Garden Buildings

  1. A summerhouse is an iconic British addition to any garden. Just think of all the literary masterpieces that have been created by our greatest writers in their summerhouses for a start. A summerhouse is so much more than a dusty shed full of tools, it can be a place for peace, quiet and comfort. Imagine sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea, a good book, and the sun streaming onto your face. Pure bliss. Whether you want to create the next great piece of literature or just escape the chaos of the house, a summerhouse has some fantastic benefits. Weather-proof We all know there’s no predicting the good old British weather! A summerhouse lets you enjoy your beautiful garden whatever the weather. Protected from the rain and sheltered from the wind, summerhouses provide a cosy mix of indoors and outdoors, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It can also be a great place to grow some of your more delicate plants and flowers, creating a warm indoor part of your garden where exotic plants can flourish. Extra living space A summerhouse can be whatever you want it to be but it’s basically an extension of your living space. If you want to use it all year round, you can even opt for a fully insulated summerhouse, complete with electricity and lighting. So whether you want your summerhouse to be your little garden office, your reading room or even a playhouse for the children, let your imagination run wild and create your perfect space. Some people go all out and turn their summerhouse into accommodation for their guests, which is a great way to give your visitors their own space. Versatile Summerhouses come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. You can work around your garden and once in place, you can decorate and furnish your summerhouse to reflect your personal tastes. Go quintessentially English with floral cushions and wicker chairs, or transform your summerhouse into a peaceful meditation room, with colourful throws, artwork and yoga mats. Train some rambling roses, or other climbing plant

  2. Are you considering replacing your garden gazebo with a brand new one? Well-made gazebos can last for years or even decades. Sadly, however, they do suffer from wear and tear just like any other type of exposed structure. So they do occasionally need to be replaced. But how can you tell if it’s time to retire your old gazebo and invest in a new one? It’s not always an easy decision to make. But there are a number of indicators that can tell you if it’s time to replace your gazebo. 1. Your gazebo requires constant repairs If you need to carry out maintenance and repairs on your gazebo very frequently just to stop it from falling down, it’s probably because the structure is showing its age. If you constantly have to repair your gazebo, the best solution is to simply replace it with a new one. Why should you tolerate constant problems that require repairs when you could simply invest in a newer, sturdier structure? 2. The roof leaks Gazebos are designed to provide shade when

  3. A garden gazebo is a great place to relax and spend time during the warm spring and summer months. Here at Live Outside, we pride ourselves on the unimpeachable quality of our beautifully-crafted wooden gazebos, so we know you’ll find one that appeals to you in our product pages. However, once you own your own gazebo, you may wish to improve it in order to make it an even more enjoyable place to relax. You can do this by personalising it and adding accessories; here, we’ve assembled a selection of top tips on how to improve your gazebo. 1. Add garden furniture You can make your wooden gazebo much more comfortable by adding garden furniture to it. Why not install a table for your drinks or a deckchair so that you can recline in style? Garden furniture is truly invaluable for gazebo owners. What’s more, choosing a style of garden furniture that really appeals to you can help give your wooden gazebo a much-needed personal touch. 2. Paint your gazebo One of the simplest ways to personalise your gazebo is to paint it your favourite colour. You may like to experiment with different hues until you find one that you really like. Your gazebo should feel like a great place to spend time from the moment you purchase it. However, you will feel even more at home there once you have painted it to reflect your aesthetic sensibilities. 3. Decorate the structure with trinkets Have you considered adding wind-chimes, small statues or other items to your gazebo? Such trinkets can give your gazebo a homely, welcoming vibe. They can transform it from a functional garden structure into a personal space. You may wish to think about the sort of trinkets that you decorate your home with and look for versions that can be placed in your gazebo. However you choose to personalise and accessorise your gazebo, we at Live Outside would like to wish you the best of luck. After all, our top-quality range of gazebos are designed to provide you with a space you can feel at home in.

