designed for the way women work.
What’s that noise?” my husband Tom asked. “Oh that? It’s just the cement truck backing up in the yard,” I answered. Last week it was the jack hammer digging the hole in our yard.
When I said I wanted to build a greenhouse I did not mean the kind you pick out of a greenhouse catalog and construct in a weekend if you are a “handy do it yourselfer.” I meant the kind that is attached to your house, and you can walk into on a cold snowy day in winter to pick lemons from your lemon tree.
Planning A Greenhouse Can be Blissfully Complicated
Call it part of my charm, but my idea of a greenhouse is extremely involved. First, we enlisted a talented architect friend up the road, Eduardo Faxas, to help design the greenhouse so it will look like it belongs to the house, since it will be visible from the front. Then we made the decision to bring in the local building inspector and build a cement foundation ‘to code’ just in case we ever want to dismantle the greenhouse and create a real room with insulation and flooring, etc. (With a lesser foundation we would not have that option down the road). It is also better for resale value because a greenhouse could be seen as undesirable by prospective buyers.
Last spring we did some interior renovations in my Womanswork home office and while the office was torn apart for that, we had the doorway to the future greenhouse installed. We call it the ‘door to nowhere.’ For now.
We are trying to get the greenhouse foundation wall completed and the cement slab poured before winter sets in. My stepdaughter Eve and I have been donning our work gloves and shoveling in top soil around the wall to make it easier for our mason to continue his work. The actual construction of the greenhouse will take place next spring when temperatures permit outdoor work again. Where we live (Dutchess County, NY), it is cold by mid-November. It won’t warm up until April or May.