Summer House Inspiration: Quit Wasting The Space & Make More Of It!

by - 8/23/2017 09:23:00 PM

Summer houses were big business in the 90s and early noughties. They were spaces that every garden had; they were usually used as storage spaces for summer furniture. Today, however, most homeowners that have summer houses just let them go to waste. These spaces are no longer seen as being useful. However, they have a lot of potential. With a little love and some creative thinking, it is possible to transform any summer house into a magnificent space.

So bearing that in mind, let’s focus on the potential that your summer house has. To make more of this indoor/outdoor space, read on for all the best pieces of inspiration as well as an array of design ideas.

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Let’s talk uses…

There are a lot of potential uses for summer houses. What you choose to use your summer house for will depend on a range of factors. One of the most popular uses for outbuildings is as a home office. Today there are thousands of people who choose to work remotely from home, hence why home offices are such a popular choice for using a summer house for. Other popular uses of these buildings include transforming them into outdoor bedrooms for guests, playrooms for the kids, or man caves. The key to determining what to use your summer house for is working out what your home is missing. Ask yourself, is there a room that you would find it useful to have, such as an extra bedroom for guests?

Convert or rebuild?

Once you have determined what you would like to use the space for, the next step is to choose whether to convert it or if rebuilding it would be best. Before making a decision, it may be worth talking to an interior design specialist, such as one from somewhere like, so that you can get an idea of the potential that the building has. You may be told that it has heaps of potential and could become the ideal space, or you may be told that rebuilding probably is a better option. If it recommended that you rebuild your summer house, it could be worth looking at DIY summer house kits for creating a modern design, such as a pod-style building. Going DIY tends to work out much cheaper, so is ideal if you are on a budget.

Get inspired

Regardless of whether you plan on converting or rebuilding your summer house, you want to ensure that you have plenty of inspiration. The best places to find inspiration (and ideas) is home decor and design websites, blogs, and magazines. Social media sharing pages like Pinterest, We Heart It, and Instagram is also good sources of inspiration. Any ideas that you fall in love with save onto your smartphone, computer, or create a photo board to keep your ideas all in one place. The more inspiration and ideas you can get, the better. Choose the ones that you like best and implement them in the redesign of your summer house.

Don’t let your summer house sit empty in your garden. Don’t waste that precious space. Make the most of it by converting it into a useable space, whether that is a home office, a guest bedroom, a playroom, or something else; it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are making the most of the space.

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