Which Summerhouse Should I Buy and Why?

Although possibly only a short distance from your house, a summerhouse in your garden will present the ideal opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Versatile All Year Use

It will be a place to relax reading a book or pursuing a hobby. A sun trap during the summer, it may become a home gym in the winter. On the other hand, if you work from home, using the summerhouse as an office or workspace is another option, where you can concentrate away from domestic
distractions.

And a summerhouse is not just for summer, the use of high-quality construction materials means that these are long term investments that can be used throughout the year.

Extensive Choice Of Styles

There is an enormous choice of sizes and configurations. The majority of summerhouses are traditionally square or rectangular in shape, but there are many which are hexagonal and octagonal, fitting snugly into a corner or acting as an eye-catching centrepiece or focal point.

With so many to choose from in different shapes and sizes, even modestly sized gardens can benefit from the presence of a such a versatile building. Made from dipped or pressure treated wood which creates attractive and weatherproof cladding, your summerhouse can be stained or painted to contrast or blend in with a particular location.

Light Filled Interior

Extensive glazing at the front and sides ensures that the interior is full of light, depending on the model the windows can usually be opened during warm weather to provide ventilation which will be augmented by opening double doors.

Many have verandas and porches sheltered by an overhanging roof. These areas vary in size, they can be large enough for two chairs in between balustrade sides or can be larger dining and entertaining spaces under a substantial canopy.

Manufacturers

All the leading brands of timber garden structures offer summerhouses in their range. Rowlinson manufacture a large range that includes octagonal and corner designs in addition to other more traditional designs and strikingly modern buildings such as the Connor and Carmen. They also have a highly distinctive pagoda which would be a stunning alfresco dining location. 

Contemporary style is also offered by the Highclere summerhouses from Shire which are visually dramatic and have an imposing amount of glass. In addition to manufacturing a number of compact summerhouses such as the Barleywood and Maplehurst, and some including the Cranborne that neatly fit into a corner, Forest offers the Henley whose six sided shape will be a wonderful centrepiece to any expanse of lawn.

Lugarde's distinguished octagonal summerhouses stretch from 8ft to an impressive 24ft in diameter and encompass many styles. They are all easily assembled as they feature a unique system where the wall sections slide into corner uprights without the need for nails and screws. Various aspects such as the colour of the roof shingles can be amended, and you can also have combinations of different models.

Jagram is another company with a wide choice of six and eight sided summerhouses, some elongated into pavilion type structures, others unusually fitted with leaded windows. Shedlands offer a bespoke made to measure service and many of their summerhouses feature a covered veranda and even a bay window on their Studio version.