Cost To Build A Commercial Greenhouse

A commercial greenhouse is a great way to grow your plants and flowers. They are usually larger than a normal greenhouse and they are made of durable materials that can withstand the elements such as wind, rain, snow, sun, and so on. They also come in different sizes depending on how many plants or flowers you want to grow in it. For example, there are small ones which only take up about 100 square feet of space and there are large ones which take up 1000 square feet or more.

The cost of building a commercial greenhouse depends on what size you want and what type of materials you want to use for it. For example, if you want to build it out of wood then it will cost less than if you wanted to build it using concrete blocks or steel rebar then it would cost more money because those materials cost more money than wood does.

Greenhouses are a great way to grow plants and increase your yield. They can also be used as an extension of your home, or as a commercial greenhouse. Regardless of what you use it for, building a greenhouse requires careful planning and budgeting. To help estimate the cost to build your own greenhouse, let’s break down how much each part costs on average:

Architectural Fees

Architectural fees are a one-time cost that you pay when you hire an architect to design your greenhouse. The architect will create drawings, determine the size of the greenhouse, and help you choose what materials to use for its construction. Architectural fees are not for building the greenhouse; they are only used once at the beginning of construction before any materials have been purchased or hired workers come on board.

Architectural fees typically range from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on how much work needs to be done during this process: if an existing structure needs renovations or additions made before being converted into a commercial greenhouse, then these costs may increase significantly due to unforeseen structural issues that need addressing first before any other work can proceed (elevators/escalators).

Excavation & Foundation Cost

The foundation will be the largest part of your greenhouse’s infrastructure, so it’s important to get that right. You can choose between a concrete slab and post-and-beam construction. If you’re planning on having a large greenhouse, then post-and-beam might be better because it offers more flexibility in terms of layout and design.

However, if you’re building an aquaponics or hydroponic system, then concrete is the way to go since it’s waterproof and will not allow bacteria to build up underneath it over time like wood does when exposed to moisture for too long.

The cost of excavation will depend on how much digging needs done before laying out your foundation; this includes removing any trees or bushes that are in your way as well as digging up any existing grass lawns if necessary (if there are already plants growing where you want them). The price can also vary depending on what kind of contractor is hired: whether they use a backhoe machine or simply hire someone else who does this type of work regularly (which can sometimes lead them being able to do more cheaply).

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Structure Steel Cost

Structure steel is a critical component of any greenhouse, and the cost of steel will vary with the size of the structure. Steel is a durable material that can be used in a variety of ways to build a greenhouse.

For example, you could use steel girders or posts to support your roof and sidewalls. Or, if you’re building an inexpensive hoop house or tunnel-style greenhouse, you could use smaller pieces of structural tubing as part of your frame.

Concrete Costs

Concrete is a common building material. It’s strong, durable, and can be made in different ways which makes it an excellent choice for commercial greenhouses. Concrete costs vary depending on the type of concrete used. For example, a 100 gallon bag of ready-mix concrete will cost anywhere from $20 to $25 per bag; however, if you purchase sand and gravel separately from your local hardware store or home improvement center, it will cost approximately $10 per bag. The type of soil in your area also affects the price of concrete because the more clay or dirt mixed with your sand and gravel equals higher prices–so keep this fact in mind when calculating construction costs.

Cost Factor 1: Greenhouse Design

In the early stages of your greenhouse design, it’s important to understand that there are many different options available for you. The best way to determine what kind of greenhouse is right for your specific needs is by determining where in the world you plan on using it. The design of a greenhouse will depend entirely on its location, so keep this in mind when making any decisions about what type of structure would work best for your situation.

The next step is figuring out which materials will be used in construction and building permits. Not only do these items require planning and research in advance (and some can be expensive), but they also need to be considered as part of initial cost factors when determining pricing estimates throughout construction processes.

One thing we can say about commercial greenhouses: They’re not cheap. Most start around $50k per acre or more just for materials alone—but if done correctly then profitability potentials increase dramatically.

Cost Factor 2: Building Materials

The cost of building materials will vary depending on your location, but it’s the second largest component of your budget. You’ll need to decide which material is best for each part of the greenhouse and how much you can spend on each material. For example, if you’re building a large commercial greenhouse in northern climates where winter temperatures drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18° C), then one option is to use polyethylene or polyvinylchloride (PVC) as a plastic covering that doesn’t need insulation underneath or around it. However, this may be more expensive than using glass panes because of its high heat transference rate; if so, consider building your structure with aluminum frames instead.

