. I am using twin wall, clear, 8mm polycarbonate and aluminum fittings. The last time I did this I over-order on the aluminum edging and wanted to be very careful to get it right this time. I took me a week to get the order together and now I am waiting for an estimate. It will most likely take 2+ weeks to get delivery. There is some more work for the works like benches, close off the extra door to the studio, vents, some blocking and plumbing. It is nice to have a break in the trips to the hardware store to get caught up at the lab.

    It is going to be 20 x 20 ft, 13 feet at the peak and 8 feet as the side wall. All of the views are from my house looking east.
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Exciting!!! :clap:
     
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    Looking good Marni
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    How lucky you are!!!
    That's always exciting to build a new greenhouse!!
    Will it be bigger than your old one??
     
  6. Marni

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    It will be a bigger footprint than the one it replaces. The old one was about 260 sq ft/ 24 sq meter and the new one is 400 sq ft/ 37 sq meters. So more space but more importantly much higher roof so more air volume and much better air flow. I also added 100 sq ft/ 9 sq meters to what has been my cold greenhouse to help store the excess plants during construction. So over all I think I will have increased my space by 25%.
     
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    Wish I could do this, Ill be excited to see the result
     
  8. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I am wishing you a smooth sailing from now on.

    Some may have different definitions of intermediate temperature....What is your temperature range for an intermediate house?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Tom. I just got a notice this morning that my polycarbonate order shipped and is arriving today. It should be delivered on Monday or Tuesday so things will be moving along again.

    You're right, people on the west coast have different ideas of what temperature ranges are. The greenhouse I refer to as intermediate has a winter minimum night temperature of 56F and a maximum day temperature of 80F.
     
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    Sounds great! Thanks.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    any more progress?
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No:( The polycarbonate was suppose to ship yesterday, but I didn't get any word so I doubt it did. The up side is that I have had a bit of extra time to do some photography and repotting recently.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry to hear that. I know your frustrations as I had plenty while we built our house (as general contractor)10 years ago.
     
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    can I move there Marni - seems it will be enough space ;-)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It turned out that the manufacturer didn't bother to tell the distributor that they didn't have any 4 ft wide in stock. In the end I got a special delivery of uncrated polycarbonate from the distributor's ready to ship stock. It really depends on who you talk to. Some seem to care and others couldn't care less. The contractor is supposed to start on Monday, Dec 1st. We'll see.
     
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    It is bad to have a delay due to someone's carelessness. Hope contractor will be more organized.
     
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    I heard the latest last night about your greenhouse construction, Marni, and am so happy for you! Great that you have property to build on!
     
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    I got a roof on the greenhouse yesterday! I am torn today between being happy for the rain today and sorry that it stops construction. I think there will be a work day tomorrow between storms and then work can proceed inside whether it rains or not.
     
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    That's what I heard! Congratulations and sorry for the delay due to the weather. You're almost there! Do you catch rainwater? I'm looking into a way to maximize my ability to do that in the future.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Chris, I have been thinking about catching rainwater, but will probably wait on that. First I will try to set something up so I can use the discharge from my RO system to irrigate plantings in the yard.
     
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