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Sun Country Greenhouse Kits

Are you looking for a beautiful and durable cedar framed, polycarbonate covered greenhouse kit? Sun Country Greenhouse kits are designed to handle high winds, heavy snow loads and large hail. The continuous roof ridge vents keep the greenhouse well ventilated, critical in preventing overheating, high humidity and the ensuing outbreaks of mould, mildew and insect pests. All Sun Country cedar greenhouse kits use Lexan Corrugated polycarbonate panels, are stained with Behr clear waterproofing stain and have a sturdy pressure treated 2x4 and cedar 4x4 foundation. A Sun Country hobby greenhouse is a great investment and will give you and your family decades of gardening pleasure. The greenhouse plans we sell are exactly the same as the freestanding chalet style greenhouse kits.

cedar greenhouse kit with lexan polycarbonate covering

Greenhouse kits and greenhouse plans 16' greenhouse kit on a deck

Hobby Greenhouse Plans

If you prefer to build your own hobby greenhouse and like the chalet style and the durable wood frame of the Sun Country Greenhouse kits, we have greenhouse building plans for sale. The plans come complete with detailed step by step text, technical drawings and over 100 reference photos. Download for $17.95 (worldwide). We provide building advice via telephone (Canada and USA) or email (worldwide). How can we do this and why? We build hobby greenhouse kits and want to make sure everything goes according to plan. Visit our Greenhouse Plans page to order your set of Sun Country Greenhouse plans. We have a Photo Gallery and a greenhouse assembly Video on YouTube.

The Sun Country Greenhouse Company

The Sun Country Greenhouse Company (online since 1998) manufactures handcrafted wood framed hobby greenhouse kits covered with Lexan Corrugated polycarbonate panels. These freestanding Cedar post and beam hobby greenhouses are designed to handle large hail, heavy snow loads, and high winds. The 9 foot peak and 54 inch side walls allows for plenty of headroom. The chalet style 12/12 roof pitch helps funnel warm air upwards through the continuous line of roof vents in summer and easily sheds snow in winter. The 34" wide front door is wheelchair accessible, the rear window (30" x 34") can be removed and an exhaust fan installed to increase air flow. The interior is wide open, there are no vertical support posts to get in the way. On each side there's room for a 30" wide bench with a 36" walkway down the middle. Our greenhouse kits are constructed from Canadian Western Red Cedar, each piece of Cedar is planed and then stained with Behr waterproofing clear stain before assembly. All Sun Country Greenhouse kits come with a pressure treated footing / foundation included in price. Not only are our greenhouse kits attractive but durable withstanding hurricane force winds of 85 mph (see customer Testimonials). The 2 side walls and roof sections are one piece either 12' or 16' long, not several sections bolted together like other manufacturers kits. The structural integrity of a Sun Country greenhouse is second to none, no matter what the price. The greenhouse is covered with hail resistant Lexan Corrugated polycarbonate panels which allow 90% light transmission. Each sheet is UV coated and comes with a 10 year limited warranty against yellowing. The 9' x 12' greenhouse kits with corrugated polycarbonate covering are priced at $4400.00 plus taxes, the 9' x 16' kits @ $4800.00 (kits only available locally see Contact Page). The Sun Country Greenhouse Company's kits are easy to assemble (less than 4 hours), all the vents are in place and the door is hung. Simply connect the 2 roof sections and lift the roof onto the 2 side walls that are attached to the rear end wall. Slide the front end wall into place and connect, voila you are done, the greenhouse is up and ready for many years of gardening.

Site Prep: You don't need to put polycarbonate covered greenhouse kits on a cement pad or footing even if you're in a frost zone. The Lexan will flex if the ground under the greenhouse kit heaves and will not break like glass. A glass hobby greenhouse should have a cement foundation below the frost line. Clear a site one foot wider and longer than the dimensions of the kit and dig down about 6 inches to clear away any sod or roots. Level...add 4 inches of sandy gravel (called 3/4 down) level and tamp down. After it's packed and level, lay down black landscaping material to keep out unwanted plants. Set the greenhouse kit down and fill the remainder on the inside and out with decorative stone (pea gravel or limestone rock). The foundation consists of a 2x4 pressure treated footing, a cedar 4x4 and a cedar 2x4 sill (6 1/2" high in total). The pressure treated footing will not be visible on the inside or out. In windy areas you can make your own hurricane anchors by running a "T" piece of rebar thru the foundation three feet into the ground at each corner.

