When it comes to installing a wooden summer house, people will tend to choose a flat packed kit that can be assembled onsite. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this method. However, they often work out to be a little on the expensive side. Not only that, but they can be difficult if not impossible to customise.
With the above in mind, an increasing number of individuals are choosing to design and build their own summer houses. The good news here is that by purpose building, the entire theme can benefit from the look and feel that the owner desires.
This blog post will take a look at some essential considerations relating to tackling any self-build summer house projects.
Without a doubt, the most important area to kick off with is knowing exactly what your summer house will be used for. The truth is a summer house can be used for all manner of things. This is why it is essential to spend some time understanding your own requirements. Usage might well include:
- Storage shed
- Children’s play area
- Relaxation area
The usage will go a long way into determining the eventual build of your new summer house. Depending on what is decided, you might well need to include water, electricity, television points and even soundproofing in your design.
Another element that will become clearer once you decide on its use will be the actual size of the unit. Most popular sizes for wooden summer houses are around 6 x 8 feet, although if the space exists you should always think about going up slightly in size.
Next it is probably sensible to think about where you will place your new building. Often people will choose to install it as far away from their house as possible. This way it will act like some kind of retreat, almost disconnected to the family property. Alternatively, if you choose to build it right next to your house it will come across very similar to a home extension of some kind.
Again, usage will very likely become a prominent factor in deciding where it ends up.
Hopefully the area of land that is chosen is reasonably flat. This will make it much easier for the installation of the base. Any bumpy or uneven ground should always be flattened prior to being built on. Depending on the unevenness additional professional advice and help might well be required.
Prior to commencing building it is a good idea to double check if any building regulations need to be followed. Thankfully the majority of summer house projects will be exempt from planning permission; however, it is still a good idea to check before building.
This is because summer houses fall into much the same category as sheds, greenhouses and swimming pools. So, unless you are going to want to build your new summerhouse as a home extension and make it taller than 3 meters high you should be in the clear.
A final consideration should come in the form of working with accurate plans. The success, or indeed failure, of this building project will largely come down to the accuracy of the plans and instructions that are followed. With this in mind you should be thinking of asking a professional to help draw up what’s required. This way there will be much less chance of any errors creeping up.
Although there will probably be some kind of cost involved to obtain professional plans, it won’t come anywhere near the cost of wasting materials due to inaccuracy over measurements. This in turn will help to ensure that you can enjoy your new investment for many years to come.
It should perhaps be remembered that a fully functioning, well-built summer house can add value to a property. Maybe not quite as much as home extensions might, but they benefit from being easier and cheaper to build.
Prior to her career as a freelance writer Aki Hashimoto spent a large amount of her time developing properties. Expert advice on home extensions Manchester is never far away when you follow her on Google Plus or Twitter.