It’s so difficult to start a post that you’ve been wanting to publish for 7 months.
If you know me, you know that our house wasn’t always plant friendly. I always envied those that could keep plants alive, but if I looked at a plant, it died. When we miscarried (exactly one year ago) a dear friend brought me daffodils and after that, I was hooked. You can read more about my plant obsession here. A couple months after the miscarriage, I woke up and had this thought it my head. The idea to build a greenhouse was born. You can read about the ‘why’ behind it here.
We’ve been working on the greenhouse for 7 months. So much planning. So much saving. We broke ground in September 2017. (Click the links to see Update 1 & Update 2.) With each piece that is put into place, the more my heart ached more and more for it to be done.
After the snow cleared, we began sealing the wood. We walked into Home Depot and bought 2 gallons of sealant, thinking that would be enough. NOPE. 10 gallons and 2 days later (and thanks to Derek Fowler’s help!) she was sealed.
Next, it was time to install the roofing material.
The majority of the work was done in the winter months. Our progress was totally dependent on the weather. When it snowed, I was able to do a shoot with the windowless greenhouse as the backdrop. It was truly stunning, even without the windows installed.
And then finally, the windows!
When had them painted white so they were all the same color and would weather the same way.
Next, the sod and outdoor landscaping.
It was Mitch’s idea to have a rock path leading into the greenhouse.
Mitch installed my shelves on April 2nd, 2018. I was finally… finally able to place my plants on them. Something I’d dreamed about for months. I knew a breakdown was coming and when I turned to look inside and saw my plants on those shelves, I lost it. Mitch held me as a sobbed happy tears into his shoulder. I thanked God for the greenhouse and Mitch for building it for me. The Lord’s timing is so incredibly perfect. Almost to the day a year ago, we lost that baby and from that, this was born. I used to say over and over and over again, “I don’t see how anything good can come from a miscarriage.” The greenhouse came from it, and it is good. It’s amazing what can happen if you TRUST His plan and lean into Him fully. And the cherry on top? He sent a rainbow, just as he did on the day we miscarried. It was even in the same place in the sky. This is something only the Lord can orchestrate. The timing of how everything happened is undeniable.
And today, on April 3rd, 2018, she is officially DONE. The only thing left to do is to work on my plant collection.
I know this will disappoint a few people (and for that, I’m soooo sorry!) but we’ve decided that we’re going to keep it to ourselves for the first year. We’ll open it up as a rental for other photographers to use next year, but this year, I need it to serve it’s purpose for me and it’s purpose for our family. I want to be able to spend as much time in it as I want. It will only be available exclusively for my clients, but we want to enjoy it for us this first year. We have had requests for small elopements (we estimate that it will hold about 20 people) and that’s something we’re willing to consider. There will be a photographer (myself)/greenhouse rental available so if that’s something you’re interested in, please inquire!
I want to thank my husband, Mitch. Thank you for believing in my vision and for spending 7 months building this for me. Friends, Mitch built this. We didn’t have a crew of guys every day. It was literally Mitch, by himself, outside, moving each cedar beam and measuring every single piece of wood that needed to be cut at least 3 times. And then measuring again. Every single screw was well thought out. He has touched, calculated and thought about every single piece of wood, nail, screw, window and any other piece of material that went into this. Sweetheart, words will never be enough. Thank you so much. I love you.
Greenhouse Built By: My husband, Mitch Vaughan (Special thank you to Tim Howell, Dale Vaughan, David Worrells and Derek Fowler for the days that you helped! We appreciate you more than you know!)
Lumber: Taylor Brothers via Jon Keesee
Windows sourced from: Melanie’s Window Room & White Brick House
Windows painted by: Judson Clark with Painting Made Easy
Roofing Material: Greenhouse Megastore
Shelving Hardware: Amazon
Hanging Plant Pipes: Lowes
Plants: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Etsy, & Amazon
Sod & Landscaping: Lynchburg Landscapes