Tips and Ideas: Garages

Building a new garage is a significant undertaking. Interestingly enough, most of the choices you make come from answers to basic questions you’ll need to ask yourself before getting started. The first tip you’ll find here is to get our designers involved early in the planning stage of your garage. But the first question? What will you be using your new garage for? Is your new garage strictly for parking the car? How many cars? Will it be a part-time workshop, tool shed, or do you want a loft with some office space? With so many possible uses, it’s a good idea to list all the purposes your new garage will serve before beginning its design. The following tips and ideas are aimed at helping you think of all the little things in the beginning, when they are free, instead of discovering them during, or worse still, after construction.

 

Choosing the Best Garage Site

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Both practical and aesthetic considerations play roles in your decisions. How far from the road, and your home, do you want your garage to be? If you live in a colder climate, do you want to be shovelling your way out to the road, or trudging your way through to the house? If you’re building your garage to complement other buildings on your property, think about how it will look in winter, spring, summer and fall. Seasonal changing foliage affects visual impact.

What about running electricity, venting and plumbing to your garage? If you’re planning on doing so, you’ll need to account for these factors when choosing the location and plan to extend the infrastructure for them. If you live in a colder climate like us up here in Toronto, consider installing radiant floor heating in the building phase to keep your vehicle cozy and warm on frigid nights. We also offer thermal doors and windows to help keep your toys warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Garage Design Decisions

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Summerwood offers a large selection of garage designs, each of which can be personalized to suit your particular needs and wants. Many of the design options Summerwood offers are only available here; its part of what makes dealing with Summerwood unique. We’d also suggest that you involve our design team in your decision making process; they’ve been doing this for decades, and you’ll increase the odds of getting exactly what you want.

Outside – Most garages do adequate duty as a shelter for your car. But a Summerwood garage is an architectural statement and can greatly boost the overall value of your property. You can make that statement an original one by modifying any of the fine garage styles we offer. Build the garage of your dreams with attractive windows and doors, enhanced by shutters and flower boxes; give it charm with antique style hardware, dormers and more. You’ll also have plenty of choices when it comes to the roofing style and material, as well as the siding. We offer maintenance free Canexel siding, as well as traditional and beautiful cedar siding.

Will you be creating a concrete driveway, or using crushed stone or other material? The look of the driveway should be part of the overall design decision.

What’s happening on the inside? The list you’re going to make of your garage uses will help you decide on many of the interior design options. If it’s a multi-purpose structure, you may want to partition it for order. However, an open concept provides a feeling of space that may work well for your situation. Be sure to allow some extra space for storage, with shelving and cupboards, and if you’re planning on doing some DIY home projects, you might want space for a work bench and tools.

Garage Doors

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We have an impressive range of finely crafted garage doors that are sure to suit everyone’s tastes and requirements. Looks that range from the old style country barn to a smart urban coach house. Our doors are available in either a rollup or carriage style, and are available in Mahogany, Cedar or Steel. All are available in thermal insulated as well. You can also upgrade and add windows and other extras to suit yourself and create just the look you had in mind.

Garage Construction Materials

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A garage is a major contributor to the value of your property and quality of your life. At the very least it protects your car, which, is among your most prided possessions. So you want it to be sturdy and last a lifetime. That’s why we only use the finest construction materials in our garage building kits. We advise you to do the same when completing it with personal touches. The old adage, you get what you pay for is certainly true when it comes to construction.

Our garages are available with rich, long-lasting western red cedar, but you can also choose our Canexel siding. It’s a maintenance-free wood fiber siding and comes in a variety of pleasing colors. The hardware is all absolute top quality to ensure longevity.

Learn more about our garage siding and other building materials.

Sizing your Garage

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At this stage, that list of intended uses we keep talking about will come in handy. For instance, if you want to host jam sessions without moving the car outside, you’ll need more space. Mind you, a dual-purpose garage doesn’t have to be huge, if you plan well. You can store skis, garden tools, lumber and the like up in a loft. But will you need extra floor room for another car, bikes, maybe a workbench, hobbyhorse or workout space? The key is to anticipate your needs and give yourself a bit of extra room to move around once you’ve accommodated them. Be sure to view our sample floor plans and utilize our floor plan grids. They’re a huge time-saver. Once you’ve decided on a size, physically test it. Set some stakes in the ground and tie string around them, creating the actual area you’re intending to use. (You can do this even if you haven’t quite decided where to put your garage.) Once your mock space is “built”, can you fit everything you’re dreaming of? The last thing you want is to find out after you’ve built your garage is that you don’t have the space to accommodate all your stuff.

An important size related topic is building permits. Make sure you enquire with your local building permit office about the process for your location. Most jurisdictions and municipalities require building permits for structures over 100 sq feet, which your garage is most likely going to be, so plan on getting one long before your garage kit arrives. This library of US regional listings will include the government office you need to contact in your area. Contact us for more information. We can help.

Garage Roofing

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Unless you order our long-lasting and beautiful cedar shingles with your Summerwood garage kit, you’ll need to supply your own roofing. The most economical and common choice is asphalt shingles. They come in assorted and attractive colors, are easy to find at your local building supply center, and are easy to install. Another attractive yet practical choice is corrugated metal instead of shingling. It also comes in many charming colors. And in winter, even the wettest, stickiest snow falls from it like water. Depending on your design goals, you may want to obtain the same roofing material that was used on your house; in this case we can ship your garage kit with no shingles. For more information on roofing options, check out our garage information section.

Another attractive yet practical choice is corrugated metal instead of shingling. It also comes in many charming colors. And in winter, even the wettest, stickiest snow falls from it like water.

For more on roofing options, check out our garage information section.

 Building it on Your Own

A garage is a relatively large project, but our prefabricated kits make it easy; plus you get loads of helpful and instructional tools, not to mention telephone and email support for those particularly tough questions. So yes, you can build it on your own. And it’s actually a lot of fun! Over the years we’ve turned loads of Nervous Nestors and Nancies into Handy Harries and Hildas! Just be sure that you have the time, energy, tools and the skill level to complete the project; don’t forget that a garage is a larger structure and requires a certain amount of carpentry skills. To give you a better idea of the time that it might take to build your garage kit, look for the installation time in the instruction paperwork. Here you’ll find the number of labor hours it would take to assemble your kit. Depending on your level of handiness, you can plan your garage’s construction better.

