With more of us spending extra time at home either relaxing or working, it’s time to update our gardens so we can spend time outdoors rather than inside.
Summerhouses can provide a welcome escape from your home. Whether it’s for relaxing with friends and a glass of wine or maybe you want an outdoor office to work from home inside.
Whatever your reasons, you know it’s not going be cheap buying a summerhouse and therefore, you definitely need to buy a strong summerhouse that can stand up to wind and rain.
Top-Rated Summerhouse Comparison Table
Take a look at these 5 Summerhouses for relaxing in your garden or working at home
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- 1 Top-Rated Summerhouse Comparison Table
- 2 Project Timber Cannes Summerhouse with French Door Review
- 3 Mira Timber Log Cabin Shed Review
- 4 Rowlinson Office Review (Natural Colour & Toughened Glass)
- 5 Forest Garden Forest Oakley 7×5 Summerhouse Review
- 6 Waltons Est 1878 Wooden Corner Summerhouse Review
Project Timber Cannes Summerhouse with French Door Review
This Summerhouse by Project Timber is perfect for bright sunny days to work or relax in your garden where you can open the doors and breathe in that fresh air and relax with nature.
The wood is pressure treated for extra durability and also repels insects and other wood-boring insects from damaging the wood. It also comes with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee.
The sliding french doors allow you to not only let fresh air inside but they’re perfect for regulating the temperature during those long hot summer months or month should you live in the U.K…
This summerhouse is straightforward to build and realistically, you’ll require 2 people to build it and it can be assembled easily enough in one day.
The tongue and groove shiplap panels make it easy to fit the summerhouse together and the multi-foil insulation and smooth cladding help to keep the heat inside during winter.
*Please note that the external cladding is primed ready for you to paint it with a protective wood coating and it’s recommended that you do this within the first 6 months of ownership.
French Double Doors
The French double doors are perfect for allowing fresh air to circulate inside. Because they fold back they won’t take up much room and there’s no worry of the wind blowing them about.
Both doors have a handle each to help open or close them which makes operating easier but also prevents dirty hands from tarnishing the wood over long periods.
Full-Length Side Windows
Not only can sunlight protrude via the open design of the windowed french doors but you also have 2 large and pretty much ‘full length’ windows for extra natural light.
The windows are made from styrene which is a great alternative to glass because it’s extremely strong, doesn’t shatter and it much lighter and safer.
Ideal for Furniture & Accessories
With this summerhouse, you can easily add your own furniture to make it more comfortable, alternatively, you can add office furniture if you intend to use it to work at home.
Accessories such as a small dining table with chairs, office desk, sofa, rocking chair, bean bags, whereas some will connect an electric supply for lighting, heaters and game consoles etc
Felt Apex Rooftop
The roof has felt protection to provide waterproofing, a level of protection between the wood exterior of the roof and the outside. The felt is included in the package of this summerhouse
The apex roof is a popular feature with these types of shelters. The apex roof primarily helps to protect the roof section by ensuring water runs off and does not damage the wood.
Mira Timber Log Cabin Shed Review
Don’t let the name fool you. The Mira Timber Log Cabin Shed is an excellent summerhouse that’s perfect for sitting in on a lazy sun-filled afternoon.
Whilst the wood isn’t pressure treated like the Project Timber option above, it is a wonderful looking spruce wood frame that’ll look great in any garden.
The double doors come with a lock and handle as standard so security is seemingly a high priority, and the single glazed windows mean you’ll never be too hot as you sit inside.
The delivery package comes with instructions and a helpful assembly kit that are easy to follow, but as with most summerhouses, you will need 2 or more people to build it.
The tongue and groove wall boards can be slotted together easily, but it should be noted that the floor is not included, and the roof is only made of Bituminous Felt instead of the more stylish shingles.
*It’s also important to remember that the wood arrives untreated, so will require an application of good timber preserves to keep the summerhouse looking great.
Single Glaze Glass
One of the worst things about sitting in a summerhouse when it is hot outside is the uncomfortable warmth inside. The single glazed windows here mean you won’t face that problem.
The windows are placed on the doors (half windows) and there is another half window to the right of the shed. This allows for plenty of light to pass through, giving the summerhouse a comforting glow.
Bituminous Felt Roof
Whilst it may not be as stylish as shingles, this style of roofing is incredibly robust and capable of dealing with harsh winters and downpours of rain when it needs to.
This is a welcome addition because it means you can be confident that your summerhouse will be protected all year long thanks to it being waterproof.
Lots Of Space Indoors
It may not be the biggest of the summerhouses on this list, but it’s certainly large enough for you to fill with whatever furniture you have in mind. You’ll find it to be surprisingly spacious.
The manufacturers suggest using it as a garden office, playroom, or for extra storage. The amount of room available here means that you could definitely use it for these purposes.
Excellent Value For Money
Considering its large size, this summerhouse really is great for the money you pay. It looks incredibly stylish in the garden and it is large enough to be functional.
Some summerhouses of this size can be sold for much more money, so it’s good to see an option that is both affordable, secure, and great to look at too.
Rowlinson Office Review (Natural Colour & Toughened Glass)
This summerhouse by Rowlinson is marketed as a garden office, but it’s large enough to use for whatever you desire really, and it has an almost homey feel that makes the place look great!
The double doors open out on to a porch area that really helps make the summerhouse look stylish, and it works well as an area to take off muddy boots etc. before you step inside.
This summerhouse has interlocking walls, but the veranda/porch area does mean that construction could take longer because there is slightly more work to put it up.
