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Indoors outdoors!

Get out in the garden – come rain or shine

Fancy a summerhouse, a studio for your favourite hobby, a yoga studio for your daily practice or maybe a home office to escape the hustle and bustle of life indoors? Becoming ever more popular, a garden room can not only add value to your property but add value to your life by providing you with the space to work, play, be creative, or just relax – and they don’t have to be too costly either.

Garden rooms come in all shapes and sizes – from a simple 10’x 8’ overlap timber summerhouse costing around £1,000 to a bespoke, heated and insulated cabin, maybe costing a good many thousands of pounds but ideal for year-long use, even for sleeping in when the extended family or guests need a bed for the night.

If you’re wanting to use the structure for anything more than a simple summerhouse, you’ll need to consider services like electrics, plumbing, heating and insulation. Most outdoor buildings of the type we’re considering here don’t require planning permission (always good to check if in doubt) but as well as the outlay for the building you will need to factor in the construction of a sound base and general furnishing.

Julia and I caught the bug when we went to list an old farmhouse at Burrowbridge. Tucked away in the suntrap corner of the riverside garden and cosily arranged with a deep sofa, bookcase and wine rack, was a most inviting summerhouse which almost begged. ‘Come in, sit down, put your feet up and have a drink’! Once bitten, forever smitten, we enquired the supplier and went home that very evening and ordered one for ourselves.

If you’re interested, the supplier was Yeovil Fencing Centre, telephone 01935 412241 – they can provide from an extensive range from small to huge. We have to say our choice is superb and suits our every need. They painstakingly constructed it timber by timber and their after-sale service was exemplary. In recommending them without reservation I have to add we are not on commission, just grateful for the quality of our purchase.

Our summerhouse ‘The Morocco’ is hidden away by the pond at the bottom of our garden and we spend many happy hours down there, reading, relaxing and often snoozing. If we’re not in the office or out with the dogs it’s there you’ll often find us but we must ask, if you pay us a visit, please tread lightly, we may have nodded off!


By Chris Willey

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