Having exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for decades it has become more than just an event for us.
It is engrained in the Scotts psyche and an important part of our calendar, but it has also become a great showcase for new products and ideas.
Last year, we were proud to launch a new range of summerhouses in an ethically sourced hardwood. We had listened to customers’ demands for sustainable materials with high life expectancy and started making our summerhouses out of Red Grandis as it is versatile, stable and high-performing.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show proved to be the perfect platform on which to put this new product under the spotlight.
It is also a great occasion to launch new fabrics and this year would been no different, as we planned to showcase a new range to give people even more choice.
This time, our designs are quite distinct and help to create two very different moods – vibrant or calm.
We have been inspired by the energy that bright colours evoke and have used dazzling pinks, blues and apricots as they really make an impact.
Our designs, Camarillo Tango, Cinnebar and Dragonfly, reflect the rich summer hues of a garden bursting into colour. With thoughtful planting, these eye-catching colours can create a real showstopper in your garden, which is perfect for the family, entertaining and fun afternoons.
However, for others, their summerhouse is a quiet haven, an escape from the bustle of the house where hobbies such as reading or meditation can be enjoyed and so a calmer vibe has also been catered for.
Paradise Fennel, Pastel and Silver Birch bring more muted tones to the colour palette and a gentle elegance that is perfect for a relaxing day.
Whatever your mood, there is a new fabric to suit you!
The saying goes that ‘Gardening adds years to your life, and life to your years’ and it is well documented that tending plants is a great boost for your mental health and can help relieve depression, anxiety and stress.
During these difficult times, more and more people are reconnecting with simple pleasures, be it gardening, baking or reading.
And to celebrate all the positives that a garden can bring, the RHS is launching its National Gardening Week once again from Monday April 27th through to Sunday May 3rd.
No matter what your age, young and old can benefit from being out in the garden, enjoying a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine. It is also a wonderful activity to enjoy with your children, a mini-biology lesson as they learn about plants and how to look after them, the insects that depend on them and the wildlife visitors that pop into your garden from time to time.
The RHS is calling on people to go out and look after their physical health and wellbeing by tending their plants.
The annual event encourages people to share their passion for plants on social media and we hope our summerhouse owners will join in and share why they love their gardens and the positives that they bring.
Major landscaping and planting are out of the question, during the current lockdown, but there are still plenty of jobs to be done. Weeding and deadheading is a much-needed task in the Spring and provides quick results. You also need to protect fruit blossom from late frost and tie in climbing roses.
As your daffodils fade, you can also think about lifting and dividing clumps of spring-flowering bulbs ready for next year. It is also time to feed plants and look after your lawn. Hedges can be clipped, making sure you check for nesting birds beforehand.
Furthermore, you can take time to improve your skills by learning more about gardening online and share your knowledge during National Gardening Week. Tending, nurturing and planning can be three steps to a garden that provides year-round joy.
To find out more about National Gardening Week, visit the RHS website.
Using your imagination means that you can turn your garden building into a great extension for your home as it provides extra recreational space.
We have seen a rise in the popularity of our buildings as we are one of the few manufacturers who can create bespoke garden buildings customised to your personal design.
While the benefits of relaxing in a traditional summerhouse, enjoying nature, and finding some ‘me’ time cannot be underestimated, some people see their garden building as an extension of their home as it can provide an extra room.
Our design team is happy to work with you especially if you dream of a very special garden retreat or providing extra space in which to pursue a hobby or leisure activity.
Gym rooms are proving especially popular, for example. Extending your home to provide a purpose-built gym room has many hurdles to overcome, including planning permission. However, a garden building, built in the right place at the correct height, can provide a quick and straight-forward solution.
Distinctive pool houses are a popular addition to a swimming pool complex in your garden, providing space in which to change and relax after a swim.
Many people also use our summerhouses as hobby rooms for arts and crafts, as natural light streams in through the windows making painting, sewing and handicrafts a real delight.
Alternatively, our garden buildings tick the box as a straightforward way of creating office space, providing peace and quiet away from the main house and its distractions. And, with the added advantage that at the end of the working day, you can close the door, head back into your home and leave your work on the doorstep ready for a relaxing evening.
