A Northamptonshire company who specialise in the supply of timber summerhouses have sparked interest of a different nature.

Scotts of Thrapston recently released a range of larger summerhouses; the 3m Newhaven summerhouse, 3.6m Burghley summerhouse and 3.9m Sun Ray Garden Room.

The firm provided a 3.6m Burghley to one customer only to discover that its use was for business not pleasure. Vicki McDavid from Leicestershire has been running her floristry business from a Scotts of Thrapston summerhouse.

The summerhouse belongs to Vicki’s mother and was originally bought for her enjoyment last summer, but Vicki identified an opportunity to use the summerhouse for her business, Paisley Flowers co. which she started up two years ago.

Vicki uses the summerhouse for storing, conditioning and arranging her bouquets on a workbench which she has had fitted.

The owner of Paisley Flowers Co., Vicki said: “My mum bought this summerhouse and it was completely empty so I asked if I could use it for my business instead of filling my living room with flowers every day.

“When she agreed to let me use it I think she thought it would be temporary yet a year later she is still bringing me cups of tea.

“The summerhouse is such an ideal place to arrange my flowers. It is naturally lit, airy and when the weather is nice I open the doors and take my work table outside for inspiration.”

Kathryn Morris, from the Scotts of Thrapston summerhouse sales team, said: “We recently launched a new range of larger summerhouses in response to a demand for extended outdoor living space.

“Vicki’s commercial use of her mother’s garden building is a perfect example of the versatility of larger summerhouses proving that they’re not solely suitable for recreation.”

Scotts of Thrapston is one of the country’s leading suppliers of summerhouses and specialist timber products, including equestrian buildings, roof structures, pavilions, garages, education buildings and bespoke joinery.

To find out more about Paisley Flower co. or to contact Vicki, visit www.paisleyflower.co.uk