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Wood has been used for thousands of years as a key building material. From early Saxon huts to modern day homes, wood is not only used because of its availability but also its excellent natural properties. That makes it an ideal material to use when building summer houses, log cabins and all sorts of garden buildings.
We only use sustainable slow-growing Nordic spruce wood for our summer house kits, which is valued for its robust quality and durability. Other reasons we love wood as the primary building material for our garden houses is that it balances temperature and humidity, is free from allergens and creates a very cozy atmosphere. A well-maintained wooden summer house will last for decades, and with a fresh coat of paint they quickly look like new again.
It is important to consider the design when building a summer house or garden shed. Do you want it to blend to its immediate garden surroundings or perhaps a contrasting modern insulated summer house? We have hundreds of designs for prefab summer houses to choose from. If you are unsure, then give us a call and we can discuss your project or perhaps a bespoke cabin design.
For added protection against the elements, you can add one of our insulation kits to create an insulated summer house or home office. These kits will keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. You will need some form of heating in the winter months in addition to the insulation but then you are all set to use your Garden House 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
Our summer house kits wall log construction are based on the classic log cabin design. The walls are made up of prefabricated wooden planks, which are pushed into one another using a simple tongue and groove system. The walls all interlock and are built up row by row which gives them excellent rigidity and durability. The cabin or summer house shed walls sit on top of pressure treated foundation timbers which are supplied in the kit. Many of our models also feature in wall metal strengthening rods and concealed storm braces.
Using this prefabrication method we can construct almost any size or shape building, from a corner summer house through to an Octagonal BBQ hut. Many of our summer house kits are suitable for DIY assembly depending on your ability and prior experience. So, if you are wondering how to build a summer house step by step but not sure where to start, then choose one of our cabin kits. The standard kit includes step-by-step instructions, plus everything you need from double glazed doors and windows, door furniture, screws and decking boards if featured on your chosen model. However, if you don't feel like doing it or don't have the time, you can have the garden houses, saunas and wooden garages built by our assembly team. Feel free to contact us for specialist advice if you have any questions!
Are you looking to buy a summer house but perhaps need it to be multipurpose? From a small garden house to a large corner summer house or summer house shed combined, we will likely have the right model for you.
Ask yourself what functions you need this building to fulfill. For example, Do I need a summer house shed combined? These models are a great way to create additional space for entertaining or hobbies as well as valuable storage in your garden on a small footprint. Is it a classic arbor or a garden house in a modern style I would like? At Summerhouse24 you will find garden houses of all sizes in different styles, as well as tool sheds, sauna houses, wooden garages, BBQ huts and carports. Which garden house model will be your ideal choice depends on your usage requirements. What needs does your garden house have to meet? If you are not yet sure of this, our examples below might help:
Perhaps a comfortably furnished summer house with veranda to be your refuge where you can withdraw and forget everyday life. Read, listen to music, relax and enjoy the view of the garden even when it rains from the comfort of a veranda.
Invite friends’ round, celebrate family celebrations and parties in style - this requires enough space, possibly a corner summer house with shed and integrated terrace will create a large area for entertaining and storage space when not in use. There should be space for tables and seating, possibly a kitchenette or a counter so you can get set up for hassle free hosting with your family and friends.
If the garden house is suitable for overnight stays, visitors can comfortably be accommodated there. Larger garden houses and holiday homes can be comfortably set up for this purpose. A modern insulated summer house with thick walls and double-glazed models can also be used in winter with the addition of a heater.
Modern sauna houses are available in many sizes, also with an adjoining room for relaxation after the sauna. Why not create a home spa and choose a summer house with veranda so you can also install a hot tub.
It can be a quiet home office, workshop and hobby room, artist's studio or space to run your business such as Yoga classes or counselling. Wooden garages may also be used as a workshop as our wide opening or up and over doors make it easy to install machinery or work on large components.
