To accommodate Frankie's increasing size and weight we decided to go really, really big with the hopes this may be the last installment of Frankie houses.
Goals: Fit the growing Frankie, handle the brief but cold coast temperatures, have an area that has the comfort and security of a cave, and keep him happier outside all winter long. I wanted Frankie to be "in the light" during the day so he isn't so miserable during cold spells, and when the temperatures are good Frankie can get outside without help. Our solution is a green house.
We decided on a Sunglo Greenhouse Kit, the Lean-To 5X7X7 (actual 5' 1.5" x 7' 6" x 7' &"), priced at just over $2,600 (his last cost just over $1,000 and lasted about five years). This was an investment and, hey, we can grow winter veggies.
The Sunglo included fan, thermostat and shutters. Greg planned customizing the basic model for Frankie.
The one big add on: radiant floor heating. We believe this will make the Frankie shelter a 100% suitable for year round habitation.
I may move in with him. The greenhouse has electricity and WIFI.
Here is the installation
Footings as required by greenhouse specifications. Can't say much except Greg and I are doing all the work ourselves....mostly Greg. I make the sandwiches.
|Insulation is placed in preparation for the 120 volt heating cables.|
|Grid with the heating cables are set on spacers on the insulation.|
|Once everything was in place the cement was poured and left to cure.|
|A week later the cement was cured enough to start the build. Frankie did a test walk to make sure.|
|Foundation brackets were drilled into the cement.|
|I joined in sliding the double panels. The outside panel is flat but the inside panels were ribbed.|
Installing the door, ventilation system, the thermostat, remote temperature control and cleaning up mess took a few more days.
|Top left, exhaust fan. Left to right, electrical outlet, integrated thermostat control (fan & exhaust), wireless temperature sensor, and radiant floor thermostat control. Bottom, Kane heat pad thermostat.|
Once everything was installed it was time to clean the floor and put down a very thick coat of epoxy paint. Nothing fancy on the floor....it's gonna have hay, water, poop and pee all over it very soon.
|Epoxy paint for garage floors.|
Door installed with wood overhead door flap, water diverter and plastic weather flaps. Got more work to do on the door but we are ready for the rain due tonight.
Inside, Frankie's box is raised so it doesn't sit directly on the heated floor.