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Rotating summer house (self build)

I'm a fairly useful DIYer and always have a project of some sort on the go in the house or garden.  I would like to build a rotating summer house to be able to enjoy the sun and different aspects of the garden throughout the day.  Has anyone built such a structure or got any design or practical ideas ?  I could spend upwards of £5,000 on a motorised turntable that might, for example, be found in a car showroom, driveway or garage, but ideally I want to upcycle something that has outlived it's previous life - such as the rim of a wheel off a large tractor ?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,568

    I've always fancied a rotating SH, great idea. Wouldn't know where to start though image

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble SuffolkPosts: 4,090

    I believe there was a moving summer house on a track at last years Chelsea flower show, probably find a vid on YouTube. It was by a garden design team of two brothers that had a series with Charlie Dimmock last year, can't remember their names though. Only previous example of moving summerhouse I know of but might have some relevant ideas. Looking forward to seeing your progress! image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,428
    Devon.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,550

    I TOOK ONE OF THESE FOR A QUICK SPIN (image) LAST SUMMER. IT WAS IN A GARDEN WHICH WAS OPENED FOR CHARITY. VERY NICE TOO.

    I SEEM TO REMEMBER THAT THEY SAID THIS COMPANY PROVIDED IT FOR THEM.

    http://www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk/summerhouse-extras

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Learner Digger,I think I saw a revolving shed or summerhouse on the Shed of the Year tv programme a while ago hosted by George Clark.You would certainly need a substantial pivot point of some sort and a series of wheels around the perimeter supporting the structure and running on a circular track-smooth concrete might be o.k. You might even be able to dispense with electric motors to power it & be able to rotate by yourself,which would save a lot of expense,electrical connection etc.If you do decide to go ahead with the project i wish you every success.

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble SuffolkPosts: 4,090

    Yes, those are the fellas Hosta! image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,428

    http://www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk/summerhouse-extras#Rotating base

    think you've got it pansyface.

    Maybe you could buy the base and source a cheaper summerhouse to fit?

    Devon.
  • Thanks all for your encouragement, suggestions and link to a supplier of a rotating base.  To me the enjoyment is designing and building not just using the outcome of the project.  It usually leads to a one off design ( which can be a great or disappointing outcome !), the opportunity to fine tune along the way and usually keeps the costs affordable.  In this case, getting the rotating bit and balance is key, followed by longevity of parts potentially difficult to access.  Thanks again.

  • The two guys at Chelsea were the Rich brothers

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