Top Tips: 5 Great Garden Building Ideas

Thanks to this Guest Post I am dreaming of log cabins, summerhouses and escaping to a hideaway in the garden. A girl can dream eh?


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While it would be fantastic to be able to enjoy our gardens all year round, the truth is that for most of us, for several months of the year, all we can do is look out through the window at the cold and rain. This is why wooden garden buildings are such a great idea. You can be in your garden whenever you like, sheltered from the elements, complete with electricity. Here are five of the best uses for a garden building:



Exercise equipment can be bulky, and takes up a lot of space in your home. An outdoor workout cabin could be exactly what you need; free of distractions and with your own garden to admire. You don’t necessarily need a large space to work out in either.


Summer House

As already mentioned, there’s nothing better than enjoying the summer sun in your garden, though it is nice to have some shade. Choose a wooden hut with plenty of windows, and you’ll have a beautiful place to sit and relax.


Potting Shed

If you’re a keen gardener, then you’ll want to have somewhere to pot your plants, and store your equipment. Sheds are OK for storage, but they are too dark to work in effectively, and are generally unsuitable to fit with electricity. A cabin is great, especially in winter.



If you’ve got the room, then having a swimming pool, hot tub or sauna in your garden is the ultimate luxury. It’s too cold to swim outdoors for most of the year, but in a garden building, you’re sheltered and warm. Tunstall Garden Buildings can make bespoke installations if you’re looking for something like this.


Garden Office

If you need a home office, then a wooden cabin is one of the very best solutions you’ve got. There’s nothing like being able to work in peace, with the view over your own garden. You can have electricity, a phone line and the internet all fitted so that everything you need is there.

There are lots of different things that you can do with a garden building, and you don’t even need a huge amount of space to have one. You can get very small ones, just big enough for a single person to be able to enjoy.

What would you do with a log cabin in your own back garden?


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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. Amanda
    July 4, 2013 / 10:19 am

    Oh I would so love any of these, I’m sure I would use the exercise machine if it was in a garden room, instead of our dingy garage! Really lovely post for summer.

    • Jen
      July 5, 2013 / 1:30 pm

      Thanks Amanda. I’m not sure I’d use the exercise machine even it was in a gorgeous summerhouse! 😉

  2. Steff
    July 4, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    wow! what an amazing story! I love these ideas! and my will look fantastic with a garden office!! thank you very much!!

  3. vinay
    July 24, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    love any of these, I’m sure I would use the exercise machine if it was in a garden room, instead of our dingy garage! Really lovely post for summer.

  4. Helen
    September 2, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Such a lovely garden building it feels wrong to call it a shed I would love this in my garden.

  5. Richard Thompson
    September 19, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    I think having an outdoor exercise cabin is a great idea. Depending on the size of your home, exercise equipment can end up taking up way too much space. If you have the right windows you can also enjoy the outdoors while being in your own climate controlled environment for working out. This idea also avoids the problem of having a smelly room immediately after working out. If it’s separate from the rest of your house, then nobody ever has to notice!

  6. American Self Storage
    December 13, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    I love the summer house idea. What more can you ask for than a bright sunny day with light filling the windows that help grow your plants?

  7. Joe
    December 14, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the post – I love the idea of a garden office!

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