Greenhouse renovation?

My greenhouse is very old and I haven't used it much for the last few years, for a variety of reasons. Today I thought I would sort it out to get ready for some seed sowing, but it's not in any fit state to use. It's been penetrated by ivy and some of the panes have slipped a little bit, letting in water in several places. I've pulled off the ivy and emptied containers full of water, the next thing would be to clear the benches and floor and give it all a good scrub. Not sure if I dare try the electrics! But is it worth it? Are there companies who would come and renovate a greenhouse? Or should I knock it down and invest in a new one? It's large, about 5m x 3m, and I don't need to grow indoor food crops.






  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    wow imagekeep it . find someone to renovate the worst  bits and get a quote for a full job

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    looks nice from here landgirl. What's the state of the wood?

  • Rotten in places, hard as iron in others. All the putty-type stuff that holds the glass in has broken up.

    I did advertise the job on one of those websites where tradesmen are supposed to come back to you with a quote, but no response. I'm not sure where to look for a greenhouse renovator! It was last done about 16 years ago, my OH and I took out all the glass and cleaned it, and he built the coldframes (two of which have lost their glass lids). Since he passed away it's not really been touched and I can't do much on my own. 

    Off to do a bit more, think I'll tackle the cobwebs and tidy the pots!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    I'm sorry landgirl, I didn't know you'd lost your OH. There'd be a lot of things here that would be beyond me if I were on my own. Some things are getting a bit hard with both of us.

    I think the amount of time required to renovate a GH like yours would make it an expensive job. But it's a lovely looking building and it would be a shame to lose it.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800
    What a lovely GH. And would cost a fortune to replace it, I am replacing mine but it isn't a beautiful construction like yours, just a stainless steel frame with very fragile glass of which a lot is broken and the door isn't even worth using!

    I can't give you any advice I'm afraid as I'm new to all this but I hope you get sorted out. Could a handyman type person maybe do something with it?
  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    Wow! That is a lovely greenhouse. I agree with Edd. It would be such a shame to pull down such a lovely greenhouse.

  • I feel encouraged now - thanks folks. To me, the greenhouse appears old, tired and shabby - bit like me, really!

    Thanks for the kind words, nut - I do miss him, and not just for all the jobs he could do! 

    I've done a bit more tidying, did you know that plastic bags disintegrate into millions of pieces after a while?image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    they do landgirl.

    I heard it summed up in a discussion as 'they break up but they never break down'.

    This gardens has lots of little bits of blue plastic from dumped fertilizer sacks. 


    You're right Edd.

  • Agree with edd, hate carrier bags, find bits everywhere all the time! 

    Landgirl, thats a truly amazing greenhouse, what I'd give to have that! All I've got is an 8x6 bought for £50 a couple of years ago, apparently it was about 20 years old when I purchased it, and is missing the railing to keep the door in place and a pane of glass on the door too, can't afford anything decent. Please do keep it image

  • Landgirl you have a PM


  • plotskierplotskier Posts: 65


    Busy renovating my mother's old wooden greenhouse . It is about 40 years old and was built by my father (supplied in kit form by Pratten ltd) who is now 84 but has given me loads of advice on how to do it up. It is 16' x 12' . I reckon yours is 18' x 12' if the panes are 2' square. I have been using my father's old wooden extension  ladders to do the roof and glazing bars today. Previous painters have cracked a few panes so do it myself. I've been on about 3 days now cos weather is good. It just takes time as there are many rotten bits - two roof windows and both gable ends but the doors and risers are ok. I use Ronseal Wood Hardener after I've dug out the bad wood, leave it for two hours, then fill it with Ronseal wood filler +hardener. Then I use a large, flat scraper to scrape off the old paint , prime any bare wood , and then top coat with Crown  Solo One Coat. Will send pics if you like.

    Have you sorted yours out yet?

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