This year we can expect a surprising comeback: summerhouses. And if you think that these are only used for storing garden tools, bbq’s or outdoor furniture, then think again. The trend is going towards significantly more luxurious versions – with new forms of use.
The revival of the summerhouse
Summerhouses were initially built at the beginning of the 19th century by well-to-do burghers, and served as recreational retreats or were used for representational purposes. Now, one hundred years later, they have returned. This current living trend is especially popular with homeowners. With the wide range of wooden, metal and modular homes available, there is something for every whim.
Summerhouses can impress with minimalism or with luxurious furnishings, with charming details or with functionality – the possibilities are endless. Furthermore, they offer a decisive advantage: they allow you to also use the garden in winter, for example for planning gardening activities for the next spring. Thus, there are manifold options for designing and using this newly rediscovered space.
A place of retreat
Many people value the summerhouse as a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of family life. A summerhouse makes it possible to enjoy the tranquility of the garden from a hammock or lounger, undisturbed. An external room is also often a great place to pursue hobbies. If appointed with a TV or fridge, the summerhouse becomes an extension of the living room, in which it is possible for a family member to live out his passion for football, among other things.
Those wishing to read in peace and quiet, can simply turn the summerhouse into a small library. But of course, it can also be turned into an office. In this way, a physical distance separates the home office from the family and entertainment areas, which makes it easier to switch off after a hard day’s work. Anyone having overnight guests on a regular basis will also surely appreciate the summerhouse as an original guest room. Here, guests can enjoy the quiet of the garden while still being in the immediate proximity of their hosts.
A representative space
A summerhouse can also be used to fulfill its original purpose. Homeowners drawing on traditional architectural concepts for their homes can integrate their more creative individual ideas in the design of their summerhouse. Of course, both buildings should fit well together as an ensemble. But a Bali-style pavilion captures the wanderlust of its owners without disturbing the integrity of the more traditional homestead. Collectors and hobby enthusiasts will find the summerhouse an ideal space for exhibiting the fruits of their labour, be it arts and crafts or wine. And they can spend time here with like-minded people.
A space for the lady of the house
The US is already experiencing the next trend: While tool sheds and hobby rooms were always considered “man caves”, summerhouses are increasingly being used as “lady shacks”. Men and children are not admitted, and the lady of the house can pursue her hobby, or just spend time on her own. Often, these summerhouses are lovingly decorated, and you will be hard pushed to find rusty tools or lawnmowers lying around.
A place for you
Are you interested in realising your own summerhouse ideas? Engel & Völkers will help you find the property or land you are looking for – and support you every step of the way. Visit our website for an extensive portfolio or properties that will make your dreams of a summerhouse come true.