Whether you have a new summer house, a converted shed or garage, or a swish, architect-designed pod, it can be used as an office, craft studio or simply a relaxing retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of the main house.
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How to transform a shed:
- Varnish the interior and exterior with a good-quality brand such as Ronseal or Sadolin (try Homebase). Wash the wood and sand down any rough spots before applying.
- Put up shelves and add baskets for storage, along with comfy rattan furniture. Decorate with pictures on the walls and hang bunting along the roofline for a beach-hut feel.
- If you don’t have electricity, use storm lanterns, hurricane lamps and candles to create a romantic glow after dark.
With garden rooms becoming more popular, look out for eco pods and contemporary constructions that can be planned and built to suit your own specifi cations for the perfect home-from-home.
Update the exterior of your outdoor room with the latest paint colour that you can change every year if you wish.
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Shades of grandeur
Set up a cotton canopy or Indian tent for the summer months – it will shelter furniture and soft furnishings and can be packed away easily during bad weather.
Convert a garage
Rather than adding a new structure, why not repurpose an existing one? Kit it out with fl oaty curtains, soft furnishings and an outdoor rug.
Escape the commute
Find the right balance between work and home life by using a summer house as your office.