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Tips On What To Look For When Buying a Wooden Shed
The garden shed is a relatively simple structure consisting of four walls, a roof and a shed floor on the decent sheds. The height of it can vary depending on the usage with storage sheds maybe having lower walls, and a garden building to be used as a workshop would be taller. This ensures there is plenty of space to walk around in.
You then have a choice of shed doors. This is usually a single door hung on hinges, but it’s possible to have a wider 3ft door, double doors or stable doors. These can be either the standard shed type door which consists of three horizontal and two diagonals braces onto which the shed door planks are nailed to. Be very aware of any wooden sheds with no diagonal braces as these doors will drop within a rapid time. You might save a few pounds, but is it worth it for the hassle?
The shed can come with or without windows, and you will find that most glass is horticultural glass. This is glass which might have small imperfections in it. This is still more than suitable for sheds as 100% clear visibility is not such a problem. You can often choose from toughened glass, laminated glass or wired glass. All these three are more robust but are more expensive. However, you will find that some shed companies such as 1st Choice Diamond and Platinum buildings both INCLUDE toughened glass FREE of charge. How refreshing!
The choice of material for the roof and floor is another consideration. Many cheap shed makers (or companies selling timber sheds) use chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) as these cut the costs down. These materials are not suitable for outdoor use because as soon as it gets wet, the board will swell and disintegrate. They are often described as sheet materials by these cheap shed makers, so you are not made aware of the cheap materials used. Be very careful.
Also, with many of the cheap wooden sheds, you have to build the floor yourself by nailing the floorboards onto the thin floor joists.
The overhang on the roof is also essential with an overhang being better. This enables the shed roofing felt to protrude out from the edge of the roof. On cheap sheds, you are not likely to have this. The quality of the roofing felt is also a consideration. Cheap sheds again mean cheap materials in general.
Besides the above basic, but crucial, considerations the general style remains the same. Essentially the wooden shed is a functional building and does not need to be designed by an architect just a company with good sense. By combining good understanding with the above criteria, then buying one of their buildings will fulfil all your needs for years to come. 1st Choice Leisure Buildings is worth considering because of their long time in the industry and their excellent customer feedback.
In Germany, an architect, Nils Holger Moormann, has come up with an innovative design for a garden building. His project actively encourages outdoor living, and he got his inspiration from a story written by Henry David Thoreu, who wrote about his connection with nature. His structure, Walden, has three primary uses – as a garden shed, a mobile home and as a cabin.
Lovers of the garden can store various garden items such as rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels which you would typically found in the common garden shed. Besides that, there is a reading room situated at the top so the owner can see all of the surrounding garden.
The Walden creation offers various uses associated with the garden and the great outdoors. It can utilise the shed as a birdhouse and the layout can lend itself to picnics and barbecues. Mr Moorman feels that his garden building design will make its owners not want to go back indoors but to enjoy the outdoor life.
It’s good that some people can look at different ways that a wooden shed can be used for and also to give it even more multi-usage. Having said that the beauty of all sheds is that the limit to the uses it can be used for is only limited by the human mind.
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When times are hard people, try to make the best of what they have got and your garden is one area which can be utilised to save some money. None only can you save money, but the use of the garden to grow fruit and vegetables will make you healthier as well as your home garden produce being good for you. Even people who don’t consider themselves gardeners can grow something quite easily. Take a look in your shed, and you are likely to find some suitable garden tools to help you achieve some fresh produce – not quite the Good Life – but a contribution. If you clear a little space in your shed under the window or if you lucky enough to have a wooden solar potting shed then so much the better. Under the shed windows you can bring on seedlings in pots whether they are tomatoes, lettuces or peas, literally most vegetables will benefit from an early start.
Again the shed can help with potatoes which need the light for them to start shooting. When they have shoots you can then plant them in the garden of you can even buy potatoes bags for them to grow in. What you do is to put one potato in the bag and surround it with compost. It would be best if you then watered it and you will find before long a small crop of potatoes – about a kilo which is pretty good for one potato.
Tomato plants are also easy to grow and can also be grown in pots or compost bags so, even if you have not got a garden, then you can still grow some things. By utilising your wooden shed for vegetables and fruit, you can feel good with yourself knowing that you are using your assets to help through this difficult time. It’s also good to know that the shed can be more than just a storage building and can be multi-talented.
Residents down in Somerset have taken this advice on board and have the belief that the growing of homegrown fruit and vegetables is one of the secrets for long life. Montacute, in Somerset where the cider apples grow, was found to have the highest life expectancy in Britain after a study or millions of pensions records, with their residents living to an incredible 90 years old on average.
Nearly all the village’s 680 population are active in growing fruit and vegetable in their gardens which seems to be helping to keep them fit and healthy. There’s no record of the number of timber sheds owned by the villagers, but I would assume that most would have a small hut of some sort for storing their garden tools and for keeping their excess produce.
Shirley Hann, a life long resident and grandmother, said that it seems that the growing of fruit and vegetable does have a bearing on their health and long life. The residents in the village all have their vegetable patch in their garden or a small allotment for producing these crops and many have a wooden shed to assist them. Charlie Northern, another resident of the village, has been growing vegetable for over 40 years for himself and his wife and this has helped them to live a long and healthy life thanks to their garden.
It was only recently that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was offering tips and advice on how to use your garden and to benefit from your garden shed. The RHS has been offering garden advice for over 200 years to gardeners for people who want to use the garden to grow food outside.
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