If you click on 'search for summerhouses near me' and whether it's contemporary, insulated, corner, large or small - or sun houses, garden studios for your home - whether it's for sitting out in the garden on a sunny day, or for using it for a recreation area or hobby room or somewhere to store your leisure equipment or gardening supplies - then you find will find a large range on offer on our 1st Choice Leisure Buildings web site. And if our standard range doesn't suit then we can make bespoke summerhouses for your needs. All buildings assembled free of charge so why settle for anything less? We always strive to ensure we should be your 1st Choice. A family business established in 1979.
If you are interested in a new summerhouse, sun room or summer building for your home - whether it's for sitting out in the garden on a sunny day, or for using the summer house for a recreation area or hobby room or somewhere to store your leisure equipment or gardening supplies - then you find will find a large range on offer on our 1st Choice Leisure Buildings web site.
Our wide range of summer houses, sun rooms, home offices and garden studios are available to be delivered and assembled at your home. All these buildings are ideally suited from small back gardens right up to very large gardens and can be used for domestic, recreational or professional use. To suit the needs of you all our buildings, which include log cabins, sun rooms, summerhouses and wood built home offices can be bespoke, both in size and design, so it meets YOUR requirements. Why settle for anything less? We always strive to ensure we are your 1st Choice for your garden buildings
The internet is a wonderful tool for seeing what is available and it can be very easy to purchase a summerhouse online sitting at home in England & Wales. With just a few clicks you can have made a decision, paid for a new summer house or sun room and before you know it your new garden building will on its way to your home in England & Wales. The fact that it is so easy and quick means sometimes the decision made is the WRONG one.
There are many manufacturers of summer houses who are making these buildings down to a price and not to a set quality and this is where trouble can occur. Your new summer house will have to stand up to the full force of our British weather and any shortcomings in the materials used will expose your summerhouse through its weaknesses.
So how can you tell? The best way to tell whether the summer houses on offer are likely to be made to a good standard is when the retailer actually gives you an opportunity to view the summer house before buying. If they don't then you really need to be very cautious before spending your hard earned money on a summerhouse which could let you down.
It's always worth checking out previous customers feedback, but only on independent sites.
You will find that the majority of summer houses retailers on the web do not offer an option to view beforehand. At 1st Choice, after being involved in summer house manufacturing since 1979, we set up a summer house display area back in 2003 to demonstrate to our customers the high quality of out range of buildings. Even if our summer house display site is a little way from you and you may decide it too far to go, the fact that it is there should give you the confidence in the ethics of 1st Choice.
Don't make the mistake when buying a summer house, which others may have done, ALWAYS, if possible, ensure you see your new summerhouse before pressing that final click on the Checkout page. It's very easy to rue that mistake afterwards and wish that you have been a little more careful. So, if possible, take a drive from your home to view the great range of buildings which we have for you to view. At the last count we have about 80 various buildings which shows how commitment to displaying the very best. This will ensure you have made a informed and wise decision. Click here for detailed Google Map directions from your home.
On our 1st Choice web site you are able to spend time looking at our extensive range of summer houses, sun rooms and home offices and to view all the detailed specifications of all the ranges. You can even download the relevant summer house leaflets and price lists from this page. Our range of summer houses, sun rooms and cabins from the Platinum and Diamond ranges have been sold throughout England & Wales and surrounding area for a great number of years.
To back up our claim of being the 1st Choice we are proud to have been involved in the manufacture of summer houses since 1979, nearly FOUR decades. Over all this time we have follow the ethos that quality is always first, even if the price is a little more than some of the 'cheap' summerhouses available on the web. At the end of the day we have to live with our conscience and being a family firm, ever since we started, we believe in fair play. With the latest two grandchildren on the scene this is more important that ever for their futures as well as ours.
Our display centre showroom also showcases our selection of summer buildings, summerhouses and cabins, all made in the UK and all built to last.
It appears to be easy to buy a summer house - just take a look on the 'web' see a building which takes your fancy and then try to find the best price - easy -peasy! Well - NO. This is because there is such a large range of summer buildings available with the quality (or absence of it with many of the cheap 'make down to a price' summerhouses) varying tremendously. So you do need to be very careful to ensure you are not disappointed.
By buying from a business which have been established a long time you can be reasonably sure that they have gained a great deal of expertise in the market. Also and more importantly, they listen to their customers. You will find that most established businesses actually do have 'bricks and mortar' premises and they use the 'web' as a tool to inform the public of their range of products. These type of businesses tend to employ staff who you can actually talk to (just like in days gone by - how quaint, but nice). Where as many web sites expect you to communicate through the wonders of email, which is good but will never beat 'actually' talking.
