The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Summerhouse for Your Garden

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Summerhouse for Your Garden

Can you imagine a better place to relax than your own garden when the sun’s shining and you’ve got some time to yourself (or with friends and family, come to that)? However, it’s only possible to really relax when you’ve got the right place to do it in, and that right place could be a summerhouse. You’ll want to make sure you have the right one for you, of course, and that’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect summerhouse for your garden; read on to find out more.

 What’s It For?

The first thing you’ll want to do when you’re choosing the ideal summerhouse is to decide what it’s going to be used for. A peaceful reading nook might need to be different from a home office or an art studio, for example. Once you know what it’s going to be used for, you’ll know more about the size you need, the materials you want it to be built from, and even its location. Make this the first step, and the other considerations should be easier to work out.

Size And Space

The last thing you want is for your summerhouse to be awkward to use because it’s the wrong size or shape, so once you know what it’s going to be used for, you can think about these things next. Make sure you have enough outside space to fit the summerhouse into and to keep it and your garden looking good. It might be that you need to look at corner summer houses to fit the space, for example.

The Roof

You can get various roof styles for your summerhouse, including a reverse apex roof and a pent roof. Your roof is going to be visible, so it needs to be in the style you like – an apex roof has a pointed look, and pent roofs slope gently, for example. Pick the style that works best for your outside space, and look at UK Garden Building’s summerhouses to see what you like best.

 The Materials

You’ll want the best quality materials you can get for your garden building or log cabins if you want it to last and withstand the elements, so look for timber that has been treated or pressure treated to ensure it is durable and resistant to cold and damp (and even heat and sunshine).

 Windows And Doors

You also need to think about where the doors and windows are going to go so you can maximise the amount of natural light coming in – you’re in your outdoor space, so you’ll want to have as much of it as possible. Many summerhouses have double doors, so you can get an open and airy feeling.

 Water And Electricity

Depending on what you want to use the summerhouse for, you might need electricity and water to run, so check to see if this is possible; otherwise, you might need to think again before you buy a summer house.

 Planning Permission

Before you buy a traditional summer house, it’s wise to check local regulations about planning permission. In most cases, small garden rooms aren’t a problem, but it’s best to make sure and avoid any nasty surprises later.

 Your Budget

Finally, you’ll need to think about your budget. You might need to use some financing options to get the summerhouse of your dreams, so pick ones that work for you, whether it’s a loan or a payment plan, for example. Just check that the lender you’re using is following regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority for peace of mind.

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