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Choosing the Perfect Summerhouse for the Garden

Mar 26, 2008
Today you have a number of different styles of summerhouses which come in kit form and which can be erected in your garden. You can either choose to employ a contractor to erect it for you or if you want to save money, you can erect it yourself. But although you may well see a summerhouse, you like but there are a number of different things that the manufacturer of these kits will often forget about when making them.

So in order for you to select the right summerhouse for your garden there are certain things that you will need to think about first before you go out and buy your kit. In this article, we take a look at just what some of these things are that you should be taking into consideration.

1. The Summerhouse Site - It is important that the location in your garden that you select for where your summerhouse is going should be large enough not just for it. But it should also be large enough that you work comfortably and safely in the area when you are erecting it. Remember you will need to use a ladder in order that you are able to place the roof on top.

2. Neighbours - If you are looking to place the building close to a boundary wall or fence then you may find that in order to do some of the work you will need to be in our neighbour's garden. Therefore, it is a good idea that you discuss the matter beforehand with them and arrange for them to provide you with the necessary permission to go through their garden to complete the work.

3. Height of the Roof - You need to remember to select a site where the roof of the building is not going to be close to any kinds of trees or bushes. Otherwise, you may need to cut back these plants in order to prevent damage being caused to roof of the summerhouse especially in the winter months.

4. Foundations- After you have carried out a thorough check of the location where your summerhouse is going to be erected you need to decide on what kind of foundation it will be erected on. Ideally, it is best to go with a concrete base, as this will then help you to have a much more solid foundation to which the frame of the summerhouse can be attached.

5. Erecting the Summerhouse - After the foundation has been laid and before you start to erect the building it is a good idea for you to read through the instructions that have been provided by the manufacturer of the kit. Also during this initial stage, you should look at all the pieces of summerhouse that have been provided to ensure that everyone that is in the kit is there. After you have erected the frame of the building, you should next start to build up its walls. Start off by building up to a height of around 18 inches from the frames base and then you can install the doorframe. Then after this, you should build the walls up further to a height that is about in line with your waist before you install the doors. After this, you can the build up the rest of the walls before you finally put on the roof.

If you remember to keep the above tips in mind then you should find not just choosing but erecting the right summerhouse for your garden a whole lot easier. Also, you will need to clarify with your local building authority if any permits are required, as certain building including summerhouses, which are above 100 sq ft, will need such things before they can actually be erected.
About the Author
There are a wide variety of summerhouses available to order from online stores and they can certainly add something special to your garden. Some types of summerhouses can also be used as home offices or workstores if space inside your house is tight.
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