Design features such as Interesting roof shapes, verandahs and pretty windows can all help to make the building not only practical, but aesthetically pleasing and a beneficial addition to your garden.
If you are looking for a bespoke garden building, to suit your property, visit our website.
February is truly the month of love and romance – not only because of Valentine’s Day but because 2020 is a Leap Year as well!
By adding a few simple touches to your summerhouse, you can turn it into a romantic retreat – perfect for Valentine’s or, ladies, for that very special proposal!
Lighting is important when it comes to creating a romantic atmosphere, and lanterns are a perfect way of adding a warm, welcoming glow to light up your summerhouse as you lead your loved one down from the house to your perfect retreat.
Fairy lights can add extra sparkle, while heart-shaped ornaments and cushions are a fashionable way of adding a stylish touch, especially if you want to serve dinner in your summerhouse. You can also provide red throws to make sure your loved one stays warm and cosy.
However, as a finishing touch – why not let flowers speak the language of love for you? Having orchids inside your summerhouse not only adds colour, but the Victorians believed that this flower was a symbol of beauty and luxury and it was thought that the rarer the orchid, the deeper your love and affection.
Equally, the traditional red rose is a beautiful addition to a dinner table and is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of romantic love, while exotic red camellias add an extra dimension by saying- you’re a flame in my heart.
Equally, the primrose symbolises eternal love and could be displayed both inside and by your summerhouse doors, creating a perfect welcome.
However, if you just want to get straight to the point, find a bunch of red chrysanthemums as they simply mean “I love you”.
So, if you are lost for words, let some flowers do the talking as your love blossoms!
Last year revealed a growing trend among our summerhouse customers to have a beautiful garden building that can be used all year round.
Many of our customers requested that the walls and roof areas were lined, with insulation, and that the windows were double-glazed when they placed an order.
Creating more useable outside space has been on-trend for the past few years, and a summerhouse is the perfect way to provide year-round entertainment and put an otherwise unused corner of the garden to good use.
All of our summerhouses, except the Balmoral, can be internally lined, to eaves height. We use 9mm thick exterior grade, moisture resistant, MDF tongue and groove effect lining, in an off white painted finish, which is fitted to the walls. All panels are pinned, and skirting is fitted to the bottom of each panel. This lining adds the perfect finishing touch to any building. If desired, insulation can also be supplied to help lock in warmth.
We also offer double glazing and insulation for all summerhouse models, excluding the Balmoral. The double glazing is supplied with clear, low E energy saving glass. The shutters on the Balmoral are fitted with 3mm thick removable clear acrylic sheeting for ease of cleaning and painting.
Colour is also a great way to make your summerhouse stand out. Last year, the three most popular colours chosen by customers were Duck Egg, with Birch second and Wood Ash a close third.
Grey overtones are certainly still in vogue, not only for the outside finish, but for the upholstery as the Silver Birch design lead the way. This calming design helps to create a soothing place in which to enjoy your garden.
The second most popular choice of upholstery was Linen Check which gives a smart symmetrical appearance while Woodland was in third place with soft hues creating a quiet space in which to relax.
For the second year running, the most popular summerhouse model was the 2.4m Burghley – a spacious octagonal summerhouse that features doors and windows that can be hooked open during a warm day or closed to provide the ideal garden hideaway when the temperature drops.
The 3m Burghley took second place and it is also becoming increasingly popular for outdoor entertaining as it provides a great space in which to sit down and enjoy a barbecue or dinner party with family and friends.
The third most popular garden building was the 3.4m Sun Ray Garden Room. As well as being a great place to entertain, this classic design has proved incredibly popular as an office, home gym or hobby room whether for painting, yoga or reading.
A summerhouse can fulfil many different roles, but if your garden is lacking some oomph in the style stakes then it can be the perfect addition.
Winter can be a dull and depressing time, as the weather continues to batter us and the temperature plummets ever colder, so what better time to let your summerhouse help you embrace the idea of hygge?
This Danish lifestyle concept encompasses feelings of cosy contentment, well-being and peace. It encourages an appreciation of the simple things in life and enjoying your winter garden certainly ticks the box for relaxation.