With the 'web', with its flashy web pages, and possibly a glossy brochure you will never really know what your proposed summer house will be like in 'real life'. This is why it's crucial to try to view any potential summer building before delivery. This way will ensure that you can see how well it's been made, that there is enough height inside, you can see than the doors and windows are solidly made (and not flimsy, cheap and nasty) and what quality of timber which has been used. Whilst many summer house firms on the 'web' claim it's best to buy online and that you can save money it's never possible to be sure what you will actually get. If they are not prepared to let you see their buildings beforehand then you need to be very wary. It's a fact that the cheapest price is not always the best value.
It's possible that you can save money by selecting one of these cheaper summer houses or buildings but you need to ensure that only the best and correct materials are used in your new building. This means using timber which comes from the colder parts of Europe such as Sweden, Norway, Finland where it grows very slowly. This cold weather means it has the greatest density ensuring it remains very stable even in the UK variable weather. The cheaper summerhouses are made using faster growing cheaper whitewood trees meaning there is likely to have more movement in your garden. Which is not good in the long run.
You will find the better summerhouse will have toughened glass as standard but on the cheap buildings will have horticultural glass. This is actually 'second grade' glass and you will normally be able to see defects in it. Away from busy activity it can be just about OK but on buildings which are being used regularly it best not to take any chances. If it breaks it breaks into jagged pieces and you would not want your children or grand children getting hurt. Horticultural glass does reduce the cost of the building but is it worth the risk?
The advantages for standard sizes and layouts are that this can help to keep the cost down, but quite often if you would like a size to suit YOUR garden or you would like doors and windows in a different place you would be out of luck. This is why it's good to talk to a garden building company who can make your summerhouse to suit YOU. It may be a little more expensive but the extra cost can make the difference between 'putting up with the available options' or getting the best use for YOUR garden.
Ensure that all the gable and shaped ends are supplied cut to shape and size. Unbelievably some cheap summerhouse manufacturers supply shaped ends needing to be cut by you. This saves money but mean more work for you and the possibility of mistakes.
The advantage of the 'web' and social media means that any 'bad apples' or companies selling bad buildings can quickly be isolated. So this is one way to find out a little more about the company form whom you be thinking of buying a summerhouse from. Can be very enlightening and can help to put your mind at rest.
The advantage of long standing businesses is that they share good advice about buying summer buildings This helps you to make the correct decision for you.
Feedback: Paul was really helpful, spending time with us discussing options. We purchased a Platinum Summerhouse (which wasn't what we thought we would buy when we arrived). It is now installed and is fantastic - good quality build and just what we wanted. Love the summerhouse. Solid quality. Glad we chose insulated and double glazed since it can be used all year round. Just got 2 coats of protective varnish before the recent rain and the whole summerhouse looks fantastic.
Response: Thanks for your great feedback. Paul is a great guy and really knows his stuff. He is also very laid back and not pushy which is a great trait for a small family business. With the insulation and double glazing your new contemporary summerhouse will be in use all year round. Thanks for buying from us.. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Excellent summer house. Well made and the lads erected it very quickly. Very impressed with it. Thoroughly recommended. Excellent buy. Well made, good materials and erected very quickly.
Response: Thanks for your note about your new garden summerhouse which we supplied recently. I'm pleased everything went well and you are happy with your new building. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Helpful advice. Kept in contact in connection with deliveries. Happy with corner summer house.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm please everything went well and you are happy with your new summerhouse. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Excellent knowledge and advice. First class service. Nice little building, very pleased for the price
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm pleased the service we offered was first class and that we were able to show we are knowledgeable in the summer house business. Thanks for buying from us. Regards, Robin
Feedback: There was a problem with our first delivery date due to a broken down van but apart from that we were pleased with the service. We are very pleased with our studio
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry about the first delivery date but unfortunately these things happen sometimes. Thankfully this was soon rectified and it's good that you are happy with you new garden studio. Thanks for choosing us. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Good website. Good price. Put together well and tidied up after. Seems solid and exactly as described
Response: Thanks for your feedback. It's good you are satisfied with your new summerhouse which has been designed for the UK weather. Thanks for buying your new summer house from us. 1st Choice. Regards, Robin
Feedback: a1 service. the product is fantastic,very happy with all aspects of the product,,,,would definatley reccomend and use again
Response: Thanks for your note. I'm pleased we were able to offer A1 service and that you feel you could recommend us. As a small family business that is invaluable to us. Thanks for choosing us. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Love my new shed! Arrived when they said they would Very professional and job completed promptly. Would highly .
Response: Thanks for your not about your new summer house. Being a small family business we do try harder to fulfil our promise so it;s good everything was on tim. Thanks for choosing us. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Highest rating. Price good and great value. Very pleased with the building. It was put up in no time by an excellent team. Very good communication with your office as to details of timing as to delivery and construction. I would highly recommend.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm pleased that everything went well with your new garden shed summerhouse. It's good we did a good job for you. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Helpful with good customer service. Listened without being pushy. Does what we wanted, with a good standard of workmanship.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. Being a small family business that is invaluable to us and we like to feel that you won't get the 'hard sell' when you come and see us and buy summerhouse. Thanks for choosing 1st Choice. Regards, Robin