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 18×12 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.
To ensure the longevity of your garden building, it is necessary to periodically treat it. By following our guidance, you will only need to do this every 2 or 3 years. This action will effectively shield your outdoor structure from any harsh weather conditions.
When it comes to painting a summerhouse, it can be a messy task. Therefore, we recommend wearing old clothing that can be discarded if heavily stained. It is important to remember that certain treatments may contain chemicals that can irritate the skin.
Please ensure that you exercise caution to prevent any splashing of the treatment and take ample time during the process. In the event that the treatment comes into contact with your hands, face, or skin, it is recommended that you immediately wash it off. If feasible, it is advisable to administer treatment to your new building prior to its assembly. This is especially critical for less expensive options that are available online or at local DIY stores, as the treatment they employ typically offers minimal protection.
Treating all components of the building before assembly helps to prevent moisture from penetrating the wood. Although these assembled parts may not be exposed to the elements, it is still advantageous to apply the treatment generously.
You will find that PAR (prepared all round) timber such as shiplap or T&G wooden buildings will have a smooth finish, and you can paint the treatment on very quickly. However, it is best to use at least two coats, as the treatment will not soak in too well. If your building is a feather edge or made from sawn finished timber, you will find the treatment will soak into the wood and will take longer to do. However, you will know that this treatment will last the longest due to the treatment soaking into your timbers.
You can choose to use a spray to apply preservative but, if you do, it is vital that you wear a face mask and, ideally, goggles to ensure that the fine spray does not get down your throat or on your eyes. It some instances where it is awkward to get to, such as between the building and a fence or wall a spray is a good idea. By getting on the roof, you can reach down into the gap and liberally spray the treatment onto all exposed areas.
After you have finished treating you can take a break from these duties for, generally at least 2 or 3 years. You will find that the sides of your summer building facing into the weather, i.e. the sides which get the sun shining onto it or the rain splashing against it will need treating more often. It will become apparent by the sides fading in colour. Never wait until signs of damp start getting into the wood as this will be the beginning of the end for your garden building.
You may feel it is worth spending out and having a painted 18×12 summer house knowing that, besides looking good, will not need any further attention from you for many years to come. My advice is based on 43 years in the garden buildings business