The versatile pallet can become something spectacular like this amazing Pallet Summer Cottage! I used 20 pallets, and it took me about three months to build as time permitted.
Here's my Pallet Summer Cottage:
I love making art and practical pieces from pallets, and my latest project is this lovely Pallet Summer Cottage. The French doors came from a skip find. The glass for the windows were two old pieces from garden cloches. I did buy wood for the roof stretchers and roofing shingles, as well as LED lighting (six sets) for under the soffits. I also found some old 6mm thick perspex to make into the back upper triangular roof span to let the sunlight in.
The foundation for this Pallet Summer Cottage:
I started simply. This project used four pallets for the flooring, and I cut one at an angle for the front entrance area. Next came the walls. I began attaching pallets to create the sides of the little cottage, screwing them to the floor and to each other. Temporary braces were used to stabilize the walls as I built.
The cladding on the front and sides is my "grand design". I saw a similar pattern on the outside of a building. I cut these by ripping down lengths of pallet wood into random widths, but wide enough to cover the gaps in the pallet walls. The two-tier step and planter are made from an old pallet.
From frame to finish: Pallet Summer Cottage home stretch:
I used 2x4's to frame out the door and to stabilize the next set of pallets to get the Pallet Summer Cottage height. The soffits were created from 1x6 boards attached to the top of the pallets and the roof spanners. I clad the sides with pallet wood (of course!). Next, I applied to wood to create the roof and began shingling the project. I applied leftover flooring to cover the pallet foundation. Then I cut out the locations for the windows and installed them, as well as the little window for the perspex. Finally, I installed the doors. We finished the project with paint and stain. My wife will figure out what to do with the inside as she uses it more.
I have pictures of the whole build from ground level upwards and thought you might like to see the finished project. I got the inspiration from seeing a similar Summer House on sale for £6500, This construction was the total cost, including roof shingles - £280. Now have a happy wife with her own potting shed and summer cottage - and I've got my garage back! Happiness all around now!