Maximise your sense of space with a double door summer house. Opening wide onto your garden, you get the most light, the easiest access and the best views of your outdoor space. ...
Maximise your sense of space with a double door summer house. Opening wide onto your garden, you get the most light, the easiest access and the best views of your outdoor space. From a modest 6x5ft summer house to a gigantic 18x6ft with space for a hot tub, a double doored building makes a real statement. Even with the double doors closed, you have plenty of light in your summer house to while away lazy afternoons, and the space with them open allows easy access for large furniture items, while providing an inviting entrance for guests.
A summer house requires a solid foundation which won’t subside over time, making a decking base an inappropriate solution. Instead, ideally, you should construct your summer house on bearers on top of a concrete base, although a patio slab or wooden base is sufficient for smaller structures. A firm foundation stops water damage from underneath and stops the structure of the building from distorting. Building a concrete base is worth the effort, is easier than you might think, and is within the capabilities of a competent DIYer.
How to put mains electricity in a summer house
Bringing mains electricity to your summer house involves running an underground armoured cable from your main property. Under Section P of the Building Regs, installing electricity to sheds and summer houses is notifiable, so it’s vital to employ a qualified electrician to ensure the works meet building regulations. Begin by making a drawing detailing where you want your lighting, sockets, and switches to be sure that you have a comprehensive brief to show your electrician.
Does a summer house add value to your property?
Building a summer house adds extra outside accommodation for use as storage, to use as an office or workshop, or for hobbies, eating meals alfresco, and lots more fun activities. This is a wonderful added extra when the time comes to sell your home, and though it’s impossible to say for sure how much value a quality summer house can add to the value of your property, it certainly won’t do it any harm.
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