  4. We often mention our fantastic range of gazebos on this blog, but did you know that we also sell summer houses? Summer houses are very similar to gazebos, but they do have a couple of important and notable differences. Unlike gazebos, they are completely enclosed and feature glass windows. Gazebos are designed to protect you from the elements, but they are open enough to allow breezes and fresh air to circulate through them. In contrast, summer houses are a more like small, self-contained rooms: they can defend you completely from the elements while offering panoramic views of your garden. But which is right for you: a gazebo or a summer house? Each structure has its own particular advantages. The main advantage of gazebos is that they allow you to feel that you are outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Though they protect you from harsh winds and precipitation, they don’t create a barrier between you and your garden. If you love to be outside and feel the cool breeze caressing yo

  5. A carport is one of the most useful garden structures you can buy: they can help protect your car from potential thieves while adding value to your property. They can also protect it from the elements. However, you may wonder if protection from the weather is really necessary all year round. If not, are carports really worth investing in? We believe that a carport is a worthy investment: the protection from the weather that a carport can offer is invaluable throughout all the seasons of the year. Winter Protecting your car from the brutal weather conditions of winter is one of the most obvious uses for a carport. Torrential rain, sleet and heavy snow are all inevitable parts of winter in Britain. A carport can shelter your vehicle and prevent it from being dirtied or damaged by harsh winter weather. If you want to keep your vehicle clean and safe throughout winter and you don’t have a garage, a carport is definitely your best option. Spring April showers may feel refreshing, but they can still make your car dirty. This is because rain-drops carry particles of grime and pollution. You may be surprised by how useful a carport is for keeping your car pristine during the seemingly-innocuous spring season. Summer The intense heat of the summer months can be great for sun-bathing, but it can also make getting into your car rather unpleasant. If you leave your car out in the summer sun, the interior can often become baking hot. Nobody wants to drive a vehicle that’s almost too hot to sit in! A carport can provide shade and keep your vehicle cool during summer. Autumn The poet John Keats once described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. Unfortunately, it’s also the season of strong winds and falling leaves. If you leave you car exposed during autumn, it is likely to get battered by gusts of wind and covered in dead leaves. However, a carport is a great way to protect your vehicle from these indignities. It’s tempting to think that carports only provide protection from the weather during the harshest months of winter. In reality, however, investing in a carport will help you defend your vehicle from the elements throughout the year.

  6. Adding a carport to your property is a fantastic way of maximising space and improving kerb appeal; modern designs are stylish, practical and hassle-free, and our bespoke wooden collection is environmentally friendly too. Carports also have numerous benefits over garages, allowing air to circulate freely around your vehicle or caravan, for instance, thus minimising damp or mould during the harsh winter months. If you've never considered a carport, here is our lowdown on everything you need to know. What about planning permission? Unlike some garages, such as those attached to the wall of an existing property, you will most likely not need planning permission to erect a carport, meaning installation can happen as quickly as you need. The exception to this is if the carport you require takes up more than 50% of the entire ground floor of your home. Even in this instance, however, permission is not always needed and we can advise you accordingly. Are there

  7. A wooden gazebo is an amazingly practical garden accessory, as it can be used to provide shelter while you relax or socialise in your garden. And a garden gazebo can also add a wonderful aesthetic flourish to your garden. So where should you place your garden gazebo to best take advantage of both its practical and aesthetic benefits?

  8. For the dedicated crafter, you’ve probably wished many times for a space in your house that is just for your hobby, especially if your crafting space tends to be the kitchen or dining room table. Worse still, your crafting area might be the middle of your family room, where sticky small fingers may dig into your fabric or yarn stash for play items, or someone well-meaning may tidy away at a crucial moment in preparation for visitors.

  9. The summerhouse is back in fashion and now you can relive your fond childhood memories with your own family, thanks to a timber summerhouse that you can even use as an office. The summerhouse was a stalwart of the British garden for decades, before the more humble shed came in to take its place. With a new appreciation for outdoor space, though, as well as more people working at home and needing a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the family, they’re coming back into fashion.

  10. The garage has been a commonplace part of the British home for decades and most new houses are still constructed with one. However, research consistently demonstrates that homeowners do not use their garages for their cars – in fact, as little as 25% do - with garages often becoming uncoordinated storage ground for piles of unwanted household junk. Instead, cars are parked on the driveway, where they are more vulnerable to extremes of weather, theft and vandalism, causing insurance premiums to rise as a result.