When it comes to enjoying the outdoors there are many ways to make your garden more appealing. Having a summer house is one of these. Being very different than your traditional shed which is where we store tools a summer house is a place in which you can relax and enjoy your garden undisturbed. Whether its time for a coffee and newspaper or on a lazy Sunday afternoon – lounging in your summerhouse is a truly therapeutic experience to have in your garden.
Summer houses are not just limited to just cogitating and lazy days. There are a variety of styles that lend themselves perfectly to dining and entertaining friends and family to having your own art studio in the privacy of your garden. There are very few limitations when considering your summerhouse but there are a few considerations which may be helpful during your initial planning stages.
We can design and build your summer house to your very own spec. There are many styles out there and construction using dip-treated or pressure treated timber. Single or double door and large summer houses are becoming more popular with garden lovers all over the country.
Your quiet retreat from your main house can come in all shapes and sizes to fit your garden space. Having a corner summer house that fits snuggly into a quiet corner at the far end of your garden, can be all it takes to create your little piece of heaven.
A classic design of summer house that’s very popular is to include a veranda. These pitched roofed summerhouses have a small area of decking outside the front enabling you to adjust your position to a more shaded area in the doorway.
Opting for another very popular design of summer house can include your shed. These are combined into one building having a large contemporary garden room with a shed that has a separate access door. The possibilities and choices are endless.
Regardless of whether you want something larger like a home office or mini studio or something smaller and cosier like the octagonal summer house. Simply, browse around for what you like the look of and then contact us for any advise. We can do the rest and will always give you impartial information on how to get the best out of your summer house, positioning with an option of different styles.
Garden Summer Houses
If, like us, you like to spend some time in the garden during and slightly beyond the warmest months. But, wouldn’t it be a shame to be restricted to just sitting in an area just outside your house when you could really escape by retreating to your summer house at the end of your garden? Just spending some ‘me time’ in the seclusion of your summer house can have a positive effect on your mood and could affect your general well-being. What a wonderful habit to adopt!
The world is your oyster when it comes to styling and decoration. Garden summer houses can be either painted or left in a treated bare wood finish. On the interior, you can also decorate with all sorts of objects and artwork. A small table and chairs can be moved in and outside depending on the weather and temperature. Nothing can beat being cosy and having breakfast in your new summer house while listening to birdsong…
Points For Consideration
If you’re planning to build a summer house in a certain location in your garden then you may need to consider a few issues. Where does the sun rise and set? Which way it should face and whether it’s in a shaded area are all major considerations in the planning stages. If you want to build your summer house at the end of your garden next to our neighbors’ boundary fence, it could cause further issues.
Being open and communicating with your neighbors to keep them onside is a positive move whenever there’s potential disruption. Where ever you locate your summer house, the size, height and how you intend to use it will determine whether planning permission would be required. If planning consent were necessary, your neighbors would probably be given the opportunity to raise any objections with the planners.
As referred to in Permitted Development Legislation, you can build a summerhouse as long as it falls into the category of an outbuilding with a twin pitched roof which is up to four metres in height that’s no more than 2.5 metres to the eaves, or of 2.5 metres with a flat roof, without planning permission. It shouldn’t take up more than 50% of the total plot area excluding the original footprint of your house. However, this calculation should include any later extensions, such as the footprint of a rear extension.
If you live in a conservation area and your property isn’t listed as long as your summerhouse is situated behind the rear wall of your property, it would comply with the rules.
Recently, the Government updated its latest guidance and stated that an outbuilding only falls under permitted development rules if it is used for a purpose which is “incidental” to a house, and therefore wouldn’t result in self-containment or consist of rooms like bathrooms bedrooms or kitchens.
Recently, fixtures excluded from the guidelines for permitted development that could make your summerhouse more enjoyable and more usable, have been deemed incidental and lawful on appeal to the local planning inspectorate. However, this is not an exact science and it’s best to do your due diligence or contact us as part of an overall planning process.