Why You Should Start Making Your Summer House Plans Now
18th April 2019
Spring has sprung which means you’ve probably made a start on tending to your garden after the winter neglect. It’s a great time to see what will do well again, what needs replacing, what needs a bit of TLC and to start your plans for the summer. But have you thought about making those plans extend to more than just your flowers and plants?
We think this is a great time of year for a big change and adding a summer house plans to your garden to-do-list could be the best decision you make!
Here’s why you should start making your summer house plans now
Out With The Old, In With The New
Spring, as we mentioned, is the perfect time to get back out into your garden and see what needs doing. This will also give you the opportunity to review particular areas and to decide if a bigger change is needed.
Has that large bush seen better days? Does the tree need some major work doing to it? Do you need to replace the decking? Could that old shed be removed to make space for a new focal point?
You may spring clean and declutter your home but why not extend this out to the garden too?
Plan Your Space
Once you have a rough idea of how your garden is going to look, you can plan your space for your summer house around this.
You’ll want to look at where you get the most sun, look at avoiding areas that have overhanging trees and try to pick a space that will accommodate this new project for years to come. Remember that summerhouses come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t be constrained by trying to find a particular shaped spot.
This could well be the most important part of your summer house plans so in order to get it right we would advise mapping out the area on the grass/paving with tape to get a real idea of how it will look and feel once it is in place.
What will you be using your summer house for? This is an important part to consider prior to choosing a style as whatever you pick will need to fully work for you.
For example, if you want your summer house for reading, you’ll probably want a light and airy styled cabin. If you want it for yoga, you may want a larger space with bi-folding doors opening up onto a terraced area. If you would prefer to use it for a hobby like painting, you’ll want dedicated areas for your easel, paints and a seat for breaks.
By planning your summer house down to every small detail you will be able to create a space that works specifically to your needs.
Modern garden rooms and summer houses do not usually require a planning application as they fall within permitted development rules under class E. This is pre-approved planning permission as long as your room is built subject to a number of limits and conditions.
The most important factors are:
1) That the garden room is no higher than 2.5m from the bottom of the building to the top of the roof (if within 2m of boundary)
2) That you do not take up more than 50% of your garden area with this or any other buildings
3) It is not to be used for living or sleeping accommodation
However, it is always a good idea to double check your land registry, your deeds and to also speak to any neighbours to prevent any issues further down the line. You don’t want all your summer house plans to go out of the window because of a dispute.
Finding Your Perfect Summer House
Once you have prepped and planned, you can begin to start the best bit– shopping! There are so many options on the market now and bespoke ones too which means you can put all of those ideas down on paper and come out with your dream summer house. Garden rooms will usually come with lighting, insulation, heating, flooring and double glazing as standard which means you know you will be getting a good quality building which will last you years. This means you can turn your mind to more interesting things like the decor!
If you set the wheels in motion now, you’ll have your summer house in place ready for, well, summer!