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So we currently have a small 6ftx8ft polycarbonate/aluminium greenhouse and quite out of the blue Mrs Wilderbeast has asked if I'd like a big showy 1 that wouldn't look so ugly and be more productive.

I'd like a dwarf wall greenhouse, we have all the bricks and I can build the base and wall (being a small builder has its perks). I'm going to lay a concrete base and path leaving out beds to allow planting directly into the ground. The base will be wider on 1 side to accommodate water butts and storage for pots etc. 

Material choice is my sticking point, I'd prefer aluminium as it's it's maintenance free while Mrs Wilderbeast says wood as it's nicer to look at. I've looked at a thermowood greenhouse that comes with a 10year guarantee but Im rather skeptical about its longevity, has anyone got any feedback either way ? It's going to be big 8ftx16ft 


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    How exciting! Although I agree with Mrs.W about appearance, aluminium is much more practical and looks ok if you get the coated sort.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,262
    Lucky you!!
    I have a Rhino Premium which was installed 4 years ago and I'm thrilled with it.
    It comes with lots of extras and I had powder coated aluminium. I got the blinds too which are invaluable.
    It looks great and has been very productive
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,172
    Another vote here for Rhino .... not the cheapest but I think it is actually value for money for the quality you get.
    Best decision we made.

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

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  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,273
    We have a Cultivar greenhouse made out of accoya wood which has a 70 year guarantee. That’ll see me out. They’re not cheap but they are lovely.
    Rutland, England
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,364
    Sounds like DIY is your forte?  Uprights using plastic for posts as used by picket fence providers.  Rest of frame using more of the same or square section plastic pipe with wood inserts.  Cladding with corrugated clear plastic using standard fixings.  Any good?
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    Thanks all seems rhino don't do a dwarf wall greenhouse (well can't find it on there website). Had some inspiration and spoke to my window supplier and he's going to do my a price for sides and a door and then look at putting a polycarbonate roof on it. I'll update when or if anything happens, In the meantime I've ripped out the bathroom to refit that and curry more favour with Mrs Wilderbeast 🤣🤣😀
  • We're considering a Rhino Premium as our first greenhouse. Any views on the best base? We have clay soil and it would be simpler to have it installed directly on the soil which is an option for a Rhino. 
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813
    With Rhino they give you a contact to someone who has bought one locally and you can go and look at it and discuss it with the owner.

    I did and it was a great GH.
    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
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