Hot houses are heated greenhouses that are used to grow tender plants. They are especially useful for tropical plants that require high temperature and humidity levels. Hot houses are an extremely useful tool for garden expansion, but they must be built properly to garner all of their benefits. Read below for tips on how to build your own hot house.
Design your hot house on paper before building. Remember that most hot houses are generally about 8x10 feet. The frame of the hot house will be a 2x4 frame covered by fiberglass or plastic. The amount of each material needed will depend on the design of your hot house.
Use metal braces to screw together the wall sections of your hot house. Leave room for a door on one side, which should be about 2x6 feet. Nail 2x4s together to form the roof of the hot house. Place one or two of these in the center of the roof for support. Attach hinges to one end of the fiberglass or plastic you will use as covering, and then attach this material to your roof. After the fiberglass or plastic is attached to the roof, you can add it around the other parts of your hot house.
Next, use the 2x4s to make the door to your hot house, and then cover this in fiberglass or plastic. Attach the door into the doorframe your created earlier. Use a space heater, kerosene heater or solar heater as your hot house's heat source. Also install a fan to cool the hot house as needed. If you implement any electrical devices in your hot house, make sure the wires are protected and secure. Wires that are exposed to excessive heat and humidity can become a safety issue if not secured properly. To monitor the temperature, place a thermometer in a shady part of the hot house.