3 Fun ways to make use of your summerhouse throughout the winter
A summerhouse can make a really beautiful addition to any garden, which, as the name suggests, provides a space to be enjoyed during the warm, balmy summer months. With summer only lasting three months in the UK though, does it mean your summerhouse has to be redundant for the rest of the year? Of course not!
With a little insulation and creativity, there are still plenty of ways you can make the most of summerhouse during even the coldest of months.
Getting winter ready
It’s no surprise that if you want to spent time in your summerhouse during winter, you’ll need to take steps to make it warmer.
Floor and wall coverings
You will probably find that a much of the cold comes in through the floor, so a simple trick is to put down a few rugs or even carpet the interior floor. Wall hangings such as large pictures or drapes can also add depth to the walls, providing natural insulation and covering up any draughty spots.
This may seem obvious, however there are several different options available for heating your summerhouse. Your choice should align with how often you intend to use the space. A wood burning stove can be a romantic feature, however if you are using your summerhouse daily this may not be a convenient way to heat the space.
Use furniture to your advantage
Whilst wide open spaces can be desirable in some settings, in the context of keeping your cabin snug whilst it’s below zero outside, big spaces can make areas feel cold and cavernous. Some comfy chairs, sideboards and a table can make all the difference.
Now that your cabin is snug and warm let’s look at some interesting ways you can utilise it.
A winter observatory
The long winter nights are ideal conditions for looking at the stars, and a perfect way to relax at the end of the day. If you have windows or folding doors you can position your telescope to catch a glimpse of the constellations whilst keeping warm and comfortable.
Provided you have made your summerhouse sufficiently warm, it can be an exciting place for your children to host sleep over parties. Just make sure you provide lots of blankets, pillows and a couple of hot water bottles, and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.
Bar and brewery
Make use of the extra space by converting your summerhouse into a bar and brewery. The cooler temperatures are perfect for brewing and storing your liquor, and with the left-over space you can set up a cosy bar with seating to sample your home-made experiments with friends. Just don’t forget the bar snacks and pool table.
With a little prior planning, there is no reason why your summerhouse shouldn’t give you pleasure all year round.
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