Like any structure, there is a cost per square foot to build a greenhouse large enough to enclose a home and it is not inexpensive. Therefore, I put a lot of thought into how every square foot would be allocated to get the highest value for the cost. To put this into a perspective that most people can relate to – have you ever looked … Continue reading Allocating the greenhouse’s footprint
Lighting plays a subtle, but critical, role in the quality of life within and around a home. I’ve lived in places where there was so little natural light that I had to use electric lights even during the day. Or where there was inadequate light, like in the kitchen, for the task at hand. Having built a few homes before this, I was familiar with … Continue reading Lighting the Greenhouse
It’s been a long time since the last post and there have been inquiries whether I plan to continue posting – the short answer is ‘yes, I plan to continue posting.’ Hopefully soon. What happened is it took WAY more time than expected to film the construction and then edit the video for YouTube posts, plus writing short Facebook and Instagram posts, while working full … Continue reading What’s happening?
There are several reasons to build the greenhouse before the house – saving the schedule is a big one. Continue reading Greenhouse First – For Another Win
Building a home inside a greenhouse is a lot like two separate projects – a house and then a greenhouse. I’m experienced with houses; designing, building, and living in them. It was easy for me to visualize almost every aspect of the house’s interior from just the floor plans. I’ve been walking around my house, in my mind’s eye, for almost 2 years. The greenhouse … Continue reading Laying Out the Food Garden
Not a sexy topic but a few people have asked “Why not a full basement or just a slab foundation?” So I’ll lay out my thought process for choosing a half-height foundation/crawlspace. It sort of happened by accident and evolution. I did not include in the brief to the architect a request for a specific type of foundation for the house. It has mostly come … Continue reading Choosing the Foundation Height