Designing plans for greenhouse construction is a job that not just anyone can do. If you have never designed a greenhouse, or built one, then you probably don't have a clue how to even begin. So many things have to be considered into the plan, including the type of greenhouse you want to build, the materials you want to use, your location, your budget, what accessories you want to use once it's built, and many other things as well.
Some people thrive on doing this type of project; seeing it from start to finish, planning every aspect yourself, and doing the physical labor to actually make it happen.
However, we all recognize that there are other people who would like to build a greenhouse but just don't have the skills necessary to design it and draw up the plans for an efficient, well-built structure. They're the kind of people who want to skip this phase and go right to building the greenhouse.
And for the most part, that's why there are professionally designed greenhouse kits on the market. A good greenhouses kit can be purchased anywhere from less than $200 for the simplest types to as high as $6000 for the bigger, more complex types.
They will definitely save you time and perhaps frustration, but are they really worth it? Is it really worth putting your money into a greenhouse kit instead of buying greenhouse plans and shopping for the materials yourself?
Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of using a greenhouse kit. Then you can decide whether to purchase a kit or not.
The time involved in planning a DIY greenhouse may be used in doing something else, since it does take considerable time, depending on its size and requirements. Buying a greenhouse kit will eliminate the need for you to design a greenhouse from scratch. It will save you probably hours of drawing up the plan and figuring out the materials needed, and then shopping for those materials and cutting everything to fit.
If you would rather not spend the time and would like to pay someone to do this part of the project for you, then buying a greenhouse kit may be the route to go. There are tons of kits available in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
Maybe you have the time, but just don't have the energy to put into designing and drawing plans for a greenhouse project. As already mentioned, there are so many factors that will need to be considered that will affect your future garden. Some of these factors include the types of plants you want to put into it or the materials you want to use. A ready-made greenhouse kit saves you effort and frustration and allows you to channel that effort into the actual construction of your greenhouse.
Save Your Sanity
It is vital that you shop around for a quality greenhouse kit. Keep in mind that a good greenhouse kit will be one that has been designed by an expert -- someone who knows what he or she is doing. So, a good portion of the anxiety is removed from the project. This will help you avoid costly mistakes, and will make the entire project easier and safer for you.
Your part will be to make sure you have all your necessary building tools, read through the instructions thoroughly, follow the instructions carefully while building, and you'll have a functioning greenhouse in no time. No anxiety, no stress!
As previously mentioned, a good greenhouse kit will cost somewhere in the range of $200-$6000. So basically, when you buy a kit, you are paying for someone to do a lot of the work that you may be able to do yourself. Remember, even when you buy a kit, you still have to build the greenhouse.
If you have the skills to build a greenhouse from scratch, why not explore that option? You can simply buy a good greenhouse plan, buy the materials locally yourself, and apply the money you have saved to materials and accessories instead.
Minor adjustments can be made to a greenhouse kit, but the basic framework of the greenhouse is already figured for you. This means that if you would like to make major adjustments, you're out of luck. A greenhouse kit comes with all the building materials pre-cut to certain specifications, so to change anything at this point would require purchasing extra materials. That's quite a waste of money.
Again, a better idea would be to just start with a set of greenhouse plans that can be easily modified to fit your specific needs.
Not Seeing the Project from the Beginning
There are some people who get immense satisfaction on seeing a project such as this from the very beginning, from the planning stage all the way to the finished greenhouse garden, filled with a healthy jungle of plants.
If you are that type of person, and you buy a greenhouse kit, you won't be able to enjoy that entire experience. You will miss out on the satisfaction of being able to brag that you had your hand in every phase, from planning, to drawing, to figuring materials, costs, budget, etc., when you show it off to your friends.
If that's you, then you definitely will want to roll up your sleeves and build your own greenhouse from scratch.
Before you purchase a greenhouse kit, consider the kind of person you are and how much time and skill you have to invest. If you really want to design a greenhouse from start to finish, then a kit probably won't be for you. If you enjoy planning and building things, while controlling every aspect of a project, then I would recommend that you purchase a greenhouse plan that will help you do just that.
On the other hand, if your area of expertise is not planning, designing, and drawing greenhouse plans, or if you don't have the time, patience, or energy to spend, then a good greenhouse kit is a wise investment.
Keep in mind the main purpose of your greenhouse, and that is to allow you to grow plants in a controlled environment. Fulfilling that main purpose doesn't depend on whether you build it from scratch or not. For many people, money spent on a good greenhouse kit is money well spent.