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The History of Greenhouses: Some Interesting Facts

Greenhouses have come a long way since the wealthy Europeans and Americans used them to grow oranges and pineapples in glass structures known as orangeries and pineries. These structures became status symbols as well as a practical way to grow fruits, vegetables and exotic plants. One of the earliest known greenhouses was built around 30 A.D. for the Roman emperor Tiberius. Remember glass had not been invented so the "Specularium" was  painstakingly fabricated from tiny translucent sheets of mica. All this was done to satisfy Tiberius's cravings for cucumbers out of season. It wasn't until 1599 that the first practical greenhouse was designed by Jules Charles a French botanist. It was built in (where else) Leiden Holland and used primarily to grow medicinal tropical plants. One of the favorite plants of the day came from the Tamarind (an Indian date) whose fruit was made into a curative drink.The idea caught on and greenhouses began spreading throughout Europe. The French, who had a love of a new fruit, the orange, began building orangeries to protect the trees from frost. These structures were cumbersome. One structure built by Soloman de Caus in 1619 in Heidelburg which held 340 orange trees. It had a removable roof that had to be painstakingly put up and taken down during the frost season. Experimenting with angled glass walls & heating flues to improve the efficiency of greenhouses went on throughout the 17th century. New technologies and improved glass led to larger and more elaborate structures that housed plants simply to please the eyes and palates of  the European aristocracy. The Palace of Versailles was an example of the elaborate efforts of the royalty to build bigger and more spectacular orangeries. The Versailles orangery was more than 500 feet long, 42 feet wide, and 45 feet high. It had a southern exposure for light and heat. Despite the elaborateness of these structures, it was the Victorian age in England that ushered in the golden era of the greenhouse. By the end of the mid nineteenth century glass was plentiful and the prohibitive taxes were repealed. The wealthy began competing with each other to build the most elaborate greenhouse, again primarily just to grow citrus fruits and rare flowers. Little thought was given to using the greenhouse for a complete range of food production. The soaring conservatory at Kew Gardens in England is a prime example of the Victorian greenhouse. There is a replica in San Fransisco's Golden Gate Park called the Conservatory of Flowers. In America the first greenhouse on record was built around 1737 by Andrew Faneuil, a wealthy Boston merchant. Like his European  predecessors, Faneuil used it primarily to grow fruit. The concept spread slowly, since almost all greenhouses were built for the wealthy. George Washington, perhaps the richest man in America, craved pineapples and ordered a pinery built at Mt. Vernon so he could serve pineapples to his guests. By 1825, greenhouses were becoming increasingly common. Many of the greenhouses were heated by furnace warmed air, some were pit greenhouses built into the earth and heated largely by south facing windows. This is a design that remains highly practical today. Indeed the modern concept of the greenhouse is simple and practical. No longer is it the private domain of the monied class but something anyone interested in gardening can have for relatively little cost. Today a greenhouse can go virtually anywhere there is space. Greenhouses can be attached to a house, placed in a backyard or perched on a deck, roof or balcony. In addition greenhouses are becoming more automated, reducing the time and care owners much spend. With new materials available today such as aluminum, pvc piping, fiberglass, acrylic, and polycarbonate panels as well as pressure treated wood ensures the consumer that their greenhouse will stand the test of time. Long gone are the days of shattered glass, poor ventilation, over heated and poorly heated greenhouses.

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Whether choosing a greenhouse kit or building from greenhouse plans there are four wood frame styles or Designs to choose from. For technical specifications and how to apply, cut and clean polycarbonate panels visit our Lexan Corrugated and Lexan Thermoclear web pages. Compare the clarity: Lexan Twin-wall vs. Lexan Corrugated polycarbonate. There are other Greenhouse Coverings to choose from including glass, fiberglass & acrylics. Besides being beautiful to look at we use Western Red Cedar to frame our greenhouse kits because of it's resistance to rot and insects. We have Free Solar greenhouse plans you can download for an eco friendly greenhouse, you can also download free Lean-to greenhouse plans for a greenhouse that attaches to your home or garage or free Gambrel greenhouse plans for a barn shaped greenhouse. See our customer's greenhouse kits at our Photo Gallery or watch our hobby greenhouse YouTube Videos. Free potting bench plans, information about lighting, ventilation, pests and diseases can be found at Gardening Tips.

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