Not all families have the capacity to jerry-build their rest houses for the summer in stunning woodlands or lakeside areas. That means, having a simple summer house at the comfort of your backyard is a great way to live it up to the warm season or just take advantage of a convenient hobby room.
And while various designs, sizes and materials of summer houses are available in the market, there are some important factors you need to consider in choosing for the best one to fit your needs and the resources you have at hand.
1. Planning Permission
Planning authorities consider summer houses as outbuildings and in most cases, erecting one in your backyard does not require planning permission. However, there are occasional cases where people need to request this in order to add a summer house in their gardens.
One is when your property lies on designated land. These areas refer to conservation places, heritage sites, areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or national parks.
If your case falls on these categories, your outbuilding will not be permitted to be installed to the front or side of the house without obtaining planning permission. If you are looking at adding a summer house 20 meters from your main building, its size should not be more than 10 square meters. Same is applicable in listed buildings.
Also, outbuildings require planning permission if they are forward of the ‘principle elevation’ of your property. This means that you won’t be able to set up a summer house in your front garden without acquiring a go-ahead from the authorities.
2. Summer House Placement
You already have a mental picture of the area where you want to install your summer house. However, the optimum location should depend on what you intend to use the structure for. It should depend whether you want it exposed or shaded from direct sunlight.
First, you need to examine the route of the sun in your garden throughout the day. For the ideal placement, your summer house should be facing south, positioned at a reasonable distance away from your house.
Also, the size of your summer house should affect its location in your garden. If you do not have a relatively large backyard, then get a summer house that won’t dominate the entire space. In this case, corner summer houses available at BillyOh are ideal to fit into the most obscure spaces in your garden.
Lastly, you would want to have your summer house founded in a level and firm ground to keep it away from any damp or drainage area.
Though some people love to tinker DIY structures, there are summer houses for sale that fit your preferences. In terms of budget, cheap summer houses that offer decent quality and free installation are an ideal choice.
BillyOH summer houses also offer the best designs and durability among its kind that are perfect for various purposes. We offer diverse choices that range from contemporary styles to log cabin designs and traditional compositions.
This consideration should also include the size of the summer house that you will be choosing. Proper interior planning and decoration can maximize small summer houses despite their minimal range.
4. Quality of Structure and Wood
In terms of quality, one of the superior considerations is the durability of wood. You should choose the kind of timber that can outpace all kinds of weather and is immune to the attack of harmful rot and insects.
BillyOh uses a classic tongue and groove panels (T&G) and applies the quality of timber panels that are 11mm thick. They are pre-engineered to interlock together, denying water entry and providing valuable protection against severe weather.
We also use pressure-treated wood. They undergo a process of infusing chemical preservatives to protect it from insects and rot. While moist in natural wood and wet environments soften lumber quickly, making it vulnerable to fungus, bacteria and other decomposing microorganisms, pressure-treated wood is moisture-resistant.
This may be considered as the least minimal factor, but having a summer house at home should also accord to your taste and style in decorating interior spaces. If you are looking at adding various furniture into your summer house, you should contemplate about its size and form.
The idea of decorating your summer house should augment not only its design but the composition of your entire property. For example, Patrick’s Picton corner summer house was decorated to perfectly complement its placement and structure’s style.
Check out this efficient list of ideas in decorating summer houses to give you an outlook.