Es­cape to the gar­den room

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The sum­mer house is the new way to ex­tend your home, says Talib Choudhry

In­ces­sant drilling and ground­shak­ing rum­bling is rife in Bri­tain’s cities as ur­ban dwellers ex­tend their homes in the des­per­ate search for more space. There is, how­ever, an al­ter­na­tive to build­ing up or down. Gar­den rooms are be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar so­lu­tion to cre­at­ing more liv­ing space with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant spike in de­mand for sum­mer houses at John Lewis this year ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s out­door liv­ing buyer Ni­cola Gid­low.

“In re­cent years peo­ple have be­gun to use their gar­den as an ex­ten­sion of their liv­ing area rather than view­ing it as a sep­a­rate space,” Gid­low says. “We are find­ing that more and more peo­ple are look­ing to erect a struc­ture which will al­low them to adapt to the chang­ing de­mands on the fam­ily home.”

With more peo­ple than ever work­ing from home, Gid­low re­ports that cus­tomers of­ten want to cre­ate a ver­sa­tile, mul­ti­func­tional space such as an of­fice which can also dou­ble up as a gym or re­lax­ation space. Par­ents are also in­creas­ingly find­ing that their chil­dren are re­turn­ing to the fam­ily home af­ter univer­sity and gar­den stu­dios of­fer a welcome re­treat for ei­ther gen­er­a­tion. If the need arises, they can also be used as an ex­tra bed­room.

“It is of­ten a more af­ford­able so­lu­tion to in­creas­ing square footage than a loft or base­ment con­ver­sion,” Gid­low adds. “It’s nice to be able to sit out in the gar­den with a cup of tea and a book, and have a mo­ment of tran­quil­lity.”

John Lewis’s best­selling mod­els are pro­duced by the Nor­folk-based com­pany Crane Gar­den Build­ings, which has been mak­ing sheds, stu­dios and sum­mer­houses for the past 42 years. The lat­ter are gen­er­ally built from high-grade FSC-cer­ti­fied Scan­di­na­vian red­wood and topped with cedar shin­gle-tile roofs. Prices start from £8,000 and Crane will de­liver and in­stall, but you will need a ready-pre­pared base of paving slabs laid on mor­tar, or a con­crete base no less than 4in thick.

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