A greenhouse can be a valuable addition to your property if you're someone who enjoys growing his or her own produce. While it's common to have a greenhouse as a free-standing structure somewhere in your yard, another idea to think about is to have it attached to your home. This idea is possible if you're designing a custom home. Instead of planning to build the greenhouse later, work with your custom home building contractor to figure out how to attach it to the residence. Here are some reasons that having your greenhouse connected to your home is a smart idea.
Convenience Of Access
There's little doubt that a greenhouse that is connected to your residence will offer more convenience than one that might be situated elsewhere on your property. Whether you need to water your plants daily, want to give a greenhouse tour to a guest, or are simply looking to grab some produce that you'll serve with a meal, you'll appreciate being able to access the greenhouse with ease when it's connected to your home. This can especially be true in the case of inclement weather, which may make the short walk to a detached greenhouse miserable.
Property Tax Savings
Different municipalities assess property tax in different ways, but some homeowners pay more when they own properties that have multiple structures on them. This could mean that your construction of a greenhouse results in you having to pay more in property tax because there are two buildings on your land. When you choose to attach the greenhouse to the residence, you have just one building on the property. This may mean that you'll pay less in property tax because of this simple difference.
Potential Utilities Savings
A greenhouse can get very warm, which is a good thing for the plants that are inside of it. When your greenhouse stands on its own, any heat inside of the building that is lost simply dissolves into the air. However, when the greenhouse is connected to your house, there may be some exchange of heat between the greenhouse and the residence. You may notice that the excess heat from the greenhouse helps to warm your home to some small degree during the winter months, which should decrease your utility expenses. Given these benefits, you may wish to speak to your builder about coming up with a way to build a greenhouse that is connected to your main house.