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a1154a1154 Posts: 1,076

When i first planned my garden (using the term fairly loosely) I put in a summerhouse, and now would be a good time to get it done, but im really umming and ahhing. 

Im really not sure i would use it, having never had one, and i wonder if im just putting one in as thats what people have when they have space in their being a bit unimaginative. 

I'd like to know if people think they are brilliant or just taking up space. I know they can look lovely, but its an expensive addition, it has to be useful and enjoyed as well. 



  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,076

    I have a greenhouse, just up and running, so unused as yet.  No garden shed (got a wood shed) and a double garage. Im completely with you that people dont give it enough thought, hence the hovering.  I think it fits with my mental picture of a perfect garden, but lifestyle wise im not one for sitting about.



  • when we moved house it came with a summerhouse, what a waste of space!!!!!!!

    we have now been in the house for over 10years now and this summer decided to change it to a potting shed. Bliss, should of done it ages ago.

    we had electricity put in it and the jobs I can now do in there are endless,doesn't matter if it's raining I can keep on gardening.

  •  I'd rather go for something multi-functional - something you can sit out in, like a summerhouse, and hang some tools on the back wall and store the garden furniture in over the winter like a shed, and with a big window or two to let lots of light in so that you can put some plants in there over winter, do some potting on and pricking out in, and maybe ripen some tomatoes and chillies in there too ........ there are all sorts of buildings available ..... keep looking image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,591

    I think in summer, I'd rather be outdoors, properly outdoors, and in winter it's probably too cold. I'd go for something I'd use more often.

    Your garden, your choice. Sorry if this hasn't actually helped.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    Ours backs on to the north wind. It's nice for almost outdoors coffee breaks in winter. 

    OH designed and built it, it's a visual asset in a large garden. We like it but it's not something I'd put at the top of the list in the average garden




    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,076

    i wasnt planning an average garden ! but i guess you mean size wise.  Got lots of space to cover.  

  • I absolutely love mine - it wasn't massively expensive - about £500 but OH erected it and put in electricity and I did all the painting. We use it all the time summer winter day and eve. My only regret is that I didn't get one slightly bigger.







  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    I did mean size wise a1154, yes. image

    I'm sure none of us has an 'average' garden otherwise. Too boring.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,381

    I love my summerhouse. Great for those evenings when not quite warm enough to sit out, or mornings when it has yet to warm up.

    Have to admit though, that I do use it as a potting shed, when OH not looking.

    I do have a shed as well, which is a massive dumping ground, but essential.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • I had a sort of summerhouse/shelter in a previous garden ... I loved sitting out there reading during summer rain image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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