Archive | December, 2012

Simple Greenhouse Plans

25 Dec

If you want to grow your own vegetables and to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you should consider building a small greenhouse. From the very beginning, we must say that you need a few things if you want to have fresh vegetables all year, from spring to winter. First of all, you need a small wooden greenhouse, as it will be large enough to plant a large variety of vegetables and to let them develop properly. Nevertheless, you also need covered raised garden beds, which can be placed inside the greenhouse or outside, according to your needs. The covered planter will be extremely handy, when growing lettuce or other weather-resistant plants, during the cold days.

Building a simple greenhouse

Greenhouse plansA simple greenhouse doesn’t require a lot of work nor a significant investment, as you can get the job done with spare materials, such as 2×4 lumber. Nevertheless  make sure the slats are in a good condition, otherwise it will not resist to the humidity inside the construction. Basically, you need to build two side panels for the side walls, as if you would build a shed. Secure the studs to a bottom and a top plate, using 3” wood screws. If you want to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pilot holes. Choose the basic greenhouse plans, if you want to get the job done by yourself.

Check if the corners are right-angled, before installing the frames into place. Secure them into place temporarily, before attaching the 2×4 rafters. From our experience, a greenhouse with a gable roof looks good, is easy to build and drains the water or snow properly. Cut one end of the rafters at 30 degrees and the other one at 60 degrees, using a good miter saw. Plumb the trusses on a level surface and secure them into place with 3 1/2” wood screws.

Build a small frame out of 2×2 lumber for the door and secure it into place with hinges. Cover the structure with polyethylene film and start growing vegetables.

Building a small raised bed

Raised bed componentsIf you are a beginner when it comes to gardening  you should definitely consider building a raised garden bed. From our experience, a properly built garden bed would save you from a lot of work and supply your family with fresh and tasty vegetables. In addition, if you install PVC arches and cover the structure with film, you can even increase the temperature with several degrees. In thus manner, you will be able to grow vegetables during the whole year.

Make sure you use proper lumber, such as cedar or redwood boards, as they are weather resistant. In addition, we strongly recommend you to install landscaping fabric on the inside of the planter, if you want to keep the weeds away. Install nice trims on top of the frame, to enhance the look of the garden raised bed and to get a nice place to sit when taking care of your vegetables.

Building a dog house

2 Dec

Building a dog house is the right thing to do for your favorite pet, especially if you want to protect him from rain or snow. Although the most of us imagine that a dog house require a significant amount of work and materials, we assert from our own experience that you can get the job done is just a few hours, provided the right instructions are use. Generally speaking, all you need to do is a frame made out of 2×2 lumber and to attach the 5/8” siding to the exterior. Choosing the right large dog house plans for your pet is essential, as the planning and preliminary stages account for more than 50% of the work.

Building a simple dog house

Small dog house plansThere are so many things you could add to the dog house, in order to make the pet feel as home. For example you could add a small deck with a pergola to the front of the construction, or you could just insulate the walls with think and rigid insulation sheets. Adding 1/4” plywood sheets to the interior of the dog house is easy and it will make a significant difference. In addition, if you want to get a durable construction, don’t forget to add roofing felt and asphalt shingles to the roof of the house.

If you have a really big dog, there is also a solution for your problem: building a large dog house. If you find yourself on the opposite side, you could choose small dog  house plans, as to fit the size of the pet. Last but not least, we strongly recommend you to check if the dog has enough room to turn inside the dog house, otherwise it will be hard to sleep inside the construction. On the other hand, always make sure the screws are inserted properly, to prevent potential injuries.

Fill the cracks and holes with wood putty, smooth the surface and apply several coats of paint to get the job done as a professional. As we have already emphasized, choosing the right plans for your project is important, as it represents almost 50% out of the whole effort required. Place the dog house on several pieces of wood or concrete slabs to lift it 2” from the ground. In this manner, you will protect the dog house against water damage.

 

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Insulated dog house plans

Simple dog house plans