On the other hand, you may not have the time or desire to do it yourself. We can help with our how to hire a contractor information, as it offers a lot of valuable advice. The printable labor estimate sheet will give your contractor all he or she needs to provide you with a quote. Don’t have a contractor? We can provide you with a reputable and trustworthy contact with experience building our structures. Contact us for details.

 

Selecting a Garage Design

Each of the below garage styles are available in an easy-to-build precut, or prefabricated kit package. They can be as large or small as you like. Choose a style, then customize it online in our Custom Design Center, or give us a call to have a designer help.

Summerwood Garage Styles:

Urban Garagesurban garages - The Urban garage provides all the storage space you’ll ever need and does it in a style that’s all it’s own. With so much great space, you’ll be sure to use your garage for more than just parking the family car!

Highlands garageshighlands garages – The simple gable roof evokes the no-nonsense style of hearty northern Scots. Consider large sash windows to allow for plenty of sunlight, a Scottish rarity!

 

archer garages Archer garages – The hip roof style creates a soaring feeling of space and makes for a pleasant view from any angle. A flagstone walkway to the side door gives it that homey feel.

 

Montcrest garages – Its steep gable roof means extra storage potential and quicker tumbling snow in winter! Inside the effect is spacious – consider capping your Montcrest with our cedar shingles.

Alpine garages – Inspired by the roomy chalets of Austria and Switzerland, the double-car Alpine boasts a vast gable roof. Add a dormer window to make the most of the effect inside and out.

Bishop garages – The pyramid shaped hip roof of the double-car Bishop adds a classic style to any property, bespeaking harmony and order. Balance it with our cedar shingles for a handsome look.

 

York garages – The plunging gable roof of the double car York garage seems to go on forever inside, but gives the impression of hugging the property outside. And there’s plenty of storage potential inside the loft.

Can’t make up your mind? Don’t forget our designers are waiting for your call. We’ll help you create something brand new, or we can help modify one of our existing designs to suit your situation; just contact us to get started. And did we mention we also make sheds and pool cabanas?

Tips and Ideas: Gazebos

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Purchasing a new gazebo for your backyard or lake property requires a little planning. What are you going to be using your gazebo for? Entertaining? A shady place to rest & read? Whatever you’re intended use is, you’ll find the below gazebo tips and ideas helpful, and if you’re still left with questions, contact us for information on your specific situation.

Choosing a Site

choosing a site gazebosJust like with cabins or sheds, to a large degree, how you’re planning on using your gazebo determines location choice. Is it a stylish garden gazebo or a gathering place for friends and family on beautiful summer afternoons? Perhaps you want an enclosed gazebo to install a hot tub or spa. Aesthetics are also equally important; you may choose to highlight your gazebo by making it the center of attention or build it into the existing surroundings, a quiet place to relax and reflect. Existing structures and lot size will also impact the final site choice. Depending on the size of your property, you may want the gazebo to be close to the house, or have it set back as a destination point on the property when taking a leisurely stroll. Property location – is the gazebo going to be located at the lake, or is it in the city? Privacy concerns in the city may influence where you decide to build, while making sure appropriate scenic views are available at the cottage.

Don’t forget about checking on permits for your prefab gazebo build, or you my get an expensive reminder. If the gazebo is under 100 sq. ft. you may not require a permit. Proximity to the water may also be a factor. Townships and rural areas often have restrictions on property line setbacks and how close to the water you can build, be sure to check with them before you start building anything.

Aesthetics – the most important consideration when it comes to gazebo kits due to their non-utilitarian usage. Since gazebos are often used as a focal point for gardens and patios, a great idea is to highlight your structure by making it the center of attention. Much depends on what your design goals are. If you’re not sure what style to go with, have a chat with one of our designers, we’re here to help.

Gazebo Designs

gazebo designsOur range of custom gazebo styles and sizes are vast, so it should be easy to find the perfect fit. Be sure to spend sufficient time browsing our gazebo photo galleries and choose a style that best reflects your personal taste. You can also mix and match our gazebo styles to create your own. If you like the roof of one style, but prefer the railings of another, no problem! Simply visit our gazebos section, select style, then mix n’ match, and play around mixing the styles together.

Landscapes

gazebo landscaping optionsIt’s smart to think about how you may want to cultivate the landscape in your gazebo’s immediate surroundings. Shrubs, flowers, and other garden details provide a nice complement to your gazebo design and will help to define the space. Many people also choose to lay flagstone or other pavers to create a unique pathway to the gazebo opening.

A little garden decor provides nice finishing touches to a tranquil space. Strategically placed, things like trellises, pergolas, lights, wind chimes, birdhouses – and even your favorite piece of weathered furniture can go along way to creating the perfect setting for your gazebo. Be sure to check out our resources page for links to recommended landscaping professionals.

Selecting a Gazebo Size

gazebo sizesFinding the perfect size can be a little tricky, as you don’t want something that’s too small, but you don’t want to go overboard and get something that’s too large for the area it’s going. Our general rule of thumb is that an 8′ gazebo fits 2 people (2 chairs and a small table). With every two-foot addition, two more people can be seated comfortably in the gazebo (for example, a 10′ gazebo holds 4 people comfortably, and a 12′ gazebo holds 6 people comfortably, etc.). As with all our other buildings and size options, we’d recommend that you get some stakes and string and physically stake out the size you’re considering. This will give you a real world look at how the size you’re considering will work in your space.

As always, contact us at any point in the planning process and we will provide you with as much help as you require.

 

Gazebo Materials

gazebo materialsCedar, cedar and more cedar. All of our gazebos are constructed from a premium grade of Canadian western red cedar. We use the finest materials on the market, and every piece is hand inspected for quality, so be assured that what you get is truly top of the line – we don’t mess around. All our fasteners are either zinc plated or galvanized to eliminate any possibility of rusting. If you’re looking at an enclosed model, as with all our options, quality hardware and materials are used for all windows and doors – to ensure a water tight structure for years to come.

Have a look at our gazebo materials section for more on what you can expect with your Summerwood gazebo.

Roofing

gazebo roofing optionsWe provide cedar shingles with our gazebos which are absolutely beautiful. They are durable, life-long and they will outlast all style trends.

That said, you can choose to omit the cedar shingles and use asphalt or tile depending on what look you are trying to achieve. Have a look at our roofing options. Copper styled roofing is stunning on our gazebos if your budget allows for it.

