Building a garden shed on a slope

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Summary: Help and advice on building a wooden arbour to create a shady seated area for your garden. An arbour is a shaded seating area, open on only one side, and is a lovely addition to your garden.
Arbour designs can vary widely, depending on the size of the area chosen, the materials chosen, and the design style.
You will need to fix down your arbour securely, either by concreting the posts into the ground, or bolting it down to an existing patio or concrete base. For the sides you will need to buy two pieces of trellis 600mm x 1.8m (2ft x 6ft), and screws long enough to go through the trellis to fix it on to the upright posts.
For the roof you need four pieces of exterior plywood, 12mm thick and 1.5m x 600mm (5ft x 2ft). First of all you need to make up the seat frame – this will dictate the size of the arbour. Fix the seat frame to the upright posts, with the two ends of the seat flush with the posts left and right, but inside the posts front and back.
Make sure the whole frame is square as you fix the seat on, it will help if you have some spare batten or off-cuts you can screw to the top of the posts to keep it square all the way up. If you are concreting in your upright posts, put the arbour frame into position and mark the ground where the posts sit. Place the frame into place, ensuring it is level by adding or removing mud so that each post is the same height. If you are bolting the frame to an existing firm surface, place the posts in the metal bases, put the frame into position and mark where each base sits.
For the back rest, measure the gap between the two back upright posts and cut your slats to fit inside the posts. Screw the four roof battens to the diagonal edges of the gable pieces, screwing through the outside of the ply into the batten. Fix the battened gables to the main frame by gluing and screwing down through the batten into the top of the upright posts, then screw the roof boards into place.

Beautifully proportioned and constructed in hardwood, incorporating traditional mortice and tennoned joints the Caston Arbour is designed not just as a beautiful addition to the garden but to last. Get advice on designing your arbour, finding the perfect location for it and them detailed instructions for building it. Offering support for climbing plants and a shady place to sit and relax, an arbour is also a focal point adding interest to the garden.
An arbour could be a simple three-sided pergola with a bench in it, but we’re going to look at creating a small bench arbour, with trellis sides and a pitched, felted roof. Although the arbour itself will provide some shade and shelter, you want to place it in a sheltered area as the wind will still blow through it.
Move the frame out of the way and dig holes for each post, 300mm x 300mm (1ft x 1ft) wide and 450mm (1.5ft) deep.
Fill in the holes with a stiff mix of concrete, or ready-mixed post-crete, making sure the frame is level upright using a plumb line.
Remove the frame, drill, plug and fix down the bases then put the frame back into place and screw through the bases to secure the frame in place. Use a pilot drill bit to drill through each slat where it will be screwed to the cross-bars.
Screw the slats to the supporting pieces of batten at each end, then fix the whole thing to the main frame by screwing through the support battens into the upright posts. Hold each side up in place, level with the top of the upright posts so that there is a gap at the bottom. Lay down the piece of ply landscape so that the longest edges are top and bottom, and mark a triangle from the centre of the top edge down to the bottom corners. We work with Checkatrade to ensure that we recommend only reliable and trustworthy tradesmen.
If this is not possible we can deliver when you are out - please contact us for options.At most sites it is possible for the driver to deliver your building into the back garden unaided. The back rest fits between the two rear upright posts, so you will need to measure the exact length of the slats once the frame is built.

Sit on the seat and tilt the back support slightly so that it feels comfortable before screwing into place.
Depending on your trellis frame, you may need to cut out notches where the seat joins the posts. If you don’t feel comfortable in drawing a decorative shape, you can just cut out a smaller triangle. Mark and cut the notches, then fix the trellis into place by screwing through the side of the trellis frame into the upright posts. This garden arbour is supplied partly assembled with factory jointed panels for easier self assembly.Prices fixed until Wednesday 9th March. After that you can see all of the products available at the correct prices including delivery throughout the Republic of Ireland. 2-3 day delivery is the only option in Northern Scotland, the Scottish Islands, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Scilly Isles. The AM delivery option is also available in Scotland to mainland address in AB10-16, AB21-23, AB24-25, DD, DG, EH, FK1-18, G, KA, KY, ML, PA1-19, PH1-14 and all TD postcodes.
The AM delivery service is not available in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or at any offshore address. Saturday delivery is also available in Scotland to mainland address in AB10-16, AB21-23, AB24-25, DD, DG, EH, FK1-18, G, KA, KY, ML, PA1-19, PH1-14 and all TD postcodes.
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