Oak Garden Buildings for Summer

After what seems like an age of cold, damp, wet and windy weather, it appears that summer has well and truly finally arrived in the UK. Of course this means that many of us are taking the opportunity to make the most of our gardens, and it's often at this time of year that we begin to think seriously about improving and enhancing our own outdoor space.

As well as new planting schemes, man-made structures and forms are a great way to introduce something new and exciting into your garden. A well-crafted oak pergola or oak framed gazebo, for instance, will add a focal point that's both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Oak pergolas provide a strong a durable frame for climbers such as roses, clematis, honeysuckle, or with the addition of support wires can even be used to train espalier or fan peach, pear and apple trees.

At Hamlet Buildings, we having been creating bespoke oak garden buildings , traditional fencing and garden structures for many years, all hand-crafted in our Kent workshops. We can also produce customisable 'standard' garden buildings, such as our hexagonal or octagonal oak framed gazebo that can include optional extras such as a reclaimed tile roof, oak lattice infill panels, softwood decking as well as a choice of concave or for square gardening buildings, a hipped roof.

We can erect your garden building on site for a small extra charge - just give us a call to arrange a quote or to kick start your bespoke design process.

The great news is that in the vast majority of cases, to erect a pergola, gazebo or other garden structure, you won't need to obtain planning permission from your local authority (although, we always advise that you check as some LAs have their own specific set of rules and regulations regarding this). Typically, you won't need planning permissions as long as your garden building:

  • is a single story
  • doesn't exceed a maximum eave height of 2.5 metres
  • doesn't have a total height of more than 4 metres or a pitched roof of 3 metres, or exceeds a total height of 2.5 metres if within 2 metres of a boundary line
  • doesn't include a veranda, raised platform or balcony
  • isn't built in a garden where 50% of the existing land around the 'original house' is already covered by garden buildings.

If you're lucky enough to live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park, or World Heritage site then you will be subject to alternative rules & regulations - please check with your local authority.

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