Summerhouses, (or garden summer houses) are also known as garden rooms, studios or pods, and are a great addition to any garden or outdoor space. They provide an extra living area where you can relax, work, or entertain guests. If you are looking to buy a summerhouse, you will be faced with a wide range of options to choose from. In this infinite guide, we will take you through the different types of summerhouses available, the various uses they have, the types of construction, and the budget considerations you need to make.
There are many different types of summerhouses available, and the one you choose will depend on your personal preferences, the space you have available, and your budget. Here are some of the most common types:
Traditional summerhouses - These are the classic summerhouses that are made of wood and have a pitched roof. They usually have large windows and double doors, which allow plenty of light in and provide great views of the garden. They come in a variety of sizes, from small 2m x 2m models to large 8m x 6m models.
Corner summerhouses - These are designed to fit into the corner of your garden and make use of the space that would otherwise be wasted. They have a unique shape that adds character to your garden, and they come in a range of sizes.
‘Shed’ summerhouses - Originally a shed was just that - a structure for containing tools and equipment. Recent years has seen people repurpose them for outdoor living. Usually built from wood, they are easy to assemble and are probably only used in the summer, due to lack of insulation.
Log Cabins - These are made of thick timber logs and are designed to be used all year round. They are ideal for those who want a summerhouse that can double up as a home office or extra living space. They are noticeably rustic in their exterior and usually made completely from timber. They come in a range of sizes and are available with insulation and heating options.
Contemporary Garden Rooms - These are high-end bespoke garden rooms that are designed to your specific requirements. They are usually made of modern materials such as aluminium and glass, and they can be designed to blend in with the architecture of your home. They are available in a range of sizes and can be used for a variety of purposes, from home offices to entertainment rooms.
Summerhouses can be used for a variety of purposes, and the one you choose will depend on your personal preferences and requirements. Here are some of the most common uses:
Garden retreat - A summerhouse can be used as a peaceful retreat where you can relax and unwind. You can add comfortable seating, lighting, and heating to make it a cosy and welcoming space.
Home office - A summerhouse can be used as a home office where you can work in peace and quiet. You can add insulation, heating, and electricity to make it a comfortable and productive space.
Entertainment room - A summerhouse can be used as an entertainment room where you can watch movies, play games, or entertain guests. You can add a sound system, a TV, and comfortable seating to make it a fun and inviting space.
Gym - A summerhouse can be used as a gym where you can work out in privacy. You can add exercise equipment, mirrors, and lighting to make it a functional and motivating space.
Dining Room -Many people use their summerhouse as an indoor-outdoor dining room. Just thing, barbecues will never be spoiled again by a summer rain spell! Just sit inside with the doors open onto those glorious garden views.
Summerhouses can be constructed in a variety of ways, and the one you choose will depend on your personal preferences and requirements. Here are some of the most common types:
Flat-Pack - These are summerhouses that are delivered in kit form and can be assembled by the customer. They are usually made of wood and are relatively easy to assemble. They are a good option for those who want to save money and have basic DIY skills.
Self-Assembly - These are summerhouses that are partially assembled and then finished on site. They are usually made of wood and require more skill to assemble than flat-pack options. They are a good option for those who want a more bespoke look but don't want to pay for a fully bespoke option.
Modular - These are high-end bespoke garden rooms that are pre-fabricated off-site and delivered in sections. They are usually made of modern materials such as aluminium and glass and are designed to blend in with the architecture of your home. They require professional installation but offer the highest level of customisation and quality.
The cost of a summerhouse will depend on the type of construction, the size, and the level of customisation. Here are some general guidelines for budget considerations:
Low-end - Flat-pack summerhouses are the most affordable option, with prices starting at around £600 for the ‘shed-like’ summerhouse. They are a good option for those on a tight budget who want a basic summerhouse.
Mid-range - Self-assembly summerhouses are a good option for those who want a more bespoke look but don't want to pay for a fully bespoke option. Prices start at around £3,000 up to £18,000.
High-end - Modular garden rooms are the most expensive option, with prices starting at around £18,000. They are a good option for those who want a high-end, bespoke look and require a professional installation.
High-end bespoke garden rooms, or pods, are the best choice for your garden for several reasons:
Quality - They are made of the highest quality materials and are designed to last for many years. Using modern materials such as steel and glass ensures that they are not only beautiful but also durable.
Customisation - If you choose the right company, you can work with the manufacturer to design to your specific requirements and can be customised to blend in with the architecture of your home. They should offer a wide range of sizes, finishes, and features to ensure that your room is truly unique.
Professional installation - The benefit of a high-end manufacturer means they will take care of everything, from the foundation to the finishing touches, so you can relax and enjoy your new garden room without lifting a finger.
✔ Purpose - What will the summerhouse be used for? Will it be a home office, a gym, or a place to relax and unwind? Consider your needs and choose a summerhouse that meets those needs.
✔ Size - How big should the summerhouse be? Consider the size of your garden and how much space you need inside the summerhouse. Measure the space carefully to ensure that you choose a summerhouse that fits comfortably.
✔ Planning permission – Whilst most summerhouses will not require planning permission, it is important to check with your local planning office first. If you are choosing a high-end summerhouse, it is normal that the manufacture will offer advice.
✔ Construction - What type of construction do you prefer? Do you want a flat-pack option that you can assemble yourself or a high-end bespoke garden room that requires professional installation? Consider your budget and your DIY skills before deciding.
✔ Budget - How much are you willing to spend? Consider your budget carefully and choose a summerhouse that meets your needs and fits within your budget.
✔ Design - What style of summerhouse do you prefer? Do you want a traditional wooden design or a modern, sleek design? Look for a summerhouse that matches your personal style and the architecture of your home.
✔ Materials - What materials do you prefer? Do you want a summerhouse made of wood, steel, or a combination of materials? Consider the durability and maintenance requirements of each material before deciding.
✔ Customisation - How much customisation do you need? Do you want a summerhouse that can be customised to your specific requirements, or are you happy with a standard design? Look for a summerhouse that offers the level of customisation that you need.
✔ Installation - Who will install the summerhouse? If you choose a flat-pack option, can you assemble it yourself, or do you need to hire a professional? If you choose a high-end bespoke garden room, will the company provide professional installation? Consider the installation requirements and choose a summerhouse that meets your needs.
Choosing a summerhouse can be a daunting task, but with our infinite guide, you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Consider the type of summerhouse you want, the uses you will have for it, the type of construction, and your budget. And remember to use our handy checklist for what you want and what you are willing (if at all) to compromise on.
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