The latest item on our home project bucket list is a romantic, sun-soaked custom greenhouse. Though the concept is nothing new, the demand for greenhouses has spiked in recent years as folks were forced to spend more time at home and naturally began leaning into gardening and home improvements. We spoke with a couple of Texas-based custom greenhouse producers to hear their take on the current trend — and get a peek at some of their most sought-after designs!
The Custom Greenhouse “Trend”
Southern Greenhouses, based in Houston, TX, is a popular Southern producer of high-end greenhouses, putting up both residential and commercial designs all over the country. Owner Steve Reno credits the COVID-19 pandemic for the current popularity of custom projects. “Greenhouses have been a steadily moving product for years, but COVID really stimulated the market,” says Steve. “Families were locked in their homes, and instead of playing video games and watching TV, they built greenhouses.”
Dyan Twining of Roost & Root, another Texas-based producer, specializes in chicken coops, garden beds, and greenhouses. Dyan echoes that the pandemic was a catalyst for higher demand. “[The desire] to be self-sufficient from a food perspective isn’t new, but certainly the need and interest really started to grow after so many people stayed home for so much of 2020,” says Dyan.
Roost & Root’s greenhouse offerings are more approachable for some, as they offer kits that allow the homeowner to assemble the finished product independently, as opposed to a fully custom build, which can be pretty expensive.
As we’ve seen, greenhouse designs run the gamut from simple and functional to wonderfully ornate, depending on the property’s needs. Commercial projects like bars and restaurants commission greenhouses for their natural light and whimsical ambiance, while homeowners commission greenhouses for both practical purposes and for infusing their spaces with a little ‘wow’ factor.
Elaborate greenhouses have also become a popular addition for homes with sprawling backyards, affording the benefit of controlling growing conditions — while also providing a stunning backdrop (or venue) for intimate gatherings.
The sky is the limit if you can enlist a custom builder for your project. “We can fabricate and build gable-style greenhouses as well as rounded-end and custom greenhouses,” says Steve of Southern Greenhouses. “A custom greenhouse is for those who want to add their creative touch to the experience. We understand that some homes present unique challenges and needs, and we can be trusted to provide the perfect solution. One of the advantages of using Southern Greenhouses is the company’s unique creative flare.”
Dyan of Roost & Root shares that, with increased popularity, a few misconceptions about greenhouses have come to the forefront. The first is that they can’t be used year-round or in various climates. “With the use of shade cloth, you can absolutely keep growing in very hot climates through the summer, and with the use of a small heater, you can keep growing through the winter in cold climates,” says Dyan. “Our slant-roof greenhouses also have the ability to add an automatic ventilation management system, which is a tool to keep plants healthy year-round.”
Another misconception is that greenhouses are only meant for those who possess green thumbs. “We have customers who use our greenhouses for pottery studios, card tournaments, hot tub shelters, she-sheds, etcetera,” adds Dyan.
Beyond the Backyard
The fairytale appeal of greenhouses isn’t limited to residential and traditional commercial spaces. It’s also popping up as a popular choice for weddings and other special events. If you’re looking to harness a little greenhouse charm for a special occasion — without committing to a build of your own — search your surrounding area’s event venue and rental offerings. You may be surprised by what you find!
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