Building your Gazebo

building your gazeboOur gazebos go up very easily. Most of our customers tackle the project themselves and quite enjoy it; especially our prefabricated formats. The roof, walls, and floor sections are prebuilt; all you need to do is put it all together. Read more detailed information on assembly and the tools required to build your gazebo.

If you’d prefer to leave the building to the professionals we can help here too. We have a local installation service, as well as a vast list of contractors with experience building our products. Just give us a call and we’ll help you sort it out.

Gazebo Styles

Have a good look through the below styles, as it really comes down to which gazebo styles you prefer. Sizes range from 8ft. to almost as large as you want. We also suggest that you peruse our gazebo photo gallery for ideas.

Summerwood Gazebos:

san cristobal gazeboSan Cristobal Gazebos – Our San Cristobal Garden House is a classic beauty designed for year-round use. This exquisite structure is fully enclosed and comes with French doors and beautiful opening windows (complete with screens). If natural light and an enclosed area is a priority, the San Cristobal is a wise choice. This style is ideally suited as an office, gazebo or even a breakfast room.

bali tea house gazeboBali Tea House Gazebos- Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, our Teahouse style gazebo is brilliant in its minimalism. Perfect as a hot tub gazebo or just as a place to relax on a hot summer afternoon, the Bali Tea House gazebo is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.

 

monterey gazebosMonterey Gazebos – The Monterey is our classic gazebo featuring clean, smooth lines. This gazebo will compliment the architectural details of your home and the landscape of your garden beautifully.

 

victorian gazeboVictorian Gazebos – Our Victorian gazebo adds elegance to any landscape. Its two-tiered pagoda roof style, along with its attractive spandrels, decorative arched brackets and hand cut railings offer a unique and historical design element.

 

Carlisle gazebosCarlisle Gazebos – The Carlisle is our fairytale gazebo. It boasts charming gingerbread spandrels, spindle railings and a one-tiered roof. Its unique design makes for a splendid focal point.

 

tattle creek gazebosTattle Creek Gazebos – The newest design in our gazebo line up is the Tattle Creek. Defying convention, this gazebo features a smooth spandrel, wide railings and a high roof. It is truly in a class of its own.

 

montpellier gazebosMontpellier Gazebos – The Montpellier garden house style gazebo is a 4-sided (square base) design. Like a traditional gazebo, it has railings and spandrels. This style is well suited in a rustic garden, pool side, or in a commercial setting.

 

coventry gazebosCoventry Gazebos - This gazebo features stunning leaded glass French doors and tilted opening windows, a high cedar shingled roof, elegantly cambered eaves, traditional brass hardware, and exquisite trim and detail all around. It is perfect is any setting, especially in the backyard, used as a place for relaxation.

Tips and Ideas: Cabins

Building a new cabin is sure to be one of the most exciting projects you’ll ever undertake. With a careful eye and thoughtful planning you can have everything you’ve dreamed of and more.

We’ve put together some of the most common areas of consideration for your review so that you’re not overlooking any important planning concerns.

If you have other questions, which we’re sure you will, just contact us at any point in the planning process!

Cabin Sites

Location pool housesLocation – the practical and the pretty. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to finding the perfect new spot for your prefab cabin. If it’s going to be a secondary structure, maybe you’ll want to run electricity and plumbing to your cabin for a sink, toilet, bath or shower. How close is the location to hookups? Are there any factors that may hinder your ability to run the hookups?

When it comes to cabin location, the view is likely to be one of the most important considerations. Lake location, trees, surrounding foliage (and weather) can be very different from one season to the next. Some people want to maximize sunshine (and the view), all year round and build atop of a hill. Others want shade in the afternoons at the height of summer when windows magnify the heat.

What about road access? Are you more concerned with an attractive location or one with the easiest access? Or somewhere in the middle? If your property’s large, how far from the road do you want to be? If it’s a busy road, the farther away for it, the quieter it will be, but what about parking? Is there a lot of snow in the winter and will you need to dig your way through? It may make sense to lay a parking pad while creating a foundation for your cabin (more about this below).

Once you decide on a site, choose a size that’ll suit your needs (see the next topic below), andlocation cabins here is a very useful tip: Stake out your bunkie size on the chosen site. Ensure that it fits and imagine how you’ll utilize the interior space. In particular, think about door and window placement. What’s the view? How will you get from the front door to the vehicle? Try walking there from where you’ll park.

Decisions about the size and location of your bunkie are not always in your hands. Check with your municipality to ensure that you are meeting the local zoning and building permit requirements. Since it’s not likely that you’ll be building a cabin that is under 100 sq. ft. you’ll need to have all your t’s crossed and i’s dotted. Other stipulations may include a 2 or 3 foot setback from property lines, some areas even have regulations regarding how close structures can be built near water. Check first and then check again! Inspectors will make you change things if you contravene local bylaws.

Interior Cabin Design

interior design cabinsOnce again your list of cabin uses will help determine how to design the interior. Is your space to be open concept or will you divide it into rooms with partitions to allow privacy for yourself and guests? Are you considering a loft? If so, you’ll need some extra space for a staircase.

Allow plenty of space for storage. Consider cupboards, shelves, mud room, sunroom, porches etc. See our suggestions for interiors. There are so many design options unique to Summerwood cabins, that will suit to your tastes and needs. Our cabins are available as single floor, 1 1/2 floor (lofts), and even 2 story designs. Our cabin design team are literally pros at this, so use them when designing your cabin kit. You’ll save time and ensure that you get exactly what you want. With all the sumptuous styles of cabins that we offer, you’re sure to find what you want here at Summerwood. Check out our favorites to benefit from the thinking that others have done before you. Select the style that fits your landscape and reflects your taste best. Then customize the cabin to address any functional issues and to add your own personal touch.

Consider too, how you’ll “decorate” the area around your new cabin. Shrubs, flowers and running vines entwined through a trellis create an earthy English garden feel. Or perhaps you’ll want to clear the front for a nearby fire pit. (Be sure it’s far enough away from your cabin for safety.) Would you like a path of flagstone to lead to the front door? It’s the little things that personalize and make your cabin uniquely yours.

When you’re ready, select a style from below or go straight to our Custom Design Center. Don’t forget that you can involve our design team at any stage!

