When Kirk and I got serious about the move from the urban homestead to rural land, we talked a lot about taking our beloved Sunglo Greenhouse with us. Beyond the fact that they are not inexpensive, you can upsize the greenhouse with easily added parts, to make them longer. It’s an investment, that works amazingly well. Read here for how we put our greenhouse together originally.
As the move got happening, our old place was full of items to be moved (yes, we moved our water tanks as well). The greenhouse was emptied of everything. Not knowing what would happen, I gave away every plant in it quickly to trusted friends (for example, the citrus trees were sent to a fellow female farmer who has a greenhouse). Originally we were going to break the greenhouse down, reversing the put up. And that would have been two days of work, which we didn’t have the time for. Kirk talked to Sunglo (they are located in Kent, Wa and not far from our old house) and they mentioned they could move it. In one piece. No tear down needed.
We thought and thought, weighing out the cost of moving it, versus our time to tear it down, then rebuild, but also that we’d have to move it in a trailer rental, cost of the ferry both ways. And frankly, having it moved won out.
Early in the morning on the big moving day, Sunglo was here, a 2 man crew. They popped the greenhouse off of the foundation.
With 4 men, they got it up. We did have to take down, and then repair part of the fence, but no loss, as the fence isn’t in the best of shape.
The foundation, which we left in place. This way, if the new owners wanted to put a greenhouse in, they had an amazing, ready to go platform. With electrical and water conduit piped in.
The lifting and moving of the greenhouse. We asked if a couple of the movers could jump in, which they did.
Loaded up. Our greenhouse is the size that Sunglo takes to home and trade shows, so it was easy enough to move.
On the flatbed, tied down:
They handled the rest, driving it up to the island, over the ferry and to our new place, where they unloaded it, with the help of my brother, there. We need to build a new foundation, but the hardest part was done: it is built. Once the new foundation is ready, we will move it into place and screw it down, and back in business.