If your catio will be different from mine, you will need different materials, of course. Below is the list of materials and tools I needed to build mine:
4 – 2x12x12 boards
16 – 2x12x8 boards
16 – 2x4x8 boards
8 – roof panels
3 – 4′ x 50′ rolls chain link fencing
1 – 1 lb box 3″ nails
1 – 1 lb box 2.5″ screws
2 – 1 lb box 1.25″ screws
3 – 1 lb box 1.25″ staples
1 – 1 lb box 3/4″ staples
1 – package of washers
10 – 3 x 7 tie plates
2 – gate hinge/latch/pull sets
2 – gallons weatherproofing stain
rollers for staining
- Saws to cut wood–we used a mitre saw and a jig saw
- Nail gun
- Hammer for staples
- Metal cutter for chain link
- Tape measure
- I chose to use standard pine for the lumber in order to keep costs lower. I learned that the quality of standard pine varies so went to two different stores in order to select the best boards–minimal warping or cracks.
- Because the structure will be exposed to weather, I protected the wood with a transparent weather-proofing stain (transparent is cheaper than the semi-transparent or solid color options).
- I chose white panels for the roof to minimize heat absorption while still allowing some light to filter through.
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