A beautiful summerhouse provides an exciting addition to any garden, but before you invest, take some time to consider exactly where to position it to gain maximum benefits. Additionally, it makes sense to check if you need planning permission. After all, you don't want to go to this trouble only to find that you have to move it. Once you've checked this, you're good to get thinking. Getting the most out of the day Sunny British summer days can be few and far between, so you'll want to make the most of every bit of daylight. Which part of your garden offers the best views? Do you prefer the morning sun or the evening light? Will you require some shade during the day? Now imagine yourself sitting in that space, warm in the sun, protected from the wind and enjoying the garden. How does that make you feel? If you feel great, then that's where you should place your summerhouse. Access Now that you've decided on the position of your summerhouse, it's important to consider the location of windows and doors, both for access and the view. Some questions to ask yourself: does the position of your summerhouse impact on your neighbours? Will it be positioned too close to fencing, or other garden structures, such as a garden arbour or a garden arch? You should ideally leave at least 1 metre around the summerhouse to allow yourself space to tend to plants and shrubs, or to paint fencing. Design of the garden How will your summerhouse fit into your garden design? A well integrated summerhouse makes a stunning and enviable feature in any garden, so consider how to make the most of it. How will it complement existing structures and features, such as borders or ponds? Also, consider the size of your summerhouse. Will it be sitting adjacent to an existing building? If so, pay particular attention to the height. You should also consider the walk up to the summerhouse. Additional steps, archways or paths leading up to it will make the walk to it even more enjoyable and increase the amount of time you want to spend in it.