Hygge embraces everything that feels soft and cosy, so blankets, throws, pillows and rugs are important to create a warm space that is perfect for some ‘me-time’ or when you are enjoying the company of family and friends.
With that in mind, we are launching a competition on Facebook on Monday, December 9, to win a Nordic-style fleece throw, a Christmas-design cushion cover and a festive mug with hot chocolate – perfect prizes for you to create your own cosy cocoon in which to listen to music or enjoy a good book.
Lighting is important too, whether you use lamps or fairy lights to create a twinkling wonderland, while hurricane lanterns placed outside your summerhouse will create a lovely welcoming glow.
Hygge can have some wonderful benefits, such as easing depression and anxiety, encouraging a greater sense of mindfulness and boosting feelings of self-worth and optimism.
Try to enjoy some hygge in your garden – after all, researchers continually find the Danes to be some of the happiest people in the world!
As the winter weather truly begins to bite, it’s time to make sure that your garden, and especially your summerhouse, are prepared for the rain, frost or snow that may be heading your way.
If you decide to freshen up the summerhouse fabrics, please note that the upholstery is dry clean only.
Whether you’re spending time with family or friends this Halloween, throwing a party is an ideal way to bring everyone together to make the most of the occasion.
Here’s what you could do:
- Create signs from your home to the summerhouse with scary phrases like ‘Follow the signs if you dare’, ‘Don’t look behind you’ or ‘This way to the creepy cabin’.
- Play some Halloween music and your party is ready to become a real thriller.
- Fill pumpkins with candles, real or battery-powered, or fairy lights and place them around the summerhouse to create the perfect setting
- Use the summerhouse for pumpkin carving and see who comes up with the best design.
- Pull apart cotton wool and hang it from the ceiling to imitate spider’s webs.
- Use orange and black balloons to decorate your summerhouse inside and out to add to the party atmosphere.
- Play great games in the garden, such as apple bobbing – just fill a barrel with water and apples which players must retrieve using only their teeth. You could also play a ghoulish spoon race – paint ping pong balls to resemble eyeballs and play the game in the same way but as an eye and spoon race instead!
- You can also turn your summerhouse into a face painting parlour to turn your guests into Halloween horrors – muah-haha!
Erecting a summerhouse in your garden not only gives you a delightful place in which to enjoy your garden, it can also be a bit of a style statement.
Our summerhouse designs can suit all needs, providing bench seating or an open space which you can furnish in your own style. You can also select a colour that reflects your garden planting theme.
However, another aspect that adds greatly to the look and feel of your summerhouse is the roof. Many of our summerhouse models are supplied, as standard, with an exceptional moulded, composite glass fibre roof, which provides a maintenance free life of 20 to 30 years.
These roofs provide ultimate protection against UV rays and realistically simulate slate tiles or lead, particularly stylish if your home is a more modern design or in the city.
Alternatively, all of our summerhouses can be finished, at an additional cost, with a treated cedar shingle roof, which produces a more natural effect to blend in with any garden.
The cedar shingle roof is also supplied complete with a striking genuine copper finial on some models. It makes for a stylish summerhouse that also perfectly suits a country garden or period setting.
A timber roof structure is hand made by us from stress graded timber with a breathable underlay to ensure a watertight finish. We fit the highest quality, number one grade, Western Red cedar shingles, to give a 20 to 30-year life expectancy with minimal maintenance.
A selection of the Scotts summerhouses can be supplied with a modified roof to keep the height of your building under 2.5m. This is sometimes necessary to comply with planning regulations. This modified summerhouse roof may not be as aesthetically pleasing, yet it offers an alternative where planning regulations dictate a lower height building.
You can also decide on the finish inside the roof as a plain cream fabric roof lining is supplied, as standard, for all of the roof options for our summerhouses range. Alternatively, the cedar shingle roofs can be underlined in MDF and painted in off white.
Our summerhouse roof and building designs can work with your garden setting, evoking the character and feel of your home and personality.
Take a look at our photo gallery to see which summerhouse roofs you prefer.
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