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  1. May 9, 2016
    Carole

    Fantastic! Thanks for showing us how you did it!

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    • May 9, 2016
      Tara

      Of course! I hope that I can convince some others to get brave and build their dream greenhouses too!

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  2. May 9, 2016
    Jo-Anna

    Tara this is truly spectacular! Having a greenhouse made of windows in my backyard would be a dream come true…you guys have done an amazing job!

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    • May 9, 2016
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Jo! If we can build it, you guys can do it too! Start looking on CL for windows!

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  3. May 9, 2016
    Heather

    I love everything about this! I’ve been following along the whole journey and am totally jelly!:) I keep shoving my ipad in DH’s face sharing how awesome it is….which is a giant hint to him, LOL – let’s do it!:)

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    • May 9, 2016
      Tara

      Oh, do it! Take the plunge! I’d love to hear how another greenhouse project went for someone else. 🙂

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  4. May 9, 2016
    Ariel

    This is adorable! If you rented this bad boy out on Air BnB I’d come stay a night! but then again that’s not what it’s for 😉

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  5. May 9, 2016
    Ariel

    This is adorable! If you rented this bad boy out on Air BnB I’d come stay a night! but then again that’s not what it’s for 😉

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    • May 9, 2016
      Tara

      Ariel, that’s so funny that you said that – our neighbour said the same thing! You guys might be onto something….

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  6. May 9, 2016
    Colleen

    WOW. I’m so impressed! This is wishlist material, Tara!

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    • May 9, 2016
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Colleen! It’s been on my “wishlist” for a couple of years now. I’m so glad we got brave and did it!

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  7. May 10, 2016
    Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca

    Wow, this looks amazing. Love how it turned out!

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    • May 10, 2016
      Tara

      Thanks so much, Dannyelle! It’s been a labour of love! 🙂

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  8. May 10, 2016
    Bliss

    I love love love it!

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    • May 10, 2016
      Tara

      Thank you! (And thank you for the share as well, friend!)

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  9. May 10, 2016
    Debbie Refresh Restyle

    Love it! It is perfect!!

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  10. May 10, 2016
    Angelique Duffield

    Gorgeous! Totally beats our new wooden shed my husband built 🙂

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  11. May 12, 2016
    Funky Junk Interiors – Donna

    I’m soooo in LOVE with this, Tara! You guys sure make a great team!

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  12. May 13, 2016
    Jan

    WTG! It’s awesome and beautiful!

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  13. May 13, 2016
    Shauna

    Your greenhouse is so charming! You’re so fortunate to have the room for one. I’ve been collecting ideas for our next place where we will definitely have a bigger yard and room for at least a small potting shed. Great job!

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  14. June 13, 2016
    Karen

    We are starting to collect windows to build our own greenhouse. Got our first three yesterday. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Could you share some information on how your mom made the transom type window for above the door. I definitely want to do something above the door also – adds to much character to the greenhouse.

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    • June 20, 2016
      Tara

      Karen, you are not going to be sorry! I am in my greenhouse every single day!

      The transom window was made of stained glass that my mom put together in her studio. We secured it with quarter crown moulding on either side of the window, as it wasn’t framed.

      You can go to a ReStore and try to find a thrifted stained glass piece before you put your greenhouse together, or you can find someone to whip up a simple piece for you according to the space you leave in your build. You may be able to find someone who can do that for not a ton of money if you’re willing to keep it simple and unframed.

      I’d love to see pictures as you work on your greenhouse! Good luck!

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      • June 21, 2016
        Karen

        Thanks for the information and I can certainly share pictures. I’m so excited to get started.

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  15. June 21, 2016
    Nancy

    Oh my word!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. It is gorgeous. Did you guys use plans for building it or just make the whole thing up from scratch?

    Really it is so beautiful.

    N
    Oh, and did I mention who jealous I was. You guys have skills

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    • August 15, 2016
      Tara

      I have some loose plans, but a lot of it was made from scratch. If you ever decide to try your hand at the greenhouse yourself, Nancy, just let me know! I can answer any questions!

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  16. July 8, 2016
    Karen

    Your greenhouse is really cute! I absolutely love the vintage windows. I knew someone who had a greenhouse with a plastic roof. I can’t remember what mil it was, but it was pretty heavy-duty grade. The plastic degraded over the course of the year and every single winter (and this was in Texas), he and I had to go to his mother’s house, where the greenhouse was, and replace the plastic on the roof. I’ll never forget the times it snowed before we could get there and the roof collapsed. And the miserable five or six hours it took us to replace it in the freezing cold, balancing on an icy ladder. I was just wondering if this will be the case with your greenhouse roof and how you will do it — tear off the old and nail the new directly to the wood posts or ???

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    • August 15, 2016
      Tara

      Hi Karen!

      I’m sorry I missed this comment originally, but I’ve found it now! Yes, the plastic is not meant for super-extreme weather changes. After a few comments, I contacted Coroplast themselves to see what they thought about the durability of the roof. For our milder West Coast weather, he figured we had a few years of life for our roof. My mother has a similarly-constructed greenhouse and she’s on year two of a roof that is still holding up.

      Now, that being said, we have talked about investing in thicker plastic the next time we have to “re-roof” the greenhouse. Our roof is secured with screws and washers, so it would be an easy removal/re-install. Granted, it’s ideal to not have to do it at all. Cost-effectiveness sometimes means more work in the end, doesn’t it? I have heard that there are much thicker plastics that can handle extremes in weather. Let me know if you’re interested in names and I can dig them up in my emails.

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  17. April 26, 2017
    M

    What a beautiful greenhouse. I can only hope mine comes close to yours.

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  18. June 18, 2018
    Janelle

    It’s great! And exactly what I was envisioning for myself, and I already have 11 old windows. Thanks for sharing photos and notes of your process.

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  19. July 28, 2018
    Barbara S Rosen

    Just beautiful and I’m sure you are enjoying the heck out of your new greenhouse! Mine was clobbered by a big pine during March’s nor’easter but is now rebuilt. Painting to do and I know how long that takes having done it once already!! Your mom’s stained glass window is the perfect touch, too! Enjoy!
    Best,
    Barb Rosen of Our Fairfield Home and Garden

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