The term ‘garden building’ covers are a fairly broad spectrum of structures, and could be used to refer to anything from the rather grand follies that used to be strategically placed in the grounds of country houses to a common garden shed, just big enough to hold the lawn mower and a few tools. In fact, there are numerous exciting possibilities for garden buildings that blend innovative design with practical purpose, and the possibilities for adding to your garden with an attractive structure have never been greater. So much more than simply storage solutions, modern garden buildings can accommodate anything from an office to a playroom and even a hot tub. If you have a great idea, and are willing to invest in your outdoor space, there is bound to be a stylish outbuilding that will meet your needs precisely. Image source: telegraph.co.uk
Here is a selection of some great garden building ideas that have caught our eye.
This Oslo Garden Office from Hilton makes excellent use of available light to create a stylish outbuilding that is perfect for use as an office or reading room. Available in a variety of sizes, and with a neat interior that lends itself well to a modern office aesthetic, it makes the perfect studio for anyone who works from home, but needs a little distance from the comings and goings of the main house.
Having your own pool is great of course, but an adjacent pool house can make all the difference. Serving as either a room to change, or space for drinks and relaxing post swim, this stylish pool house from designer outbuildings firm Apropos, strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and usefulness. The warm interior helps to make it more an extra living room rather than a chilly changing room, and the veranda is the perfect stage for relaxing by the pool.
A summer house is the ideal outbuilding for making the most of your garden and enjoying the time you spend outdoors. Positioned away from the main house it can provide an excellent vantage point, and give you a different outlook on the garden and its plants and flowers. The best summer house design for you will depend on what you want your garden building to be. For some, a summer house is a relaxing space, for others it is best used for dining and entertaining. We like the look of this versatile Loxley Summer House from Sheds.co.uk. With plenty of space, and glazed on three sides, it is light and roomy and will work well in any garden setting.
Children can get a lot of benefit from playing outside, and having a playhouse of their own gives them the confidence to embrace the outdoors and have fun in the garden. Many commercial playhouses can be rather garish, and don’t sit well in modern gardens. It is hard to find a compromise between a playhouse that is fun for kids and one that isn’t an eyesore. This unique playhouse by Ultra Architects in Poland is both simple and practical, as well as being an attractive structure that adds to the garden view rather than spoiling it.
Curved Cabin Treehouse
Treehouses are the stuff of many children’s dreams, but with designs like this one from German design firm Baum Raum, it seems plenty of adults would like to have in the garden as well. The elegantly curved cabin makes the perfect hideaway, and a very accommodating interior – ideal for getting some privacy and enjoying the garden from an altogether loftier vantage point.
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