A 10×7 summer building 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.
The garden is an important part of our life and it’s important that we try to make the most of it and to be as eco-friendly as possible. By its very nature gardens tend to be eco-friendly any way as seeds planted use the natural goodness of the garden to grow, either into beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables. Just a little bit of tending and the results are there.
However there are many aspects of the modern garden which can be seen to be not so eco-friendly. These include the use of chemicals on the ground, which can help the products grow but can affect in the long term – the garden. A water sprinkler, which on one hand, sound like a good idea can waste a great of this precious commodity.
Dragging the petrol lawnmower out of your 10×7 summerhouse, or whatever size your garden building is, is another activity which is not eco-friendly as the amount of CO2 created is massive, even in the smallest garden. Probably time to put the lawnmower back in the shed and invest in an electric mower which is better. Or even better is the old fashioned ‘push and pull’ lawn mowers operated by human power. I don’t think so – that is a step too far, or am I getting old?
Using peat in the garden also is not good as it can release a massive amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. Besides the use in the garden this activity is helping to destroy the natural habitat from where it comes so use with care. The usage of paving over the garden is also not very eco-friendly either but I can understand why people do it with the lack of parking spaces. By covering all the garden it stops the water draining away and makes potential flooding more likely. There is also the carbon footprint created when making the slabs.
So the key is where ever possible try not to use chemicals in the gardens, reduce the use of peat and this can be done by use of a compost bin behind your summerhouse or shed and try not to leave a sprinkler running day and night. Usage of natural materials in the garden is good and where possible try to recycle as much as possible.
I followed this path when I needed a shed just after I got married and did not have any money. My brain wave at the time was to make a 10ft x 7ft garden building out of old wooden floorboards from a demolition site. I also bought reclaimed floor joists, which they cut into 2×2 timbers for the framework. Over a couple of weekends it took shape and whilst it was not very nice to look at it served its purpose admirably for many years. I even took my garden shed creation with me when I moved into our first owned maisonette.
A similar path was taken by a recycling enthusiast, Tim Massey, from Knutsford, who built a eco-friendly garden shed -from recycled materials. He got the idea for building it after helping his friend build a log cabin and his efforts earned him a nomination for a national prize. His garden building which was 10×7 in size, was also made from reclaimed timber and broken glass and was a nominee in the Shed of the Year award. This shed contest normally takes place in the early part of July and is hotly contested with ‘sheddies’ competing for the title
Mr Massey’s creation took him over 9 months to build with one of the biggest problem was finding the required materials. However, he said that it’s a great building where he can relax with some friends and enjoy a few drinks after work. He even spent many hours playing cards one night so he can be quite proud of his 10×7 eco-friendly insulated summer house cum shed.
Take a look at our 10ft x 7ft Diamond summerbuildings as well as the 10ft x 7ft Platinum summer rooms.