All of our Diamond and Platinum Buildings are available with an extra room to suit you. Whether it's at the back, the side or accessed from the front, we can make a summerhouse shed combo
for you. Don't compromise on what you would like to meet your requirements. Contact us NOW
and chat through your needs or visit us and see examples for your self.
When choosing a summer building, you need to check the specifications to ensure it will have the strength to last. So always check out the thickness of the timber, whether it’s made from redwood or the cheap inferior whitewood, how thick the framing is etc. Are the doors and windows joinery made, meaning they will last a long time? Does it has toughened glass for safety or imperfect horticultural glass, plastic or perspex? All important questions.
On many of the buildings available on the web, you will find that they will deliver them to your house and leave them for you to build. You can save a little money this way, but you will have to build it yourself. That’s OK if you are a good DIYer, but it will still be hard work. The best option is to take advantage of 1st Choice’s FREE assembly option on the Diamond and Platinum buildings. They will do all the hard work – all you need to do is build a level base for it to go onto. And they can even arrange that for you as well if you wish. This way, you can be sure your new building will be built correctly, and all you need to do is enjoy it.
We have a large range of summerhouse
sizes for you to choose from and in several styles. However, we specialise in making buildings to suit your needs. Whether it needs to be taller, extra or fewer windows, the doors and windows moved, we can do that for you. Ensure you buy the building to suit you and your family with no compromises. Give us a call on (0333) 800 8880 or visit our showroom and discuss what you would like. We are happy to provide a quote to suit you with no pressure.
To make the most of your new building, it’s a good idea to have it lined and insulated
to get the most use out of you all year round. Doing so will keep the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It’s possible to do this yourself if you feel confident. However, there is an option to do this for you on all the Platinum buildings
. It can be seen as a luxury, but you will be glad you did on those hot summer days or cold winter days. Just contact us, and we will arrange a free quote for you.
We provide a protective treatment on all our buildings but why not consider one painted with Sadolin (Diamond Buildings) or Valtti (Platinum Buildings) paints. Both are available in a range of colours so you find a colour to suit you. You can find more details about painted summerhouse here
. Or, just contact us, and we will arrange a free quote for you.
Sadolin 'Blue Grey' Wood Stain
Sadolin 'Hidcote Green' Stain
Sadolin 'Polynedia White' Paint
Sadolin 'White' Wood Stain
Tikkurila 'Oak' Wood Stain
Tikkurila 'Jet Black' Stain
Tikkurila 'Carolina Blue' Wood Stain
Tikkurila 'Kesto Plus' Clear Lacquer
Before deciding on a new 12×5 summer building for your garden, you should always do your homework (sorry!) as it’s very easy to be taken in with a flashy website leaflet or colour brochure. Try to find time and make a trip down to our showroom where you can examples on view. By doing so, you will then be able to decide what you may be buying. We have a large collection of wooden buildings that you are welcome to view. We will be delighted to show you the different buildings and answer any queries you may have. We can provide quotations as well. Another thing to do is to take a look at the feedback from previous customers
which can be enlightening.
All of our 1st Choice summerhouses can be made in sizes to your exact requirements. Just let us know what you would like and we will quote for you. Don’t settle for second best. You know it makes sense. These sun rooms can be made with internal partitions if you choose with extra doors creating several different areas. One for leisure, one for storage, one for the children. The choice is yours.
All of our Diamond and Platinum Buildings are available with an extra room to suit you. Whether it’s at the back, the side or accessed from the front, we can make a summerhouse shed combo
for you. Don’t compromise on what you would like to meet your requirements. Contact us NOW
and chat through your needs or visit us and see examples for your self.
A 12×5 summer house or shed is a worthwhile addition to any garden and will actually help to improve your garden. This is because of the many uses for which they can be used for and not just for storage and relaxing although that is some of their main uses.
Spring is the time of year when we look forward to opening up the summerhouse up and delight (??) in getting the garden tools, the lawnmower and other garden tools ready for the warmer days coming. As well as that the garden table and chairs are also given a once over ready for those lovely barbecues which hopefully won’t be far away. It’s the time of year for optimism, normally, as we have a long time before winter come around and your 10×10 summerhouse is left to its own devices again.
The joys of spring are the green shoots on the plants, the greenness coming to the lawn, although the water shortage and hose pipe ban won’t help this. What you can do is to utilise your garden building to help collect the little rain we do get. All you need is some gutters and downpipes and a few angles from your local B&Q, Wickes or Home base and then screw these to your summerhouse. With the addition of a water barrel, normally situated at the end or around the back of the summer building you can collect the rain and then use it for watering your plants or vegetables. A very practical and additional use for the wonderful well loved shed.
The downside of the warmer weather is the return of the flying nasty insects which can include flies, dragon flies, may bugs, ants, ladybirds, bees and wasps. Considering there are nearly a millions different species of insects we probably don’t do too bad. Out of these the ones I dislike the most is the wasp which reminds me of a bad tempered traffic warden, or me when Grimsby Town lose, and I can’t see their purpose in life. Normally insects are part of the food chain but I can’t imagine that anything would want to eat a wasp when they may get stung on the inside.
My 12 x 5 summerhouse does tend to be home to many nests for these insects so it makes sense to check yours out to ensure it’s free from them. If you do find any in there, normally under the eaves or in a dry corner, then I think it’s best to get an expert to tackle these nests and remove so your outhouse is clear for use again. Provided you don’t leave it too late in the Spring you can be lucky and have a wasp free sun room.
As I say we are reasonably lucky that the insect population is not too bad however over in New Zealand residents were being told to be wary about an explosion of wasps in their garden summer rooms and their gardens. Norman Kerr, a pest exterminator, said that his company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for buildings to be de-wasped as more and more people had been opening up and finding them infected with wasps. Garden compost heaps and leaf matter were also overrun with these insects. At one stage he was receiving 200 calls per day.
Even worse, Mr Kerr said, was a couple who found their bedroom had been taken over by hundreds of wasps after a large wasp nest in their roof cracked the ceiling. It’s bad enough in the garden or the shed but indoors – in your bedroom – that’s a truly horrific experience. The reason for this explosion was the mild winter, just like we have had, and that a large number of queen wasps have survived in the dry, cosy summerhouse, and this is one possible reason for this explosion of nasties.
The wasp is, by nature, more aggressive that the bee and has a multi sting capacity that allows it to sting its victim more than once. If stung then a cold compress should be applied to the stings or antihistamine cream or hydrocortisone cream applied to the affected areas and this will help to reduce the swelling and possible pain. Surely this is a good enough reason to ensure that these wasps are evicted from your garden buildings before they have an opportunity to expand their numbers. Hopefully, they won’t bother you too much in your 12ft x 5ft summer house.
Take a look at our 12ft x 5ft Diamond summer buildings as well as the Platinum summer rooms.