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Garden outbuilding query from a newbie

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by pavelS, 16 Mar 2010.

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    pavelS

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    Hello all,

    I've just moved into a property in the cotswolds that has a very nice summer house (wooden) in the back garden.. it's about 4m by 2m and about 2.50m in height... I was told by the seller that it didn't require planning permission when built a few years ago.

    I would like to wire it for electricity to use it as a studio/office... It's approximately 4-5m from the back of the house so very close, and the garden has just large paving stone slabs, which can be lifted up easily and replaced.. I will be calling a local electrician for a quote, but just wanted to get an idea of how much is reasonable. I can easily do it myself but as far as I understand it in the UK this is a job that has to be carried out by a qualified electrician? I'm from Cyprus where laws are different so excuse my ignorance!

    The electricity demands won't be that great but I'd like to keep a 13amp supply so that I can plug a heater in if I need to.

    Will wiring the summer house up require me to apply for some sort of permission etc.?

    Finally, the outbuilding is a light wood.. looks like pine but I can't confirm. It is starting to go slightly grey/silver at the bottom... Is there any way to check whether it is pressure-treated or not i.e. whether it needs painting/staining every year or so? If so.. how do I go about preparing it if it's already started to turn silverish at the bottom (about 12" off the ground).

    Cheers everyone!

    Pavel
     
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