Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Greenhouse Icicles

Our home has a heated greenhouse attached to it. The idea is brilliant but the execution was poor. We lose a LOT of household heat through the greenhouse. We can't just let it get real cold in there because it is also our bathroom and the pipes would freeze (not to mention how uncomfortable baths and showers would be).

I imagine the people who built it thought the sunlight would warm the bathroom in winter. If it were double-paned and somewhat sealed I think it might. As it is, it just pours heat out into the great state of West Virginia. When snow falls on the greenhouse, it melts, and makes fantastic icicles.

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At March 03, 2010 10:31 PM, Blogger Duane Keys said...

Was this something you bought as is or did you build it?

At March 04, 2010 8:04 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Hi Duane!
The people who had the house before us built it. It has a brick floor and the bricks are loosely set into mortar/sand -- I think it was supposed to be mortar but didn't set well? The walls are cinderblock (uninsulated) about 2 blocks high and then it is single pane glass up the rest of the walls and on the roof. It leaks a LOT of air and some water when it rains/snows. It has three windows in it that are inexpensive poorly fitting windows. They would be okay for a stand alone greenhouse but for living space they're inadequate.

Like I said, the idea is great - basically solar heat for the bathroom in the winter daytime - but this implementation could use some improvements.

It's pretty cool to take a bath in the old fashioned deep tub and be able to lean back and stare out at the trees and sky.

At March 04, 2010 8:04 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Oh, and it's custom built, not a pre-fab type thing.

At March 04, 2010 9:38 PM, Blogger Duane Keys said...

Like you said, sounds like a great idea. It would be neat to see the stars in the tub though!


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