The garden sheds, summer houses, workshops and log cabins of the UK are multi-talented buildings and are used for many activities from the mundane storage of garden tools and equipment as well as the lawnmower. These sheds also provide safe secure storage for bikes, children’s toys and barbecues but can also be used as a garden workshop where the owner can make items or complete DIY jobs from the house. It also can provide an area for engaging in the owner’s hobby and this can range from one end of the scale to the other.
These buildings can also be used as home fitness centres but, in this case, care must be taken to ensure the floor is strong enough and that there is sufficient height n the shed. The general ‘run of the mill’ sheds which can be bought very cheaply (and there is a reason why they are cheap) on the web will not fit the bill. If you are planning to put an exercise bike or running machine in your garden shed you need to do some research and contact a company such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings.
This will ensure that the shed floor is strong enough, you don’t want any chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) floors as these are unsuitable. (You may see these advertised as ‘solid sheet materials’ as the suppliers don’t want you to know you are buying a cheaply made floor) The other main consideration is height. Many of the cheap sheds are suitable for friends of Snow White a.k.a as the seven dwarfs. If you fit into that bracket then these cheap sheds may do the trick for you. If not then ensure your new garden shed has a minimum of 6½ feet headroom (2.0m) or more. Ask for extra height if you are a little taller.
Another option is to go for a purpose built garden building complete with lining and insulation. This will ensure that it’s easier to keep warm in the winter and cooler in summer. Many people don’t give a thought to how hot it may be in the summer but 1st Choice, who has been involved in this business since 1979, understand this and are able to advise on the suitability of a building for you.
If you are not quite the athlete type and enjoy your sport in an armchair then the garden shed can fit the bill for you as well. This is according to Marks and Spencer (M&S) who say that nearly 1½ million men (surely some women?) Have a garden den in their shed or garage and this enables them to watch sport, such as the World Cup, Champions League or European Championships, in peace.
M&S stress that thought is given to ensuring that the equipment in their sheds is covered by adequate insurance. This applies to the flowers, plants and trees in the garden as well. The head of general insurance, Andrew Ferguson, said that garden shed owners should check their home contents policy as to whether garden goods and items in the shed are covered. In any instance, the shed owner is responsible for the security of the shed to ensure items can’t be stolen.
A survey by Halifax showed that British men will be spending over £4 billion converting their garden sheds into dens and installing widescreen TV’s. The moral of this story is that you ensure you have the correct insurance policy in place BEFORE any claim is required. Without it, you will feel as sad as most England supporters after the latest penalty shoot out.