ISSUE 30  |  The Summer Kitchen

Outbuilding of the Week: A Tiny Summerhouse in South London

August 01, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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In the South London backyard of a grand brick house sits a shingled one-room cottage. It feels like a secret clubhouse, peeping out from behind the flower beds.

The summerhouse, not far from Wandsworth Common, was spotted by Julie via Light Locations a few summers back. It’s still one of our all-time favorite outbuildings:

Photography via Light Locations.

Above: Sets of double doors on two walls swing open to help obliterate the boundary between outdoors and in.

Above: Beds of perennials and a potted olive tree bring the garden onto the deck.

Above: Unfitted cabinetry, whitewashed walls, and a glossy painted floor make the kitchen feel as if it’s on vacation, too.

Above: Twin skylights keep the inside bright even when it’s cloudy outside.

Above: With all the doors thrown wide open, the summerhouse’s interior becomes a natural extension of the garden.

Above: Meals are taken on the deck, which means less furniture is needed indoors.

Above: Picnic benches and a slingback chair strike stylishly casual notes.

Above: Tiered flower beds cleverly keep the garden at eye level when you’re up on the deck.

Above: At the other end of the lawn is a stately brick house with a Victorian conservatory.

For more interior views, see House Call: Summerhouse in South London on Remodelista. For another London surprise, see A Backyard Writer’s Shed by Weston Surman & Deane.

Don’t forget to vote for the finalists in the 2014 Considered Design Awards! You can vote once a day for all categories in Gardenista and Remodelista. Voting ends August 8th, and we’ll announce the winners August 9th.