Cabin Sizes

This is always a bit of a tough one. We like to tell customers that there is no wrong choice; but that is, before you build it! What we really mean is that there are no rules, except what you need for your circumstances.

cabin sizesWhat you need to consider. Clearly the key is to ensure that your space is large enough for its intended purposes, while remaining proportional to the setting. How many people do you need your cabin to sleep? Do you want a porch to sit on and watch the world go by? Is it just sleeping space or do you need to apportion other rooms to read, dine in or just pass the time with a card game when the weather’s foul? Keep all the purposes of the cabin in mind while planning its size. Are you thinking storage and sleeping space? A dual-purpose cabin doesn’t have to be big, providing you assign different uses to different spaces and incorporate some thoughtful and inventive design into your plan. Be sure to view our sample floor plans and utilize our floor plan grids. They’re a huge time-saver.

What you need to know. Remember that in most areas, structures of less than 100 sq. feet usually don’t require permits. Maxing out at about 80 sq ft of living space, our Canmore Bunkie is designed just for that. For many that may be a bit too “cozy”. It all depends on your needs. Again, check with your local municipality for permit requirements. This library of regional listings may have the local government office you should contact. Once you’ve decided on a size, it’s a good idea to test it. Place some stakes in the ground and outline the sides of your proposed cabin with a string. It sounds odd, but for most people it’s hard to get an idea of what they need until they do it. This mock space gives you the opportunity to experiment before you’ve put down any money. Adjust the stakes until you’re happy with the size and record the dimensions.

Cabin Materials

cabin materialsIt’s not uncommon for people to love their cabin more than their primary residence. They want it to last for a lifetime and pass it on to loved ones. That’s why Summerwood only uses the finest materials on the market. Most of our cabin kits are constructed from a premium grade of western red cedar. However we also offer our structures in durable and attractive Canexel maintenance-free wood fiber siding in a variety of vibrant and outdoorsy colors.

Different materials create different looks – remember that when you’re adding new structures on your property. You can have them complement one another or be a little eccentric and let them stand on their own. There’s no wrong decisions, just interesting ones! Learn more about our materials and siding choices.

Cabin Roofing

cabin materialsShingles – Available at your local hardware store and can be installed on any of our cabin kits. Whatever type you choose, be sure to follow the installation instructions closely. Please refer to the shingles section on our website to determine the quantity of shingles that you will require.

Roofing – In most applications we use 4 x 8 sheets of 7/16″ OSB sheets for sheathing. You may want to upgrade to fir plywood, or consider cedar for a more finished appearance.

Trusses & rafters – In most applications we use spruce (dimensions vary depending on size and style). Other materials such as cedar may be preferred. View detailed information on all our material choices.

See detailed information on all our material choices.

Do it yourself or Hire a Contractor?

Summerwood cabin kits are a do-it-yourselfer’s dream come true – even if you’re only dreaming about becoming a do-it-yourselfer. There’s a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions and live help that is always just an email or toll-free phone call away. Just be sure that you have the time, energy and tools to complete the project. Our cabin kits make building a cabin a project anyone can do, whether you’re handy or not. Learn more about its assembly and required tools. Or if you think you’d rather have someone build it for you, this how to hire a contractor package is very helpful.

Cabin Designs

Choose your favorite cabin style – we love them all! Remember, our buildings can be customized to your own personal requirements. They range in size from as small to as big as you want. View many of these cabin styles below in 3D.

Summerwood Cabins:

canmore cabinsCanmore Cabins – With its generous front porch and soaring loft area, it’s no wonder the Canmore is a favorite with our customers. It’s the look that says bring on the weekend!

 

Keppler creek cabinsKepler Creek Cabins – The Kepler Creek’s gently sloping roof provides a roomy open loft. The optional dormer adds charm and the extra light is welcome all year round.

 

sonoma cabinsSonoma Cabins – Sonoma cabins can rewrite family histories. Its steep gabled roof provides the owner plenty of loft space to store camping equipment or use as a sleeping area. Its modern charm is at home in any setting. So get out of the city and enjoy the lake like you’ve been dreaming about with our cabin kits.

 

breckenridgeBreckenridge Cabins – There’s a down-home simplicity to the Breckenridge that seems to instill calm. The gable roof provides much needed upper storage space. Customize the Breckenridge to suit your tastes.

 

cheyenne cabinsCheyenne Cabins – Its steep gabled roof provides the Cheyenne’s owner plenty of loft space. Its rustic charm is enhanced by the cozy porch and overhanging roof.

 

mountin brook cabinsMountain Brook Cabins – Practical and charming. The gently sloping 7:12 pitch roof offers extra space for storage or sleeping. Speaking of sleep, relax and spread out on the 4 ft deep porch!

 

Glen Echo cabinsGlen Echo Cabins – An attractive favorite for cabiners. The canopy created by the 2- or 3-foot overhang provides welcome shade on a sunny day and protection from the rain on a cloudy one.

 

bala bunkie cabinsBala Bunkie Cabins – A brand-new version of our Glen Echo style, 10 x 10 bunkie featuring a front and back dormer and an increased roof pitch. In most cases this small cabin will save you the trouble of getting a permit!

 

If you’re not sure, view our cabin favorites for inspiration. See how others in your shoes have modified Summerwood styles to make them their very own.

Tips & Ideas: Pool Cabanas

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There are several things to consider when planning to build a pool house cabana, but with an eye for detail and careful planning, you can have everything you dreamed of and more. The first question to consider is “what do I intend to use my pool cabana for”? To some extent the answer to this question will impact all others. We suggest you make a list of all the functions you would like your Pool House to serve, as part of the planning process. If you are installing a new pool, be sure to involve your pool company in the decision making process; they will have some good suggestions and certainly the experience to know what’s important for your structure.

Also thinking about a storage shed for your other backyard needs? See our detailed guide on how to choose one first.

Pool Cabana Sites

Location

There aren’t too many choices here; generally youlocationn will locate your pool house cabana within striking distance of your pool. There are some things to consider though: how to maximize sunlight; do I want the cabana to be front and center or blend into the landscape a little; do I need to run electricity and, do I need to plumb it for a bar sink, toilet, or outdoor shower. Evaluate the pros and cons of your preferred site in all four seasons. The surrounding foliage (and weather) can be very different from one season to the next. All of these considerations may have some impact on where you decide to build your pool house.

Once you have decided on a site, choose a cabana size that’ll suit your needs (see ‘choosing a size’ below). It’s a good idea to stake out your pool house to ensure that the fit is comfortable for your needs and that the location is harmonious with your landscape.

