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Already 2 days after the completion of the concrete foundation in the garden, the garden house could be built. The concrete surface was dry and stable enough even if the entire floor slab would certainly need a few more weeks to dry out.
Garden house – delivery of the prefabricated house Karibu Kerko
As in 2015, we have again chosen a house of the brand Karibu. This time for the model Kerko 6. The garden house will become the future center of the small animal aviary. Personally, I would have liked to choose a different, much more practical model.
But the builder was our child, and so she made the decision. The garden house was ordered online and delivered within a few days by the shipping company. The rather manageable pallet was well packed and showed no damage.
Pre-sort parts from wooden house and study building plan
With the experience of the first garden house, as well as many other construction projects, the film of the pallet was first carefully opened and the goods checked for damage. Unfortunately, the quality was not quite as good as expected and hoped for. Some boards were cracked at the ends. But much worse, from my point of view, was the fact that a larger part of the boards was warped.
I had not expected this quality and short-term return delivery was also up for debate. In the end, however, the house was to be built. The shortage of wood and building materials did not provide any alternatives and the delivery of a replacement house would have been delayed by several months.
So the individual boards, doors, window fronts and boxes with the accessories were carried from the pallet to the large concrete foundation of the future garden kitchen, right next to the new animal house. There the boards were sorted and marked according to the packing list. In this way, the assembly should be significantly simplified later and the risk of installing the wrong board was also minimized.
The construction plan was once again included in the delivery in a bound edition and was kept relatively simple and understandable.
The right tools for the construction of our gazebo
As is so often the case with my construction projects, a lot depends on using the right tools. For the construction of the garden house we needed cordless screwdriver, jigsaw, hammer, spirit level and a ladder. Furthermore, various bits and wood drills and, of course, folding rule and pencil were used.
Since we pre-drilled all the boards before sinking the screw, a 2nd cordless screwdriver was essential. I had already charged the batteries the day before and can already reveal at this point: the first battery of each screwdriver (Makita 4.0 Ah each) lasted the entire construction phase. Quality pays off after all.
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Build garden house – assemble walls
First, the 4 40×60 impregnated roof battens were mounted as a base. In addition to the appropriate cut, I sealed the slats with a tar tape on the underside. This tar or repair tape reliably prevents soil moisture from rising into the wood from below. This tape was not included in the delivery – by the way, neither was roofing felt or similar as underlays.
As a result, we now had a square of roof battens measuring about 3×3 meters in front of us. This square was now aligned so that my electrical conduit came out of the floor directly in the inner corner. The right angle of all corners was also aligned before continuing.
Now 4 square timbers were mounted on edge on the roof battens at the corners and aligned before the actual material battle began. In clockwise order, the planks were now installed from the bottom to the top. The tongue of the boards pointed upwards and the groove of the next board could be carefully driven in.
Here it is important to note that the boards, in addition to the tongue and groove, also have a front and back. This can be seen in the elaboration of the spring. This should be installed so that no rainwater can flow into this connection.
At the ends, these boards were then each screwed with 2 screws into the squared lumber previously mounted on edge. As described above, all screw holes were pre-drilled with a 2.5mm wood drill bit to prevent the wood from cracking.
This work was very time-consuming and sometimes tedious because the boards were not always 100% straight. At some point, however, the garden house stood in front of us with 3 closed sides.
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Installing window fronts in the garden house
The installation of the window front at the southwest corner of the garden house was much more difficult. The window fronts consist of 2 prefabricated elements which are integrated floating into the adjacent walls.
Floating in this case means that the elements are not screwed to the side walls. Rather, these components are placed in the opening and held in place by a pre-faced board. The pre-faced board is screwed to the respective side wall of the garden house.
This method of construction ensures that the wall can work differently than the prefabricated window element. For a wooden house with a side length of 3 meters, the changes with temperature differences are quite relevant.
Unfortunately, the side element did not fit into the opening provided for it because the gap was just under 1cm too small. So despite precise work here had to be helped with the saw.
At the window element at the front of the garden hut it became even more exciting. Between the door and the window element there was a wall made of small boards which ended at the same height as the window element. Only above the window should then be a long board to the small wall, thus stabilizing it.
The problem was that I had to connect the window element to a wall (floating) which would be stabilized only after the installation of the window. The typical chicken-and-egg problem.
The solution was now to put the small boards into each other, first lying on the ground, and thus build the wall. Then the window element was put in the right position and at the same time the small wall was erected. A 3 person could now install the upper long board to fix the wall and window element.
The whole thing was now further complicated by the simple fact that there were not enough boards. There were 3 pieces missing. So I checked the building instructions, and found that one of the long boards of the side walls was left. This board we could saw apart and could have finished building the wall.
