As the UK’s housing market settles into buoyancy, homeowners, especially those looking to sell, are benefitting. Not only are property prices reaching new heights but a new wave of home needs is leading to a very competitive market as buyers are on the lookout for properties that suit post-pandemic lifestyles. This is why garden spaces, home offices, and rural locations are quickly becoming the words every estate agent is looking for.
One feature that greatly benefits homes, accommodating many of the new needs that residents are seeking, are summer houses. Interestingly, while they have been historically very popular, treated as something of a luxury, their new demand and affordability have led the summer house to greater popularity, leading to a number of homeowners to discover and create new potential benefits to an outbuilding structure.
If you haven’t yet considered a summer house for your property, we’ve put together a list of the best features they have, as well as the ways in which they can improve your property.
A Space Away
As many of us begin to spend more time at home, working remotely or caring for our health with temporary isolation, our living spaces can feel somewhat compromised. To help restore balance, and to give residents a space within which they can relax, summer houses are becoming the most sought after assets.
These outbuildings can be customised into relaxing, quiet designs, environments that separate residents from their daily life and offer a respite styled for wellness. Plus, being situated within a garden space means that incorporating nature into their aesthetic is easy, contributing to an even greater ‘escape’ from the bustle of daily routine.
Alternatively, some residents are seeking to altogether contain their professional life in one room, closing the door at the end of the day and keeping their paperwork and emails locked away. By the same token, summer houses are ideal in this scenario, being easily converted into office spaces that enable remote working residents to have an essential distance, one that benefits their work-life balance.
One of the compromises we experience with garden spaces is the lack of privacy. For some, it is being in the view of our neighbours (and vice versa), while for others it is being spotted by passersby. This isn’t always problematic but it can cause discomfort when wanting to dine outdoors or sunbathe in the summer.
Creating a summer house is a great way to afford privacy in your garden space. Designs can accommodate as much or as little openness as you would like, allowing them to be a cosy and private respite, or an open and welcoming place suited to your needs.
Return On Investment
As the market strength continues, homeowners are looking for a way to improve their property value and, for their versatility and visual appeal, summer houses are ideal. Even if yours has been designed for a home gym or creative space, they can easily be transformed into something entirely new, making them a huge allure for potential buyers who want to capitalise on a new garden asset.