Hi everyone, I'm researching greenhouses. I did a search for HFGH in the forums and I came up with lots and lots of both positive and negative feedback. I'm considering the 6x8 or the cold frame. What's your experience with them?
I have the 6x8 and like it.For the money you can't go wrong. I have no complaints but one. It is small but like everyone who responds it depends on your particular use in mind. I would spend a couple hundred more and get the 8x10.
You get what you pay for.
If you had to choose, what way would you go? Form or function?
How would you redesign this exterior?
Marble Shower: If you had to do it over, would you do it again?
would you do full glass or a pony wall for the shower?
I would recommend it, BUT WITH CONDITIONS...you owe it to yourself to spend the time and effort to follow the construction advice of others on GW, including the reinforcement suggestions. I did NOT do all the rear wall reinforcements and those upper panels have blown out 2 times and once I lost several side panels when hurricane type winds passed through. Everything else has held up.
If you have a few grand or more to spend and money is not an issue for you, then I'd spend it and get a really great GH, if you dont and you really want a functional and good sized GH, then buy a HFGH and pay good attention to the structural enhancements necessary to give it the extra support it needs.
I have the smaller 6X8' HFGH and love it although there have been some minor issues with it.
For my serious greenhousing I use my larger Rion.
I love my HFGH's if I had to pay the price of some of the better ones I would not be able to have a greenhouse. So they are not for everyone but they do the job. I have really enjoyed having them. But than in Florida I don't need to heat as much as some where else. I grow orichds and furns. Start seeds in spring and fall. Veg and flowers.Having a gh is a lot of work to keep everything going, but anything worth having is work.
Ah a zone 4 person just like me. I wouldnt give up my HFGH for anything. For working class people like myself we can afford it. I reinforced anywhere I could. There are pictures posted on the forum. We even tied our big heavy homemade shelves into the wall to hold it steady. You cant even move the wall. LOL. My fiance even made a snow brace in case we needed it. We are in process of making shelves for the other side and will tie that into the other wall. For the money and time invested go for it they are not bad to look at either...... Keep us posted and welcome to the gh forum...... Barb
I think from my reading of previous posts about HFGH's, most of the modifications for strength are with the 10x12. The 6x8 is smaller but can withstand the elements better I believe.
You need to reinforce the 6x8 as well. The FAQ is just for the 10x12.
I have to agree with many of the previous posters that the 6x8 is a decent greenhouse for the money. If I had a "few grand" to spend on a greenhouse, yes, I'd go for a larger, higher quality structure ... but I don't, and I've found my little 6x8 quite satisfactory and faring very well without additional structural reinforcement (although we don't get much snow here in a seaside zone 7). You may wish to consider the 8x10, which I've been thinking seriously about moving up to, but have not seen any reviews on it yet. A lot depends on what you want to use this structure for ... and, more difficult to predict, what you will end up using it for.
If you are "handy" or your spouse is then I'd recommend a HFGH simply because they are so affordable. They do require modifications and a foundation though.
There is no way I could have afforded a better quality greenhouse and two years later I'm still very pleased with mine.