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Customer Stories: Sewing Room in a National Trust Summerhouse


By Holly Price - 5th March 2019

Flatford in Garden


Our latest customer story comes from a quaint National Trust Summerhouse transformed by our customer into a crafty nook perfect for her to pursue her passion of all things sewing.

Taking its name from the charming Hamlet of Flatford lying in the heart of Dedham Vale, our National Trust Flatford Summerhouse provides the ultimate escape for the bottom of the garden. Flatford itself was the inspiration for many of John Constable’s paintings, firmly cementing itself as a place associated with artists and crafters alike.

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This Summerhouse was selected from our range of FSC® certified timber buildings by a customer who wanted a characterful sewing room to enjoy pursuing her ultimate hobby. Measuring 1.8 x 2.4m, the Summerhouse boasts several characterful features that pay homage to the properties preserved by the trust. These include the rustic-cut, vertically-sawn timber, cast-iron door furniture with intricate Fleur-de-Leys detailing, leaded windows and a pent roof covered with traditional corrugated material.

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The exterior of the Summerhouse is painted in the National Trust inspired shade of Disraeli Green, which is one of six paint colours available across our National Trust range. Internally, our customer has beautifully self-converted the summerhouse into her own hobby room with insulation, tongue and groove wainscoting, electrics and a lick of paint. During the warmer months, the two opening side windows and double doors will allow a breeze to pass through and during the winter, the building will hugely benefit from the insulation and electrics that she has added herself.

We love this crafty little nook as it truly shows that a little imagination can go a long way when it comes to having your own garden building and decorating it yourself. While our National Trust range of buildings are unlined, we can offer a complete all-in-one building package if this is desired. Our own range of Summerhouses and Studios can be insulated, lined and internally painted with electrics just to name a few options available throughout our design process, to find out more about our Summerhouses, click here.

If this project has inspired you to think about your own garden building, whether it be to kick-start a crafty career or to simply have a relaxing retreat among the rose bushes, we warmly invite you to visit one of our show sites to take a closer look. At our show centres you can expect to find up to 25 different display buildings and a team of friendly advisors on hand to answer any queries you might have. Locate your nearest centre here to start planning your visit, or alternatively get in touch on 01760 444229. 

Flatford Sewing Room