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Brad’s DIY Greenhouse

Making a growing space out of old windows and doors

table and bench inside potting shed

Hey there! My name is Brad Johnson, and I garden in northeastern Ohio (Zone 6b). I’m sharing some photos of my DIY greenhouse/potting shed.

large modern greenhouseWe constructed this over the summer of 2023. After three years of dreaming up this space we finally hit the ground running, tore down our dilapidated shed, and got to work.

close up of windows on greenhouseWe salvaged old windows from a couple redoing a sun room, found free French doors as well, and set out to create the blueprint.

table and bench inside potting shedIt’s not an easy task building anything from scratch, but as an avid DIYer I was determined to make my dream a reality. Countless inspiration photos and YouTube videos later, I felt confident we could do it!

wider view of inside of potting shedMy partner and I spent many evenings and weekends after work constructing every inch of this. With dimensions of 16×13 I have plenty of space to overwinter all my tropicals and my cuttings for the next year—and to start all the countless seeds I keep ordering.

tv inside of potting shedIt’s fun to sit at my workbench and pot up or start the season off while watching my favorite shows, all in a heated and comfortable space. Who says a potting shed has to be boring? We have already added a mini fridge too.

long planter of colorful flowers and foliage plants outside greenhouseMy advice to anyone wanting to tackle such a project is to do your research and know your limits. It’s not for everyone, but if you can dream it, you can do it!

If you want to see more from Brad, check out his Instagram: @garden.evolution


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  1. foxglove12 02/08/2024

    Great job! What an amazing respite and workspace.

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    musabasjoosue 02/08/2024

    Of all the projects you've done, this a perfect choice for a GPOD feature. What an impressive DIY. If you ever decide to offer it up as an airbnb, let me know.

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    vanhatalosuomi 02/08/2024

    that's pretty tricked out, nice job!

  4. daisy8 02/08/2024

    Beautiful greenhouse and a great example of repurposing unwanted windows and doors.

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    simplesue 02/08/2024

    Excellent design. You know how to have fun!

  6. gardendevas 02/08/2024

    Bravo - splendid job!! As a fellow NE Ohio gardener, I understand the craving to bring those plants in and to start more. Curious about how you heat this space? Thanks for sharing.

  7. btucker9675 02/08/2024

    WOW WOW WOW!!!

  8. perenniallycrazy 02/08/2024

    Truly awesome Brad! My hats off to you! -Cherry

  9. grannie55 02/08/2024

    I love this! Not sure I could ever do it, so I'll just be jealous. Have fun in your great space!

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