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The Many Uses of Summerhouses


Salthouse lounge interior


A Summerhouse will certainly add charm and character to your garden, but it will also give you additional living, relaxation and storage space. It can be used as a room for crafting or a home office, a space to socialise and entertain, or somewhere to escape and enjoy some alone time. You could even use one for all those functions!

To offer some inspiration, we thought we would share some of our previous customer transformations, as well as some photos of our favourite dressed buildings for further insight.

Sitting/reading room

Many of our customers choose to use their summerhouse as a relaxation room where they can retreat and enjoy the peace and quiet of their garden. By adding a comfy sofa or a pair of armchairs, furniture like a coffee table or sideboard, and finishing touches such as a reed diffuser and family photos, you’ll have a homely sitting room where you can pop your feet up and unwind.

If you are a keen reader, you may also want to install a bookshelf to hold some of your favourite reads, in order to create a cosy garden reading nook.

Cley Summerhouse reading room

Garden office

A Summerhouse does not necessarily have to be a summer house, purely for use in the summer months. Many of our customers want a building that is pretty on the outside and practical on the inside to allow them to work comfortably at home, while also being able to look outside from their house and admire the look of their garden building too.

All our garden buildings can be equipped with power, so whether you want a traditional summerhouse, a modern studio or a luxurious garden room as your home office, they can all be made to cater to your needs and style preferences.

Garden Office in a Garden Room


Tennis pavilion/pool house

Summerhouses can also make for fantastic sporting buildings. For example, some of our previous customers have had summerhouses installed by their tennis courts so they have somewhere to cool down between sets or as a viewing platform.

Our summerhouses can also be adapted to include a storage partition as part of their design, which can be handy if you want to use it as a pool house. Pumps and chemicals can be stored in the smaller part of the building, while the main part is used for relaxing and drying off after a refreshing swim.

Wiveton and Cley Summerhouses

Playroom/games room

A summerhouse is a great option for a garden building turned playroom as it will give your children an extra space where they are able to play as they wish and make mess in. It is not just your little ones who will benefit from this, because when your children get older and want more of a separate space, it can be turned into a games room for them to use where you know they are still safe.

If you want a playroom that can be used all year round, you may want it to be lined and insulated inside, just like the Cley Summerhouse featured below.

Cley Summerhouse as a child's playroom


Dining room 

If you like the idea of having an alternative dining space, especially for the warmer months of the year then having a summerhouse installed in your garden can be a great option. By adding a table and chairs, like in this Weybourne Summerhouse, you’ll have a charming alfresco dining area where you can eat in the evenings with your family, and host dinner parties for friends. Our Summerhouses, like all our garden buildings, are hand-made to order meaning that they can be tailored to suit your requirements: whether you want a building that can be used as an additional living space for your home, allows you to engage in your hobby, or simply offers a space for you to unwind and admire the beauty of your outdoor space.

Weybourne as a dining room


You may think that summerhouses can only be enjoyed in the summer months, but they can be designed to be comfortable for use throughout the year too, with features such as lining, insulation, electrics and double glazing. If you have are looking for advice on creating your ideal high quality summerhouse, please call 01760 444229 to speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will be able to share their expertise and knowledge of what we can do to bring your dreams to life.

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