Zoning

Decisions made on the size, location, and style of your pool house cabana are not entirely in your hands.zoning options pool cabanas Be sure to check with your municipality to ensure that you are meeting the local zoning and permit requirements. If you are under 100 sq. ft. you will not likely require a permit; however, there are usually some restrictions such as a two or three foot set back from a property line to contend with (please see zoning and permits for more information). In some regions there may even be specific regulations pertaining to the construction of structures near a pool. Always check first with your local municipality before building!

Grade

Typically, pool houses are built on concrete pad foundations. grade  pool cabanasOften customers are pouring concrete for their pool, so it’s very economical to pour an additional pad at the same time. It’s not usually necessary to pour a pad though; patio stones or a crushed stone base work just fine. Regardless of your choice, be sure that the grade is level and that it has good drainage.

Pool Cabana Designs – Interior Design & Exterior Style

Our range of poointerior pool cabanasl house styles, sizes, and options will allow you to design your cabana for functionality without having to compromise on style. Be sure to spend sufficient time browsing in our pool cabana photo gallery and benefit from all the designs that others have come up over the years. Choose a pool house style that reflects your personal taste and fits in to the landscape. Don’t worry about matching your cabana to your house, not every thing needs to match…and why not be a little eclectic! You can customize your pool house to your heart’s content, implementing your personal flair along the way. Most of our styles are differentiated primarily by roof lines (i.e. gable, hip, salt box) so this is an important consideration.

It’s also important from the beginning to think about the interior design of your pool house. Partitions often work well to divide space for the various different uses (although the ‘open’ concept has its appeal as well). Benches, shelving, and hooks are very handy and if you are considering one of our beautiful bifold bar windows, extra overhang and height are necessary to ensure that the design balance is correct and that water doesn’t drip off your roof onto the serving bar. Whatever your requirements, we have oodles of options to choose from so you shouldn’t have much trouble achieving a good fit to your tastes and needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our design experts who will be more than happy to help guide you through the process.

If you are ready to get started, begin with the main pool house styles. Then if you can’t find it there, visit our photo gallery or head over to our Custom Design Center.We also have a team of design experts that can come up with a virtual drawing of your ideas. Give us a call and we’ll get it to you in no time!

 

Pool Houses – Exterior Finishing Touches

extrasIt’s smart to think about how you may want to cultivate the landscape in the immediate surroundings. Shrubs, flowers, and trellises draped with vines can complement your Pool Cabana design and will help to define the space. If you have pool equipment, it’s also a nice way to make it less conspicuous.

Many people also choose to lay flagstone or other pavers to create a pathway to the door.

A little decor always provides a nice touch. Strategically placed, things like trellises, life preservers, cupolas, lights, wind chimes, weather vanes, birdhouses – and even your favorite piece of weathered furniture can go along way to creating the style you are after.

Selecting a size for your Pool House

This is always a bit of a tough one, but there is no wrong choice, so don’t fret. The average size for a pool cabana is somewhere between 8′ x 12′ and 10′ x 14′ (or the 10′ or 11′ five sided design) but, there are no rules. Clearly the key is to ensure that your space is large enough for its intended purposes, while remaining proportional to the setting. A changing area, pool equipment and accessory storage, mini kitchen, bar serving area, shower and/or toilet – think of the activities that you have in mind to take place in your pool cabana, and plan the space out accordingly.

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If you intend to share your space with items currently residing in your yard, make sure to allow for enough room for both your pool needs and your stored items (mind you if it’s only ‘off season’ storage you need not worry). Dual-purpose pool cabanas don’t have to be big, providing you assign different uses to different spaces and incorporate some thoughtful and inventive design. Once you’ve decided on a size for your pool house, place some stakes in the ground and outline the sides of your proposed cabana with a string or garden hose. Adjust the stakes until you’re happy with the size and record the dimensions. Note that if you have chosen an inward opening ‘D’ series door, you will need to have four feet of clearance inside your pool cabana.

Again, please feel free to contact us at any point in the planning process and we will provide you with as much help as you need.

Pool Cabana Construction Materials

Most of our products are constructed from a premium grade of western red cedar or Canexel maintenance free wood fiber siding (available in many vibrant colors). We only use the finest materials on the market, so be assured that what you get is truly top of the line – we don’t mess around. Different materials create different looks so you may want to consider that if you want your design to extend or complement the architectural style of your house and other structures on your property. Click for detailed information on our materials and siding.

Pool House Roofing Options

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There are a variety of options when it comes to roofing materials and here you will have to make an important decision.

Obviously asphalt shingles are the most economical and are readily available in a variety of colors at your local building supply store.

Although asphalt shingles are not packaged with our structures, cedar shingles are

cedar shinglesavailable as an option. They are truly beautiful and will last a lifetime. Corrugated metal roofing is another possibility. Available in many colors, this is an attractive option and is very adept at keeping the snow off your roof (if you live in colder climates). Another popular choice is clay roofing tiles. Many homes use this tile and it’s nice to have the two structures share this similarity. Just be sure to mention this to our design team, as clay tiles add extra weight and the structure needs to be beefed up a little to accommodate these tiles.

Building your Pool Cabana on your own, or Hire a Contractor?

hiring a contractorDecide on whether you’re going to take on the project of building your pool cabana yourself or if you’re going to hire someone to do it for you. Most of our customers tackle the project themselves and quite enjoy it; a form of therapy or family bonding if you will. Often the neighbors will wonder over and offer assistance as well. We offer two types of pool house kits, pre-cut and pre-assembled. The pre-assembled goes together much faster, so if you’re building your pool house yourself you may want to choose this option. If you are an accomplished ‘do-it yourselfer’, or ready to make your debut, make sure that you have both the time and the energy required for the task at hand. If not, be sure to have a look at our how to hire a contractor information.

Choosing a Pool House Style

When it comes down to which style suits you best, it’s all about your own personal tastes and the application requirements for your pool house. Remember, all of our buildings can be customized to your own personal requirements. Since they’re made to order, we have just the right style to suit you.

Summerwood Pool Cabana Styles:


palmerston pool housePalmerston Pool Cabanas – The lines of our Palmerston style pool cabana make it at home in almost any poolside setting. The look is clean and the space is functional, ideal for equipment storage and changing space. Dress it up with a dormer, an assortment of windows, and one of our deluxe series of doors.

