Tips for Building a DIY Summer Home

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When the summer heat sets in, you might start wishing you had a secluded getaway somewhere cool. It might be a cabin in the woods or an apartment up north; either way, a summer house gives you an escape from the mundane. Sometimes, however, you might not have the land or resources to buy a whole separate house to use just on occasion. This is when it comes in handy to build your own little summer structure in your spacious backyard or on a small plot of land nearby. Just keep in mind, if you’re doing a bigger job on your own, you might need to secure certain licenses for your state like a Maine contractor license.

Designing

Your first step is to design a house that fits in your space and is a representation of your space. Plenty of plans can be found online, but it’s also fun to draw up your own ideas and see what you can create yourself. Maybe you want extra windows for more natural light or a loft for sleeping. It’s all customizable when you do it yourself!

Finding Materials

One way to get a truly unique look to your project is to use reclaimed materials. The only trouble with this is finding usable materials. It can be difficult to know where to look, so here’s a quick list of good places to check for things like discarded wood or metal fixtures.

  • Planks off of wooden pallets. Check with local hardware stores, grocery stores, or home improvement stores that might allow you take their discarded pallets.
  • You can find glass in discarded window fixtures or at the dumpsters near or on construction sites.
  • Keep your eye on people’s trash piles as they put them out to be taken away. You’d surprised the gems you can find in other people’s rubbish!