Cost Factor 3: Glazing

The glazing is the most expensive part of any greenhouse, and it can be single or double pane. A single pane will cost less than a double pane, but it’s more prone to heat loss and condensation. A double pane is more expensive but will reduce both heat loss and condensation. You’ll have to decide which option works best for your situation based on your budget and where you live.

Cost Factor 4: Heating and Cooling Systems

Heating and cooling systems can be expensive. Heating and cooling systems are one of the most energy-intensive components of commercial greenhouse construction. However, there are many options for heating and cooling your greenhouse that will help you save money on your monthly utility bills. Options include:

  • Solar-powered heaters or coolers (solar panels)
  • Electric heaters or coolers
  • Propane or natural gas-powered heating/cooling units

Of course, you could also choose to use wind power to power your greenhouse’s heating/cooling unit. This option would work best if you live in an area where there is plenty of wind—or if you build an indoor space with lots of windows so that lots of sunlight can get in and warm up things if necessary. Another possibility is geothermal power; this involves digging deep into the ground where temperatures remain constant all year long—so no matter what temperature it gets outside, your plants will always be comfortable inside.

Cost Factor 5: Utilities

One final cost factor to consider is the cost of utilities. While some people may think that they can simply use their own water source, either from a well on the property or from city water in a nearby town, this may not be feasible.

If you want to keep the greenhouse lit and heated, there will be a monthly electricity bill coming in for that purpose. If you want to keep it cool during the summer months with fans and lights running all day long, then this will also add up quickly.

Finally, any commercial greenhouse should have its own sewage system installed if possible because many cities do not allow septic tanks or other small-scale methods of dealing with waste disposal for businesses within their jurisdiction.

Electrical Work Cost

This is a big one. Electrical work is a key part of any greenhouse, and it can get really expensive really fast. It’s important to know what you’re getting into when you decide to build your own greenhouse—be sure to hire an electrician if you don’t have the skills yourself. Electrical work in greenhouses needs to meet standards set by the National Electric Code, which dictates how electrical systems should be installed and maintained. This includes ensuring that outlets are not overloaded, that all fixtures have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and so on. If this sounds like something you’d rather not deal with yourself, ask your contractor about their experience with these things before hiring them for the job.

Plumbing Cost

Plumbing is another important consideration when building a commercial greenhouse. You’re going to want to install water and drain lines, as well as ventilation for the greenhouse. This is especially important if you plan on growing vegetables and fruits inside of it.

How much does plumbing cost?

The average price range for installing plumbing in a commercial greenhouse is between $1,000-$3,000 depending on what kind of materials you use. It also depends on how much ground space your greenhouse will have (bigger greenhouses require more pipes). If you don’t know where and how to start with this project then I suggest hiring an expert like myself who has experience doing this type of work before so that he/she can save time by knowing exactly what needs done before even starting out

Additional Costs To Consider

Additional costs to consider include installation, maintenance, insurance and permits. You will also need to consider the cost of labor if you plan on doing the construction yourself. If this is not something you have experience in, it would be wise to hire a contractor who has experience with greenhouses and can save you time by taking care of it all for you.

The equipment needed for building a greenhouse can run up quite an expense so research what type of equipment will be needed before purchasing anything too expensive that may not work out as planned. Utilities such as electricity and water will also add up quickly without being planned for ahead of time which could cause delays when trying to build your greenhouse due to running into unforeseen problems like these ones.

The final cost to build a greenhouse depends on many factors.

The final cost to build a greenhouse depends on many factors. These include the design, materials, size and location of the greenhouse as well as any heating and cooling system used. The type of glazing used also has an impact on how much it costs to build a greenhouse.


Building a greenhouse is an exciting experience. But before you get started, it’s important to understand what goes into the costs of construction. There are many factors that affect how much it will cost—from the size and design of your greenhouse, to which materials you choose for its frame and glazing. It’s also important to consider additional costs like utilities or electrical work. When planning out your project with an experienced contractor, they can help you understand how much it will all cost so that your budget stays realistic.

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