If there is one thing the global Coronavirus pandemic has taught us, it is that self-care is vitally important to our overall well being. Many people have rekindled their love of old hobbies or begun practising new ones entirely.
Designing the perfect relaxation area will depend on your specific requirements and available budget. One reasonably economical way to achieve the escape space you want is to extend your home outdoors. Many people have made their dreams a reality by constructing dedicated spaces in their gardens in which to enjoy their leisure pastimes. These buildings range from small log cabins to larger summer houses.
A summer house is so much more than a regular storage space, so it is important to plan its placement within your garden. It is important that your outbuilding appears to be an extension of your home, rather than an afterthought; because these structures can be manufactured to customer-specific requirements, you’re sure to find the right fit for your property.
Once you know what you are going to utilise your summer house for, you can begin thinking about furnishings and even small appliances, such as a bar fridge and a kettle, should you be needing them. For example, a home office would require a desk and chair at the very least, while an outdoor dining area will necessitate a small appliance to keep the meal warm until serving. A sewing enthusiast, on the other hand, will benefit from a large table, with drawers installed below it for measuring and cutting fabric.
Colours have the ability to evoke different emotions within us. For example, green is known to induce feelings of calm and serenity, making it an excellent choice for a meditation space. To increase the peaceful sensation, you could add a water feature in your garden, in close proximity to your summer house. Other colours, such as orange and yellow, are great for ‘active’ spaces such as a home gym or gaming studio.
Once you have established the purpose and colour scheme of your space, you can begin purchasing furnishings. An important aspect to bear in mind is that most outbuildings are not excessively large, so having too many loose cushions, rugs, or bulky furniture within, may make the space look cluttered. The key is to make the space personal, while balancing it with practicality.
It is likely that you would like to use your space as often as possible, irrespective of the season. One way to ensure this, is to have your building insulated; that way, it will be warm in winter and cool during the warmer summer days. There are different kinds of insulation available; we recommend discussing your requirements with your summer house supplier. They will give you the soundest advice as to what to choose and whether you will be able to install the insulation yourself, or need to have a professional do the job for you.
Erecting a summer home on your property is a wonderful DIY project; for you alone, or as a family project. Why not get started today?