 

surfside summerwood pool houseSurfside  Pool Cabanas - Take entertaining poolside to a new level with our outstanding Surfside pool cabana design. Outfitted with a built in bar, this pool cabana is sure to be the center of all the action this summer! Install plumbing for a kitchenette and run electrical to keep the party going after dark. For summertime fun just add ice!

 

barside summerwood pool houseBarside Pool Cabanas – Summerwood has another option for those who live entertain. The built-in bar is located on the long wall which provides so much more space for summer fun with friends and family! You can create your own design in our Custom Design Centre.

 

dune surfside summerwood pool houseDune Pool Cabanas – Our Dune style cabana is a favorite of our professional pool and landscape clientele. The charm and splendor of its design provides a striking and contemporary poolside look. Your guests and neighbors will be asking a lot of interesting questions.

 

Urban Studio surfside summerwood pool houseUrban Studio Pool Cabanas - Style that is sleek and simple at the same time. With its flat roof and lots of add-on options, Urban Studio makes for a perfect storage house, changing room or a cooling-off area.

 

Catalina surfside summerwood pool houseCatalina Pool Cabanas - Our Catalina five-sided design is a Summerwood original and a very popular choice for a pool cabana. The style nestles beautifully into any corner and makes efficient use of otherwise wasted space. Clear cedar French doors, a dormer and Sojo styled architectural windows make wonderful appointments.

 

Sonoma surfside summerwood pool houseSonoma  Pool Cabanas – Our Sonoma style is a favorite for those of you who are looking for a multi-functional pool house. Change room, bar, storage area, it can accommodate all that and more. Dressed up with architectural windows and beautiful clear cedar doors, the Sonoma is a lovely enhancement to your poolside oasis.

 

Verana surfside summerwood pool houseVerana  Pool Cabanas – Our Telluride is defined by its steep roof pitch and rugged natural good looks. The design is spacious and roomy. Can come all dressed up with large doors, beautiful windows and may be dressed up with some very stylish cedar wall lattice. A bold look if the space calls for it.

 

San Cristobal surfside summerwood pool houseSan Cristobal Pool House – is a classic beauty that is truly gorgeous poolside. This exquisite structure is fully enclosed and comes with French doors and beautiful opening windows (complete with screens). If natural light is a priority, the San Cristobal is a wise choice.

 

Windsor surfside summerwood pool houseWindsor  Pool Cabanas – The Windsor is perhaps the most striking pool cabana we offer. Its’ regal look makes it a favorite for those who want to entertain in style. It’s best suited with large windows and French doors to let the sun shine in.

 

Santa Cruz surfside summerwood pool houseSanta Cruz  Pool Cabanas – California inspired, this pool cabana is luxurious and functional. The Dutch Hip Roof offers a ton of head room and the large windows, plenty of natural light. It’s perfect for use as a pool house and it doubles as an entertainment facility. There’s no need to run back and forth from the house.

 

Copper creek surfside summerwood pool houseCopper Creek  Pool Cabanas – This cabana has a steep roof pitch, providing just the right amount of drama to this poolside beauty. It’s elegant design performs well by the pool, it allows for the storage of pool related items in the roof and gives you enough room inside to change and house all the equipment.

 

Tips And Ideas: Sheds

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We’ve compiled some of the most common planning concerns in an effort to help guide you to the perfect shed. From gardening and equipment storage to poolside storage, to whatever you’ll be using your shed for, we’re sure you’ll find these tips and ideas helpful. And don’t forget we’re here to help with any specific questions you’re sure to have along the way.

Shed Site Locations

From a practical standpoint, it’s wise to locate storage sheds close to where they’ll be needed most. Kids in particular are much more likely to put bicycles and toys away if the access to the shed is convenient. On the other hand, if you are looking at garden sheds, you may want to locate it next to your garden, in a spot that receives lots of natural light. Aesthetics are always important; you may choose to highlight your structure by making it the center of attention, or blend it into your landscape and make it a secret hideaway. You should also be mindful of the sheds relation to other structures that you may have on your property. Achieving a balance is important.

Other things to think of when choosing your sheds location may be it’s proximity to water (do I need a hose, do I want to plumb it), natural light, ventilation (although vents are available), and electricity (artificial lighting and electrical for gardening and other tools may be desired). Consider the way the shed will look year round. Surrounding foliage (and weather) can be very different from one season to the next. All of these considerations may have some impact on where you decide to place your shed.

Once you have decided on a size for your shed (see ‘shed sizes’ below), it’s a good idea to physically stake it out on your property to ensure that the fit is comfortable for you and is harmonious with your surroundings.

Grade – Ideally your site should be level, with a slight pitch towards the rear. This will allow drainage of water without having to excavate around your shed. A shed may be located where the ground slopes more steeply (i.e. greater than 12″ from one side to the other) however, if this is the case, more thought should be put into the foundation you are going to build. Try to avoid positioning a shed at the bottom of a hill but, if you must, ensure that you beef up the drainage with a 6″ gravel bed around your shed or some other appropriate foundation. If you are planning to store wheel barrels and lawn mowers, and there is a slope, be sure to consider adding a ramp to your shed.

Choosing a Design

Our range of shed styles, sizes, and options will allow you to design and build your shed for functionality without having to compromise on style. Be sure to spend sufficient time browsing our shed photo galleries and you will benefit from all the designs that others have come up with before you.

Choose a shed style that reflects your personal taste and fits in to the landscape. Don’t worry about your shed matching your house; not every thing needs to match…and why not be a little eclectic! You can customize your shed to your heart’s content, implementing your personal flair along the way. Most of our shed styles are differentiated primarily by roof lines (i.e. gable, hip, lean to, salt box), so this is an important consideration.

It’s important from the beginning of your decision making process to think about the interior design of your shed. If you are storing large items like a lawn mower, you don’t want to constantly be moving it in order to get to smaller items like shovels and rakes. Double doors on your shed make for easy storage of and access to large and small items alike.

Partition walls often work well to divide space within your

shed and help separate bikes from strollers, from gardening supplies. If you’re going to be using your shed for storage, consider the placement of doors and windows. Keep in mind that storage space is lost where windows are placed. Placement of doors is also important to ensure convenient access to all the stuff inside. Obviously hooks, shelving, benches, bins and other creative ideas are useful in helping to keep things organized. Whatever your requirements are, we have oodles of shed options to choose from, so you shouldn’t have much trouble achieving a good fit to your tastes and needs.


