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What To Check Before Buying a Shed Workshop Summerhouse Log Cabin

What To Check Before Buying a Shed Workshop Summerhouse Log Cabin
What To Check Before Buying a Shed Workshop Summerhouse Log Cabin

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.

The choosing of a garden shed, summer house, garden workshop or log cabin is an important one and you should take care to ensure that you are not sold a 'pup'. You can achieve this by doing your homework, ideally viewing the shed before you commit your self so that you can see the quality of the building.

You will find that most of the cheap shed retailers on the web don't give you an opportunity to view before buying. The reason for this is so you can't see the cheap materials and, in many cases, totally unsuitable materials used such as chipboard, sterling or wafer board sometimes known as OSB (oriental strand board). On the web pages you will often find these boards described as sheet material and the reason for this is that they don't want you to know they are using those unsuitable materials.

Where ever possible try to visit a garden building display site, such as this one, to examine their buildings in detail. You will be glad you did due to the peace of mind it will give. If you rely just on a web page, flashy brochure or leaflet you may regret that decision when your new garden structure arrives for your garden.

Which garden shed are you going to buy?

You will find garden sheds are available at your local garden superstores (often known as 'sheds' in the trade) or online, where you can click through a multitude of different sizes and shapes of sheds to find one that suits your need. Most sheds online are provided to you in kit form for self assembly. Bear in mind your shed base will need to be ready and in place before you can construct your new shed in situ.

Progressive shed firms, such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, will actually save you the trouble of building the shed as they will do this for you at no extra cost. Well worth considering if you don't want the hassle, or if you are a little unsure of your shed building skills or would rather be having a drink instead of exerting yourself building a shed.

It's best, if you are able, to consider the areas surrounding where you wish to place your garden shed as these may have a long-term effect on your ability to maintain your it. Beware of young trees that may grow into giant oaks. You also wouldn't want to stop all natural light going into your timber shed if you're going to use it as a workshop. You might also need to consider the position of your shed if you are intending to run an electrical supply from your home down into it.

When you have made your choice, although you should think about the base before buying a shed, you need to ensure that you have an adequate base for your new garden shed to go onto. Like all structures it is important that it is placed on suitable foundations. Without that, even the most expensive garden shed will struggle and you will have problems over the years. This is the most important part in the purchase of a shed or summerhouse.

Do you need to check about planning permission?

Most garden sheds and summer houses can be built in your garden without the need for planning permission. It is best that you check before buying a garden shed log cabin etc, just in case as some models will fall outside of the size that local authorities allow, but these are often only the very largest timber sheds. If you intend to build your new shed within 2 metres of the boundary you need to ensure it is less than 2.5m tall. If it is taller then you will need planning permission. Be very careful, certainly if you don't get on with your neighbours.

If you live in a particular conservation area or your property already has special billing with your local authority, it is best to check whenever you are thinking of installing a shed. It makes common sense to advise your neighbours about your plans just in case they have any objections.

These simple guidelines can help you choose a garden shed which will meet your needs. Like many other purchases take a little time before committing yourself. It might mean a few more weeks before your have a new building in your garden but bearing in mind it will be there for a great number of years, with the exception of the cheaply made ones, it best to get this right.


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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.