Summer houses, also known as log cabins, garden buildings, or log cabin homes are amazingly practical, not to mention the fact that they also look great and are known to improve the curb appeal of any property. These wooden structures are designed to match your style and your surroundings, and a lot of summer house owners are extremely happy to see that their summer house fits their garden perfectly.
Summer houses can be fully insulated if you want to use them all-year-round, and they can be equipped with underfloor heating and other modern features such as sliding glass doors, Internet connection, fireplace, air conditioning, etc. Some people choose to turn their summer houses into saunas, bathrooms, gaming rooms, or mini-homes.
Because there are dozens of reasons to invest in a summer house, we’ve decided to select a few options that will convince you of their amazing versatility. Once you finish this article, you’ll probably share it with your loved one and start looking for a summer house right away.
Option #1: Garden Office
Wouldn’t it be awesome if your daily commute consisted of taking a short walk to the end of your garden? Imagine having a private and cozy space where you can isolate yourself from noise and distractions. A customized garden office allows you to focus on your work without being distracted by your family and pets and without worrying that your papers will get stained or thrown out by mistake. Double use spaces are a great temporary solution, but if you plan on working from home long term, you might want to leave the kitchen table and the bedroom for their intended purpose. By investing in a summer house garden office, you’ll also add value to your property which is great if you ever want to sell your house.
Option #2: Storage Room
There’s no such thing as too much storage space, and if there is, you can always repurpose it. Buying a summer house for extra storage space is a smart move. Have you ever heard anyone complain about having a large dressing or about having too many cupboards? Whether you want to store your gardening tools, your family bikes, your fishing rods, or your hiking gear, a summer house is a perfect solution. You’ll be able to store all the large items that you don’t use too often and that you’ve tucked under the bed. De-clutter your home without throwing away valuable things and without worrying that your things will get wet or damaged.
Option #3: Home Gym
Gym memberships are quite expensive and you probably give up going whenever you don’t feel like leaving the house. By turning your summer house into a gym you’ll save money on membership and commute and you’ll have more free time to focus on your training. By having a private gym you get to control the cleanliness, pick the music, and to spend as much time on the equipment as you want. You can build a few shelves to accommodate some kettlebells and free weights and you can equip your gym with a big TV where you can watch your favorite online workouts. If you choose a larger log cabin, such as the Barbados Hobby Room, you’ll have enough space to install a punching bag, a weights bench, an exercise bag, or a rowing machine. Training in privacy will be a blessing in disguise and your family and friends will be happy to join you whenever you need some company.
Option #4: Garden Studio
Whether you’re a painter, a sculptor, or a therapist, you surely need a private space where you can focus on your work and hobbies. How awesome would it be to have a quiet room in your garden where you can see clients in peace and avoid all interruptions? You could finally dedicate more time to your art or studies. Renting a studio is quite expensive and going there every day will be very time-consuming. A garden studio will allow you to follow your dreams while also being close to your loved ones.
Option #5: Summer House Man Cave
Every man deserves a private place to work out or to play online games. Who wouldn’t like to have a dedicated garden room where you can unwind after work and make all the rules? You can equip your man cave with a big flat-screen TV, a Playstation, a few super-comfy chairs, and even a small fridge to have a cold beverage when you need it. Or, if you are not into gaming or watching sports, you can turn your man cave into a workshop – a place where you can store and use your tools and equipment. This way you keep all this stuff out of your kids’ and pets’ way without worrying that they’ll be damaged or handled improperly.
Option #6: Summer House She-shed
She-sheds aren’t as popular as man caves, but they should be. Women also need a cozy place dedicated to their hobbies. Whether you’re passionate about gardening, arts and crafts, or you simply have a lot of clothes and need a place to store them and to try them on before going out, the she-shed is a perfect choice. Summer houses are versatile spaces that can accommodate pretty much any activity. You can use them all year round, and you can turn them into Yoga and meditation rooms, cozy spaces to enjoy a cup of coffee with your close friends, or reading rooms where you can unwind from a busy day.
Option #7: Log Cabin Airbnb
More and more people are turning their garden houses/log cabins into backyard Airbnbs. If you live in a big city, in a rustic village, in the mountains, or at the seaside, you have even more reasons to invest in a wooden summer house. If you think that your neighborhood might be an attractive destination for tourists, then you should consider this option. Independent traveling is extremely popular and a lot of people choose Airbnb as their go-to platform because it allows them to find unique, cozy, and cheap accommodation. If you want tourists to choose your summer house, make sure you insulate it, you equip it with a nice bathroom, and with an Internet connection. Turning your garden house into an Airbnb can provide some extra income and, if you change your mind, you can always turn it into something else.
Option #8: Garden Guest House
A wooden garden house can make for a great garden guest house, especially if you have a lot of family and friends who like to visit you. A garden guest house will add a lot of value to your property and is a much cheaper option than buying a bigger house with more rooms. By insulating it and by installing heating and AC systems you can make the guest house cozy year-round. It would be nice to equip your guest house with a private bathroom and with an Internet connection. The great thing about turning your summer house into a guest house is that you can use it as a home office, man cave, she-shed, or gaming room when you don’t have any visitors. A few multi-purpose furniture items can make it easier for you to turn your summer house into a multi-purpose room.
Option #9: Garden Sitting Area
If you are looking for ways to make turn your garden into a fun and sociable place, then you’ve come to the right place. A summer house is a great investment if you want to create a nice space to relax with your friends and family. An outdoor space can be incomplete without a wooden structure that can provide shelter when it rains and shade when it’s too hot outside. You can equip your summer house with a fridge filled with refreshing beverages and snacks, and with an audio system. A wooden garden room can also be used to store garden furniture during winter, or family bikes, and tools. If you’re looking for the perfect garden sitting area structure, look no further, our Malaga II Garden Room is the best choice, as it provides plenty of space, has large windows, and a separate washing room.
Option #10: Garden Playroom
Only parents know the amount of space needed to accommodate all the toys, books, and stuff that children have. Even if you don’t buy a lot of toys for your kids, there will always be a few well-meaning relatives who will buy them a huge dollhouse that barely fits in the children’s room, not to mention all the squeaky and musical toys that are so attractive to young children. If you’ve ever stepped on a Lego brick, then you know how annoying it can be to have toys laying around the house. To put an end to the craziness and to have a more organized home, you can turn your summer house into a playroom. Your children will be free to make as much noise as they like and you’ll finally have some peace and quiet.
Option #11: Garden Art Gallery
If you are passionate about art and dream of opening a gallery but don’t have a lot of money to invest, you can start with a garden art gallery. You can turn this versatile wooden structure into a private or a public gallery depending on your needs and goals. If you want to collect art from your favorite artists and you cannot find enough space in your house, you might want to take a look at our Malaga II Large Garden Room.
Option #12: Granny Annex
Granny annexes are very popular and are an awesome solution if your parents are getting old and you want them to live closer so you can help them more. A granny annex will allow you to take care of your loved ones without traveling too far and they will appreciate the company. The children will get to spend more time with their grandparents and you won’t have to worry about hiring a babysitter. It’s a win-win!
Option #13: Sauna
If you’ve dreamed of having your own sauna for a while but didn’t know how to make this dream come true, we’re here to help. Summer houses can easily be turned into saunas and they will become your favorite place in the house. You don’t have to be super-rich to have a home sauna; all you have to do is choose one of our wooden cabins. For instance, you can order Sauna Shed Mika or Finnish Sauna Cabin Oliver and your dream will become a reality.