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How Do You Make The Right Summer Houses Decision When Buying?
It appears to be easy to buy a wooden summer house for your garden. Just take a look on the internet to see a building which takes your fancy in the design you are looking for and find the best price – easy peasy! Well – NO!
This is because there is such a large range of garden summer houses available with questionable quality. You need to be careful to ensure you are not disappointed
Take a little time and read through the following tips and be prepared before taking your decision to buy a new building for your home.
1st Choice Garden Summer Buildings – are All UK Made to Very High Standards and Quality.
Are Summer Houses Delivered and Installed?
The choice of summer houses delivered and installed is crucial if you want it to fulfil your requirements and also, importantly, last a long time. By having the building erected, you can be sure it has been assembled correctly and will last a very long time. All 1st Choice Diamond and Platinum (GREEN DELIVERY AREA) summer buildings have installation included free of charge so no worries for you.
Summer buildings, appropriately made and from quality timber are heavy, so erecting them is hard work. Some people like the challenge and the satisfaction of doing it themselves, but getting the experts in is the best way to ensure they are delivered and installed correctly. You will find that cheap summer houses are made in lots of small sections, which are easier to move about and more fiddly, but are more flimsy that buildings made in single units.
As there are many cheap models on the market, ALWAYS try to view your intended purchase so you can how well it is put together as this will give you a good idea of the ethos of the company involved. Check whether the summer house can be delivered and installed and, as a bonus, free of charge. If you don’t get this opportunity to view, then be very careful as it is tough to return a building after it has been delivered.
1st Choice offers a Free Installation Service. Don’t risk building just being dumped in your garden!
Buy From an Established Summer Building Business
A company which has been established a long time is the right choice. You can be reasonably sure that they have gained a great deal of expertise in the market.
More importantly, by being in business for a long time, they have listened to their customers. You will find the better-established companies do have ‘bricks and mortar’ sites for viewing and their website is just a tool to inform the public of their range of products.
These companies also tend to employ staff who you can talk to (just like in days gone by – how quaint, but charming) and advise you on what will be best for you. Most ‘web site only’ firms expect you to communicate through the modern wonder of email, which is OK but will never ‘actually’ beat talking to a person.
1st Choice was established in 1979. There is a physical office where you can talk to us – face to face.
Always View Summer Houses for Sale Before Buying
The internet is a fantastic tool for seeing what is available. It can be straightforward to purchase a summer house for your garden online sitting at home. With just a few clicks you can have made a decision, paid for a new building and before you know it your new garden building will on its way! However, moving in haste may make you repent at leisure!
There are many summer house UK manufacturers out there selling sub-quality buildings online, and this is where trouble can occur. Your new sunroom will have to stand up to the full force of our British weather, and any shortcomings in the materials used will expose it. So how can you tell?
With the internet, with its flashy web pages and, possibly if you are lucky, a glossy brochure you can never really know what your proposed summer house will be like in ‘real-life’. This is why it’s crucial, BEFORE delivery, to try to view any potential summer building. This will ensure that you can see and check for yourself how well it’s been made, that there is enough height inside and you can see that the doors and windows are solidly built (and not nasty, cheap and flimsy).
As well as that you can check what quality of timber which has been used. It’s claimed by many summer house firms, who only operate on the ‘web’, that it’s best to buy online and that you can save money. However, it’s never possible to be sure what you will get. You need to be VERY wary if they are not prepared to let you see their buildings beforehand. It’s a fact that the best value building is not always the cheapest one.
We have a large summer house UK show site near Guildford and Farnham in Surrey not far from the M25. We would love to show you our huge range of buildings which are all erected and ready to view. We have over 80 buildings on display, one of the largest collection of timber summer houses designs on display in the UK! We employ expert staff who will guide you through the buying process with no pressure. We are a simple and honest family business so come and see us. You will be very welcome.
Ensure the Timber Used is the Best for the These Summer Houses
It’s possible that you can save money by selecting one of these cheaper summer houses, but you do need to ensure that only the best and correct materials are used in your new building.
This means only using timber which comes from the colder parts of Europe such as Sweden, Norway, Finland, where it grows very slowly. This cold weather means it has the highest density ensuring it remains very stable even in varying weather.
The BBC asks the question ‘Could wooden buildings be a solution to climate change?’ They claim that carbon would be drawn from the air when utilising timber buildings and would entrap it within the structures of our homes and offices – with many seeing as the future of architecture. Strong words but potentially very probable. Climatesummer.Org was following this path back in 2007
The so-called inexpensive summer houses for sale are made using faster-growing cheaper whitewood trees, meaning it is likely to have more movement in your garden. Which is not right in the long run. But using timber can be seen to be better than other unsuitable, environmentally damaging materials.
1st Choice Sun Rooms are made using slow-growing Redwood Deal timber.
Insist on Toughened Glass in Your New Garden Summer Building
You will find the better tongue and groove summerhouses have toughened glass as standard.
