Feedback: Some initial confusion over the requested layout of the building, but once we had picked this up, all else went smoothly. Excellent building, well constructed. Good value for money.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. Sorry about the early niggle but thankfully it was sorted very quickly. I'm pleased you feel this workshop is good value for money. Thanks again. Regards, Robin
I regularly talk about the usefulness of garden sheds which never ceases to amaze me. With the number of uses available to owners there is probably nothing, within reason, which can't be done. This is music to my ears as a garden sheds manufacturer (until 2000) and now using my expertise retailing garden sheds with 1st Choice Leisure Buildings.
Having started my garden shed business in 1979 and earnt a living since then I never stop to be amazed that a basic product such as a garden shed can do this. However I did find very early on that to be successful you need to offer good garden sheds and not just cheap garden sheds.
In the early day in the late 70's and early 80's I did use chipboard and later OSB board, which the cheap shed makers use nowadays, and found out quite quickly by experience that these materials are not suitable for outdoor use. I found that as soon as they got wet then the boards would swell, when they absorb the moisture, and then finally disintegrate. Clearly no good at all in the long term (not even in the short term really).
The reason for me these views that a product should be good quality stems from my upbringing. My father was a master butcher in Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire and he instilled into me the virtues of quality at the best price. Every little bit of meat was cut from the bone to maximise value for his customers. I followed this through in my garden shed business and this ensure we could sell great quality garden sheds at the very best price.
The years after the war was when the men of the house used to use their gardens for growing vegetables for the family. This was the time when any sort of outdoor building was considered and when many ramshackle garden sheds were knocked together. As time went on small factories were set up making garden sheds where as a little earlier it would have been the local chippie or the local builder.
You will find that the many people from that time are now pensioners, or senior citizens, and proudly have a garden shed, or summerhouse in their garden. These buildings have serve them well over the years from when their children were small, to watching them grow up and then leaving home to start their own families. Probably they now have grand children coming round, as I do, who look at the garden shed as a sacred place. It goes without saying that all safety aspects of the garden shed should be honoured to ensure complete 100% safety for any children.
Besides the more normal uses of a garden shed a pensioner in Southampton used his garden shed to build up a collection, and rare, collection of pre and post war Raleigh bikes. This garden shed enabled him to restore them to their former glory, just like the day they left the Raleigh factory in Nottinghamshire.
He was quite proud of his bikes and in took pleasure in displaying them at a stall at the Sky Ride village in Hogland's Park a few years ago. Within his collection of restored bikes was a model from 1934 and he even was able to display the original sales receipt for it.
Other people to ensure their garden shed was loved was the author, Chris Vine, who used his garden shed to rekindle his affection for engine making after being diagnosed with ME. It appears that his love for garden sheds started as a child and has continued into his adult life.
It always good to understand the psyche of the British public and their affection for the garden shed. It has been a crucial part of the latter part of the 20th century and continues into the 21st century. Long may it last!