If you’re in need of extra space, you may have considered adding an extension to your existing property or even moving which can become very costly. A summer house with installation service however is a much cheaper option that will provide you with additional room where you can utilise your garden space that already exists.
Whilst an initial payment for a summer house may seem expensive, they are significantly cheaper than building a house extension and with a lifespan of at least 30 years you’ll be able to enjoy your new garden house for years to come.
The average garden house can increase your property value by 5-10%. This means that when you buy a summerhouse you’re not only investing in additional space for your family but also increasing the potential to make a profit on your house if you decide to sell further down the line.
If you’re someone who enjoys the outdoors and nature but is often disappointed by the dreary British weather then you might like a summerhouse. A high quality summerhouse allows you to enjoy your garden without having to worry about the weather. You’ll be protected from the elements like wind and rain all year round whilst having a clear view of your garden as well as ample natural light. In summer months you can also open the doors and windows to immerse yourself even further in your beautiful garden views.
You might think that a summerhouse can only be used as a lounge area during the warmer months, but the potential for a summerhouse is endless. Due to their high quality design as well as insulation options, a summer house can be utilised in the same way as any other indoor room. This means it can be transformed into a living area, storage space, a workshop or a traditional garden shed, the choice is yours.
What options are available for summerhouses?
Summerhouse with shed
If you’re looking for both a space for storage and somewhere to relax, a summerhouse with a shed might just be the perfect option. A summerhouse shed combi offers a secure area to store any tools or workshop supplies in a separate room whilst providing a main room for you to use where you can relax, game or work depending on what you need your garden house for. Corner summerhouses
You might be looking to buy a summer house but have limited garden space or an unusually shaped garden. If so, a corner summerhouse is a great alternative to standard-shaped garden buildings. Models like our Diamond Worthing Corner Summerhouse are handmade to order and can be built as large as 10 x 10 feet so you’ll have ample room to utilise your garden space. Summerhouse with veranda
Adding a veranda to your summerhouse can be a great design feature but also adds practical value. Choosing a summerhouse with a veranda as an optional extra like our Platinum Highclere Apex Summerhouse is a great way to add extra protection from the elements like the wind and rain, as well as offering additional shade from the sun. Summerhouses that include a veranda offer added structural security whilst boasting additional floor space that elevates the look and design of your garden house. Insulated summerhouses
If you’re concerned about using your summerhouse outside of the warmer months then you might like to try an insulated summerhouse option. Many summerhouses come insulated as standard but you can also add insulation options to your order or even insulate your summerhouse yourself. All of the buildings in our Platinum Fleet Insulated range come insulated and lined as standard with pressure-treated timber so you can rest assured that your summerhouse will be cosy, comfortable and study during all types of weather.
How can I use a summerhouse?
When you buy a summerhouse, there are countless possibilities for how to use it. You can use it as a space to exercise and unwind by turning it into a gym or yoga studio if you're into personal development and staying healthy.
If you're buying a summerhouse because your family is growing or you need extra space, you can transform this space into various living areas. It can become a storage room, a playroom for the children, or even a spare bedroom if needed.
A summerhouse can also be a peaceful retreat for some precious alone time. You could turn your summer house into a private game room and cinema to hang out with your friends or utilise the space to create a reading room for some solitary relaxation.
What about an all year round summer house?
Despite their name, a summerhouse is suitable for use during all periods of the year, not just summer. With options to add double-glazed windows and doors and insulation if it is not already included, your summer house will be comfortable in the colder months and throughout the year. It is also possible to install air conditioning and heaters to give you that extra bit of comfort and security when it comes to the changing seasons.
Do I need planning permission for a summerhouse?
A summer house is generally considered an outbuilding in the UK and as such you don't usually require consultation with the local planning office for installation. Following certain limitations allows for the erection of a summer house without planning permission under 'Permitted Development Rights'.
However, there are exceptions to this. It is advised to consult your local planning office before constructing an outdoor office to ensure compliance with local rules and regulations.
How do I choose the right summerhouse for me?
The first step to finding your perfect summer house is to assess the criteria that your summerhouse needs to meet. Firstly, it needs to fit into your already existing garden space so you’ll need to measure and identify which building size you need.
The next step is to think about what you intend to use your purpose-built summerhouse for. If you want to use it as a storage space or workshop you may be able to opt for a smaller summer house shed without the need for double glazing or locking doors. If you intend to use the area as a garden space all year round, then insulated summerhouse options and a large-size building may be more appropriate.