Garden Storage Solutions


Buying garden buildings has never been easier

Anyone interested in buying sheds for their home - whether they want somewhere to store their leisure equipment or gardening supplies - will find a large range on offer at 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. There is a wide selection of garden sheds on offer for any leisure or outdoor space, from potting sheds ideally suited for small backyards, to heavy duty workshops that can be used by professionals. As well as garden sheds and workshops, 1st Choice also sells greenhouses, summer houses, log cabins, garages and even wood-built home offices that can be set up in a garden.

Can I view the garden shedsbefore I buy?

Part of the appeal of buying products such as sheds online is the undeniable ease with which internet transactions can be completed. A few clicks are all it takes to have quality garden bases or garden outhouses en route to your home or business. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what you're getting when buying things from the web. Most garden shed retailers offer no way to actually see their sheds before you place an order, but 1st Choice has set up special garden shed display sites at Sutton Green Garden Nursery in Guildford, Surrey and Heathrow to overcome this problem.

Platinum, Sapphire, Diamond and Humber Garden Sheds

From this site, visitors will be able to spend time perusing the retailer's extensive catalogue of timber sheds, which includes Platinum pressure-treated heavy duty workshops, as well as Diamond, Sapphire and Humber ranges. 1st Choice has been involved in the manufacture and retailing of garden buildings for more than 35 Years and follows an ethos that puts quality first; meaning that it only does business with manufacturers whose garden sheds and outdoor buildings it is proud to endorse.

All of the products that are sold through the website, including its cheap and inexpensive garden tool sheds, are made from quality materials and are built to last. The garden shed display centres also shows off the company's selection of garden sheds, summer buildings and heavy duty workshops.

Should I go for timber, plastic or metal garden sheds?

Another important consideration for buyers of sheds to consider is the material from which their outdoor buildings are made. There are timber, plastic and metal garden sheds on offer, all with their own advantages, and which one is right for you is dependent largely on your needs. For instance, anyone wishing to store high-value or dangerous equipment may benefit from the added security provided by an SafeStore metal shed made from extra thick Galvatite steel.

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Brief Timeline of Garden Sheds?

Garden sheds are a British institution and have been for many years. Even before the 2nd world war garden sheds were popular with the nation and many gardeners 'dug for victory' during that time. Since then garden sheds have played a large role in the hearts of the country and there are very few gardens which don't have a garden shed of some sort. Whether it's a small garden shed for our modern day houses or a large garden workshop for the more affluent homes you will find these sheds are very well used.

You will find that houses built from the 1930's to the 1950's have substantial gardens so this is where the larger garden sheds are found. However, as we got into the late 60's and through to the 90's you will find that garden sheds have got a little smaller due to the smaller gardens. After the housing bubble burst in the 90's you will find that new houses tend to have small gardens so only the smallest garden sheds would fit the bill.

What Is A Garden Shed?

In essence garden sheds are normally a single storey building and are used in the garden or, quite often, on allotments. The size of garden shed varies depending on the usage, the needs and , more importantly, the available space for them. In all instance all the garden sheds in use play a useful role in the day to day life of the UK. The sheer versatility of garden sheds is helped by the many different designs which are available. So from very basic garden sheds, in its simplest form, to high end garden workshops suitable for multitasking within the family you will find the garden shed will suit.

Essentially garden sheds consist of an internal frame onto which a cladding is secured which made the sheds waterproof to the elements. The roof would normally be either apex (gable or V'shaped) or pent (single or mono pitched) although some garden sheds, usually in the higher price bracket can sometimes have a hip roof like on a house. These are quite striking on a garden shed but the price can put a lot of people off. The reason for the price is the complexity of manufacture.

What Materials are Garden Sheds Supplied In?

Garden sheds will come in a variety of materials such as wood, timber, metal, steel, plastic or concrete. Often the choice of materials used for garden sheds tends to be personal preferences but different claddings have different pros and cons. Timber or wooden garden sheds tend to be the most popular due to the natural feel they give to the home owner. They feel very strong but one of the downsides of these types of garden sheds is that they need treating to maintain a long life. However, you will find that tanalised, or pressure treated, garden sheds won't require treating, normally for about 15 years so are very popular.

Metal or steel garden sheds are normally made from galvanised steel which would have a long guarantee against rusting so there is no treating of these sheds required. Beware of garden sheds which are only 'electro-plated' rather that 'hot dipped galvanised' as this treatment won't last as long. Plastic garden sheds won't rust so are a viable proposition for the garden shed owner who does not want any maintenance issues. However these garden sheds can look a little bland but do serve their purpose in the garden very well.

Concrete garden sheds are the 'bruisers' of the garden shed world. Being made from solid concrete these garden sheds don't need any maintenance to speak off as they will brush aside easily everything that the weather throws at it. One of the downsides of these concrete garden sheds is the limitation in sizes available and, to some people, they can seem a little utilitarian. Other than these garden buildings are a preferred choice for some garden owners.

Feedback for 1st Choice Leisure Buildings has been compiled from 56 reviews.

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment

14x8 'Platinum' Supreme Apex Sectional Building. Tanalised Pressure Treated Redwood deal T+G Timber. FREE Assembly of Garden Workshop. 15 Year Guarantee. Includes double doors, wooden floor, Onduline Roof & Opening Window.

Customer Comment:

My only disappointment was the 3 week delay in delivery.


10x7 Diamond Solar Potting Shed. ALL TIMBER apex or pent solar potting sheds. 2x2 framing - Redwood Deal T+G Shiplap or loglap. Includes wooden floor, opening window, delivery** and FREE Assembly.

Customer Comment:

Having viewed the buildings at the Guildford site we had a few questions which they answered quickly. When I placed the order it was easy to talk through our requirements with the chap in the office. Very good service all round.


Platinum 16x8 Super Apex Timber Workshop. Pressure Treated Tanalised Redwood deal T+G Timber. FREE Fitting of Garden Workshop. 15 Year Guarantee. Includes double doors, Toughened Glass T&G Roof With Onduline Boards, T&G Wooden floor, Opening Wind

Customer Comment:

Courteous and informative service

Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Lane, Sutton Green, Woking near Guildford, Surrey. GU4 7QA

Our display site is normally open for viewing 9.00am to 5pm every day and normally manned Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green: are Platinum, Humber, & Diamond Timber Sheds; SafeStore
Trimetals, StoreChoice & GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Concrete Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.

Heathrow Garden Buildings Display Site Vermeulens Garden Centre,
Horton Road, Stanwell Moor,near Staines, Middlesex. TW19 6AE

Our unmanned display site is normally open for viewing 8am until 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sundays.
The garden centre is visible from A3044 main road between Staines and Colnbrook just along from Heathrow Terminal Five.

Currently on display at Heathrow: Platinum &, Humber Timber Sheds; SafeStore, Trimetals
& GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Capital Steel Buildings and Lidget Concrete Garages. Please see this page for a full list.

1st Choice Leisure Buildings. Office Address.
258-260 Woodham Lane, New Haw,
Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Phone (01932) 880864 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.

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