Stupidly, the excess board of this Karibu kit became visible a few pages later in the drawings as the upper end edge of the front – but without the installation being described in the instructions. Again a few pages later, however, this board was again missing from the construction drawing.
After some back and forth, we decided to saw the board in half.
Video of the construction of the Karibu garden house
I recorded the construction of the garden hut with several cameras and put a video online on my YouTube channel. By the way, you can find all the other videos about this project in my playlist about building the animal house.
Karibu Kerko garden hut – building roof
At that time, the future animal house consisted of the 3 surrounding walls and the two small walls at the front, including the two window elements. Only the opening for the door was still open. It was now time for the installation of the roof.
For this purpose, the two lateral walls first had to be extended by another prefabricated wooden element. This element had the shape of a triangle and ensured that the slope of the roof was uniform along the length of the house. To the rear the roof leaked to zero and to the front another 3 meter board had to be installed.
Theoretically, there was still room here for a board divided into thirds in width. But exactly this board we had already sawed to be able to build the wall at the front window. I later closed the resulting gap with one of the long boards of the roof cornice.
From the inside, 3 solid wooden beams were now installed at the level of the future roof, across the door. These wooden beams again consisted of 3 individual boards which I had to screw together beforehand. On these beams were then placed and screwed the supplied chipboard.
Karibu garden hut – install welded sheet and OSB instead of roofing felt and chipboard.
A chipboard as a load-bearing roof structure was absolutely incomprehensible to me. Every raindrop, every snowflake and even the omnipresent humidity would cause the pressboard to swell up and fall apart in no time.
The original construction plan called for only a layer of roofing felt to protect the slab, supplemented with the recommendation to apply a self-adhesive welding membrane. That was not an option for me at all. Also, in my opinion, the wooden side eave boards, as the building plan called for, were not designed to last.
Without further ado, I developed my own plan. That consisted of OSB board, stainless steel eaves flashing, stainless steel local flashing, guttering, and a neat S5 welded membrane.
First, the entire roof surface was laid with a layer of OSB boards and screwed. Given the huge shortage of raw materials, only the 12mm sheets were available. Even if I would have preferred the 14 or 16, 12mm is enough!
I then screwed the gutter brackets of the rain gutter onto the roof on the east side. I purchased the rain gutter set separately and am absolutely thrilled with the price-performance quality. After putting the rain gutter temporarily in the holders, I was able to screw the drip plate onto the roof. The drip edge ended just above the gutter. This allows the rainwater to drain away safely.
Now I mounted the lateral eaves plates on the left and right side – each from the bottom to the top so that the rainwater could run off well here, too. With the eaves sheet on the front side, the entire roof was bordered in rows. You can see the details of this, especially the overlaps in detail in my video.
Now all that was missing was the welding sheet. I cut the slated S5 welding sheet to the right length with a cutter knife. Then the welding sheet was first laid out crosswise on the east side and aligned flush with the drip edge.
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Once everything was in place, I rolled the web back up a bit on one side, heated the foil with the flamethrower, and rolled it out again. Then the other side was rolled up and also rolled out in the heated state and thus neatly welded to the OSB board.
The 2nd layer I then applied a good 10cm over the 1st layer in the same way. I then welded the narrow area at the very top of the west side of the roof with narrow remnant pieces.
Now the roof kicks solid and waterproof!
Install doors in Karibu Kerko summer house
The installation of the door was similarly complex as the installation of the two window fronts. First, a door frame or frame had to be built from various boards. This frame was also connected to the adjacent walls floating. Despite all the concerns, this design is stable and reliable. During assembly, the two timbers on the left and right of the door frame were mounted first.
This is where I noticed the 2nd error in the build instructions. While in one picture the squared lumber was to be screwed flush with the outside of the wall, in another picture it was the inside wall that was to be flush. Certainty was then only brought by the stop edge or the door sill on the floor. This was to be flush with the outside – which made perfect sense from my point of view. And so that the door frame was tight all around, the two outer squared lumber members also had to be placed on the outer edge.
Now all that was missing was the lintel above the door and the frame was ready. The door leaves were pre-assembled, as were the two window elements, and only the 3 hinges had to be turned into the already pre-made openings.
Then the left door was placed in the frame and marked the position of the counterparts of the hinges on the wall of the garden house. These components were then attached to the wall with 3 screws each and the door was received. The same procedure was followed with the right door leaf.
On the left door was now mounted a stop wood from the inside and the two bolts for locking. The bolts of the transoms are pushed directly into the wood above and below. The necessary holes must be drilled with a 10 mm wood drill.
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From the outside, the latches were added so that the door can be closed. While my other garden shed had a door with a latch and lock, this arbor is secured only by the hasp and a massive padlock.
All in all, the assembly took a good 2 days. The first animals have then already moved in the following day. Soon the garden house will be expanded with a large outdoor aviary.
But there will be a separate blog entry about that