Top Ten ways to enjoy a garden building

Our beautiful timber garden buildings are as versatile as the people who choose them. Based on highly scientific analysis (i.e. lots of chatting to people over the years) here are the most popular ways our customers get the most from their garden hideaways – which one is most like you?

Busy doing nothing

It’s summer, the sun is shining, the birds are singing… and in your summerhouse, you’re relaxing. Maybe it’s a hard-earned break from gardening, maybe a present to yourself after a long working career. Whether your tipple is a glass of wine or a cup of tea, this is the place to enjoy it, with a book, with friends, and with pleasure.

interior summerhouse

Entertaining family and friends

There’s nothing like a summer’s evening drinking and chatting with your favourite people outdoors. Your summerhouse makes al fresco entertaining fun even when the weather isn’t 100% reliable. Comfortable in your well-built cabin, you can watch the sun go down and stars come out, snug from any chilly breezes or cheeky midges.

Outdoor dining

Take entertaining to the next level with a dining table, and seating (built-in, upholstered bench seats with storage often work well) and add electrics for twinkly fairy lights, ambient lighting and even a drinks fridge. The only problem will be getting your happy guests to leave!

Wraysbury Summerhouse
Windsor Summerhouse by Chelsea Summerhouses

A hobby room

So not everyone wants to just chill. Many owners are exceptionally busy in their garden rooms, using their well-organised space to enjoy making art, crafts, DIY projects, model railway layouts, you name it. Your tools, equipment and working area are kept separate from the house, projects are safely left mid-task, and you can knit, carve, embroider, papercraft, sculpt, build (etc, etc) to your heart’s content in your own personal space.

garden hobby summerhouse

A serious studio

A garden building can be an inspiring place to work as well as play. Many of our customers earn money from the art or craft they practise in their garden workshop, and seeing the quality of what they produce it’s no wonder. If your art business calls for special requirements like extra windows, skylights, a kiln, storage racks or built-in shelving, you can have them - it’s all in a day’s work for us!

Garden Art Studio

At one with your chakras

Tranquil garden space is perfect to get away from daily stresses and practice yoga, meditation, martial arts or any number of relaxing ways to increase your well-being. We’re often asked about accommodating gym equipment, and many customers use our summerhouses as professional treatment and consultation spaces too, offering massage, osteopathy, counselling and more in their welcoming garden cabins.

garden room

Well read

With their excellent insulation, security and the option of bespoke shelving and storage, a lovely use for a building is a garden reading room. Think of it as a dedicated space for reading, study or writing, and ideal to store a book collection which might have outgrown your home. Add a super-comfortable reading chair, a book lamp, your refreshment of choice and practice telling people “I’ll be in my library”.

A garden office

*Sigh* it can’t all be about leisure and well-being! If retirement is a distant prospect and even dinner parties a rare indulgence, welcome to the workers’ club. Still, your office could be a warm, relaxing double-glazed garden room with a view of the fishpond – sound appealing? Even our smallest timber buildings provide an attractive space for desk, chair, storage and a kettle, and you can make your garden office your own with your choice of décor, furnishings and lighting. You’ll look forward to Mondays!

Garden Studio
Prima Mini Office 1.8m x 2.4m

Something for the teenagers

Special garden space for teenagers offers the perfect separation from mum & dad. Keep gaming, friends & noise separate from the house and with a bit of canny storage it can even be a relaxing space for adults after bedtime!   Of course, with a little planning and high-quality door and window locks as standard, you garden room can perfectly easily be home to computers and have wifi, speakers, games consoles, TVs, a home cinema or any other technology you want. 

Teenage Den in Garden
5.5m x 3m Log Cabin Duo

A pool changing room

If you’ve invested in a beautiful swimming pool, and/or associated leisure items from saunas to hot tubs, your garden building can help you and the lucky friends you share them with get maximum enjoyment. We’ve helped customers create garden buildings with plant & pool equipment in one section and storage and space for change in another. A covered outdoor lounging space is a lovely addition, and a shower is great too, indoors or outdoors. Just don’t forget to invite us!

Rectangular Summerhouse / Pool changing room


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