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Cley Summerhouse



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This traditional shape Summerhouse with its elegant hipped roof provides a delightful space for your outdoor living needs with solid pine lining internally. 

Whether you decide to use it for lounging with a glass of wine, a relaxing pool room, or an alfresco dining space, this design evokes the spirit of a classic country garden. 

To create your own ideal Summerhouse, please click on the Create My Summerhouse tab below.

Design Your Summerhouse


Our aim at Crane is to help our customers to create a summerhouse that is perfect for their garden in terms of both looks and usability. That is why you can choose the style of window, the roofing material, the cladding type, whether you want double glazing and electrics, and a host of other options to suit your needs, because we make each building to order. 

We want you to be inspired to create your own Summerhouse, which you can do by clicking the Create My Summerhouse tab, and if you have any questions in the process, just call us or send us an online enquiry. 

Building Sizes


Our Cley Summerhouses are available in a range of sizes: from 1.8 x 2.4m to 3.6 x 4.8m, and plenty of sizes in between. 

Cley building sizes - drawings showing size range
For more bespoke sizes please call us on 01760 444229 to enquire

Paint Options


Our Summerhouses are available in one of two paint colour ranges: Exterior or Farrow & Ball. Both of these paint ranges offer an opaque finish with a long re-decoration cycle in a wide range of natural colours that will fit perfectly into garden environments. Please see below for information on both paint ranges.

Exterior

Paint Range

  • High quality exterior paint.
  • Weather resistant and protective.
  • Fully opaque four coat system.
  • Inspired by nature and the soft neutral tones of traditional colonial buildings.
Ivory
Cream
Sandstone
Twine
Taupe
Pebble
Ash
Saltwater
Sundrenched
Verdigris
Sage
Lizard
Lichen
Slate
Black

Farrow & Ball

Exterior Paint

  • High quality exterior paint.
  • Water resistant and anti-fungal.
  • Rich, fully opaque colour.
  • Specially selected colours from the Farrow & Ball paint collection.
Wimborne White
Pointing
Old White
Light Gray
Mouse's Back
French Gray
Card Room Green
Green Smoke
Pigeon
Manor House Gray
Down Pipe
Off-Black

Lining and Insulation


Our Cley Summerhouses are lined and insulated (in the walls and ceiling) as standard. This makes them a perfect all-season retreat, as it greatly enhances the finished look of the building, increasing comfort and decreasing noise levels. You can choose to have the floor insulated as well, as an extra option. 

Insulation

For the roof we have a 4 tier lining and insulation process; we insulate between the ply layer and the internal matchboard tongue and groove lining, and finish the building with your choice of roofing material. For the walls, we insulate your building by trapping a breathable membrane between the studwork, which acts as a moisture trap before filling in with insulation.

Lining 

There are then 2 options for lining your Cley Summerhouse: natural matchboarding comes as standard, or you can opt for painted matchboarding. To have the walls painted, you can choose our own Ivory interior paint, or choose from a range of eight Farrow & Ball paint colours. There is also the option to have the ceiling painted.

Natural Matchboard Lining

We line with our highest grade solid pine tongue and groove matchboarding (15mm) offering a natural, warm feel.

Painted Matchboard Lining

We use a channelled, secret-nailed, tongue and groove matchboarding (15mm) with 3 coats of Ivory or Farrow & Ball paint, which achieves a bright, clean and airy look.

Year-round Use

Along with having insulation in the walls and ceiling, and natural matchboard lining, if you choose floor insulation and double glazing too, you will be able to use your building in comfort all through the year.

Interior Colours


Inside our Summerhouses you will have natural matchboard lining included as standard, but you can upgrade to painted in either our interior Ivory or in a choice of 8 Farrow & Ball colours. 

The Farrow & Ball colours have all been specially chosen to contrast pleasingly with our external paint colours, and will allow you the flexibility to choose a neutral colour, or a shade with a bit more colour to it to really bring the inside of your summerhouse alive. 

These colours become particularly special when they are paired with one of our four engineered flooring types. 

Pointing & Slipper Satin

Ammonite & Elephant's Breath

Shadow White & Old White

Purbeck Stone & Manor House Gray

Farrow & Ball Shadow with paired with Heritage Oak engineered flooring

Wall & Ceiling Colour Combinations


As well as choosing a paint colour from our selection of interior colours for the walls, you can also choose to have your ceiling painted. You can choose the same colour for the ceiling as the walls, or if you would like to add an extra splash of colour, you can choose a seperate, contrasting colour. 

For the Cley, these are our favourite Farrow & Ball colour combinations: 

Neutral = Walls - Shadow White + Ceiling - Pointing. Engineered flooring suggestions - Shade Oak, Heritage Oak, Dark Oak.

Warm Neutral = Walls - Old White + Ceiling - Pointing or Slipper Satin (depending on the level of contrast you want). Engineered flooring suggestions - Shade Oak or Dark Oak. 

Warm Grey = Walls - Elephant's Breath + Ceiling - Slipper Satin. Engineered flooring suggestions - Shade Oak or Heritage Oak. 

Manor House Gray walls and Ammonite ceiling

Elephant's Breath walls and Natural ceiling

Ivory painted walls and ceiling

Floor Options


Our standard (ex 19mm thick) and robust floorboards are set on closely spaced tanalised floor joists, but we can also offer heavy duty (ex 38mm thick) flooring if you are planning on storing particularly heavy items or if there's going to be a lot of movement inside your new Garden Building.

