When it comes to DIY tasks, an outdoor entertaining space such as a cabana is not only an attractive and appealing project, but it’s also a challenging one, often resulting in a half-finished project which never sees any use.
To stop this from happening to your project, below is a great guide for you to follow.
What Do You Need?
Before you can start, you need to know why you’re building the cabana. Sure, for the fun of it, but there is also a reason behind it. Whether it’s to entertain large groups or an intimate space for you and your partner.
When designing, ask yourself the following questions:
- What will it really be used for?
- How big does it really need to be?
- Will it need to handle severe weather conditions?
- Will you attach it to your house or will it be separate?
- Does it need power, water, or gas supplies?
Once you have the answers to these questions you will be in a better position to know what type of cabana you are wanting to design and build.
Don’t Start From Scratch
As much as a DIYer loves to start from scratch, this isn’t the project to do it. Instead, start by looking for some general designs which you like and begin to personalize them. For example, you may like the frame from one but the roof from another, so you can easily mix the two without having to do too much design work yourself. This is a good way to ensure you arrive at a solid structure.
Get the Right Supplies
The biggest mistake you can make is to head to the closest supply store and pick up all of your items. While it may be quick it’s going to cost you a lot of money for the convenience. Instead, grab a GPS device from the Groupon Coupons page for Garmin and look for lumber yards within driving distance. Often these devices can have places which you didn’t know existed, as they can access more search services than you.
Ready to Build
Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get building.
Your own plans will require individual attention, however, the basic construction process will go something like this:
- Measure and mark out where your support holes will be.
- Dig your support holes
- Insert your vertical beams and secure them in the support hole
- With the beams locked in, add horizontal cross beams along the top to secure the structure
- Once this is completed, you can attach the roofing of your choice.
Of course, it isn’t as easy as reading instruction on a page, but it certainly an impossible task.
Once you have the main structure completed and you have cleared away any mess, it’s time for you and your family to get decorating. Be sure to make it a space which you will all enjoy utilizing and not something which nobody comes back to after the unveiling.