To maximise the benefits from your summerhouse or garden building, it is worth spending a short time contemplating the best place to position your garden retreat. This can also help you determine which design is going to suit your needs best. Thinking about your options at the planning stage can reap huge rewards when you are comfortably relaxing in your summerhouse after it is installed.

Firstly, consider its position from various angles of the garden and the home. It should be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct light or views. Also, take some time to consider its position from where you have chosen to have it erected – does it benefit from the warm afternoon sun or would you prefer to have it capture the early morning sunrise?

Space and time
For some gardens there will be only one obvious position available for your summerhouse and, if this is the case, the options will be based on the space available in relation to the rest of the garden. For example, if you have a corner of the garden set aside for your garden building, then a summerhouse designed specifically for a corner setting, which makes the most use of the space available, is the best option.

A corner summerhouse provides a panoramic view of the garden and can naturally blend into an area of the garden that is otherwise underused or forgotten.

For larger gardens where you have a number of spaces to choose from, you will need to determine how and when you are likely to use your summerhouse. Whether you want to make the most of the sun or provide shelter from it can determine the aspect of your summerhouse. The warming sun can extend the use of your summerhouse providing a snug environment as the temperatures fall at dusk but you may prefer to use your summerhouse to provide shade and shelter. For example, if you plan to use your summerhouse to work or practice a hobby, the glare of the sun through the windows is best avoided.

Another consideration is whether you want to make the most of the views of the garden or face your home. Opting for a rotating base, available on selected octagonal summerhouses, can offer the best of both worlds as you can easily rotate the entire structure. This is particularly useful in the height of summer when you can follow the sun or face away from it at any time.

Existing structures
Think about how your summerhouse could complement existing structures in the garden as well as features such as borders, ponds, pathways or ornaments. You will need to consider the size of your summerhouse if it is going to sit adjacent to an existing building, paying particular attention to the height.

A pathway or archway leading to your summerhouse can create an inviting and impactful focal point within the garden and a pathway would also ensure you have easy access to your summerhouse, potentially increasing the amount of time you spend there.

Bespoke benefits
If an existing summerhouse design doesn’t fit with your plans or the space available in your garden, why not consider a bespoke option? The experts at Scotts of Thrapston have worked with customers for many decades and can advise on modifications to existing designs or suggest an individual design for your setting.