Residential Greenhouse Plans

Ceres Residential Greenhouse Plans

  • Solar Greenhouse with self-watering planter
  • Year-Round Greenhouse
  • Year-Round Greenhouse and chicken coop_Ceres Greenhouses
  • Attached solar greenhouse

Create a slice of Costa Rica, right in your backyard

We’ve designed our greenhouses to be durable, energy-efficient, year-round growing environments, and also easy and efficient to build. With our pre-engineered greenhouse plans, we have taken the time, cost and guess-work out of building a back-yard solar greenhouse. Greenhouse dimensions and roof layout are designed to reduce waste and installation time. Our materials list allows you to easily and quickly purchase durable materials. All in all, we’ve taken the trial and error out of building a year-round solar greenhouse, so you can get growing.

 

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Ceres Proven Year-Round Greenhouse Design

Features

  • Insulated, wood framed walls with R-14 insulation minimum
  • Water and mold resistant siding
  • Double-pane glass windows on South, East and West (East and West windows are operable)
  • Window and door trim
  • Insulated fiberglass door
  • Triple-wall polycarbonate roof, fastening system (creates water proof seal), and aluminum trim
  • Structural Engineering: Structure and roof framing engineered for 30 lbs / sq. ft. snow load and 130 mph wind load.
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Note: Plans provide framing layout and materials, but do not give step by step instructions on how to stick frame a structure. We recommend some building experience. If you do not have building experience we recommend hiring a local contractor.

8′ x 10′ Greenhouse

Includes:

  • Ceres’ optimized greenhouse design showing dimensions, materials and layouts for year-round 8′ x 10′ greenhouse
  • Construction document set (framing plans) including elevations and wall section
  • Engineering: Standard greenhouse plans are designed for 130 mph wind gusts and 30 lbs./ sq. ft. snow load. (Plans can be engineered for higher snow and wind loads and / or stamped by an engineer. Additional charges may apply.)
  • Materials list and sourcing information (you can also purchase greenhouse-specific materials, such as roofing materials, through us)
  • Instructions on installing polycarbonate roofing
  • Optimized integration for GAHT system (sold separately)

Plans Package for standard sizes: $595.

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10′ x 12′ Greenhouse

Includes:

  • Ceres’ optimized greenhouse design showing dimensions, materials and layouts for year-round 10′ x 12′ greenhouse
  • Construction document set (framing plans) including elevations and wall section
  • Engineering: Standard greenhouse plans are designed for 130 mph wind gusts and 30 lbs./ sq. ft. snow load. (Plans can be engineered for higher snow and wind loads and / or stamped by an engineer. Additional charges may apply.)
  • Materials list and sourcing information (you can also purchase greenhouse-specific materials, such as roofing materials, through us)
  • Instructions on installing polycarbonate roofing
  • Optimized integration for GAHT system (sold separately)

Plans Package for standard sizes: $595. Electronic PDFs and / or hardcopy provided.

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12′ x 16′ Greenhouse

Includes:

  • Ceres’ optimized greenhouse design showing dimensions, materials and layouts for year-round 12′ x 16′ greenhouse
  • Construction document set (framing plans) including elevations and wall section
  • Engineering: Standard greenhouse plans are designed for 130 mph wind gusts and 30 lbs./ sq. ft. snow load. (Plans can be engineered for higher snow and wind loads and / or stamped by an engineer. Additional charges may apply.)
  • Materials list and sourcing information (you can also purchase greenhouse-specific materials, such as roofing materials, through us)
  • Instructions on installing polycarbonate roofing
  • Optimized integration for GAHT system (sold separately)

Plans Package for standard sizes: $595. Electronic PDFs and / or hardcopy provided.

