The 8 most common mistakes that are made when building a summerhouse
09 August 2018| News| Mareike Eckhoff
The construction of a summerhouse is a very extensive project and should be thought out very carefully from the beginning. The purchase of a summerhouse is a dream for many people, yet this dream can quickly become a nightmare because of small mistakes. In order to protect you from these mistakes, we will give you tips below on how to avoid them.
1. Make a plan
Often, the project “summerhouse” is taken lightly and people don’t think about it enough in advance. So, in the planning phase, think about what you want to use your summerhouse for. Whether you want to use it as a home office, a shed, a wellness area or as an additional storage space, there are no limits to your creativity. The use of your summerhouse, however, determines the thickness of the walls. If you use it only as a shed or storage space, 28 mm walls are enough. Would you like to insulate it to use it for example as a home office, then a wall thicknesses of 44 or 68 mm is best.
2. Inform yourself about building permits
To avoid trouble with the authorities but also with your neighbors, inform yourself before buying a summerhouse if you need a building permit. If you want to build a summerhouse on your own property, take a look at the development plan of your property at your local building authority. This will provide you with all the information you need. Because as soon as certain dimensions are reached and certain characteristics are fulfilled, you need a building permit.
3. Pay attention to quality
Also a common mistake is that many people are unwilling to spend a little more money on a high quality summerhouse. They rather, buy the cheapest of the cheapest. However, people do not take into account that lower quality in the long run is much more expensive, as renewal work and maintenance work must be carried out more frequently. Invest from the beginning in quality to get a long-lasting summerhouse.
4. Choose the right wood
A garden house should be an investment for eternity. The most important component is choosing the right wood, as it has to be resistant to rain, snow and other weather conditions. The most bad buys are made here due to misinformation. The first question that arises is whether it should be hardwood or softwood? Hardwood is hard to work with, so softwood is better suited as a base material for building a summerhouse. The second question that arises is whether spruce or pine wood should be preferred? In principle, both types of wood are suitable for the construction of a summerhouse, however, pine wood has larger knotholes, where there is a chance that leaks occur that promote water entry. For this reason, spruce wood is better than pine wood.
5. Choose the right base for your summerhouse
A summerhouse stands and falls with the right foundation. When choosing a wrong foundation or rather wrong positioning of the foundation often leads to leakage and rapid wear. Therefore, before you lay the foundation for your project, make sure that the foundation is exactly level and 100% horizontal. Suitable materials for the foundation are for example plates of clinker, paving stones or cast concrete. The latter is the easiest to handle. You should also make sure that you stay the required meters away from the property line and that you leave enough space around the summerhouse so that you can easily access the summerhouse from all sides for example for paint jobs.
6. The right insulation
If you decide to use your summerhouse as a living room or home office, we recommend insulating it. In order to be able to actively use your summerhouse even in the cold seasons, this is almost a must. There are three different options here. There is the floor insulation, which consists of thermal insulation boards, which are laid between the pressure impregnated foundation beams. In addition, there is the roof insulation, which has only a low thermal conductivity, but is waterproof and is installed between the roof panels and shingles. Finally, there is the double-wall insulation, which consists of an additional inner wall with 19mm thick boards.
7. Choose the right roof for your summerhouse
There are a variety of different roof types that you can use for your summerhouse. However, you should keep a few important information in mind when making your decision. Above all, the load-bearing capacity of the roof is important. Your roof must withstand different weather conditions, especially snow. Inform yourself in advance about the weather conditions in your area to be sufficiently informed about the demands that your roof has to meet. Then you are spoiled for choice between a flat roof, a pyramid roof, a pent roof, an apex roof and an asymmetrical roof. Apex roofs, for example, are very weather-resistant, create a pleasant room height and, with the right alignment, even offers the option of installing solar cells. However, the high design must be taken into account, which casts shade and can lead to visual obstruction.
8. The assembly of the summerhouse
Since the installation of the summerhouse is the last step in the purchase of a summerhouse, this point often moves into distance and is forgotten. Nevertheless, the assembly requires careful consideration and planning to avoid mistakes. If you are skilled in craftsmanship and have fun with the installation, it is certainly not a problem for you to set up your “dream of a summerhouse” yourself. However, in other cases, there is also the possibility to use an assembly service, which specializes in summerhouse assemblies. So your garden house will be built directly for you in your garden and you can lean back.
With these tips you can now proceed with your dream of a summerhouse and browse through the large selection in summerhouses and log cabins.