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Captain Cockerel

The Love Shack build...

I don't think I'm, necessarily, going to show anyone "how to", but after reluctantly giving up my poultry we decided to use part of the garden in a different way.
I'm fortunate that, as a work bonus, I can get vouchers for all kinds of retail places so we decided to buy a summerhouse.
Big Mistake!!
After ordering about 500 of B&Q vouchers it was obvious pretty soon that the quality of the houses available was shockingly poor..
The size we were looking at for a corner shaped house was about 700/800. These things are incredibly flimsy and use styrene for the "windows"... So, only one choice. Build one..

I'll stick up some of the photos and be able to let others know the few mistakes I wouldn't make again.

As I had the vouchers anyway it was necessary to buy most of the basics from the good folks at B &Q however, because of their timber length limits (2.4 metres max length) I quickly became a fan of the local sawmill. I did get screws, 2"x2" battens, roof felt, sterling board for the flooring and roof from the retailer tho as well as wood treatment and t&g for the internal walls.

The name Love Shack just evolved but it's certainly more glam than a simple shed.

I hope you enjoy the pictorial diary.

Steve


MrsWW

Looking forward to following it Steve - hot tub? Jacuzzi going in?
12Bore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SOryJvTAGs    
sod

captain I can't open the picture thingy
horace

sod wrote:
captain I can't open the picture thingy
Nor can i it says it contains errors.
Rena

sod wrote:
captain I can't open the picture thingy

*whew...!* ... I thought it was me phone!
Captain Cockerel

Yes, I know... This may turn into a verrrrrry long running series... thought I had the uploading from a tablet thing sorted..

Bear with me audience... Speak among yourselves.
Captain Cockerel



Let's try this one. My granddaughter "H" testing the new decking out.
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Struggling to add any comments.

The boss sweeping up after me on the new deck. Then the floor of the shack in situ.

The end panels were fabricated in the garage in the winter and designed to just squeeze out through the door gap on the angle.
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Captain Cockerel wrote:
Struggling to add any comments.

The boss sweeping up after me on the new deck. Then the floor of the shack in situ.

The end panels were fabricated in the garage in the winter and designed to just squeeze out through the door gap on the angle.

Pleased that they came through the door, it wont be the first time I've heard of things that didn't  
Looking good though , keep us up to speed .
Captain Cockerel

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I get my help where I can. Get the kids earning their keep.

I used sarking boards overlapping by an inch for the external cladding.
Captain Cockerel






I hadn't sourced the windows or door by this point but wanted something substantial.
Captain Cockerel



1st mistake.. Never fitted a window to that left hand side... I like the way it's shaping up although I could have made the front edge a little shorter.

Who'll be first to correct my next faux pas?
Captain Cockerel



The open front edge is roughly west facing so the idea is we get the setting sun but the shack starts warming up with the morning sun. Ideal in the winter.
Border

Looking good Capt.

You and the missus will be ok all huddled up in there.  
Digindeep

Looking good and strong...well done
Captain Cockerel

Border wrote:
Looking good Capt.

You and the missus will be ok all huddled up in there.


In the winter it was more me than both of us most of the time.  It must "breathe" well because there is never any condensation.

Cheers folks.  
Captain Cockerel



Oooh.. Nearly done.. The weather was a bugger for a while (this was last April remember) took a while to get it weather proof..
sod

Well done looks well built
Captain Cockerel



A quick jump forward as had to get the roof and windows installed. I was fortunate to inherit a whole house full of double glazed windows units. I selected the 2 largest for the South and West facing walls.I have to say I was particularly happy with the windows installation.


Captain Cockerel



I've had this little baby for a few years just waiting for this job to get up and running.




My brother in law Jim, the welder, fixed me up with a chimney.Single skin 4" steel pipe for the chimney. My design was a bit too precise with the measurements. Had to work withwhat I had.


Captain Cockerel



Getting some of the home comforts installed. My beloved Mordaunt Short speakers and a Marantz tuner.Wifi on a TP link to follow so that full Internet access will be available.







The first burn with the stove in situ, with approval from "The Oracle", my neighbour Jock.
I've used fireboard for the surface with concrete in the void between fireboard and the sarking. Note, now, the internal cladding is in place too combined with 10mm thermal insulation. Didn't think felt a good idea and the likes of Kingspan too expensive.
Captain Cockerel



The finished build.. Proud man.
horace

     
Digindeep

     many a happy hour to be spent in there, well done.

Specially like the music touch   ..mine is wired up in the garden shed with additional speakers in the G/H .
Rena

Nice!! Love the music and fireplace~wouldn't be "home" without 'em! Very, very nice.
Border

Excellent job..............now christen it with a beer or two.
Captain Cockerel

Border wrote:
Excellent job..............now christen it with a beer or two.


Way ahead of you...  
Captain Cockerel



Made a herb planter to hide the gap under the decking with the left over battens..


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Here we are bang up to date with the decking all in place.








And lastly.. A nice sign created by my sister.  She's arty she is...




horace

   
Rena

That turned out SO great!!
Digindeep

     
sod

  that is fantastic very well done Best I've ever seen
Captain Cockerel

Thanks everyone...

I am really happy with how it's turned out. We've had loads of use out of it and I'm not afraid the latest addition is a flat screen telly (donated for free) just so we don't need to go inside to keep up with favourite programmes. Also got an extension on the house phone so we don't need to run in from the garden to answer calls.

My Lazyboy recliner is the icing on the cake (this one from a local furniture recycling place). I can be found in there any day.
Love it..
12Bore

Cracking job, well done!    

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