Buying a greenhouse from a supplier, then assembling it yourself can save you hundreds of pounds on construction costs – and the bigger the structure, the more you’ll save. You could also save on ground levelling, building foundations and laying paths inside the greenhouse. None of this is beyond the capabilties of an experienced DIY-er, especially as all greenhouses come with full instructions.
Find out about siting a greenhouse.
The construction skills required are basic, but good preparation is key. First, level the site and lay the foundations. If you’re on an exposed site, or simply want to conceal the structure, it’s worth putting up fences or screens.
Once the greenhouse arrives, go through all the kit and check all the pieces are there. Read the instructions carefully, so you can visualise how the structure fits together. Be sure to enlist some helpers – two or three people are needed to assemble a greenhouse.
Here’s our advice on building a greenhouse.
Install the glass in one go. Don’t leave the greenhouse partially glazed over night – a strong gust of wind can break the fixed glazing panels and bend the frame.