Category: Garden Buildings

Creating Your Own Summer House Plans

  • By Householders Guide
  • 4th October, 2011
Summer House Plans

Summer houses can add value to properties, and they can serve many different purposes, but many people are at a loss about where they can find acceptable summer house plans.

Do-it-yourself enthusiasts generally revel in projects like these, because building a summer house is not a complex business, and the results can provide years of pleasure and utility. Although there are numerous websites that offer a host of different summer house plans, it is perfectly feasible to design one from scratch and to create one's own plans.

Spend Some Time Planning
It would be wise to first spend some time planning before starting to design summer house plans, and the very first thing that need to be considered is the purpose of the intended summer house, because the design for a mere storage shed will be totally different from that for an entertainment area or a children's playhouse. The purpose of the summer house will automatically lead to initial thoughts of layout and size, and it may be worthwhile to make a series of rough sketches. It may even be beneficial to mark out the initial layouts with string to get a better idea of how the summer house will fit into the space envisaged. Other practical considerations that will need some thought include the type of foundation and floor that will be used, the relevant official regulations that governs the erection of structures and the location of the nearest electrical and plumbing connections. Of course, the main construction material and the type of roof that will be used should also be decided during the initial planning stage.

Creating Summer House Plans
There are several websites that offer free online floor plan design facilities, and this may be a better option than purchasing special software for this purpose. Most of these websites offer free accounts, and it may be necessary to try out several different systems to find one that is both easy to use and versatile. In some cases, it is even possible to obtain free summer house plans that can be adapted for specific needs. Alternatively, some websites offer a variety of templates that can make the process much easier.

There are a few important pointers to keep in mind when evaluating programs for creating summer house plans. It is important that it offers the option to save the plan; this sounds obvious, but many do not, and this may cause great frustration. Equally important is the ability to email the completed plans so that it could be printed out. Some programs offer the facility to convert the plans into three dimensional images, which is great, because it allows the designer the opportunity to see what the finished summer house will look like; some even go as far as to simulate a variety of building materials and finishes.

Designing one's own plans can be a very satisfying part of the entire project, but it is important to remember that the final plans will still be subject to official approval, and unfortunately, most design programs are not able to evaluate the plan against existing regulations. On the plus side, however, many design websites offer architectural services that aim to evaluate summer house plans for a small fee.

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