a garden extension

 But if you build it carelessly, problems will soon follow. Therefore, let’s discuss these five essential factors first:

1. Energy Efficiency

a smart lampWhen you grow plants indoors, you will need electricity to make it happen. Ventilators, artificial lighting, air conditioners, and temperature sensors, are only some of the devices needed for indoor gardening. If you want to have exotic plants, you may need even more energy to run your garden. 

The easiest way to address this is by consulting directly with an expert. Ask them to conduct a survey on your desired location for the indoor garden and let them estimate how much electricity needed for the garden to grow. 

2. Insulation

Insulation will be a big deal in an indoor garden, and there is nothing better than having the earth itself as the insulator. And the basement is the only place in the house that has such a feature. But you may be thinking, “What about the sunlight?” For your information, almost more than 80% of household electricity is spent on air conditioning. In fact, with today’s technology of LED lights and eco-bulbs, setting up artificial lighting is no longer the part that wastes the energy the most. 

However, if that option is not possible, you’d better place the garden where the cost of insulation won’t rip your budget. 

3. Ventilation

a tree in a glass ballAir circulation is vital because the lighting will produce heat, and the air in the garden may turn excessively humid if not circulated. Besides, the plants will need both CO2 and O2 to grow. Therefore, build your indoor garden where you can build a ventilation system efficiently. 

4. Drainage

If you don’t install a drainage system for your garden, and you simply let the water drained to the soil, the long-term damage may be irreversible and costly. Water buildup is no joke when it comes to the house’s structure. Once there’s too much water in the soil surrounding the garden, the floor will start to sink. And worms and mold will begin to appear. Not to mention, there will also be a swamp-like smell. Therefore, before all that trouble happens, you’d better start thinking about what’s the best way to drain the water from your indoor garden. 

5. Aesthetics

The first time you want to have an indoor garden, you should ask yourself if you want it as an interior decoration or some sort of a sanctuary where you can do your activities while enjoying the semi-outdoor atmosphere there. If the garden is for decoration purposes, then you should consider building a whole side extension for it. But if you want it as your sanctuary, you can build the garden in the basement or cellar.