6 Reasons Why You Should Build a Wooden Greenhouse in Your Backyard

Last updated on August 11, 2023

Are you still on the fence about building a greenhouse in your backyard? Here are the six reasons why you should go with the wooden option. Read on!

If you are interested in setting up your own wooden greenhouse within the confines of your backyard, you are probably wondering if your choice is valid. The truth is, a wooden greenhouse would be a good choice for your backyard, especially if you are planning to use it a lot.

Some people plan to build rather large greenhouses since they have sufficient space in their backyard. Others may have to be content with small, functional greenhouses since they only have a small space to work with. Whichever holds true for you, a wooden greenhouse is a good option. 

wooden greenhouse
Source: swgreenhouses.co.uk

Here are some of the wonderful reasons for constructing a wooden greenhouse for your backyard. For those who would like to buy a greenhouse instead, a good range of wooden greenhouses at www.swgreenhouses.co.uk is available too. Buying a new greenhouse can be a good option for those who are short on time or skills and need a greenhouse fast. 

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Helps You Pursue Your Hobby

greenhouse gardening

One thing to be said in favor of gardening is that it is an addictive past time that is very rewarding. You get to exercise daily as you go about taking care of your plants. You also get to plan ahead for the fall and winter months when sunlight is at a minimum but you still want to do gardening. If you have your own wooden greenhouse, that means you will be active every day of the year. It also means you will get to harvest from your greenhouse plants regularly so that you have fresh vegetables all the time. 

If your gardening efforts pay off, you will have enough for your household and possibly have a surplus that you can share with friends and relatives. Who knows, maybe they will want to build their own wooden greenhouses too if they like what yours looks like and what it does for you. 

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Great Aesthetic Value 

greenhouse visual appeal

Building a backyard greenhouse out of wood is appealing because you may like the way wood looks and feels as a material. Compared to steel which is cold and not really aesthetically pleasing, wood tends to lend some “character” to the appearance of your greenhouse. If there is plenty of wood lying around your property, you can probably repurpose the wood to serve as the walls, floors, and roofing frame of your preferred greenhouse. 

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Can Acquire Construction Plans Online For It 

greenhouse construction

If you are serious about gardening, building a wooden greenhouse or a shed can easily become a DIY project. All you need to do is to find a source of free construction plans online first. This gives you many options if you want to veer away from the usual rectangular box-type of greenhouses. For example, you can try building a geodesic dome greenhouse which is said to be durable and easy to build (if you can follow the instructions). You can also check what tools you would need for the project and where you could buy those tools if you don’t have any. That applies to learning about the other construction materials you would need as well.  

To make it truly a DIY project, it is important to constantly check the plan you sourced online, just to see if you are following the instructions closely. Take note though that a greenhouse is quite a big project to do on your own. So, it makes sense to hire a builder if you feel you are out of your depth with this project. 

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Can Choose More Than One Kind of Wood 

construction wood planks

If there are many types of wood available in your area, you may be able to get more than one kind of wood as construction materials for your greenhouse. The benefit of this is that some types of wood may be desirable for your greenhouse floor, while others could do well as the walls and roofing frame. It’s okay though if all you have is one kind of wood and there is plenty of it. 

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Builders in Your Area May Know How to Work With Wood 


Since you probably will need help for working on your greenhouse, you should inquire with several builders as to how they would build a wooden greenhouse for you. Just check if they are familiar with the kind of wood you have available. If they are, then that is a good option. Some builders may also be more comfortable using wood since it is easier to rectify mistakes, as compared to using steel for construction. 

Of course, if you can’t find any builders who have the skills necessary for you to build a greenhouse, buying a new greenhouse remains a stand-by option. 

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Final Appearance May Match Look of Main House 

greenhouse design

You definitely have a choice as to what your greenhouse should look like. If you are able to match the appearance of your main house, through paint selection and minor architectural details, then that sort of unifies the whole look together. But you can also just choose a different style for your greenhouse. It really depends on your preference. 

It is advisable though to keep the harmony of the designs, even if you want a different style for your greenhouse. This could be an interesting effort for you, especially if you are rather artistic and can draw what you expect the greenhouse to look like in its final form. It doesn’t seem artistically pleasing to have a house that is modern minimalist in architecture, for example, then build a fancy wooden barn-like greenhouse in the backyard. At the very least, some architectural details and the paint scheme should be retained in common between the two structures. 

Your greenhouse may just be an idea in your head right now, but that is where all great plans start. The key is to know how to take that idea and then start to work to make it a reality. It will take knowledge, talents, skills, and patience to start on the greenhouse construction project. If you can, do hire a builder team so that the project will not be overwhelming. A wooden greenhouse is a good idea and many gardeners have set up their own already. Be sure to plan each construction stage carefully and you will be able to create your own great-looking and functional greenhouse soon. 

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