Garden Shed and Building Ideas and Designs

Our garden sheds and outdoor buildings don’t have to be dumping grounds for tools, bikes, bins and all the extraneous items that haven’t found a home inside the house, instead they can be whole new spaces that you can turn your design eye to, just like any other room of the house. If you’ve lived in a small house or flat with no outside space, you’ll appreciate the added bonus an additional structure can give you. Homeowners across the UK and Ireland are transforming garden sheds, building garden offices and extending their homes to create garden rooms to really make the most of the space we have, because as we know, in some places in the UK and Ireland, space is like gold dust.

Which garden building should I go for?

It always makes sense to work with what you have, so if you have a garden shed already, think about how you could use it if you cleared it out and gave it a lick of paint. If you have nothing to work with apart from space and a budget, then the logical process is to think about what you need the space for. Garden sheds only need to be as big as what you need to store within them, so they could be an easier and cheaper alternative structure to a full garden building if you just need to store garden items, tools and bikes somewhere.

If you have loftier ambitions and dream of a garden building that will be an additional living or working area, a separate garden room could be the answer. Large converted garden sheds or purpose built garden rooms can be used for separate work offices, studios, creative spaces, living areas, pool houses and so much more. With luxuries such as wireless internet and underfloor heating, and endless paint and decor options, the possibilities for your garden building are boundless. For the environmentally-conscious, eco-sheds featuring solar panels are an energy-saving solution that could benefit your household, and garden pods – prefabricated pod buildings for use as an office or extra living space – are easy, ready-to-go garden structures that are usually eco-friendly and energy efficient.

Working from home often calls for a dedicated home office away from the distractions of the rest of the house, so garden offices or studios offer the ideal set-up: completely separate from the main house but close enough for emergencies, food supplies and bathroom breaks. They will also hopefully offer a peaceful and focused environment in the tranquility of your garden.

Buildings in your garden don’t always have to be about practicality. You could let your imagination run wild and escape to the woods with a treehouse, and then your garden would certainly be the envy of all the children in the neighbourhood. Rope walkways, ladders, turrets, slides and firemen's poles are enough to keep any child occupied for hours on end. Even if you don’t have children yourself, an elevated wooden shelter attached to a tree is a good a place as any to enjoy your outdoor space, and isn’t that usually what garden buildings are all about? Besides the extra space they give you; garden rooms, summerhouses and converted garden sheds are wonderful for their location – outside in your garden. When the summer months come around, and we hopefully enjoy some good weather, all you want to do is spend as much time outside and with a garden building it’s possible to do so without compromising on furniture, shelter and all the amenities of indoors.

What design should I choose for my garden shed or garden room?

Sheds come in a full range of materials – metal and plastic garden sheds may prove more durable and weatherproof but classic wooden garden sheds offer the most opportunities for creative expression.

If you’re thinking of a bigger structure, and appreciating your garden or outdoor area is important to you, large glass bifold doors can transform your garden room into a light-filled sunroom that opens right out onto your garden. For eco-lovers and those that want to retain a lush garden look, grass covered walls and roofs will help your garden room to blend in with its surroundings or wooden cladding will also give a natural look if you don’t want to to go all out with the grass. When it comes to your interior design, a habitable, high-spec garden room is really no different from any room in your main house, so the decisions will come down to personal style, taste and needs.

Whatever outdoor structure you’re thinking of building or converting, be it a garden shed, treehouse, garden office or summerhouse, you’ll be able to find inspiration for all of them by browsing the photos on Houzz. Define your search by area, style or size to find what you want more easily.
Rear Garden Design, Harpenden

Richard Brown Photography Ltd

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Jackie King
Glass house, corner of site idea - paddyryan51

Summer House

Replace the current playhouse? - deirdrekingston01

The Chelsea

She'd - laboure

Garden Studio

Ollie Hammick

Elmley Nature Reserve

Stunning Shepherd hut at Elmley Nature Reserve we were commissioned to design and print fabric inspired by the local botanics.Fable & Base designed us these stunning fabrics for these bespoke cushions and curtains. Prints inspired by phragmite reeds & the sea meadow. Photo credit- Neil Brown Beamtwenty3
Big window - missshelly66

Holiday Cottage Promotional Photos

Styled photos to promote a holiday cottage near Aberaeron, West Wales.

Luxury garden room

One of our Lowlander 2 Garden Rooms creating a relaxing retreat in the corner of a beautiful Edinburgh garden. JML Garden Rooms
pod - bill_o_gorman


Available under 2.5m high if required, (for planning permission) the Baltimore octagonal summerhouse is a popular choice for a small garden. This pretty summerhouse is manufactured from pressure treated timber and is supplied, as standard, with three attractive diamond leaded windows to the rear panels. Leaded doors & windows offer a traditional feel and a slate effect roof is a hard wearing, long lasting finish. A wide range of seating & upholstery options are available to create a relaxing haven for all year round use. Choose from a range of paint finishes to make the summerhouse your own.
Roof - alternate to cedar. - ambercat49

Pearl's Place

Unique Home Stays

Warlingham detached home

A rustic corner in the garden, with a bistro set painted in bright colours by Cuprinol Garden Shades. The scatter cushions feature a popular banana leaf pattern. Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis
Garden seats - carmeltr

Battersea, home office

wood cladding side of container - ginnyb42

Frogheath Landscapes - Supreme Winner

we initiate the conservatory as a potting house by building the garden around it - annettemcsharry01

Richmond Park Road

Cedar clad home office at the bottom of the garden.

Hillersdon Avenue

Hillersdon Avenue is a magnificent article 2 protected house built in 1899. Our brief was to extend and remodel the house to better suit a modern family and their needs, without destroying the architectural heritage of the property. From the outset our approach was to extend the space within the existing volume rather than extend the property outside its intended boundaries. It was our central aim to make our interventions appear as if they had always been part of the house.
Cool shed - webuser_221277488

Ripplevale Grove - Whole House refurb

Photography by Mat Clayton
wood on the extension - ruthmwalsh

Coolstays properties

Ben G Waller Photography

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