John C Daley wrote:Some photos would be nice.
But as a long term builder I can say, using something in place always beats starting anew.
Also, I suggest you start small and as money and effort becomes available extend the green house as you can.
That way you dont become dejected because its so daunting.
Mike Haasl wrote:That sounds like a perfect start to a passive solar earth banked greenhouse! Where in the world are you living? You need every drip of winter sun if you want to grow through the winter. Even deciduous tree shade in the winter is substantial.
John F Dean wrote:It sounds good. What impact might this have on the foundation of the building?
John C Daley wrote:AS for getting permits, maybe just get one for the biggest size and complete it in sections.
I am suprised you would need approval for that.
Did you say the wall is 55 feet long?
William Bronson wrote: Very nice!
I would want to insulate the green house interior from the foundation, any plans for that?
Mike Haasl wrote:I'd actually want to insulate the foundation from the elements so that the thermal mass of those rocks is inside the insulated space of the greenhouse. If possible...
Now we need more pics!!! How close are those black walnuts...
Mike Haasl wrote:I think it depends upon your goals. I don't think you could grow much there from mid fall through mid spring due to shade. Unless you remove a lot of trees. Or have lots of grow lights. The shade also cuts down on the passive solar element so it won't collect as much heat as it could.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:Charles, If your place is truly a farm (an agricultural business) there may be exemptions carved out vis-a-vis land use, animals, construction of agricultural structures. Having a hobby farm in a residential setting you run into residential zoning/permitting rules.
It's also too bad that the old barn is completely gone. Often having a structure to "repair" or "remodel" is looked at differently than "new construction". Not sure if just a foundation counts.
You could also take a step North, and put the greenhouse above the wall (mostly) and have the space below the wall be the cold sink. Maybe with a solid roof (or like a berm shed) it cold double as a root cellar?
The wall would be in the center of the structure, sort of a split-level thing, with a narrow opening over the top of the wall joining the two spaces.
John C Daley wrote:Will the stone wall remnants constitute as enough parts of the barn to repair it?
Charles Rehoboth wrote:Just to be clear, when you mention removing a lot of trees, you don't just mean the closer-in ones, right? I'd be fine with removing them if that would help -- but getting a clear line to the horizon isn't feasible there.