We had a work party with the Gatehouse Volunteers and a few locals to clear out a lot of the overgrown vegetation around the Iron-Age fort at Castle Haven near Kirkandrews.
The Summer House project followed on from the shed building earlier in the year. We had an overgrown area at the bottom of the garden which looked out over Kirkandrews Bay and this seemed like a good place to have a ‘sitooterie‘. I looked on the Internet for various plans for garden buildings and found a design process at Outside In Garden Rooms that looked as though I could build it myself.
I chose to use ground screws rather than a concrete foundation. These provide a really solid anchor and can be adjusted very easily to achieve a level foundation for the wooded base. The other construction materials were as follows:
-Base timbers: 6″ x 2″ treated softwood
-Wall framing: 4″ x 2″ treated softwood
-Roof trusses: 5″ x 2″ treated softwood
-Walls: 8mm plywood
-Roof & Floor: 12mm plywood
-Roofing: Coroline from roofingsuperstore.co.uk
-Insulation: Supasoft recycled plastic
-Cladding: Cedar shiplap
-Side Windows: UPVC units from UPVCDoor.co.uk
-Bi-Fold Doors: 2.4m x 2.1m from doors-direct.co.uk
-Flooring: Oak laminate from ukflooringdirect.co.uk
-Internal cladding: Pine tongue & groove from Wickes
Gallery of the construction process