Water heaters are a necessary element in a home. Some houses have more than one. They heat water by gas or electricity. However, they are not too welcome as house décor. With this in mind, homeowners are discovering different ways to hide the water heater and improve their home's overall decor. One of the ways to do this is to build a water heater enclosure. Before you begin, check city codes concerning water heater enclosures.

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A water heater that's enclosed and hidden.

Step 1

Place four of the six 2-by-4-by-40-inch lumber on a worktable. Make a mark at the center of them. Next, make a mark ¾ inch in each direction away from the center mark. Place the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the width of all four pieces of lumber.

Step 2

Separate the four pieces from Step 1 by placing three studs (2-by-4-by-92 5/8-inch lumber) between each. Secure the studs to the 40-inch lumber with 16d nails. Place one at each end, and one in the center.

Step 3

Place the framing square on the ceiling above the water heater and mark the ceiling for the top of the enclosure. Drill pilot holes where the 40-inch lumber can be secured to the ceiling joists. Do the same for one of the 36-inch pieces. Secure the three pieces to the ceiling with the drywall screws.

Step 4

Place the remaining two 36-inch lumber on the worktable with the long edges adjacent to each other. Mark the center and then mark ¾-inch in opposite directions from the center point. Place the three 12-inch pieces between the two 36-inch pieces and secure them with the 16d nails.

Step 5

Stand the two walls built in Step 2 underneath the 40-inch pieces on the ceiling. Place the carpenter's level on the walls to be certain they are plumb. Secure them to the floor and the ceiling with drywall screws. Next, secure the two 81-inch pieces of lumber on either side of the opening. Secure them to the walls with the drywall screws. Place the short wall built in Step 4 on top of the 81-inch pieces and secure it the walls and the ceiling. This is the header.

Step 6

Secure the wall covering of your choice (paneling, drywall, etc.) to the outside of the walls. Install the door according to the manufacturer's instruction.