7x5 (2.1 x 1.5m) up to 24 x 12 (7.2 x 3.6m) in most sizes to suit you.
Sturdy 47mm x 47mm (45mm x 45mm finished) vertical framework clad with your choice of:
• 16mm (12mm finished) T&G Shiplap
• 19mm (15mm finished) T&G Loglap
16mm (12mm finished) T&G on 47mm x 47mm pressure treated floor joists with an option to upgrade to a heavy duty 18mm Caberboard floor. All buildings over 2.4m (8’) in both directions – e.g 8’ x 8’ but not 9’ x 7’ – are upgraded to 18mm Caberboard as standard.
Whether you opt for the traditional Apex or the more contemporary Pent roof style most buildings feature a 0.38m (15”) roof canopy. If you wish to add a veranda then this can be added as an option in depths of 0.6m, 0.9m or 1.2m (2’, 3’ or 4’) and these optional verandas would include a decking floor, side rails and – in the case of the two larger sizes – wraparound front rails.
The roof itself is constructed from 16mm (12mm finished) T&G matchboard on sturdy roof purlins and covered with a heavy duty polyester based roofing felt. There is an option of cedar shingles or long-life felt tiles if you prefer something a little more decorative.
There is a generous internal eaves height of 1.82m (6’) raising to an internal ridge height of:
• 2.1m (7’) and 2.4m (8’) gable – 2.06m (6’ 9”) • 2.7m (9’) up to 3.3m (11’) gable – 2.18m (7’ 2”)
• 3.6m (12’) gable and above – 2.36m (7’ 9”) • All pents – 2.06m (6’ 9”)
All external roof heights – up to 3.6m (12’) gable – comply with the 2.5m maximum height restriction imposed when erecting a building under Permitted Development.
Sturdy 75mm x 38mm (70mm x 34mm finished) pressure treated framing which is diagonally braced and screwed together before being clad with your choice of:
• 19mm (15mm finished) pressure treated T&G Shiplap
• 22mm (20mm finished) pressure treated T&G Loglap
• 23mm – 6mm pressure treated Weatherboard with vapour proof barrier
19mm (15mm finished) pressure treated T&G on 47mm x 47mm pressure treated joists. Option to upgrade to 22mm (20mm finished) pressure treated T&G if required.
A heavy duty green mineral polyester-based roofing felt atop 16mm (12mm finished) T&G match boarding with roof purlins and rafters supported as necessary on sturdy roof trusses and beams. The roof incorporates a unique soffit venting system which ensures good airflow within the roof space.
There is a generous internal eaves height of 1.94m (6’ 4”) on Highclere and Highclere models, raising to an internal ridge height of:
• 1.8m (6’) apex = 2.16m (7’ 1”) - 2.4m (8’) apex = 2.24m (7’ 4”) - 3.0m (10’) apex = 2.24m (7’ 4”) - 3.6m (12’) apex = 2.24m (7’ 4”)
All external roof heights (up to 3.6m span) comply with the 2.5m maximum height restriction imposed when erecting a building under Permitted Development.
All doors are constructed using hemlock for the greatest stability and durability, set in a solid frame with a traditional drip-cill and hung on heavy butt hinges. There is a choice of chrome, brass or black door furniture and the doors are fully glazed allowing light to flood in.
All models boast plenty of glass (which is toughened glass) to allow light to flood inside your building. Many options to suit you.
*Please ensure you check individual models for exact specifications *
All of our Diamond and Platinum summerhouses for sale are available with an extra room to suit you. Whether it’s at the back, the side or accessed from the front, we can make a summerhouse shed combo
for you. Don’t compromise on what you would like to meet your requirements. Contact us NOW
and chat through your needs or visit us and see examples for your self.
What Size Building Do I Need?
When considering the size of a summerhouse, it is essential to evaluate the intended use and available space. If it is intended for storage or as a quiet retreat for one or two people, a smaller size, such as 6x4 feet, may suffice. However, if the purpose is to accommodate larger gatherings or to serve as a workspace, a larger size, such as 10x8 feet or more, maybe more suitable. It is important to measure the available space and consider any potential future needs when determining the size of the building.
Where Should I Locate My Summerhouse?
