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Skills to acquire: mason, woodworking and perhaps glass cutting
Skills to acquire: mason, woodworking and perhaps glass cutting
Status: waiting for approval of the building plan, getting parts
Status: getting parts
==The plan==
==The plan==

Revision as of 16:40, 7 August 2016

Participants Narya
Skills glass cutting, recycling, building, electronics
Status Getting parts
Niche Other
Purpose Infrastructure

Green houses that are on sale are either ugly or expensive. With a bit of planning, patience and diy it should be possible to make a nice orangerie from second-hand material.

Skills to acquire: mason, woodworking and perhaps glass cutting

Status: getting parts

The plan

  • Search for free/cheap material on marktplaats. Bricks, doors, windows and pieces of glass are very often offered for free
  • Make foundation, build low walls, build the frame, build glass walls
  • Initially use plastic as windows. Replace the plastic piece by piece with (stained) glass found on marktplaats
  • Monitor and act on stuff with raspberry pi




Acquired materials

  • bricks (recycled from garden)
  • 2 doors (via friends)
  • 1 window 160x100cm (via marktplaats)
  • 2 rain barrels (via neighbour)
  • 4 windows for 3 walls (via neighbour)


  • Raspberry pi with screen and a few buttons


  • solar panel
  • battery

Climate control

Heat exchange by blowing hot air into the ground during the day (and heat the water of the soil) and blow warm air from the ground into the greenhouse at night

  • 10m flexible tube
  • computer fan (perhaps two)
  • temperature sensors at start and end of the tube


Sensors greenhouse

  • temperature
  • humidity (air)
  • humidity (pots/ground)
  • sunlight
  • doors and windows open/closed
  • webcam (time lapse)
  • water level of barrel

See WeatherDuino


  • alert when barrel is empty
  • watering system
  • open window when temperature and/or humidity is too high
  • website with measurements