Welcome.....It has often been said that an Englishman's home is his castle, and less often said that Englishmen's retreats are their summer houses! These buildings have been traditionally used for relaxing in the garden in both warm and wet weather, offering a shady place of protection from the pouring rain or a place to recline and bask in the heat.
Summer houses enhance the garden and create a nice getaway. Select a rustic wooden shed or a beautifully crafted cabin with electricity, scenic windows and garden décor. They are made from a variety of materials, wood and PVC are the most common.
Small log cabins with windows are available with a choice of wall thickness from cut timbers typically between 20 mm and 90 mm. They can be stained any color or treated with varnish and waterproof coatings.
PVC is another option for construction. These are sturdy and weatherproof. Some have large wall-sized windows for a clear view in all directions. Others have small or no windows to maintain privacy. The construction for these buildings usually features slats or panels that come together easily.
These make a great do-it-yourself project or may be assembled and installed by a professional in one day. Locks and other security features can be added on doors and windows as needed. Design the look of the construction to coordinate with the style and décor of the main house and other buildings on the property.
It takes a special kind of person to have a summer house - someone with a large yard that likes to enjoy it. Rather than spending all of the time in the main home or working in the yard, this outdoor building allows for moments of quietude.
For those with a beautiful garden, these constructions are ideal for enjoying the flowers and garden wildlife without sitting in the heat with the insects and discomfort.
For sauna or Jacuzzi lovers, this charming shelter provides the perfect setting for privacy and the ideal climate for rest and relaxation alone or with friends. For the entertainer, this is a nice place to serve dinner and showcase a beautifully manicured lawn and garden.
Summerhouses go beyond leisure in the garden with a view and needn't cost an arm and a leg like a bar of gold bullion :). When there is not enough room in the home, they can be used as storage for lawn and garden tools and sports equipment. They also work well as additional office space.
For the entrepreneur who works at home, this is ideal. They provide peace and quiet for administrative work or a rustic haven for a workshop, depending on the size and design.
They come in a variety of shapes, such as square, rectangular and octagonal. Large or small, these outbuildings cater to many different uses and preferences.
While summer houses are often seen as practical solutions to a lack of storage space they can also be gorgeous as well.
The design for the Lavenham on the right was clearly inspired by the Victorian era, and in our opinion would likely grace any garden in the UK.
In the following article we list four other beautiful garden buildings including the BillyOh Frontier, the Morston, the Chatsworth and the Bordeaux octagonal summerhouse.
These five are some of the best looking on the market today, we hope you enjoy reading and get some ideas for what would look good in your own back yard.