An Infographic Guide to Garden Buildings

A garden building is a structure built in a garden or outside space usually separate to a main house. It can be used as an office, studio, social space or for additional storage. Garden buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In most cases, there is no need for planning permission.

Garden Pod

A garden pod can be any shape however it is most often recognised as being spherical or curved in design. The garden pod can be made of a variety of materials including wood and stainless steel with either acrylic or polycarbonate windows. Most garden pods have lighting with some offering heating and a range of seating options. Our garden pods do not require planning permission.

Benefits of a Garden Pod

  • A quality-built garden pod can add value to your home.
  • A garden pod gives you additional space for entertaining, relaxing or working all year round.
  • Our garden pods come with installation included.

Garden Dome or Igloo

A garden dome or igloo is, as per the name suggests, dome like in appearance. The materials used are weather resistant and range from aluminium, PVC or polycarbonate frames with either a PVC cover or polycarbonate windows. Many garden igloos are described as “pop-up” meaning that assembly is quick and easy with no foundation work necessary.

Benefits of a Garden Igloo

  • DIY assembly with ability to dismantle and store when not in use.
  • Cheaper alternative to a permanent garden pod.
  • Easy to transport.

Summer House

A summer house is typically a wooden outdoor building that features a timber frame and glazed windows. Many summerhouses feature overlapping tiled or felt roofs to encourage rainwater runoff. Summer houses can be treated with a protector to ensure longevity.

Benefits of a Summerhouse

  • Can be used for entertaining, relaxing or working all year round.
  • Summerhouses can be painted for a customised look.
  • Waterproof structure.

Modern Log Cabin

A modern log cabin is a wooden garden structure that typically features tongue and groove connecting panels. The wooden panels of a log cabin are usually thicker than other wooden garden buildings. A log cabin features glazed windows and a secure door with locking system.

Benefits of a Modern Log Cabin

  • Can be used as an office, gym or garden room
  • A log cabin features a thick wooden structure
  • Doors come with a locking system for security

Garden Office

A garden office is a structure that offers all the amenities needed for office use. A garden office is insulated and features glazed windows and doors to ensure heat is retained whilst working. A garden office is waterproof and constructed of high-quality materials.

Benefits of a Garden Office

  • Designed to mimic an office
  • Features insulation to retain heat
  • Can route electrical wiring for sockets and lighting


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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