A garden house could be a perfect place to meet or an ideal storage space. It could be a tool shed or an outdoor kitchen that is beautiful or a serene work space at home, building materials high-quality and a well-constructed construction are essential.
What is the most important thing to think about when making plans for a new home? Here are some useful ideas for anyone planning on purchasing a summer garden home.
1. Planning permission must be obtained as the top priority (where necessary)
Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development that does not require planning permission, subject to the following limitations and conditions:
A building should not be constructed on land that is located in front of a wall which is the primary elevation.
Garages and outbuildings are to be single-storey in height. They can be an upper limit at eaves of 2.5 meters and an total height of four metres when using a dual pitched roof, or three metres with every other type of roof.
A maximum height can be set of 2.5 metres in the event of a structure, enclosure or container within 2 meters to the curtilage area of the house that is the main residence.
No balconies, verandas, or elevated platforms are allowed (a platform cannot exceed 0.3 meters in the height).
Not more than 50% of the land area around the original house could be covered with additions or other structures. *
Within National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as World Heritage Sites, the total area covered by enclosures, structures containers, or pools that are more than 20 meters from the house is only 10 square meters.
On land designated for development, structures enclosures, containers, and even pools along the sides of the property are subject to approval for planning. **
Within the boundaries of listed structures every outbuilding requires permission for development.
* The term “original house refers to the home in its original form or stood on July 1, 1948 (if it was built prior to the date). Although you might not have constructed an extension on the house, a prior owner could have done so.
*Designated land includes national parks as well as those in the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation zones, and World Heritage Sites.
2. Find a suitable foundation your summer home made of wood
It is possible to build the summer garden home in almost any soil, However, picking the correct foundation for the house is essential. Because wood is a living and natural construction material, it is able to somewhat deform, expand and shrink or curvature in time. But, these characteristics aren’t a problem if the summer home constructed of wood is built on a solid foundation and the normal settling process is permitted (no other obstructions are put in place).
Foundation types that are recommended:
Blocks or slabs that are set on an sand base or gravel base
A post-and beam foundation
A slab that is monolithic and reinforced concrete
The type of foundation based on the size of your garden, the soil conditions, as well as the nature of the home. Foundations of Type 1 or 2 are suitable for small and medium garden homes. The construction of such a foundation is feasible for the majority of people. It’s necessary to dig 25-35cm of soil, then fill it with gravel and sand and then place the tiles or blocks. For more than average-sized gardens and wooden summer houses and saunas, the type foundations 3 and 4 are more suitable. The construction of these types of foundations require specialized expertise and is recommended to hire a professional.
Whatever the kind of foundation you choose, it is important to recognize that a level foundation is necessary to ensure strength and stability of the summer house made of wood.
It’s impossible to construct sturdy walls with a shaky foundation, and neither will the windows and doors work correctly. In addition the factory warranty of five years will also be invalid.
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3. Summer garden house installation. Self-assembly or hiring a construction firm?
The construction of small or medium-sized garden homes can be done by a skilled DIY enthusiast. The statistics we have compiled show that 9 out of 10 customers do the assembly themselves or hire a local expert to assist them. For assembly, you’ll require at two adults with tools (hammer and saw and drill, screwdriver measuring tape, ladder knife and a spirit-level) as well as between one and three days of your time according to your skills and the size of the project.
If construction and gardening isn’t your cup tea or you simply are not able to do it to do it, you are always able to purchase a home with an assembly service. The purchase of a house with an experienced assembly service guarantees the best high-end quality and a flawless outcome.
If you are making a decision when making your decision, we suggest to evaluate your abilities and talk to experts.
4. Everything you must know about transport and packaging before purchasing an outdoor summer home or a garden house
Summer and garden houses are shipped in rainproof and waterproof packaging. Thus, a garden house is able to be stored outdoors for a few weeks prior to assembling. Depending on the dimensions of the house the house can weigh anywhere from 700 to 2,500 kg. A variety of lorries, including those equipped with forklifts, or conventional transport vehicles (provided that the equipment for unloading is present at the location) can be used to transport summer garden homes. The wooden parts are all assembled and ready for assembly.
A typical set of timber houses includes:
Impregnated foundation beams
untreated wall beams as well as other wood parts
Roof and floor boards
Windows and doors with glass
fasteners (screws, nails, etc.)
Instructions for how to put together the summer garden house
Each piece of wood is marked with numbers or are clearly labeled for a simple and simple assembly.
5. How do you select the right wall thickness?
The most commonly used wall thicknesses that are used in garden houses comprise of 28mm,40mm 44mm and 50mm. In the case of bigger-than-average saunas, summer houses and saunas for gardens, walls that are between 50 and 70mm thick are the most typical.
Wall beams that measure 28mm typically feature a tongue and groove. They are strong and long-lasting enough for garden sheds , as well as smaller and medium-sized garden houses (a wood structure with up to 10m2 of the total area of floor). They are available at a reasonable cost.
The 40-50mm wall beams come with two tongues and grooves. They are suitable for medium-sized garden as well as summer houses (covering the floor area between 8 and 20 square meters). In comparison to 28mm walls these walls aren’t just more durable, but also offer greater insulation.
In the end the case of 28mm beams, they will be sufficient for the construction of sheds for garden and smaller house gardens (between four and 10m2.). However, for summer gardens that are larger than 10 square meters, it is suggested that you select the wall thickness of 40mm or higher, particularly in the event that you intend to install insulation and make use of your house year-round. It is essential to purchase an outdoor summer house that has an exterior wall thickness of at least 44mm, and with windows with insulation for all-year-round use. When you are insulating your home it is important to ensure that the the roof and floor should be given the greatest attention since about 35-40% of heat is lost via the roof. Uninsulated floors are the most common entry point to cold air.
6. Windows with single panes or insulated ones?
If you purchase an outdoor summer house to use for the season it is safe with a smaller walls and windows with single panes. If you are buying a summer home buy single-pane windows at a reasonable price. It is not possible for you to put in insulated windows in summer gardens with walls that are thicker than 28mm. Since walls with thinner thickness provide lower temperatures, putting up windows with insulation would be unwise.
If you plan to keep your wooden summer home all year long the windows that are insulated are essential. The home should be also insulated, however you must definitely purchase an outdoor house that has windows that are insulated.
The majority of wooden summer homes that have a wall thickness of 40mm and up are equipped with single-pane windows. Homes that have an average wall that is thicker than 44mm have windows that are insulated.
7. What size of a garden house is best to purchase?
A multi-purpose garden home can help you save money and spaces in the backyard. A wooden summer house that includes an outdoor terrace or veranda is less expensive than purchasing the summer garden house and bower on its own. It is the same in comparing the costs of a wooden shed and summer house with the price of buying each item each.
We also suggest you pay attention on the area of the home prior to making an offer.
A summer home purchase
When purchasing a summer home It is best to consult the entire family members to share their thoughts as well as their wishes. Then, you can figure to determine the ideal dimensions of the garden structure in order to have enough space to accommodate hobbies and other activities. A garden home could last a long time to be.