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How To Choose a Greenhouse, Potting Shed or Combo.

How To Choose a Greenhouse, Potting Shed or Combo.
How To Choose a Greenhouse, Potting Shed or Combo.

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

It the time of year when winter is nearly over and spring is about to spring. Easter is only a few weeks away and this traditionally is when the garden starts to get its owners' full attention. This year Easter is the earliest it has been for a number of years and for the life of me I can't understand why the date keeps changing. Christmas is the same every year so why not Easter?

Anyway Easter is one of the busiest time of the year for getting out into the garden and seeing what needs doing. The garden shed is often a likely candidate, certainly if it is one of the cheap ones available on the web. I'm sure you know what I mean - the garden sheds with chipboard or OSB floors and worse roofs which start to disintegrate as soon as they get wet.

The garden sheds which you CAN'T see before you buy. Yes they are cheap but just think why these sheds are cheap. Maybe this time is worth looking at garden sheds just a little bit better and, quite radically, only buying a garden shed you can see. You know it makes sense.

A greenhouse for the garden is another consideration and it nearly always a good idea. Whilst helping with your gardening hobby you can grow delicious fruit and vegetable and saves loads of money. Also this produce which you grow also tastes nicer and you have the satisfaction of having grown it your self.

Owning your own greenhouse or potting shed means you can enjoy many happy hours and also can help socially. With a common interest, and even more so when society is trying to be greener, you can share ideas and maybe produce for both your interests. The benefits of owning your own greenhouse include improving your health and relieving stress from the day to day world.

The greenhouse is not the only option for growing fruit and vegetables although it is the first garden building thought about when considering these type of buildings. You will finds that greenhouses can come in many sizes and shapes. Traditionally these garden buildings were all timber but over the year the aluminum greenhouses have become more popular, mainly because of cost.

Usually glazed with >horticultural glass, (this is glass which may have small imperfections in it but it is ideally suited for this purpose) Polycarbonate, plastic or even polyethylene can be used. .I personally would not consider plastic or polyethylene but glass or polycarbonate will do the job admirably. An opening window and, or, skylights would be a good idea for ventilation. There are also many shapes which include the orangery style which harp back to the good old Victorian times. 1st Choice Leisure Buildings have examples of greenhouses on their display site for viewing so, if interested, take a trip out to see these super garden buildings.

Another option is a combination greenhouse and garden shed such as the Diamond Graffham. With these garden buildings you would normally find about 2/3 rds of the building would be a greenhouse and the remaining 1/3 rd would be a garden shed. You would the be able to conveniently store your garden tools and plant pots and boxes in the shed section.

This combination greenhouse-garden shed also looks very neat and tidy. Normally available in varying lengths and widths. You will also find the Grendon can have the garden shed and greenhouse in different proportions to suit your needs. Again, ensure you take a look at these buildings before buying so you don't end up with a cheap imitation.

A third option is a garden potting shed. This tends to be a garden shed with a large expanse of glass on one side. Traditionally the glass will slope backward at an angle as it's claimed this makes the most of the sun. The only downside to this is that it reducing dramatically the interior space. If you take a look at the Diamond Potting Shed you will see they given a lot of thought to the design and this ensures that you do not lose any space inside, hilt having a massive expanse of glass on the front and both ends.

This very popular potting shed is available with an pent (single slope) roof as well as an apex (gable) roof. They have also added an half glass roof option so you do not miss out on any sunshine - a true masterpiece. Complete with slatted potting bench, opening window and stable door there are no standard extras required.

How to choose? Take a look at all three types of greenhouses, greenhouse combination sheds and solar potting sheds at 1st Choice Leisure Buildings display site near Guildford in Surrey. These experts, who have been involved with the manufacture of garden buildings since 1979 recognise that they are here to serve you and not to push onto you what ever THEY choose. You know it makes sense.


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

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day

The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green:
are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Cabins, SafeStore, Lidget Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds.
Please see this page for a full list.



Farnham Garden Buildings Display Site Squires Garden Centre,
Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
Phone 01252 311085
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday & 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

The garden centre is visible from B3208 road between Farnham and Aldershot.

Currently on display at Badshot Lea: are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Garden Cabins and Lidget Garages. Please see this page for a full list.




Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.
Email to 1clb@leisurebuildings.com or Contact Us Here
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 for All Garden Buildings. Sheds, Workshops, Log Cabins
On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Close To Byfleet, Chertsey, Weybridge, Walton On Thames, Esher, Bagshot, Staines.