Hello. The Summerhouse is finished so I thought I would give it a separate page to document the various stages of it's construction. I had the idea to build something in the corner of my garden, a place where I could sit and maybe read or sew, a little hideaway which has the sun for most of the day. It is tucked away behind the garage and has a hedge and trees on the opposite side.
I like the idea of using recycled materials, rubbish that would normally be thrown out and dumped in a hole in the ground. I am a big fan of pallets, there are a lot lying around which no one wants. I made all my raised beds from pallets, and in my porch I have a shoe rack made from pallet wood. I had the idea to use pallets for the outer frame and fix second hand doors to the inside. At this stage I wasn't sure what I would use for the roof.
I don't have any fancy tools, just the basics, a hand saw, a hammer and nails, screwdrivers and screws, a hand drill, a tape measure, and a can opener. You may ask what use a can opener is. It has a sharp point on it and I use it to start off a hole in a piece of wood which I want to put a screw into.
I found a company which fits double glazing, they remove wooden doors to fit plastic and they said I could have any wooden doors stacked up in the yard. The first two were mainly glass with metal bars across and are very heavy, they look like they might have come from a factory. These are the first two I fitted. I have an estate car so I can transport large items with the back seats folded down. The white door I found in a skip, it is like new, the people didn't want it.
I have found a pallet for the fourth side which is looking out over the garden. The ground is very uneven now, and some broken slabs are needed to raise the pallet an inch or two to square it off with the other one, to make a solid join into the corner. I fixed a post to the edge of it, this is where the opening will be.
I was given some green gloss paint, and painted the whole door and it's surround.
Now I need to decide what to do about the opening. I don't want a door, besides I couldn't fit one as the gap is wider at the top than it is at the bottom. The other half piece of pallet fits neatly on the left hand corner, with an upright piece of timber and a cross bar over the top to support the roof. Don't know what the roof will be at this time, need to think about that.
I searched the garden and gathered all the paving slabs together. Not quite enough really, but I had asked around and no one had any to spare. Not to worry, I will fix these together somehow. There are some gaps which I have filled with wood, and pieces of wood were needed underneath in some places to level them off.
The last finishing touches are done, now it's home from home. A lace curtain at the window. Pot plants around the outside. The spare white door is fixed to the outside to give some screening from the neighbours garden.
My bespoke summer house is finished, and I'm proud of it.