Choosing the Perfect Summerhouse for the Garden

by Spencer Wilkins

Selecting which is the right kind of summerhouse for your garden can be extremely difficult as there are many different styles to choose from. When it comes to building summerhouses today, there are many companies who now manufacture these in kit form allowing you to do the work for yourself so saving you money. However, although these kits are great when they are being produced there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration and which the manufacturer will often forget about.

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 Your Summerhouse - You need to check just how tall at the peak of the roof the building is going to be. Then you will need to make sure that if there are any trees or bushes in close proximity to where it is going to be erected that they are not going to encroach on to it. Otherwise, you could end up having to spend considerable amounts of time and money repairing damage that these plants have caused to the summerhouse.

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. Erection - When erecting your summerhouse it is important that you follow the instructions provided with the kit by the manufacturer to the letter. Ideally, before you actually start to install the frame for the doors look at putting on the planks that make up the walls to a height of around 18 inches. Then before you actually fit, the doors then ensure that the planks on the walls come up to a height that is in line with your waist or slightly higher.

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.

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