Summer House Ideas

7 Fun Summer House Ideas


Summer houses are a great way to add extra space at home and a British garden classic. A summer house creates the opportunity to make space for fun at home, with a number of different ways you can use the extra room. Scroll down to explore 7 fun and exciting summer house ideas to help inspire your project!


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Why choose a garden room from Green Retreats as your summer house:

A traditional summer house is little more than a shed in construction, but a garden room building from Green Retreats as your summer house offers so much more. Our garden buildings are practical and high quality as well as incredibly stylish and unique. No matter what you want your garden room to be, Green Retreats has loads of garden room decorating ideas to help you find the right look for your garden room.


  • Insulated for year-round-use

Premium grade insulation is used throughout our buildings to create a warm, dry and comfortable space to use all-year-round – not just for summer! Every building design we offer is a fully insulated summer house.


  • Planning Permission Rarely Required

One less thing to worry about! Plus, if you any reason you do need planning permission we will take care of the application on your behalf!


  • Maintenance Free

Our garden buildings are designed to be completely maintenance-free, using strong and robust materials that don’t need extra special care.


  • 12-year Guarantee

We’re so confident in the quality of our buildings that each one comes with a comprehensive 12-year guarantee and is designed for a 30-year life.

  • Built like an extension of your house

The materials we use to construct our buildings make them much more like an extension of your home than a typical ‘outbuilding’. 



7 Fun Summer House Ideas


1. Garden Bar

Garden bars might seem like a summer-centric idea, but having a garden bar in your year-round summer house means you can keep the party running in any season! With so many people working from home at the moment, the house can start to feel like an office. Having a breakout space detached from the home for total adults-only R&R could be just what’s needed to wind down at the end of the day. How about a garden pub as a great summer house idea?

garden bar with beer taps


2. Cinema Room

Creating a garden cinema room is a great way to use your summer house that’s fun for all the family. Come together as a family to enjoy your unique garden cinema and spend some quality time together. Or, take the opportunity to escape and watch something that no one else in your family would enjoy! Add plenty of soft furnishings for lounging, a large screen TV or projector and side tables for snacks and drinks.



3. Reading Room

Finding the time or reading is one thing, finding the space for it away from the distractions and noise of the household is a whole other problem. Transform your summer house into a secret den or reading nook to get lost in your favourite book. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of home and focus on reading; being completely detached from the home with great views of the outdoors. And what’s more, our buildings are warm, dry and comfortable all-year-round – so finding the time and the space to read will be that much easier!

summer house in London garden


4. Games Room

Adding a summer house to your home allows you to create a space you’ve always dreamt of – a games room! A Green Retreats garden building as your choice for a summer house means that you have no limits on the types of games you can add. The floors are exceptionally strong, meaning that heavy pool tables and arcade games are absolutely a ‘go’! The doors and windows are all insurance grade locked with toughened double-glazing, helping to keep everything safe too. 

pool table room


5. Hot Tub Room

Hot tubs have been one of the most popular home and garden purchases over the past year. Hot tubs are a great way to enjoy spending time at home and get the most out of your garden all-year-round. Using a summer house as a pool house of sorts is a great use of the space! Make sure to have a speaker for music, drinks, towels and soft furniture for relaxing after a therapeutic spa session in your hot tub. 

We’ve partnered up with the modern UK hot tub company, Hot Tub Hub, to offer customers exclusive offers and availability on hot tubs and spas. Get in touch with the Hot Tub Hub team for details…

interior of a garden room


6. She Shed or Man Cave

A summer house is a versatile extra space at home that can be used for almost any purpose you can think of, especially when you choose a quality built fully-insulated design. A Man Cave or She Shed is a den away from home to transform into whatever space you really want! Whether it’s for your favourite hobby or pastime, or just a space that you can decorate how you like and call it your own.

garden room with path and swinging chair


7. Outdoor dining space

Outdoor dining has always been typically reserved for warmer summer months. In the summer the garden becomes a vast extension to our kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms with more people choosing to make the most of the extra space and stretch out whilst they can. Having your summer house as an extended dining space provides cover and shelter from the weather, good or bad. Plus, when it starts to get colder you can still enjoy the novelty of being outside to eat from the warmth and comfort of a fully insulated garden room. We’re thinking winter fondue and hot chocolates with frosty garden views.

garden room in a large garden with chickens



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