When choosing a location, consider factors such as sunlight exposure, proximity to natural surroundings, and accessibility to amenities. Opt for a spot that receives ample sunlight throughout the day, as this will enhance the overall experience of spending time in your summerhouse. Additionally, a location near trees or other natural features can provide a pleasant and tranquil environment. Ensure that it is easily accessible from your main residence and that it is close to facilities such as water and electricity sources.
Can I Insulate My Summerhouse?
Insulating your building is feasible and can provide comfort during colder months by retaining heat. Key steps include insulating the walls, floor, and roof using suitable materials such as fibreglass, foam boards, or sheep's wool. Ensure all gaps and cracks are sealed to prevent heat loss. Consider double-glazed windows and insulated doors to further improve heat retention. Implementing these measures can create a more comfortable and energy-efficient space for year-round use. 1st Choice offer an option for insulating your new summer building so please contact us for details.
What Type Of Base Is Suitable For My Summer Building?
For these buildings, a suitable base would typically be a level and stable foundation such as a concrete slab, paving slabs, or a pressure-treated timber frame. The base should be able to support the weight of the summerhouse and provide a firm and even surface for installation. It is important to ensure that the chosen base is properly prepared and levelled to prevent any issues with the stability and longevity of the summer building. Additionally, considering factors like drainage and exposure to elements is essential in determining the most suitable type of base for the specific location and requirements of the building. 1st Choice has a base building service if that helps.
What Can I Use A Summer Building For?
These buildings can be used for various purposes, including as a peaceful retreat for relaxation and leisure activities. It can serve as a space for outdoor dining, entertaining guests, or as a quiet spot for reading and enjoying the natural surroundings. Additionally, a summerhouse can be utilised as a home office or studio for creative pursuits. Its versatility makes it an ideal space for enjoying the warmer months and extending the living area of a property.
How Long Will My New Building Last
The durability of your summer room depends on several factors, including the quality of materials used, the level of maintenance, and exposure to environmental elements. Proper care and regular maintenance can extend its lifespan, while harsh weather conditions and neglect may shorten it. Ensuring that the structure is well-built and using high-quality materials can also contribute to its longevity. Regular inspections and prompt repairs as needed will help to prolong the life of your summer room. Pressure-treated timber is also a good option to choose.
What About Electric To The Building
Electricity can be a valuable addition to a sunroom, providing power for lighting, heating, and electronic devices. It is important to consult with a qualified electrician to ensure that the electrical work is done safely and in compliance with building regulations. Consideration should also be given to the placement of outlets and light switches to best accommodate the intended use of the sunroom. Planning for the electrical needs of the sunroom from the outset can help to create a comfortable and functional space. We can arrange this for you if required.
Should I View Before Buying?
When considering a purchase, it is advisable to view the product beforehand as it allows for a firsthand evaluation of its condition and suitability. Viewing the item can provide valuable insights into its quality, features, and overall appearance, which may not be fully evident through online descriptions or images. This can help in making an informed decision and potentially prevent any future dissatisfaction with the purchase. Therefore, viewing the product before buying is a prudent step to take to ensure a satisfactory outcome. Our showrooms are open seven days a week and we have over 60 buildings on display.
When choosing a summer building, you need to check the specifications to ensure it will have the strength to last. So always check out the thickness of the timber, whether it’s made from redwood or the cheap inferior whitewood, how thick the framing is etc. Are the doors and windows joinery made, meaning they will last a long time? Does it have toughened glass for safety or imperfect horticultural glass, plastic or perspex? All important questions.
On many of the buildings available on the web, you will find that they will deliver them to your house and leave them for you to build. You can save a little money this way, but you will have to build it yourself. That’s OK if you are a good DIYer, but it will still be hard work. The best option is to take advantage of 1st Choice’s FREE assembly option on the Diamond and Platinum buildings. They will do all the hard work – all you need to do is build a level base for it to go onto. And they can even arrange that for you as well if you wish. This way, you can be sure your new building will be built correctly, and all you need to do is enjoy it.
We have a large range of summerhouse sizes for you to choose from and in several styles
. However, we specialise in making buildings to suit your needs. Whether it needs to be taller, extra or fewer windows or the doors and windows moved, we can do that for you. Ensure you buy the building to suit you and your family with no compromises. Give us a call at (0333) 800 8880 or visit our showroom and discuss what you would like. We are happy to provide a quote to suit you with no pressure.