To cut costs, the cheaper buildings will use horticultural glass (which is in essence – seconds) or worse still, plastic. This is ‘second-grade’ glass, and you will generally be able to see defects in it. Away from the busy activity, it can be just about OK but on buildings which are being used regularly is it not better not to take any chances?
If horticultural glass smashes, it breaks into jagged pieces, and you certainly would not want your children or grandchildren getting hurt. Horticultural glass does reduce the cost of the building but is it worth the risk? However, the better summerhouse manufacturers will, as standard, be using toughened glass and will be an excellent choice as well as peace of mind.
1st Choice Wooden Summer Houses have toughened glass windows and doors.
Do You Want a Run of the Mill Building or Are Your Special?
There is an advantage to buying standard sizes and designs are it can help to keep the cost down. However what happens if you don’t like where the windows and doors are then you would be out of luck?
This is why it’s good to talk to a timber building company who can make your building with a choice of summer house designs to suit you. It may be more expensive, but the extra cost can make the difference between putting up with what’s available or getting the best possible building for your garden.
Don’t regret saving a few pounds and compromising on the potential enjoyment of your new building.
1st Choice Bespoke Houses can be made in more or less any size or style to suit you.
Are All Summer Houses Sections Pre-Cut to Shape
I find it amazing that any company would consider supplying a building not finished but there are some factories which will do so. Unbelievable! These cheap summerhouse manufacturers supply panels or floors which need to be cut by you. This saves money but means more work for you and the possibility of mistakes. Always ensure that all the panels are supplied cut to shape and size.
Ensure that all the gable and shaped ends are cut to size. Some cheap outdoor summer house manufacturers offering summer houses for sale supply shaped ends which need to be cut by you. This saves a little money but means more work for you and the possibility of mistakes.
Do you really want to take the risk doing this? Also, if the manufacturer is trying to save a few pounds here what else might he be trying to save money on? Why not consider a corner summer house if you have a smaller garden?
All Summer Buildings from 1st Choice have pre-cut panels.
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Check Our Summer Buildings Buying Advice
The advantage of long-standing businesses is that they share good advice about buying summer buildings. This helps you to make the correct decision for you. You will find they will always offer advice which they have gleaned over many, many years and never forget that you may be in the market for another building later in the future.Take a look these Buying Advice Pages to give you further insights as to what you should look out for.
The key to buying a wood summer house or even a garden workshop is to ensure you do your homework, ensure you know who you are dealing with as well as trying to get the best value building for your home. And at face value, this is not always the lowest price.
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Finding Summer Houses For Sale in the UK has never been easier.
Choose us if you are interested in a new traditional, modern, contemporary, large or small summer building designed for your home. Whether it’s for sitting out in the garden on a sunny day or for using it as a recreation area, hobby room or somewhere to store your leisure equipment and gardening supplies. You can even find a corner summerhouse, if you have an unused corner in your garden, in the extensive range on offer on our 1st Choice Leisure Buildings web site.
A summerhouse with installation is one of the things you should be looking for and, to save you time and money, we will assemble free of charge. These buildings are ideally suited to any size of the back garden. They can be used for leisure or professional use to suit the needs of you all our buildings. From insulated sunrooms to wooden summerhouses and can be entirely bespoke. Why settle for anything less? We always strive to ensure we are your 1st Choice for your garden buildings.
How To Insulate a Summer House Floor, Walls and Roof
- 1/ Measure the size of your summer building. Check the height of the walls, measure the roof area, and take the dimensions of the floor if you want to insulate it
- 2/ There are several methods of insulating the building – i.e. fibreglass type, insulating a shed with polystyrene, or foam insulation sheets – so decide which one will be best for you.
- 3/ Contact your local builder’s merchants or maybe B&Q and order the required insulation
- 4/ To insulate the garden building walls you will need to cut the insulation to size. And this will fit in between the walls, and you then need to tack into place.
- 5/ Using plywood, hardboard or T&G timber boards you would then need to cover the walls.
- 6/ It’s similar when insulating the summer building’s roof – i.e. cut the selected insulation to size for the roof, polystyrene is my recommendation, as this can be cut slightly oversize so it can be wedged into place
- 7/ Line the roof with hardboard or plywood. Screwing these roof sheets is recommended into place so it can be removed if need be.
- 8/ The final thing to do with the roof is to cover the joints in the roof and wall panels with covering fascia strips. This ensures you are insulating of your summerhouse or hut has a tidy cosmetic finish
- 9/ How to insulate the summerhouse floor – You will need to fit insulation in between the floor joist and tack into place before assembling it.
- 10 Alternately, buy a summerhouse designed with insulation already fitted in place. This will be a bit more costly, but the easiest option. See our full range of insulated summer buildings on this page.
Insulated Summer House UK. How To Make The Right Choice.
Can I Insulate My Summer Building After Delivery?
What Other Options Do I Have?
