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Buying a Greenhouse (5)

Could this be used as a sunroom? Would it be able to heat and cool it?

A Hartley greenhouse is not a double pane sunroom, it’s more a horticultural space and not really a living space. However for generations, many customers have their Hartley greenhouses attached to their home to utilize the sunny space through the year in all types of climates.  Please feel free to contact us at our office and we’ll be happy to discuss your project to see if we can help you with the project.

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Can you give me a rough idea or a percentage of the cost of shipping and your installation on a Victorian Lodge greenhouse in Pittsburgh, PA. We would have the site prepared and foundation completed. Thank you.

I’d say rough estimate for shipping and installation on a Hartley Victorian Lodge greenhouse adds about 20% to the cost.  Please feel free to contact us at the Hartley Botanic USA office  tel 781-933-1993 and we’ll be happy to discuss your project and prepare a detailed proposal for you.

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Are lean to greenhouses separate from the house structure? We have a small lot but a great site for a lean to greenhouse. Concerned about zoning issue. If structure is separate, there is no issue but if attached might be a problem. Thanks

We’d first recommend speaking with your local building department and perhaps sharing our Hartley greenhouses brochure with them.  You could reference the closest general concept photos to what you had in mind for your project to get their feedback on any local codes.  Technically, a lean-to greenhouse design would be a separate structure attached to the abutting wall of your home.  The lean-to is usually designed around an existing door to the home so you can separate the greenhouse zone whenever you desire.  We can manufacture a Hartley greenhouse door to exit the greenhouse to your gardens.

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Why not make the cost of these structures easier to locate? Unless prices become easier to find online, I'll certainly be purchasing my greenhouse elsewhere. (Requiring contact info before offering a price is so very 20th century.)

Thanks for your feedback and your interest in a Hartley Botanic Greenhouse. One of the benefits of a Hartley Botanic Greenhouse is the ability to customize to each person’s needs. Size, shape and color are all able to be built the way you need or want it. The reason we ask for your details is so we can have a short conversation with you about your project, which helps guide you down the right path for all elements of your project. Following the call, we send you a beautiful brochure with a price list showing the starting prices for each of our structures. In addition, you can certainly call our office, or you can Request a Callback and we can call you and we are happy to give you as much information on pricing and possibilities as we can. I apologize if our process doesn’t work for you, but please understand it is only done to ensure we offer the very best information and service to our customers.

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Do you provide installation service?

Yes we do provide an assembly service for our greenhouses in the US. The greenhouses in the Tradition Range are priced for self assembly.

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Greenhouse Maintenance (2)

I purchased a V & N Hartley semi-dodecahedron greenhouse druid hand. To move it I carefully removed every glass from the frame. Unfortunately some were broken. Also the trim and the glass was brittle and I would not want to use it when I replace the glass in the frame once I set the frame in it's new location. Is it possible to purchase new trim? In addition I have misplaced some of the clips that secure the glass panes in the frame. Are those available for purchase? If the trim is not available could a bead of sealant be applied to the frame and then the glass placed on the sealant?

We can supply the Thermal Plastic Rubber but no longer supply the clips, please call to discuss your needs in more detail 01457 873244 (UK) 781 933 1993 (USA)

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Heating a Greenhouse (1)

Preparing the site for a Hartley Greenhouse (3)

This is the style I am interested in https://hartley-botanic.com/product/victorian-lodge-coldframes-us/, I am going to build the greenhouse on a hillside. You know the framework of the greenhouse is metal, I am wondering how to make sure the greenhouse is lightning safe. Do I need to install a rob? Or simply have it grounded is enough? Or is the greenhouse lightning safe in nature (aka, does it work just as a Faraday cage in this case). It would be deeply appreciated if your company can share some material with me to improve its lightning safety when I am preparing the site. Thanks in advance.

Being of highly conductive Aluminium, Hartley Greenhouses would readily conduct lightning to ground if struck.  Additionally, the larger Victorian structures are anchored with steel or stainless steel rods at the main frame positions and these route either partially or fully down through the wall (as on a Victorian Lodge – 8 positions).  As we have no recorded instance of one of our structures ever being hit, we cannot give any estimate of the likely damage that would occur should this happen.  A lightning rod may reduce the likelihood of severe damage, but as we have no established product in this area, sourcing, installation and maintenance would be entirely the owners responsibility.  We cannot advise that a Hartley Glasshouse be used as a safe haven during an electrical storm, but being inside would be better than no shelter at all as long as contact with the metalwork is avoided.  For more information on safe havens please follow this link http://www.growingformarket.com/articles/lightning-safety

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We are considering one of your greenhouses in a lean to configuration against the side of our existing house. The house is currently a wood/painted cedar clapboard siding. What considerations are necessary for the exterior wall of the house where the lean to attaches, for example will the heat and or moisture damage or destroy the siding or does the siding need to be replaced with a stone face of some sort.

You wouldn’t need to replace cedar with stone/brick.  Most have their builder ensure to have some type of vapor barrier on abutting wall behind the cedar siding.  The homeowner’s builder would strip the cedar siding off, and have a vapor barrier in place (and there is probably already one in place), and also install flashing to flashing lines noted on the Hartley drawings.  Then, once Hartley is erecting the glasshouse, the homeowner’s builder/GC would bend the flashing down over the greenhouse’s flashing and then re-install the cedar siding.  Finally, you may wish to power wash the common wall once a year, say in the dead of summer, which would most likely be the time your greenhouse is empty and before you get ready for your upcoming greenhouse season.

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