Backdrops & Landscaping

It’s smart to think about how you may want to cultivate the landscape in your shed’s immediate surroundings. Shrubs, flowers, and vines on trellises can be a nice complement to a shed and will help to define the space. Many people will also choose to lay flagstone or other pavers to create a pathway to their shed.

A little garden decor will also help to create a tranquil space. Strategically placed accents like trellises, pergolas, cupolas, lights, wind chimes, wheelbarrows, birdhouses – and even your favorite piece of weathered furniture can go a long way in creating that outdoor sanctuary you desire.

Shed Sizes

There is often much deliberation over what the perfect size is for a shed. There is no wrong choice, and to make it easier, we offer a wide range of sizes (custom as well), so rest assured we’ll have the right size for you. Clearly, the key is to ensure that your shed is large enough for its intended purposes. Think of what you’ll be using the shed for and what is going to go inside. An easy way to do this is to physically map it out in your yard. Get some stakes and string and physically stake out the size – 10 x 12, 12 x 14, etc… Then, if you’re feeling energetic, gather all of the items that you might be storing in your shed (bearing in mind that many items may be stored on shelves), and see how they fit within this staked out area.

If you’re going to be using the shed as a potting shed, storage shed, pool shed, etc.. be sure to measure bench depth, shelving heights and pool equipment such as pumps & filters, to ensure you’ll have enough room.

A partition wall may be worth considering if you want to separate contents or activities. If you intend to combine your storage needs with work space, make sure to allow for enough space for both you and your stored items. A dual purpose shed doesn’t have to be massive, providing you assign different uses to different spaces and incorporate some thoughtful and inventive design into your plan.

Decisions made on the size, location, and style of your shed are not entirely in your hands. Check with your local municipality to ensure that you are meeting all zoning and permit requirements. Generally, if your structure is under 100 sq. ft. you will not require a permit however, there can be restrictions such as a two or three foot set back from a property line. See permits and zoning for more information, and be sure to check with your zoning office, better safe than sorry!

Please feel free to contact us at any point in the planning process and we will provide you with as much help as you need.

Shed Building Materials

All our shed building materials are hand selected and thoroughly inspected before we use them to build your shed. The following details provide some basic information on the materials and construction methods you can expect with your Summerwood shed kit.

Sheathing: We use square edge 4 x 8 sheets of 3/4″ T & G. You may want to upgrade to fir plywood, or consider a T & G pine for a different look.

Shed Joists: We use 2 x 4 spruce (with perpendicular 2 x 6 (or greater) P.T. runners underneath). Although not necessary, some people prefer to go with P.T. for the floor joists as well.

Shed Shingles: We offer cedar shingles that can be purchased for your structure at the time of sale, but there are other choices that may be purchased from your local hardware store (asphalt shingles, for example). Whatever you choose, be sure to follow the installation instructions closely. Please refer to the roofing section on our website for more information.

Garden Shed Siding: We generally use four types of siding in the production of our products: cedar channel siding, cedar log siding, cedar shingle siding and Canexel wood fiber siding.

Canexel wood fiber siding: 1″ x 12″ and it covers approximately 11 feet per row. It has a 15-year manufacturers warranty and comes in a compelling range of colors with virtually no required maintenance.

Cedar siding: 8″ wide western red cedar channel siding with either the rough or smooth side out. It covers 6 3/8″ per row and is a lovely material that looks beautiful on every shed style.

Cedar log siding: 2 x 8″ and gives a truly rustic effect

Cedar shingles: 18″ in length and 7/16″ thick, they give a truly distinct look to the building that they’re put on.

Studs: We use at least 2 x 4 spruce studs every 16″ OC. If you love cedar, consider upgrading to our cedar package.

Construction & Contractors

You’ll need to decide whether you’re going to take on the project of building your shed yourself or if you’re going to hire someone to do it for you. Most of our customers tackle the project themselves and quite enjoy it; a form of therapy or family bonding if you will. Many will get their friends and neighbors involved, basically anyone who’s going to be spending time your backyard is fair game.  If you are an accomplished ‘do-it yourselfer’, or are ready to make your debut, make sure that you have both the time and the energy required for the task at hand.

For detailed information on assembly and the tools required for the assembly of your shed, please read our shed assembly.

If you’d rather have a professional build your shed for you, be sure to have a look at our how to hire a contractor package. It will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know to get someone else involved. We have a database full of trustworthy and reliable contractors located all over Canada and the US, so we’ll be able to connect you with one, almost anywhere.  We can also help you find reliable contractors for related issues such as landscaping, gardening, architecture, pools, spas and more. Have a look at our resources page for more information and links to partner websites.

Choosing a Shed Style

We know style is a personal issue. That’s why at Summerwood we offer choices. Remember all our sheds can be customized to your personal requirements. They range in size from as small as you want to as big as you want.  From basic storage and garden sheds, to elaborate dual purpose sheds – we’ve got you covered.

Garden Sheds & Storage Sheds – Our Styles

Palmerston Sheds – The Palmerston gable roof design is our most basic and most popular style. The look is clean and the space functional; roof trusses double as storage space for sports equipment and other items that need to be tucked away. A dormer adds a nice touch to this style.

Sarawak Storage Sheds – If space is tight, our Sarawak lean-to shed is designed to offer you the optimal storage solution. It works well partitioned into a multi functional space or with a large set of double doors for easy access.

Bar Harbor Sheds – An ideal shed for the avid gardener as a potting or storage shed for your garden tools. The saltbox style roof features exposed cedar rafters and 1 x 6 cedar roof boards.

Pioneer Barn Sheds – Our Pioneer barn shed combines new world construction with old world design and craftsmanship. The shed features a roomy loft with 1 x 8 pine flooring, a barn door hatch, and a wood ladder.

Catalina Corner Sheds – The five sided roof design of this shed certainly adds an interesting dimension to your landscape. A great choice nestled into a corner facing your yard.

Sonoma Sheds – The Hip Roof design of this shed offers a little more flair and versatility. The use of rafters instead of trusses also creates more of an open feeling. This style is easily dressed up with numerous door and window options.

Melbourne Sheds – This unique shed design offers an understated elegance that is not usually associated with garden sheds. The Melbourne is a big hit with our landscape architect clientele.

Telluride Sheds – Our Telluride is defined by its steep roof pitch and rugged natural good looks. This spacious design is ideal for both storing and working with tools. It comes all dressed up with large double doors, antique hardware, vertical cedar siding, country quaint windows, and may be dressed up with some very stylish cedar wall lattice.

