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A summer house offers a whole host of potential uses, varying from the common and conventional to the decidedly outside of the box.

On the simpler side of the scale are applications such as garden storage, a workshop/tool shed or a room for relaxation. Moving up a notch, your summer house could operate as an idyllic spot for outdoor dining, a garden office or even a gym!

Our summer houses come in a plethora of varying shapes, sizes and styles, with each offering a unique set of advantages.

All tastes are catered for at Garden Buildings Direct, thanks to a range including contemporary and traditional summer houses. Contemporary summer houses are for those with an eye for stylish and modern designs with a clean aesthetic appeal, while our traditional collection boasts Georgian windows and an apex roof, ideally suited for those who enjoy a classic look.

We also offer other types of summer houses, including our corner selection, log cabin summer houses and more. Be sure to check them out!

Before deciding on the summer house which is best for your garden, you should consider any planning regulations which may apply to your garden building. This is especially worth bearing in mind if you intend to use it as a home office or living quarters.

Generally, garden buildings such as summer houses are classed as ‘permitted developments’, meaning you wouldn't need planning permission. Despite this, we’d strongly recommend contacting your local planning authority to discuss this. The larger your garden building and the closer it is to your property boundary, the greater the likelihood that permission will be required.

A structurally sound base is essential in ensuring your summer house can last as long as possible. This base should be flat and level, so as to avoid the cracking and breaking of timber, window/door frames and other essential parts of your garden building.

Bearing this in mind, a concrete base is more than capable of providing this even surface, whilst being able to comfortably support a summer house, irrespective of size or weight.

When it comes to garden buildings, the consideration put into its position is essential. Preferably, you’ll want your summer house to be facing south. Though, you should observe how the sun moves through your specific garden throughout the day, as well as the times of day you’ll be using your summer house most often.

Your spot of preference may get copious amounts of sun in the morning and little in the evening, or vice-versa, which will naturally influence your decision regarding summer house placement.

If you’re not careful, condensation can rapidly build up in your summer house structure, as a consequence of changing temperatures throughout the year.This problem can be negated through proper maintenance and care.

Be sure to aerate your summer house in the winter months and in those directly before and after summer. Leaving the doors and windows open will allow your garden building to breathe. Crucially, this will restrict the ability of moisture to penetrate the timber, and will stop rotting and mould.

Ultimately, this is an issue of personal preference! Take a look at your garden surroundings and think about what colour would best compliment your pre-existing aesthetic. As a result of of varying weather conditions, summer house timber tends to contract and expand. Because of this, the most important thing is making sure your structure is fully coated with paint, in order to keep moisture out.