Contemporary Summer House Uses
One of the great benefits of a modern summerhouse is the vast amount of natural light they let in, thanks to their airy designs. For this reason, contemporary summer houses can be used for a wide number of gatherings, activities, and hobbies.
If you’re a remote or hybrid worker, and your home doesn’t have space for an office, then a summer house could be the answer; you can slip away from the bustle of the house and find the quiet you need to get in the zone for work. But there are plenty of other ways to be productive in our contemporary summer houses – why not set up a craft den, build the workshop you’ve always wanted, or create a calm, clean space where you can work out?
Alternatively, many of our modern models are spacious enough to be used as an additional reception room, where you can entertain friends, relax on your own, host a garden party or build a cosy fort for the kids.
On top of all these potential uses, you’ll also have a super convenient storage space in the garden – perfect for stashing patio furniture on rainy days, or just keeping your gardening tools away from prying hands.
Features of a Modern Garden House
The design of your modern garden houses is highly customisable, and there are several different aesthetic and functional features you can choose from. Here are the key things to consider:
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- Door styles. Choose single or double doors, made from solid timber, or glazed for extra natural light – you can even have stylish French or bi-fold doors on our larger models.
- Treatment options. Our summer houses can be purchased in untreated timber, dip treated timber for protection from the elements, or pressure treated timber for maximum longevity.
- Choice of cladding. We offer three types of cladding: standard shiplap cladding, pressure treated solid timber cladding or premium log board cladding for added durability.
- Additional security. All our modern summerhouses come with a free lock, key and pull door, but you can opt to add security bars, alarms or anti-vandal screws.
- Window options. You’ll need to choose the positioning of your windows, as well as a glass thickness, and a style – full pane glazing is great for contemporary summer houses.
- Roof styles. There are several roof styles to choose from, but for a modern build we recommend a pent roof, gambrel roof or overhanging roof.
What Sizes Are Available
At Tiger Sheds, we offer modern summerhouses in an array of different sizes, so there’s something to suit even the most compact gardens, and those lucky enough to have lots of space too. Before you select the right build, it’s worth checking whether you need planning permission for your summer house, or if you can avoid this by choosing size and location carefully.
Small Modern Summer Houses
If you’re working with quite a modest garden space, or you’re on a budget, a small modern summer house could be the perfect choice. We offer models as small as 6x6, 6x8 and 7x7, so if you need a little extra garden storage or a cosy nook, we’ve got it covered.
Medium Modern Summer Houses
In the middle of our size range, there are quality modern summer houses that measure 8x8, 10x8 or 12x8 – which are ideal for midsize gardens. The bigger the build you choose, the more versatile the space, so it’s worth thinking about what you intend to use it for.
Large Modern Summer Houses
If you’ve dreamt of having a large modern summer house — suited for use as an extra lounge or home office — then we’ve got models that measure 12x8, 12x10, 14x10 and even 20x10 for a really generous garden room.
Contemporary Garden House Maintenance
Thanks to their high-grade timber, our modern summerhouses don’t need very much upkeep to remain in good condition. However, to prolong the lifespan of your unit, and make sure you get the very best from it, there are some maintenance tips it’s worth observing.
Damp and Weatherproofing
Protecting your modern summerhouse from the elements is the best way to keep it in good shape for many years to come. All our builds should be weatherproof when properly constructed, but it’s worth reading up on how to waterproof a shed — you may need to treat the timber more regularly on some models, but you should always keep an eye on your windows and doors, and take good care of your roof too. Painting your summer house can also help to keep out the rain, providing you use a suitable waterproof shed paint, or you can use Tiger Wood Preserver instead.
Ventilation and Lighting
When it comes to damp proofing your summer house, choosing the right ventilation is vital. You could install wall vents for constant airflow, use a wind-powered whirligig, or just try to air out your summerhouse regularly by opening the doors and windows. If you’re planning to wire your build into the mains, you could even add an electric ceiling fan. This gives you more options when it comes to lighting your summer house too, as you can add lamps for a cosy atmosphere, or bright overhead lighting — whatever’s most practical.
Want more information about our summerhouses before you commit? Have a read through our Summerhouses Explained guide to learn more.