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12′ x 20′ Greenhouse

Includes:

  • Ceres’ optimized greenhouse design showing dimensions, materials and layouts for year-round 12′ x 20′ greenhouse
  • Construction document set (framing plans) including elevations and wall section
  • Engineering: Standard greenhouse plans are designed for 130 mph wind gusts and 30 lbs./ sq. ft. snow load. (Plans can be engineered for higher snow and wind loads and / or stamped by an engineer. Additional charges may apply.)
  • Materials list and sourcing information (you can also purchase greenhouse-specific materials, such as roofing materials, through us)
  • Instructions on installing polycarbonate roofing
  • Optimized integration for GAHT system (sold separately)

Plans Package for standard sizes: $595. Electronic PDFs and / or hardcopy provided.

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12′ x 24′ Greenhouse

Includes:

  • Ceres’ optimized greenhouse design showing dimensions, materials and layouts for year-round 12′ x 24′ greenhouse
  • Construction document set (framing plans) including elevations and wall section
  • Engineering: Standard greenhouse plans are designed for 130 mph wind gusts and 30 lbs./ sq. ft. snow load. (Plans can be engineered for higher snow and wind loads and / or stamped by an engineer. Additional charges may apply.)
  • Materials list and sourcing information (you can also purchase greenhouse-specific materials, such as roofing materials, through us)
  • Instructions on installing polycarbonate roofing
  • Optimized integration for GAHT system (sold separately)

Plans Package for standard sizes: $595. Electronic PDFs and / or hardcopy provided.

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Why $595?

Ceres engineered plans include all the information you need to build a durable, year-round greenhouse. Our plans are designed to provide a long-lasting structure that is safe, and can grow year-round with minimal heating and cooling costs.
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Custom Greenhouse Design

Want to create your own unique greenhouse design and style?

We provide consulting, design and architectural framing and engineering services for custom design, engineering and construction documents for custom greenhouses. Custom greenhouse designs are based on the project, and typically range between $600 and $2,500 depending on size and complexity. We also work with clients existing architects or engineers. Please contact us for more information.

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FAQs – Year-Round Residential Greenhouses

The cost of a year round greenhouse depends on a lot of things, primarily the size, how you source the materials and who builds it. To give you a general idea, some growers use recycled materials and do all the work themselves and spend as little as a few hundred dollars for a residential solar greenhouse. More commonly, growers buy new materials that will last longer, and outsource some or most of the work. A common range is to spend $5,000 to $20,000 for a durable and energy-efficient back yard greenhouse.

This varies greatly by location, and what you are trying to grow. In areas with mild winters, passive solar greenhouses can grow year-round without any back-up heating. Greenhouses in cold areas can even grow very hardy crops year-round without heating, as Eliot Coleman has proved on his farm in Maine. However, to grow a wider variety of crops, in most cold climates an energy-efficient greenhouse will require some back-up heating. This is usually turned on during a few very cold nights a year — the extreme cold snaps — when a GAHT system, thermal mass, or phase change material is not sufficient to keep temperatures high enough.

Residential growers typically add an electric heater for the coldest times of the year. Commercial growers typically integrate propane or electric heat. We can help you integrate a back-up heater when designing your commercial greenhouse.

Yes! We specialize in custom greenhouse design and engineering. Attached greenhouses have many advantages, such as provide passive solar heating for the home. However, they require specialized materials for an energy-efficient structure that won’t be a climate burden for the home. We work with architects and local contractors, adding our expertise in building durable, beautiful and efficient greenhouses.

Yes, we work with clients all over the world. Our standard greenhouse plans, and custom designs can be applied to greenhouses in any location. We often customize the greenhouse to optimize performance for year-round growing in your climate.

Many solar greenhouse designers recommend using a roof angle that is perpendicular to the angle of the sun in the winter. While this does indeed maximize light transmission in the winter, the effect of a lower angle is not severe. We explain this relationship much further in our blog, Choosing the Best Roof Angle for your Greenhouse. Furthermore, there are a few logistical challenges to creating very steep pitch — you cannot use glass view windows on the south; it can reduce head room or create a awkwardly tall greenhouse. Due to these pros and cons, most of our residential growers are built with a shed-style roof. If you have a need for a steeply pitched roof, just ask us about our custom greenhouse design services.

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

303.495.5006
4760 Walnut St., Suite 106
Boulder, CO 80301
United States