Outbuilding of the Week: A Tiny Summerhouse in South London by

Issue 30 · The Summer Kitchen · August 1, 2014

Outbuilding of the Week: A Tiny Summerhouse in South London

Issue 30 · The Summer Kitchen · August 1, 2014

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.



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