Summerhouse Kits is a way to give yourself and your family the summer house that you have been yearning for. Building your own summer house is both easy and fun. And if you are good with your hands you could even make one in your backyard this summer. In this article we will look at how to start off making your summer house, what you need to have and how to install your summer house kits.
First of all, the first thing that you will need to have is the wood. It can be dry-season wood or wet-season wood, but it must be dry-season wood for this project. The reason why I say this is because when you’re building with screws and nails, moisture will be penetrating the wood and affecting the strength of the whole thing. When you use a summer house roof you don’t want this to happen, and the best way to do this is to make sure that you only use dry-season wood for your summer houses.
You will also need two more things, a series of four or five posts (about 24″ each), stakes (to line the ground where the posts will be pitched), and the right kind of top boards (i.e. ones which can support themselves over a metal frame). Since we’re working on a pitch roof, we need to make sure that we anchor these pieces of wood down firmly to the ground (we’ll refer to this as the top board). You will also want to line these up against the opposite sides of the studs you used for your summer house’s foundation. Simply add about three more inches to each of the studs you use, depending on the pitch of your summerhouse.
Now you need to get your summer house roof ready. To do this, you will need to either use a handsaw or a saw with an extension. The idea here is to make a mark on the roof where you plan on cutting, so that you can keep the correct distance from your wall when you cut. You also need to measure your wall, and make sure that the pitched roof lines up with it. If they don’t match up to each other, then either you have to adjust them a little bit or take your summer house plan and build it round the hole. (I once did this and it turned into an unpleasant room fit for a child’s bedroom!)
Once you have your summer house plans drawn out exactly how you want it, you can start building. The first few posts are going to be placed on concrete pads. This stops them from moving during the actual building process. After that, you should place the first panel on the lower face of the studs, and then attach the rest of the panels to the other faces on the same level.
Next you should attach the second panel to the opposite side of the first one. From here, the remaining panels should be slid slowly into place over the first and last ones, and you should have enough joists already to hold them all together. When building a summer house from a tape measure, you can use your hand saw to ensure that the centre stud is in line with all the other studs. (centres and edges make a great ‘through-grout’ area, where the moisture will be held in.)
Finally, you can attach the upper and lower spars. As with the joist brackets, use your hand saw to ensure the centres and edges are lined up correctly. If the edge of one spar overlaps the other, then cut away the overlapping piece. Attach the spar securely to the two studs, using the screws that are provided with the manufacturers’ products. You may want to install a relief plate under some roofs to stop water getting into the roof at different times during the year.
The final step of installing your summer house is to fasten it to the ceiling. Use the screwdriver to screw it in, and fasten securely. You may need to add a few nails on the studs to ensure they remain firmly in place. With a tape measure and the required length of PVC pipe, begin to build your summer home by following the instructions that accompany your tape measure and your combi drill. Soon you will have a beautifully constructed summerhouse, well placed in its spot on your deck and ready for use each and every summer!