That being said, the opening windows might take a little longer to build, but they’ll be worth your time. Opening the windows to let a cool summer breeze blow through will be welcome once your inside.
The glass has been reinforced for safety, and this is great to see considering its playful style could easily mean that this summerhouse could work as a playhouse for children too.
*Again, this wood hasn’t been pressure treated so you will need to invest in some good quality wood treatment to stop the wood from rotting or becoming damaged.
Two Way Tilt Opening Windows
This means that the windows can be opened out or opened in, so you can do what is best for you in terms of letting the breeze in or keeping the rain out.
On a warm summers day you can open them in on yourself to welcome in any passing breeze, or if the rain sets in but you still want fresh air, simply push the window out and watch the rain slide right off.
This is the only summerhouse on the list that comes with this feature and it’s a huge selling point because it really does look great and it adds a lot to the structure.
Having that extra space outdoors means you could put a small stool outside to breathe in the fresh air, or simply use it as an area to leave your shoes before you walk inside.
Maybe you’d like to hang artificial or real hanging baskets
Double Lock Doors
If you are going to spend all that money on a garden office, then you need to be sure that it is completely secure when you leave it at night time and this one is.
It comes with double lock doors with a lock and key as standard, and the toughened glass means its more difficult to break accidentally, and on purpose.
You Can Decorate How You Want
Whilst this might seem obvious, some summerhouses come built with wood that won’t thank you for painting over it because it really only needs timber treatment.
This summerhouse welcomes all comers though, from staining to painting, you’ll be able to take this beautiful summerhouse and make it even better by turning it into something of your own!
Forest Garden Forest Oakley 7×5 Summerhouse Review
This summerhouse by Forest Garden is about as traditional as summerhouses get. Large windows from almost every side mean you can really let the summer in with this one.
The wood is pressure treated so it will be more durable and capable of standing up to harsh winters. You can be confident that your summerhouse will be ready for use next summer.
Construction has really been thought about here, and they have overlapped the boards to encourage rainwater to run off the sides of the buildings to prevent rot.
The windows are all made of lightweight shatterproof acrylic, allowing the light to flood in from every angle, but also increasing the safety of the building.
It has barge board roofing that provides a really attractive gabled finish, but it also protects the wood further from rain damage so it’s functional and nice to look at.
*This has been pressure treated and comes with a 15-year guarantee against rot and fungal damage. Treating the timber with high-quality preserves is always a good idea though.
Three Quarter Length Windows
The biggest selling point about this summerhouse has to be the large windows on the doors, and the two smaller ones to the side. Light floods in from every direction.
The whole point of a summerhouse is to get outside and enjoy the weather from the protection of a building and this lets all of the natural light in that it can.
Timber Boarded Floor
This is a reinforced timber floor capable of dealing with quite heavy loads. This was specifically included to accommodate the furniture that you might want to put inside.
Because of this solid floor, it is a much better option for people looking to use the building as a summerhouse so they can put everything they want in there.
Wide Opening Double Doors
For when sitting inside and watching the world from the window just isn’t enough, you can push the large double doors wide open and let the outside in.
This is great for anybody sitting inside reading a book or drinking a glass of wine, because it gives you the impression of being outdoors whilst protecting you from sunburn or heat stroke.
Its mineral-felted roof doesn’t just look great, it’s completely water tight too, meaning you can safely leave furniture inside the summerhouse all year round.
This coupled with the board design means that water damage is far less likely, so the company really can stick to their 15 year guarantee with confidence.
Waltons Est 1878 Wooden Corner Summerhouse Review
If the last summerhouse we looked at was a traditional one, then welcome to the new age! This corner summerhouse is cleverly designed in a very modern way!
The space saving design is appreciated, but its large double doors are a huge selling point thanks to their full length windows filling the space with natural light.
The windows to the side are also full length and all of the windows are made of a shatterproof styrene that makes it safe for children to be around and enjoy too.
This summerhouse is multi-functional, and is marketed as a garden room, sunroom, studio, and office, so it really can be anything you want it to be when you get it.
The cladding is tongue and groove again for fast construction and it is 12mm meaning it is strong and durable so you can be confident in your finished product.
*This comes with a ten year anti rot guarantee and timber is FSC certified. In order for the company to honor your ten year guarantee though you must treat with high quality timber preserve on arrival and every year thereafter.
Most summerhouses have the tendency to look quite similar, but this modern design means you’ll save space, and it’ll look really great in your garden too.
Because of the unique design, you’ll be able to really appreciate the natural light as it pours in at an angle, meaning every corner of the summerhouse is well lit.
Sturdy Roof And Floor
Both of these are made of a 9mm solid sheet board, meaning it can withstand quite a fair amount of weight. The roof and floor will be protected for years to come.
You don’t know what may happen outside of your summerhouse too, so it’s nice to see the manufacturers are thinking of everything and protecting both roof and floor.
Easy To Build Shiplap Cladding
It is recommended that two people build this summerhouse and it can definitely be done in a matter of hours if you follow the instructions carefully that come with it.
Slotting the tongue and groove cladding in to place is easy enough with the two of you working together and it is minimal effort. It only takes a few hours because of the summerhouses size.
This summerhouse is marketed as so many different things that it shows its versatility. You can be confident putting any furniture in here and know that the summerhouse can hold it.
Because of its versatility and durability, you will be able to switch the rooms purpose throughout your life if you decide to do something different with it as the years pass.
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