As well as choosing between floorboard thickness, you can also choose to have either a lacquered finish on your floor, or you can add engineered flooring.

Lacquered Floor

Having a lacquered floor is an additional option that can be chosen with our Summerhouses. The lacquer is applied to the floorboards in either Natural or Light Oak to help protect the timber, as well as giving it a nice sheen.

Engineered Flooring

This option can be chosen as an alternative to a lacquered floor. There are four different colours to choose from, and the engineered flooring offers a chance to further personalise your new garden building, whether you’re aiming for a traditional, rustic or contemporary style. 

Our engineered floorboards sit on top of the existing floorboards, with a layer of underlay in between the two, providing further insulating and sound absorbing benefits.

Copenhagen Engineered Floor

Heritage Oak Engineered Floor

Dark Oak Engineered Floor

Shade Oak Engineered Floor

Natural or Light Oak Lacquered Floor

Base


All our buildings require a level, solid concrete base of the correct size.

The single most important part of installing a garden building is the base. Bases must be:

  • LEVEL
  • Of the correct size
  • Square i.e. have right angled corners

A concrete base supports your building in the best possible way, adding longevity, as well as creating a substantial distance between your building and surface water.

Concrete base in a customer's gardenWe can supply a 100mm deep reinforced concrete base ready for your building, laid by our professionals, in advance of your building being installed by us. The site must be clear and reasonably level for us to do this.

The base should always be a minimum of 50mm out of the ground to prevent surface water or puddles affecting your building i.e. rotting it.

The base you have must be made to the plans we give you when you order your building, whether we install the base, or you get a trusted builder to do it for you. 

Bases for larger buildings, and in particular garages, need to be built to exact dimensions - we create special base drawings for our garages, since they sit directly on the concrete base and must be anchored into place.

Please note: If you intend to fully or partially surround the building base with hard paving we strongly suggest the installation of a French drain between the paving and base to prevent rain bouncing off the hard surface and driving up under the building, which in turn could cause damp and rot. A French drain is a simple small trench, dug around your building and filled with aggregate that will allow surface water to drain away.

Always get your garden building base laid by a professional, whether that is us, or a local builder you trust.

We constantly strive to ensure all our materials and techniques are the best that we can source and provide. We lead the market in producing exceptional quality timber buildings. Couple this with our personal and bespoke service and you will be totally delighted with your building.

Cley Interior

Side Walls - ex 19 x 125mm shiplap or weatherboard cladding on ex 38 x 75mm planed framing, all using high-grade Scandinavian Redwood. The walls are lined with a breathable paper membrane and insulated before being internally clad with ex 19mm vertical tongue and groove matchboarding with a choice of a painted or a natural finish.

Cley Doors

Doors - 1 pair of joinery-made double doors 1830mm high x 1100mm wide, 3/4 glazed with 4mm leaded, toughened safety glass, fitted with a mortise lock and solid brass fittings. 

Door Frame - ex 75 x 75mm planed. 

Windows - 4 sets of windows fitted with 4mm leaded, toughened safety glass. 2 sets that are on the front are fixed (single window up to 3.0m wide and double windows from 3.6m wide) and 2 sets of double, opening windows on the sides. The windows fit within joinery made windows frames, and they are finished with either polished brass or chrome fittings. 

Floor - ex 19 x 125mm tongue and groove floorboards on ex 38 x 75mm tanalised, planed floor joists set at no less than 450mm centres. We also offer the option of having a heavy duty floor, which comprises ex 38mm thick floorboards, a lacquered floor, or engineered flooring in a choice of four colours (please see the floor section on the Options tab to see the colours). 

Hipped Roof

Roof - ex 19 x 125mm tongue and groove matchboarding on solid timber rafters, insulated and finished with either cedar shingle tiles, or grey or terracotta slate effect tiles. 

Height - 2.0m to eave height. 

Electric pack - This consists of 4 double 13 amp switched MK sockets, a gang light switch, a waterproof double external 13 amp MK socket, an 8 way consumer unit: the main switch takes 2 slots - 63 amp MCB - 16 amp and 6 amp blanks, spotlight sets are fixed into the ceiling of all our Cley summerhouses, and there is also the option of having a thermostatic 2kva wall heater.

Paint - Externally, you can choose between two paint systems: Exterior or Farrow & Ball. Both paint systems offer an opaque coverage and have long re-decoration cycles with a wide range of natural colours to choose from. For more information, please see the Paint Ranges section on the Options tab.

Our experienced and professional fitting team deliver and install all our buildings to anywhere on the UK mainland free of charge.

As our business is very much dependant on our reputation in providing an excellent product and service, our customer care is exceedingly important to us and you will find that we very much pride ourselves on this. From the design stage, right through to installation, providing the best possible service is our number one priority.

Each building we make is designed and built to order, which means that we can make the building in such a way that it will fit through restricted access areas and be installed exactly where the building is required; however, if you have any concerns about the access to your garden, please contact us and we will be able to advise you.

Please also note that our installation team requires a flat, solid and level base to install your building on. If you have any questions about this at all, we will be more than happy to help if you call us on 01760 444229.

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