Think of a summer house and often the image of a little-used outhouse stuffed with garden furniture comes to mind. With the right design, though, you can have a versatile outbuilding that can be used all year round. Here are some more ideas to get the best from your garden.
Somewhere to store the gardening tools
It doesn’t have to be just another garden shed. With a sheltered decking area where you can relax after putting the lawnmower away, it turns gardening into a more leisurely activity, especially for reluctant gardeners. An outdoor tap can provide washing facilities and insulation helps to overwinter tender plants.
An outdoor hub for garden parties
Having your guests going back and forth between the garden and the kitchen can split your party up. A sheltered room in the garden will keep the wasps off the food, and with the help of an extension lead, you can even set up a mini fridge. Hosting from the garden will make logistics easier, so that you, the host, can circulate among your guests.
Wooden gazebos and summer houses with their own terraces, from online retailers like http://www.morrowsectionalbuildings.com/summer_houses, offer some great ideas on how to get the best from your garden space.
Commute to the bottom of the garden
Working from home? Heating, furniture and a wifi extension can turn any summer house into an ideal secluded place to concentrate on your work. It can even double up as a guest room, although you would need to check with your local council’s planning team to make sure its purpose is not in breach of any planning rules.
Build a guest house
If planning permission is granted, a fully contained log cabin in the garden can house extra guests or be hired out commercially. Summer houses in Northern Ireland, or indeed anywhere in the British Isles, will need insulation against inclement weather. Make sure you get good advice on how to make the accommodation comfortable.
A place for the kids to chill out
It’s an adventure house for younger kids and a secluded area for teenagers to have their own space to spend with their friends. Kitted out with a dart board, table tennis table and maybe a small fridge, you might be tempted to use the space yourself, too!