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Moved house at the tail end of the year, unfortunately I no longer have a conservatory which I used to start off my dahlias. Have always fancied a greenhouse anyway and this is likely forcing the issue, only problem would be where to put it so looking for suggestions if anyone can help please?

Looking out from the house is roughly SSW, the lawn is on a slight uphill slope.



  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,637
    How big will your greenhouse be? The left hand corner next to your neighbour's shed looks like a contender but remember to factor in enough space all around for cleaning and maintenance access.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    Size TBD.

    Wasn't sure how much sun it would get if it's close to the fence there.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,614
    I know that they are a bit more money but I had toughened glass in mine it just gives that added peace of mind.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,229
    I wonder how much shade you'd get spring and autumn from the neighbouring houses?
    I have that problem with mine at those times of year because the sun isn't high enough to clear the trees and houses on the other side of the road.
    I only use mine for tomatoes, so it isn't a huge deal as they still get plenty of light, but it's worth considering as it might affect what you're intending to grow. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    The sun in spring and autumn is a bit of an unknown quantity. I suspect it will be good with enough space between the houses but if it's sited close to the fence it may always be an issue.

    Have been thinking about the area I've marked here to ensure plenty of sun (photo from house advert, I do not and will not be owning any trampolines...) -

    Only issue would then be getting the base level. Is it fair to assume that would be a fairly bread and butter job for a landscaper?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,972
    It looks like it may be a bit a squeeze if you need to get something into the back garden from the front - unless there's another side entrance on the other side.
    It doesn't look like there's much space between the house and the greenhouse.
    Maybe move the g/h site a couple more feet onto the lawn
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,229
    edited January 2022
    Is there room further to the left [as you look at the photo] so that the right hand side of the greenhouse would line up with the left side of the path?
    Lined up with that other timber shed/storage box.
    Or a combination of that and @Pete.8's suggestion, if there's not enough space.  :)

    Meant to say - levelling wouldn't be difficult either. The incline doesn't look any more than my plot when I did the base for the shed when I moved it. Slabs and a bit of concrete.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,164
    My initial instinct was to put it in the area where the trampoline was. Going from your initial photos, the left hand side as you look out from the patio doors. Failing that, maybe halfway along the rear fence line where that small section of paving slabs is ? If it's in the middle of the lawn, could be fun when manoeuvring the lawn mower.

    As previously mentioned, access all round needs to be considered , plus do you want services such as electricity and/or water to it ? If your garden faces SSW, generally l'm assuming it's very sunny, and temperatures can rocket inside a greenhouse even in the early part of the year.
    Other factors to consider are what you want to use it for. If it's mainly for starting seedlings and dahlias for example, what will be in it over the Summer and Autumn months ?
    Will it be metal or wood, and will it be glass to ground or "half timbered" ? You could maybe consider setting it at an angle as opposed to straight on.

    Finally, any landscaper worth the name should be able to organise a level site. See if you can get recommendations from the neighbours or try something like Trust a Trader, and make sure you see examples of their work. 
    I'm sure you'll get a lot of enjoyment from your greenhouse, l certainly do from mine  :)
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 1,938
    The position you have outlined in red, with perhaps @Fairygirl's suggestion to move it slightly to the left would be my choice, for two reasons:

    1. You'll probably get the most sun there.
    2. Greenhouses look great when they are full of thriving growth but they can be unsightly out of season when they are often used for storage.  I wouldn't want to be looking at a greenhouse full of clutter in the gloom of autumn and winter.  In this position it won't spoil the view from your house!
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  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    Sorry meant to get back to this before now. There is some room further left but not a huge amount. Will see if I can find any decent landscapers as there's more of a slope here than the photo shows.

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