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What You Need to Know Before Installing a Summerhouse

Keen to make the most of your home’s outdoor area? A summerhouse could be the perfect addition to maximise this space and make it more functional.

One of the best things about a summerhouse is that it can be used for any number of purposes based on your needs. For instance, you could turn it into your very own home office, a gym, or even an extra bedroom for guests. It’s also extremely handy for additional storage.

If you’re ready to add a summerhouse to your property but are not sure where to start, here’s what you need to know:

You won’t need planning permission

Buying a summerhouse is one of the easiest ways to add extra space to your home as you don’t need planning permission. As a summerhouse is an outbuilding, it’s classified as a permitted development.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if your property is listed, or your summerhouse will be situated in the front of your home facing a motorway, you’ll need planning permission. You’ll also need permission if your property is situated within designated land or you’re planning to get it built within five metres of your property.

It’s worth checking with your local authority before getting anything installed.

In most cases, there are no building regulations

As summerhouses are technically temporary structures, there are no building regulations to worry about. The exception to this is if you’d like to install plumbing or electrics within the structure. In which case, you should reach out to your local authority to double-check about related regulations.

Take your time considering the placement

Take some time to decide where you want to place your summerhouse. You may want to factor in things like where you’ll receive the most direct sunlight and how much space you want to be left around it. Think about what view you’d like windows to look out into. We’d also advise positioning your summerhouse away from drainage areas.

Professional installation is recommended for safety

While it’s certainly possible to install your summerhouse without professional assistance, it is safer and more convenient to hire an expert. They’ll have the necessary training and tools to get the job done quickly and safely.

Maintenance is minimal with treated timber summerhouses

Although all summerhouses are low maintenance, wooden ones that have been treated for water-resistance are the easiest. You won’t need to worry about any rot or decaying issues over the years.


At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have a range of high-quality wooden buildings on offer, including summerhouses and outdoor sheds. Get in touch with us to discuss your storage needs today. We’d be happy to create something bespoke for your specific requirements.

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