New England Summerhouse
- Cladding type: 15mm thick T&G shiplap including Floor & Roof.
- Framing type: 1¾” x 1¼”.
- Internal Height: 6ft 6” at Front, 6ft at Rear
- Felt: Standard Mineral Felt
- Door(s): Double Hardwood, with Mortise Lock & Key fastening. Modern Piano Hinges & Chrome Handles.
- Windows: 2 x single pane opening
- Safety Glass
The colour samples shown should be used as a rough guide only.
If you require a more accurate match, please contact us for a colour swatch.
Please read the instructions completely before attempting to assemble the building. The instructions are intended as a rough guide only and details may vary due to the large variety of sizes and models available.
1. Lay the floor panel (A) in desired position. Remember to leave enough space around the building for the roof overhang and future maintenance. If the floor has been supplied in two pieces join them together by nailing into the joining blocks on one piece of floor.
2. Position the back gable end section (C) on the back edge of the floor. The cladding overhangs the framing on the bottom edge.
3. Offer up a side wall panel (D/E) and screw from the inside with two screws top and bottom.
4. Offer up the other side wall (D/E) and screw in a similar fashion.
5. Offer up door gable end and screw as before. (Remember to remove the key from the inside of the door and unlock the door first). Attach handles (J).
6. Place the roof panel (F) onto the summerhouse. The summerhouse may need pushing into square at this stage to allow the roof panel to drop into place. 10 x 8 summerhouses will have two piece roofs which will need to be screwed together and have the filler strip (I) approx 45mm wide fixed to the underneath of the roof from the outside at the front and back by nailing into the joists using 40mm nails.
7. Check that the roof is sitting square on the shed. If it is not then it is likely that your base is not level and the shed will need lifting at one corner with packing to square up the roof before continuing.
8. With the roof square, check that all the walls are sitting properly on the base. Screw the walls to the base ensuring that you screw into a joist; follow the lines of nails already in the floor to see where the joists are.
9. Nail the roof to the walls using 2” nails.
10. Felt the roof using the small clout nails. Start with a wide piece of felt and place it on the roof at the low side so that it overhangs both ends and the rail. Secure it with three evenly placed nails along the upper edge and a nail every four to five inches along the bottom rail. Nail the other wide piece of felt so that it overlaps the first piece by four to five inches. On smaller models this piece will also cover the front of the roof and should be nailed along the roof bearer first and pulled tight towards the back of the shed and nailed every four to five inches. If supplied, place the narrow piece of felt over the front of the shed and nail flush with the framing as described previously. Fold the ends of the felt and nail into the end of the framing.
11. Fix the barge boards (H) to the ends of the roof using 2” nails to cover the folded felt.
12. Fix the corner strips (J) (long strips) to the corners of the shed with three 2” nails.
13. Glaze the building from the outside and the doors from the inside, using the beading provided. Fit all four pieces of beading into the frame before nailing. DO NOT push the beading too tight against the glass as this will cause it to crack.
The doors should be kept closed using the turn buttons when not in use to prevent the natural tendency of the timber to expand and contract with weather conditions. Failure to use the turn buttons could result in the doors warping.