Garden sheds still serve as tool sheds for garden tools and lawnmowers. They are also used to store garden furniture and overwinter potted plants. If you are looking for a potting shed then why not consider a hexagonal or octagonal summer house as with windows on each side they are filled with light.
Once you have established how you want to use your log cabin summer house or shed, you need to know how much space you have available to ensure you select the right model. In our shop you can filter all garden houses according to their size in square meters: starting with small versions through to large holiday houses with a floor area of over 30 m².
In addition to the overall size of a garden house, there are further requirements to consider:
The light in the garden house also plays a role in the “perceived size”. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows, possibly on several sides such as in our corner garden room Hansa B 3 x 6m give the impression of greater space than small windows or just a glazed door. It is important to note that any building over 30m2 may require planning permission and you will need to consult with your local planning office to confirm this.
Garden houses made of wood are available in different wall thicknesses. Basically, the thicker the walls, the more stable a wooden house is. The wall thickness required for your garden room or shed, depends primarily on the planned use:
In the shop you can conveniently filter the garden building models on offer according to wall thickness.
One of the main distinguishing features of summer houses is the roof. Its shape determines whether the garden shed looks classic or modern or whether it becomes an eye-catcher with a very special roof shape. The following variants are available:
The flat roof is the simplest type of roof. Contrary to the name, it's not exactly level. For the rainwater to drain off well, flat roofs also have a minimal gradient of up to 3 degrees, which is not visually noticeable. The garden house with flat roof has become more and more popular in recent years, modern summer house and ultra-modern models are available such as our Modern Garden Office Hansa Lounge 5x5m.
The pent roof differs from the flat roof in that it has a greater gradient of up to 15 degrees. It is reminiscent of the shape of a lectern and is also playing an increasing role in modern garden house architecture. Our Garden Log Cabin with Storage Room Barbados Plus 8 x 4m is a good example of pent roof summer house.
The gable or apex roof is a roof that adorns garden houses in the classic-traditional style as well as modern models. Two sloping roofs meet at the roof ridge, which results in a comparatively high interior space. Additional windows in the gable or even a second level (sleeping loft) are possible variants.
The pitched roof, also called tent roof, is common in garden houses with a square or pentagonal floor plan. Four (sometimes more) roof surfaces meet in the ridge point at the top. Its shape makes it particularly appealing. Our Garden Room Sophia with veranda 3.5 x 8m is a fine example of this style and also featured on and episode of Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.
The hipped roof also has roof surfaces on the gable side. The slope on one side with a hipped roof is usually less than that of the gable roof which means there is more room height in the interior, but it is not enough for a second level. We use this roof style on our Corner Summer house models.
Don't forget: Every roof needs the right cover. Various roof coverings can be ordered as accessories for our garden houses. For flat and pent roofs, we recommend Firestone rubber EPDM roofing kits. For all other roof shapes we offer high quality ICOpal Firesmart roof felt or ICOpal bitumen roofing shingles available in four colours: Black, Coal Grey, Forest Green and Brick Red.
If you cannot find your dream garden house in our shop then talk to us. Bespoke garden summer houses are no challenge for us and we can manufacture your individual model according to your ideas and requirements. Whether it is a sauna house, wooden garage or snooker room you are looking for, we can custom build any model for you.
You may have found a model that you like in our range but want some changes made. For example, you want to change the wall thickness, number of windows or door location. No problem! We can tailor make a summer house for you. Give us a call or send us an email with a sketch of what you are looking for and we’ll plan your dream garden house together with you.
Looking for garden houses cheaply? Check out the Sale section! Anyone looking for a reduced-price garden house will find what they are looking for in the Summerhouse24 sale section. Models of all sizes and styles are on offer here with no compromise to quality.
Before buying, you should check whether you need to obtain planning permission, a certificate of lawfulness or if the building you are considering comes under permitted developments. The answer to this depends on where you live, how close to the boundary of your property the building will be assembled, the type of use and the size of building you are considering. You may also need to apply for building regulation approval in some cases.