How Much Will Insulation Cost For My Summer House
All of our Platinum pages have links to the prices of the basic buildings. On the order form, you will see the cost for that particular model.On some, there is even an option to insulate the floor for even better protection from the elements. One of the most common questions is whether you can afford it. Well, if you would like to use your new garden building all year round, then it’s worth working out what this extra use is worth to you. To be able to have full use of your office or hobby room is a great asset and a little piece of calm away from our mad world.
Call us on 0800 999 6995, and we will be glad to advise for your needs.
Will My Summer House Be Warm In The Winter?
If your building is insulated, then it will be nearly as warm as inside your house. Just like any building, during the colder spells, you will have to have some form of heating. The ideal solution is an electric heater. You can’t use a gas heater like Calor gas. Apart from the apparent flammability risk, it creates a lot of moisture which will tend to warp the timbers and cause damp. Besides keeping your new wooden summerhouse warm in the winter insulation will help to keep it cooler in the summer. This is something which not many people think about. I never used to think about it, but on our show site we had a typical summer building next to a designed insulated one, and I was checking them over.
When I went from the normal one into the insulated one, I could not believe the difference in temperature! I had to go back into the un-insulated one to check, so it’s well worth doing.
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Comprehensive Surrey Display Sites For Viewing
We believe that it is vital that you are given the opportunity to inspect various pressure treated summer house designs before parting with your money so we have established two easily-accessible display sites near Guildford and Farnham in Surrey which, hopefully, is not too far away where you can come and see over 100 buildings from all of our main ranges of buildings.
You can browse our wooden sunrooms at your leisure without worrying about any high-pressure salesmen pouncing on you (not that we would employ that type in any case!). So if you are asking the question ‘where are summer houses for sale near me’ and you need any help then we are there to advise. You can see an extensive range or Platinum and Diamond summerhouses which are all delivered and installed free (PLATINUM GREEN DELIVERY AREA ONLY) saving you time and money.
If you are looking for cheap summer houses, then you may be looking in the wrong place. But if you want great value, well made and designed to last summer buildings which will make you proud then come along and see for yourself how good they are. You won’t be sorry.
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Platinum Fully Bespoke Summer Houses
Why be forced into choosing between a summerhouse, storage shed, workshop or garden room when you can have any combination of these to suit your requirements?
We understand that every family – and every garden – is totally unique. Hence, we are happy to offer a range of buildings which are made to measure without incurring any financial premium.
You won’t want to be limited to three or four standard designs so we allow you to tailor any of our standard four-sided buildings to your requirements; you will be amazed at the number of different combinations that are possible.
Simply choose any Platinum summerhouse, workshop or home office and, with the addition of one or more partitions and some extra doors (either externally or within the partition itself) you will soon design a striking building that is practical, long-lasting and unique to your specific taste and configuration.
By taking your time and thinking about what would work for you you can be sure a bespoke building would be perfect. No half measures or ‘making do’. That is the best way.
Choosing Your Made To Measure Building
See all the summer house designs at our UK show sites in Surrey and see how good these buildings are! Any Questions? Call Right Now! When you search for ‘summer houses for sale’, whether for a contemporary, insulated, corner, large or small sunroom for your home.Whether it’s for sitting out in the garden on a sunny day or for using it as a recreation area, hobby room or just somewhere to store your leisure equipment and gardening supplies, then you find will find a large range on offer, including summer house shed combination buildings on our 1st Choice Leisure Buildings website. If our standard design range doesn’t suit, then we can make bespoke summer houses for your needs.
Are you looking for summer houses delivered and installed, if so, then don’t settle for anything less than our Diamond and Platinum (GREEN DELIVERY AREA) buildings which are delivered and erected free of charge? Also, take a look on this page Ten Helpful Tips When Buying A Summerhouse
Summer houses for sale for your garden – a great asset at your home, so you need to ensure you choose wisely. The Platinum and Diamond range of sun houses, which are both family businesses, supply quality sunrooms for sale made to last and to look good.
Using durable redwood deal timber cladding, toughened glass and robust, attractive doors & windows, they can take all that ‘Mother Nature’ can throw at them. No OSB (Sterling Board) is used on these buildings, just proper timber.
We install all of our garden summer houses free of charge (Diamond and Platinum GREEN DELIVERY AREA) and can arrange a base building service for you to make your life easy. All sizes and designs to suit your needs, so don’t accept a compromise.
We strongly advise people to take the time and look at the buildings they are thinking of buying. Come and see the full range of wooden luxury sunrooms at our Surrey UK showrooms and make your mind up. No pushy sale people – just free buying advice.
Looking after your new summer building is important so take a look on this page How To and How Often to Treat Your Garden Summer Houses. There is some great advice on there. Also consider the question Do I Need Planning Permission For My Summer House? before buying.
Also crucial to a long life is a good base for the building to go onto. Take a look at this page How to Build a Summer House or Summer Garden Building Base for tips on how to do this.
We always strive to ensure we should be your 1st Choice – a family business established in 1979.