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By Cara Mackay on 19 Aug 2016

Cabins Vs Summerhouses: What’s the difference?

So you’re ready to purchase a timber building for your garden. But what kind are you going to go with? Will it be a Cabin… or a Summerhouse?

Well, that depends entirely on what it’s end use will be.

Are you looking to use it as a Garden Office space, or just for entertaining your family and friends throughout the summer months?

Here’s a wee video to help you decide…

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Why would you buy one instead of the other?

The summerhouses are single skinned buildings, which means you only have one layer of wall. Whereas your cabins have several layers of wall, including insulation and lining on the inside to make them more efficient for year round use.

If you’re using a cabin for working from home, where you have to be in that cabin Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year, then that’s what you need – an all year round efficient building that’s going to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Summerhouses are seasonal, and you would be using them during the summer time as opposed to in the wintertime.

There are customers that do use them in the wintertime, but it is realistically for summertime use. You would maybe entertain your friends, have a barbecue, or doing the sort of things where you’re enjoying your garden when it’s lovely and sunny.

So that’s the two differences.

One is single skinned and seasonal. The other is a fully lined and insulated, all singing, all dancing, highly efficient throughout the whole year. And the price reflects that.

Summerhouses start from about £3,000 and go up to about £5,000-£6,000. The cabins start from £13,000 and can go all the way up to about £90,000.

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