Stupendous Summer House

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I am soon to be the owner of a shed. Not just any old shed mind you, a 20ft by 15ft shed with power and lighting. That’s massive right? Your average garden shed is 4ft by 6ft. So I’m talking the mother of all sheds. Turns out the last but one owner of the house was a Farrier (that’s a Blacksmith to you and me) and the supersize shed was his workshop. I don’t think horses were involved but you never know!

My first thought was to tear it down, after all another 15ft of garden is not to sniffed at. Then I bought a copy of last month’s Living Etc. Magazine and looking at the cover photo inspired a quite frankly brilliant idea in me. Why not turn it into a summerhouse? The picture isn’t actually of a summerhouse, but made me think of one!

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After all the British summer his hardly stellar but a summerhouse lets you feel like you are outside, whilst sheltering from the rain.

It’s big enough to partition and keep some of it as a shed, with still loads of room to make a beautiful summerhouse. I’m not thinking cream and girly chintz, I’m thinking costal greys – I love the grey painted boards in the photo.

I was also totally inspired by this amazing blog about a beach cottage in Australia. They have the life I want! Beach Cottage

I particularly like their fire pit idea (see photo), though I am also contemplating a mini wood burner like you would find in a barge. The one below is from Machine Mart and is pretty cute, though I imagine you’d have to cut up the logs pretty small.

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And finally….some summerhouse porn. Which do you like best?

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Like the door on this one from Hereford Stables

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Love the veranda on this one from UKs No1 Summerhouses (nice name!)

Or how about this one from Green Man Design? Cute!

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Inspire me with your ideas!

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