Does a summerhouse boost the value of a property?
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The current economic situation is making itself felt in all areas of our lives, and property prices are expected to take a hit over the next twelve months according to the latest data. One way to protect the value of your property is to invest in your home and garden, ensuring that you maximise its appeal to potential buyers, mitigating the impact of any decline in property prices. If you are thinking about adding a summerhouse to your garden, you could add around 5 per cent to its value, which equates to an additional £15,000 on the average-priced UK property (currently just under £300,000). A study reported by Country Living estimated that it would be possible to achieve an additional £12k on your property sale if your garden includes a summerhouse.
In our blog, we explore how a summerhouse could add value to your property increasing the likelihood that it will sell quickly as well as at the right price. We also examine ways to maximise this as far as possible, while enabling you to enjoy your home for as long it remains your own.
How does a summerhouse add value?
We spoke to Johnson Roy, Area Manager for Sharman Quinney, an estate agent with a branch based close to Scotts’ HQ in Thrapston. Johnson said, “A high quality summerhouse will hugely increase the saleability of your property. There has been a culture change over recent years which means that more and more people are looking for a base from which they can comfortably work at home. Where multiple comparable houses are for sale in the same location, a property with a well-built summerhouse will be head and shoulders above its neighbours in terms of appeal.
“Summerhouses are usually regarded as ‘permitted development’, providing they meet some rules around size and position, so it is always worth checking the details before any work commences.”
According to academic studies, there are many types of value. In addition to the financial and functional benefits that a summerhouse can bring, it can also deliver intrinsic lifechanging and emotional qualities. Creating a ‘Wow’ factor can help potential buyers to choose your property over others, especially as a summerhouse makes such an impactful visual statement.
If you are considering installing a summerhouse, remember that space equals opportunity and its use is only limited by your imagination. Summerhouses and garden buildings enable you (and your potential buyers) to:
- Create a secluded garden hideaway or retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life
- Provide a dedicated space for hobbies, arts and crafts, or practising a musical instrument without disturbing anyone, or securing some peace and quiet for maximum mindfulness
- Design a streamlined home office with all your equipment in easy reach so you can remain productive in comfort
- Set up a space for regular exercise that is so much closer than travelling to the gym
- Host your neighbours, friends, and family in an attractive and inviting outdoor setting that everyone can enjoy all year round.
By adding a summerhouse to your home, you will enable potential buyers to imagine themselves living there too as they start to envisage the possibilities for their own lifestyle. The entire process of adding a summerhouse to your property is much less potentially disruptive than building an extension or converting the loft and they can be installed relatively quickly once you have decided on the specification that meets your needs. Structures like these and their contents are usually protected by your home insurance (though it is always wise to check with your insurer).
How can you maximise the value added by your summerhouse?
Plan your summerhouse with care and precision to take account of its position, the view from its windows, how it will appear from your house, and the ideal size and shape to complement your plans to use it as a space to relax, entertain, work out or indulge in your favourite hobby.
- Position: the view from your summerhouse will change according to the season so you need to decide on the ideal perspective to take account of the best that your garden has to offer. Several of our Scotts’ summerhouse models can be augmented with a rotating base which enables you to swing them around to change the view, follow the sun, or escape from the wind.
- Longevity: selecting the highest quality summerhouse made from a durable hardwood will give you the peace of mind that your investment will deliver maximum return. Scotts summerhouses are made from sustainably sourced wood and so have a long lifespan with minimal maintenance. They are constructed with craftsmanship to withstand the elements and robustly protected with a luxurious spray paint finish enhancing the lasting properties of your summerhouse.
- Size: choose a summerhouse that complements the dimensions of your outdoor space and the size of your home. Scotts offers petite and bjiou summerhouses of 2m in width, in an octagonal shape for a central position, or on a base plan that fits neatly into an under-used corner. Alternatively, for a larger plot, you might choose to make an impact with a sunroom that is 4.4m wide.
- Style: All of the summerhouses in the Scotts range complement a quintessentially English garden setting, working well with period properties of all ages. For a more contemporary style, your choice of colours and furnishings can help to tie your garden and home together. Or you could choose an entirely bespoke design in any shape or design to complement its use and style.
Prepare with care
To make sure that you comply with the planning regulations for permitted development, your summerhouse should be located at least 2m from your property’s boundary edge, and at least 5m from your house. Its height should not exceed 4m and it must not encroach on or overhang roads or footpaths. The maximise size for a summerhouse under these rules is 15 square metres.
All summerhouses need to be constructed on a solid base made from concrete or paving slabs, so check out the terrain carefully. Scotts has designed an innovative ground screw base that can be installed in a level or sloping area for maximum flexibility. Make sure that you can reach your garden building with ease via a path, patio, or decked area so that it remains in reach in all weather conditions. You may prefer a short walk to that hot tub, especially in winter!
Invest in the best
The cost of a summerhouse will vary depending on the size and type you choose, and also on the optional extras that you add. While the existence of a high-quality, well-maintained summerhouse of any type will undoubtedly add value to your home, the addition of luxury features will further increase its appeal and inspire potential buyers.
Features could include:
- Integral upholstered modular seating in stylish fabrics that complement the exterior paint colour
- Classic tongue and groove effect wall lining
- A cedar shingle roof topped with a stunning copper finial
- Double-glazing, diamond leaded windows, or brass or satin chrome ironmongery
- A functional and decorative shelf feature.
- Heat-retaining insulation
A higher specification summerhouse that has been custom-built to suit your property is sure to appeal to buyers when it is time to move on.
We hope that we demonstrated that, no matter what type of property you own, or however long the timescale for your potential move, adding a summerhouse is an investment for the future. Allow Scotts to inspire you with ideas that will add value while simultaneously providing you with maximum enjoyment.
Contact us to discuss your ideal specification and we can advise on all aspects of planning your summerhouse project