Here’s how to properly maintain a wooden wendy house

Whether it is used to be lived in or as a storage option, wooden wendy houses have become a popular and cost-effective option for most people. It usually consists of a front door, windows and a fairly spacious open plan area with its own sanitary area(s).

Did you know the name was inspired by J.M. Barrie’s famous 1960s play or the first playhouse built for a girl named Wendy? The name has since stuck and when spoken about, people know what it is. A wendy house is most commonly constructed in the backyard and can also be customised to certain specification.

In terms of pricing, it is considerably cheaper than building a separate servant’s quarters because of the more expensive materials used. Depending on the size, pricing can start from R15 000 for a standard structure.

While the structure is easier on the pocket, it does require frequent maintenance. If not treated, wood can dry out, crack and rot, so the exterior needs to be treated with wood oil preserver atleast every six months. Think of it this way – the effect is similar to that of lotion cream applied to (an ashy area) of the human body.

Gumtree lists ways in which to look after your wooden wendy house and keep it in top shape:

Don’t skimp on repairs – Don’t let a friend of a friend’s friend do the job for cheaper as this can lead to structure abnormalities. If you see a section of the wendy that is damaged, sort it out as soon as possible because any gap or hole can lead to serious problems in both the short and long term.

Proper roof insulation and sealing – The wendy house will withstand all types of weather conditions over time, especially during winter and torrential rain, so it is best to make sure that the roof is properly sealed to avoid potential leakages.

Treat and protect – There are many products on the market to treat wood but the best is a wax-based preservative. This will make sure that the wood will not crack, peel or blister.

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