Well, the orchid house is now almost complete thanks to lots of hard work from Dad. First, he had to put the posts in and build the frame. This required a lot of measuring, which I helped with.
Then the top and bottom supports were connected to each post. This part was all Dad; Melanie's arms hurt too much right now to be lifting 2x4s.
Then Dad put in some rafters and additional posts for added strength. I don't want the first good hurricane to knock this thing down.
Then, Dad added the lattice around each side. The part that's missing is where the door is going to be. I can hang lots of orchids from the lattice.
Finally, Dad put screen around the whole enclosure, apart from the door, and laid down weedblock for the floor. The guy at Home Depot suggested using roofing nails with the little tabs to secure the screen; Dad thought that was a good idea.
Finally, the orchids have a home! I still have to add shelving for my potted orchids and a screen door, but for the most part the orchid house is complete.