When looking for greenhouse plans you will be spoilt for choice. There are numerous styles and
sizes from which you will have to make your selection. To help you narrow down the possibilities you need to think
about how you want to use your greenhouse. What type of plants do you wish to grow and how much space will they
need? Is the greenhouse just for growing plants, or will it be used partly as a sunroom? Once you have answered
these questions, then you can look at the various styles that are available.
A lean-to is attached to a wall of your house and so can be the cheapest form of
construction. This may not be the case if you wish it to double as a sunroom where a more substantial building will
be required. To receive the maximum amount of sunlight a lean-to greenhouse will have to be sited on a south-facing
With a freestanding greenhouse you have a greater choice of site. The ideal situation is one where
your greenhouse is shaded in the summer by deciduous trees, but is exposed to full sun in the winter once the
branches have shed their leaves.
Various greenhouse plans are available all the way from a basic home greenhouse measuring 10'x12'
to a large victorian conservatory comprising a main room of 20'x20' and four wings of 12'x10' each. Construction
materials range from wood, steel and aluminium for the frame to glass, fiberglass, rigid double-wall plastics, and
polythene sheeting for the glazing.
For more detailed information on greenhouse plans have a look at this site provided by West Virginia University Extension Service.