Summerhouse Ideas….


There’s a million and one ways to use a summer house. From a modest but quaint garden shelter to protect against rain and sun, to a fully powered, insulated and connected living space. There are lots of summerhouse ideas. A garden summer house can be used as your very own special space in all seasons. It can be transformed into a studio for writing, painting or other crafting activities. Or can simply become a space for you to relax in and enjoy your leisure time. The possibilities are endless.

The position of your summer house is really important. Generally at the far end of the garden is a good place – in the middle could make your garden seem smaller than it is and break up the lawn space you have. Plus, if you’re looking to create a beautiful retreat, the further you are away from everyday life, the better. You can make your summer house the main attraction in your garden with a stylish stone path that leads to the front door. Just like the Abingdon Summerhouse below. Another noteworthy thing about this garden is the sizeable summer house, which has been fitted into a relatively narrow space.




Provide your garden summer house with a paved area to the front and you’ll have the perfect spot for lazy summer lunches. You can’t go wrong with fold-up furniture in the UK – if it starts raining, you can easily and quickly take it inside to use under the comfort of your summer house roof. This Wraysbury 8 summerhouse below provides the perfect entertaining space while still been inkeeping with the beautiful garden.




Most people like their summerhouse or garden room to feel entirely different and separate from their homes. It’s all about having a retreat where you can get back to nature.  Choose furnishings to reflect this. Natural materials and colour schemes can help; greens, blues or pastel hues  – they’re all colours found in the great outdoors and will create a soothing scheme. Pretty bunting and folding directors chairs dress up the typical English clubhouse look. This Windsor Summerhouse below also has our bench seating providing the perfect seating and storage solution whilst still looking pretty with the addition or floral cushions.




On sunny days, a summerhouse or gazebo also provides welcome shade from the midday heat. Our traditional summer houses, with cedar shingle tiled roofs, leaded light windows and details such as a weathervane add the wow factor to any garden. Pick a calming palette of neutral and pastel shades, like this Sunbury 8 Gazebo below. Painted in Old English Cream and finished off with a rooster 3d weathervane. There are a lot of choices and things to think about, but our summer house gallery should give you all the inspiration you need.


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If you work from home, a garden office could be just the thing for you. For a calm effect, paint the summerhouse a light colour and set a desk near a window or door.  They can then be opened for a cool breath of fresh air. Create a stylish spot to study with a mix of modern furniture and traditional accessories. We love how this spacious Abingdon Summerhouse, used as a garden office,  is surrounded by trees. It gives it a truly secluded, middle-of-the-countryside feel when in fact is a work space.


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You could also turn your summer house into a spare room. Got no room for guests when they come to stay? Then turn your summer house into a chic spare bedroom that will be the talking point of their visit. By adding insulation, electrics and double glazing you can create a room for all seasons for whatever you want to use it for.

Why not start planning your garden haven now. If you want to discuss any summerhouse ideas please call us on 0800 3317742.