Copper Creek Sheds – This shed features a steep roof pitch, providing just the right amount of drama. Bring in a steep peak over the door and you have an irresistible structure that’s just waiting to be personalized. This style is an idea potting shed, providing the space that’s required and the storage in the trusses that we can’t live without.

Glen Echo Sheds – A great utility shed, this building offers a bright and spacious addition to any setting. An extra foot of wall height and windows make it versatile and the extension of the gable roof is very unique. The 2 or 3ft. overhang (your choice) provides more loft storage space and it doubles as a porch. A great place to sit and relax.

Chimalis/Haida Small Sheds – Don’t let their size fool you; these shed designs are extremely practical for those with a tight space. The 10:12 roof pitch maximizes storage space to accommodate ladders, skis, and more. Gable front, gable side: a great style – customize it any way you like.

Santa Cruz Sheds – California inspired, this shed provides a lot of headroom with the beautiful Dutch Hip Roof and plenty of light with the spanning doors and windows. It’s perfect for use as a shed and it doubles as an entertainment facility. There’s no need to run back and forth from the house.

Cabins: For Extra Space and Privacy

Maybe you live in a rural area, or maybe you’ve just purchased or come into some land. It’s beautiful and you’re excited to show it off to friends and family. But is the place big enough to house everyone comfortably?

Often one cabin isn’t big enough for everyone to be comfortable, especially if you have a large family or love to entertain.  A second smaller guest cabin (or ‘bunkie’) helps keep families and friends close … but not too close. It can be used for various purposes – a hang out space for teens, an in-law suite, or even as a tiny home/rental income property when you aren’t using it (just like Rebecca does in “Small in Size, Big on Function: Leading the Tiny House Movement”.)

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Regardless of what you’re going to use your cabin for, there are a few things you should consider before entering into the design process. Below, we’ve got a few questions to consider before building your very own custom cabin. Let’s get those wheels turning!

Do I need to insulate?

You may need to insulate your cabin depending on what climate you live in. If it gets chilly where you live, you’re probably going to want to insulate the building so you can use it year round. If you are adding plumbing, you may also consider adding insulation to ensure your pipes don’t freeze during the colder months.

Does it need ventilation?

Yes, a cabin definitely needs ventilation. Consider that someone may not be there all the time to open a window, perhaps it’s a vacation property that you only visit on weekends or holidays. Air will get stale and can lead to rot and major air quality problems down the line – such as mold. No thanks!

Summerwood cabins come with cedar or maintenance-free vents in the gable roof, to ensure your building is always breathing in the fresh forest air!

Do I need a permit?

In most cases you will need a permit for a cabin as you’ll probably want it to be a bit larger than the average shed or pool cabana. If you’re planning on making it larger than 100 square feet, or adding plumbing, you will have to go through the permit process. Learn more about obtaining a permit, and how we can help in “Building Permits: What You Need to Know”.

A cabin this size definitely needs a permit.

A cabin this size definitely needs a permit.

Should I stain it?

Yes! You should always stain or paint a cedar sided building. Unlike a deck or a fence, which you can let grey and whether over time, when cedar is used as a siding material it should be maintained. Since the idea is to keep the elements out, you’ll want to stain the structure to ensure the wood does not warp or rot. If occasional staining just isn’t for you, consider a maintenance-free option, such as Canexel. It has a 25 year warranty and comes in a multitude of colours. Read more about weathering in “Understanding Weathering: The Effects of Rain or Shine on Your Outdoor Storage Unit”.

Paint your building whatever colour you like!

Paint your building whatever colour you like!

What about Storage?

Storage can be tricky in a small cabin space, but a loft is an ever popular solution. If you’re working with a gable roof building, it’s very easy to incorporate a loft space. If a loft is what you desire, we’ll add a floor and a ladder, and voila! A loft can be used for storage, but is also beloved by children. The little ones won’t mind sleeping in a loft space either, but you may have trouble convincing them to ever leave!

Our Ultimate Cottage Bunkie provides a loft, and an overhang without impacting your footprint.

Our Ultimate Cottage Bunkie provides a loft, and an overhang without impacting your footprint.

What goes on the roof?

Shingles are by far the most popular roof material. The options for colours and styles of shingles are truly endless. If you do choose to add a loft space as mentioned above, consider whether or not visitors will be sleeping upstairs. A tin or metal roof, although durable can create a noisy atmosphere when it rains, so it’s important to keep interior comfort in mind when choosing roof materials.

Can I include outdoor living space?

You absolutely can include this in your cabin design! After all, you’re there to enjoy the great outdoors. If you would like to add a porch to your building, keep in mind that it will count towards your overall footprint. A porch is included in this calculation as it is supported by posts. If this is a concern, perhaps our Ultimate Cottage Bunkie would be preferable. It also provides a front-porch like space, but with just an overhang. Because the structure is cantilevered, this overhand does not count towards your overall square footage. Read more in “Spring Best Seller: Permit Free Cottage Bunkie”.

summerwood custom cabin

summerwood cedar tiny home cabin

What about foundation?

Foundation is dependent on a few factors: is the ground beneath flat and level? Is there a slope? Can rock or stone be found under the ground? Is the structure near water? Our design experts are here to help determine what kind of foundation is best for your particular situation, that’s why we call ourselves custom builders! The underlay of your building can be as simple as gravel and patio stones, although this is generally more appropriate for smaller or shed-like structures. A concrete slab, or piers is more likely what you’ll need to support your cabin foundation.

Concrete piers can help get your right on the water.

Concrete piers can help get you right on the water.

A few years ago, we assisted Tracy and her husband when they bought a cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. Initially, they didn’t consider a guest cabin, and they lived comfortably in their space for quite some time. As the family grew, and new grand-kids, nieces and nephews began to visit the property, they realized they could use some more space. The need for more space for friends and family was apparent, but they didn’t have time to build something themselves.

Instead, they decided a little elbow grease was just what they needed to solve their problem. The old cabin needed some work anyway, so when they renovated it they also had a Summerwood Canmore cabin built. “Now everyone has their own space to relax and spread out. Our mothers come up a lot and feel right at home in the Canmore. The kids love it too. They play up in the loft.”

Tracy and her family had the cabin built just off the driveway, right behind the main cabin. “It’s the first thing you see when you come up the driveway.” First impressions matter, so it needed to be adorable!

You decide just how cute, or rustic your perfect custom cabin will be!

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