Now that summer is nearly here, many of us are planning our trips away. Be it a wine-tasting extravaganza amongst the vineyards of France, a cultural sightseeing opportunity in Italy, a big-city blowout in New York or an exotic Asian adventure, then a change is often as good as a rest.

And not only are holidays a great chance to recharge the batteries, but they are also the prefect opportunity to gain some inspiration for your own self-builds. Wandering around the amphitheatres of Rome, or crossing ornate Japanese bridges in Osaka, can provide grand ideas of what to bring back to your home.

Take Thailand, for instance. A trip to the beautiful Pai offered an insight into the carpentry they use there, with rustic and charming stilt huts lining the bank and bridges traversing the river.

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There were also large open gardens in the centre of communities, where a Sala would often be placed.

A Sala, also known as a Sala Thai, is an open pavilion used as a meeting place and to protect people from sun and rain. It is often open on all four sides, and becomes a place for people to reflect, rest, or dine together. We couldn’t help thinking how lovely one would look in our own garden…

So if you do see a piece of striking architecture, and love the idea of commissioning a build to bring a little bit of your holiday back to England, then get in contact today.

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