September 17, 2021

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The Real Estate Experts

How to build a summer house: A guide to constructing your own outbuilding in the garden

In a recent blog I shared how I created DIY scaffolding board decking. What I didn’t share was that half of that decking was allocated to be the floor of our new summer house. 

I will be completely honest with you, my partner and I didn’t initially set out to build a summer house, but our designs escalated very quickly and I am so glad we did. We are experienced DIYers at this stage, having renovated two houses, but we were a little apprehensive about the task of building our own summer house from scratch. That being said, we found it quite straight forward! If you’re thinking about creating your own summer house, here is how we did it, plus some useful tips we learned along the way. 

(Image credit: Jo Lemos)

DIY summer house design

DIY summer house Jo Lemos

(Image credit: Jo Lemos)

The design of your summer house can vary wildly, and depending on what you want to do it may be subject to local planning permission. As a general rule in England ‘outbuildings’ are subject to the following; they must be single story and the height of the roof must not exceed 2.5 metres if it’s less that 2 metres away from your boundary. Please do make sure what your local regulations are as neighbours have the right to complain.  Tip: I found a Facebook group called “build your own summer house” which I found really useful where people share their designs and give each other tips.