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a1154a1154 Posts: 776

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. 



  • Much depends on what you actually term a Summerhouse ?  Some people just "have" to have buildings in their garden without a thought as to whether they will use them or what for.  Waste of space and money unless you have some purpose in mind.

    Do you have a greenhouse , a shed ?  A summerhouse can be useful for combined purposes  but obviously depends on design and siting.

    What do you actually think you would use it for ?  I imagine that would be the first thing to ask yourself/your family ?  Only you can really decide whether it is worth the outlay or notimage

  • divined my thoughts ( as well as the leak ...well, you WOULD have done I know image )

  • a1154a1154 Posts: 776

    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.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,556

     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

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 25,357

    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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,135

    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




  • a1154a1154 Posts: 776

    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 PeterboroughPosts: 26,135

    I did mean size wise a1154, yes. image

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


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