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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 22, 2020 1:13 PM CST
I've wanted a greenhouse for a really long time, my plants are starting to crowd me out of house and home and my neighbors won't take anymore! I think this will be the year...

What pitfalls do you wish you would have avoided in location, materials, structure, and interior layout if you could have known then what you know now? Or what upgrades did you think were a luxury that you later realized were practically mandatory? Where did you waste the most time, energy and money that turned out to be superfluous or looked great, but were hard to manage?
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Name: Jim
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MoonShadows
Mar 22, 2020 6:43 PM CST
When I built my green house I wish I had installed a GAHT (Ground to Air Heat Transfer) (a.k.a. Climate Battery) system.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 23, 2020 11:12 AM CST
My GH has 3 automatic vents and a screen door for summer, but the most important thing is more ventilation via fans running 24 hours a day. I noticed less bugs and better growth after we installed fans.
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Mar 23, 2020 11:24 AM CST
A bigger one nodding
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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plantmanager
Mar 23, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Yes! I wish we'd gone much larger, but we were worried about having to get permits, approvals and having higher property taxes.
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Mar 23, 2020 11:46 AM CST
gardengus said:A bigger one nodding


This one probably goes for all of us! nodding

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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 26, 2020 3:35 PM CST
I can't go bigger, because my lot is only 1/8 acres- don't rub it in guys.... and ditto Karen.. you guys have never met a disaster like a Yonkers N.Y. building dept.

They want a permit for everything and it takes 8 weeks for someone to realize they have no idea what they are doing.
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Mar 26, 2020 3:37 PM CST
Turbosaurus said:I can't go bigger, because my lot is only 1/8 acres- don't rub it in guys.... and ditto Karen.. you guys have never met a disaster like a Yonkers N.Y. building dept.


LOL. I grew up in New Rochelle...the "new" White Plains with all the building they are doing.

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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 26, 2020 3:41 PM CST
Ohh ho- you guys in NewRo are in worse shape than me! You guys have the urban vs estates debate raging.. YO is decimated already.
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Mar 30, 2020 8:55 AM CST
I had to pull my oil tank for a house closing. You file with and pay at the building dept, but since the fire dept does the environmental and safety inspection, they actually issue the permit. It took the building dept 7 weeks to forward the paperwork to a building 0.5 miles away. Angry
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Mar 30, 2020 10:05 AM CST
I can imagine...You should have seen what we had to go through to sell my mother's old house in NR last year after she died. It was a nightmare bringing everything in the old house up to code. The permits and fees were outrageous, not to mention waiting for inspections so we could sell it. One example...we had 4 x 8 addition (closed in a small back entrance) that was added in the 1960's. Since the work was never registered back in the 60's, we were required to get an architect to draw up "plans" for the 55+ year old enclosure, get a building permit and pay a fine from NR because it was never registered, and then a city inspection to OK the 55+ year old structure. And, don't get me started on ConEd and the gas pipes. We were pulling our hair out.
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Mar 30, 2020 10:55 AM CST
I wonder if there are extra steps involved in selling with a greenhouse -- I guess make sure you've done any needed permits when you put it up!
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Apr 9, 2020 1:04 AM CST
Omg.. I don't have gas either! Despite the fact my house had gas FOR THE LIGHTS IN 1920s and maintained service until my father died, once there was no use for 3 months conned turned it off.. "oh it's just a security thing- if there is no use, then no one can tell if there's a gas leak.. just call us when you want it back on and we'll do it..

Bull$#@. 9 months later, $19,000, a destroyed front yard 3 permits later still can't get the gas back on.
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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Apr 9, 2020 1:06 AM CST
Wait, stop, let's not talk about municipal nightmares, let's talk about something happy.. like greenhouses.... that I'm going to boil in S. Carolina when I get the —- out of NY
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Apr 9, 2020 7:01 AM CST
When are you going to SC? Just dream about the nice greenhouse you'll have. Any ideas on what type/size/brand, etc. you want?

@critterologist I would imagine getting permits is the best way to go before one builds a greenhouse. I had to get a permit where I live to build a chicken coop.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 9, 2020 7:05 AM CST
Please finish this sentence: when I built my green house I wish I had...

a manservant to move my tropical plants in and out each season! Whistling
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Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
My garden feeds my body and soul
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Canning and food preservation Growing under artificial light Region: Pennsylvania
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MoonShadows
Apr 9, 2020 7:12 AM CST
pod said:Please finish this sentence: when I built my green house I wish I had...

a manservant to move my tropical plants in and out each season! Whistling


Funny! Hilarious!

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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Apr 9, 2020 7:17 AM CST
MoonShadows said:

Funny! Hilarious!



But true as I get older.
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Apr 9, 2020 7:18 AM CST
That might be another thought... handicap accessible greenhouse???
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Apr 10, 2020 8:13 AM CST
Good idea -- double French doors, not just a single width narrow door. Accessible via scooter or wheelchair, also easier to maneuver bigger containers, or maybe to add a hot tub... Whistling
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