Most people who own a home have dreamed of a beautiful summer house sitting right at the back of the garden. Some people will hold dreams of pool tables and foosball, whereas others will fantasise about a small space to sit back and relax with a glass of pimms, taking in scenery during the hot summer months. If you do decide to go forth and make this dream a reality, it can seem like quite a daunting task. You don’t want to splash out on builders when you know the job can be done with a bit of hard work and elbow grease.
If you are feeling lost and need some DIY tips when it comes to the actual build itself, take a look at these five tips on what to remember when building your own garden summer house.
When laying the foundation
The first thing you need to decide is whether you would prefer a concrete or slab base to your foundation. The concrete option will be more durable during harsh weather whereas a slab based foundation is easier to reassemble or move if you ever decide you want to pack up that summer house and move it to the other side of the garden (maybe you get bored of the view…).
When constructing the frame
It might sound like an easy mistake to make, but many people construct the frame and forget to consider where the door and windows are going to go! Make sure you take in to account where you want them to be and then build from those spaces with an outline letting you know exactly where they should be. Use pre-cut frame material to make the basic skeleton of the house whilst making sure is piece is as strong as it needs to be.
When building the walls and roof
Before you start getting out the anti-surf podiums to install your walls and roof, it’s time to decide what materials you would like to use. The most commonly use materials for summer house walls are timber and drywall. The favourite materials for the roof are tin and shingle. Tin is obviously easier to make and bend to your will. A shingled roof, on the other hand, is a little bit more complicated and expensive, but overall a more satisfying effect once finished.
When adding the floor and polishes
Once your foundation, frame, walls and roof is completed, it’s time to get started on the inside of your summer house. Things just got exciting, if they weren’t already! Make sure you sand down all the wood and concrete surfaces so that everything is silky smooth and there are is no chance of splinters for small kids who may be playing in or around your summer house. This might also be a great time to paint the summer house if you don’t like the natural wooden look. It is now up to you whether you would like a wooden or concrete floor. By staining your concrete floor, you will definitely make it stand out. If you decide to go with a wooden floor and treat it, you will also make it more likely to survive longer.
When inserting the door and windows
Almost finished! It’s now time to start inserting the door and windows. Make sure to choose a door that fully compliments the summer house. Alternatively, if you are not fully confident about installing doors and windows yourselves, this could be the rare time you get someone in to install them for you. After all your hard work, you deserve it.