Buy Or build? Is It Cheaper To Build Your Own Summer House?

Buy, or to Build, Which is Cheaper?

The allure of a garden room is undeniable. It offers a private retreat to enjoy some peace, a dedicated home office, a space for hobbies, or a place to entertain friends. However, if you're considering adding a garden room, such as a garden office, studio, gym, or summer house, you might wonder whether it's more cost-effective to build it yourself or to purchase one. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each option.

The Cost of Building Your Own Summer House

Building your own wooden summer house might initially seem like a cheaper option. However, once you start considering the cost of materials, this notion can quickly change. Without access to trade rates, the expenses can add up, and you may find yourself with surplus materials due to minimum order requirements from suppliers.

Conversely, Norfolk Sheds summer houses benefit from bulk purchasing by suppliers who pass on the savings to their customers. This often results in a higher quality build at a comparable, if not lower, cost.

Durability and Lifespan

A professionally constructed summer house is designed to last significantly longer. Without the expertise of a qualified builder, a DIY garden room might not withstand the test of time. Professional builds are fully insulated, secure, and designed to endure the unpredictable British weather for decades.

DIY enthusiasts may struggle to achieve the same level of durability and finish. Moreover, the complexity of installing power, heating, water, and Wi-Fi is best left to professionals to ensure safety and functionality.

Time and Effort

Building a summer house is time-consuming, especially for those without professional experience. From designing and planning to sourcing materials and construction, the process can be overwhelming. Time is money, and the time spent on a self-build could be better spent elsewhere.

Purchasing a bespoke summer house from Norfolk Sheds means all the hard work is done for you. From design to construction and finishing touches, everything is managed by experts. This ready-to-go solution ensures your garden room is ready to use immediately, without the stress and hassle of a self-build.


  1. What is the cost of having a summer house built? Well, the cost of having a summer house built varies based on size, design, and additional features. However, buying from a professional supplier often includes design, materials, and labour, providing a clear, upfront cost without unexpected expenses.
  2. How long do summer houses last for? Professionally built and assembled summer houses can last several decades, offering a long-term investment that stands up to the elements and daily use. Sourcing your shed from a trusted supplier like Norfolk Sheds means you can buy with confidence and rely on our fantastic team to support you. 
  3. Many people ask, does a summer house add value to your property? Like any feature in your home or garden, a well-designed, high-quality summer house can add value to your property, making it an attractive feature for potential buyers. However, any summer house, garden room or even shed, must be well-maintained. Otherwise, this can detract from the appeal of the property. 

While building your own garden room might seem appealing and potentially cheaper, hidden costs and the time investment often make it less practical. Professionally built Norfolk Sheds summer houses offer superior quality, durability, and convenience, providing a hassle-free solution that allows you to enjoy your new space without the stress of a self-build project.

For a high-quality, custom-designed garden room, wooden summer house, or garden shed, Norfolk Sheds is here to help. Our expert team is ready to provide friendly advice and guide you through the process of creating the perfect garden building. Visit our show sites for inspiration or get in touch to discuss your individual needs. We look forward to helping you create your ideal garden space.