When buying a garden workshop it seems to be very straight forward to – just click on the ‘web’ find the building in the size you want and then search for the best price. ‘Piece of Cake YES?Well not really as there are so many different heavy duty workshops available from the ‘cheap and possibly nasty’ right up to ones which would feel at home in a posh country home.
To ensure you make the right decision you need to do your homework to ensure you make the right choice and buy the right one for YOUR needs. By spending a little time before making a decision you can judge each option on its merits. Weigh up the overall value of each building to ensure you choose the right building. The cheapest choice is not always the best value!
1st Choice Leisure Buildings – ONLY Offers Buildings Made to The Highest Quality
By deciding to buy from an established business you will find this is the best option as you can be sure that their expertise in the garden buildings industry is key to their success. Also, normally this will only happen when they have been selling the right buildings to their customers at the right price and this normally follows after listening to them. By choosing a business with a fixed ‘brick and mortar’ address’ is always good as you can actually be sure there is somewhere to contact if you need to. If the business is only available on the internet then how can you be sure who they are and whether they will be here today, tomorrow and in the future. Having a fixed address is always a good thing to have and is reassuring if you need to contact them in the future. Sure – emails are great but you are dependent on these being responded to, and quickly.
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 – When they started making garden buildings and are a family business.
You will find that these type of timber buildings tend to be quite large and heavy so assembling them can be challenging. This may be something you would like to do but it will always be a better option to get the experts in.
This will save a lot of heavy lifting and you can be sure that the building is erected correctly. Why spend a lot of money and struggle to build it? Let someone else do it and just enjoy the finished result.
The national average cost to build a new workshop on your property can range from £10 to £20 per square foot so you can see you can save a lot of money with our free construction service. Don’t risk your new building just being dumped in your garden!
1st Choice will assemble all their wooden workshops free of charge.
The ‘internet’ is an amazing thing (thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee) but the flashiest of web pages and glossy brochure can never show a REAL feel for what you are buying. This is not a problem with many standard items but when selecting YOUR new ‘man cave’ or large shed it’s important to know that your expectations will be met with the same as what you ordered. By being able to view your proposed building you can be reassured of the quality and see how well constructed it is, you can check the height to ensure you won’t bang your head and can see if the doors and windows are made from stern stuff. This will help you to distinguish the ‘wheat from the chaff’ – i.e. the made down to a price cheap and nasty workshops, which are readily available on the internet, and the well constructed, properly made buildings which are designed to last a long time. The claims by the retailers, who only sell online, that it’s good to buy online and that you can save money may be true to a certain degree BUT there is only one way to be sure you won’t end up with that ‘cheap and nasty’ building in your garden. By viewing beforehand you can save yourself from the stress and potential heartache. And it VITAL to remember that the cheapest price is not always the best value. Click Here For A Walk Through Of Our Display Site
You will find that most of the ‘cheap’ sheds will use Sterling board, chipboard or OSB board or Sterling board on the roofs and floors to save money. This would be fine in an ideal scenario but as soon as any damp gets into these boards (and being outside is nearly unavoidable) they will start to swell and then disintegrate. This will be the end of your shiny new man cave without any expensive repairs.
These sectional workshop companies know this so by saying their floors and roofs are made from ‘Sheet Materials’ they hope to hide the fact from you. They avoid using the words ‘sterling board, chipboard, OSB board, etc’ as they know it’s quite possible that there will be problems in the near future. Be VERY cautious if any OSB board etc is used on a roof as this will fail as soon as it gets wet.
1st Choice Sectional Buildings – are free of chipboard, OSB board, Sterling board on all of their workshops.
Standard sizes and designs have certain advantages as these can help keep the costs down a little however why not consider a building to suit YOU and YOUR garden. This will enable you to utilise your new sectional building and allow it to have the best use and to fit in the space that you have available.
By deciding on a company which can make a garden building in the size and design for you then this is what can happen. This might be a little more expensive but this small extra cost can be the difference between being 100% satisfied or ‘making do’. Well worth considering surely? 1st Choice started because the owner couldn’t get a building in the size and design he needed so decided to do it himself. 40 years on he is still helping customers get what they would like and that could be you. Don’t accept a compromise.
Bespoke 1st Choice Garden Workshops – in ‘more or less’ any design or size to suit you – it’s in their DNA
It can be cheaper to use inferior grades of wood or whitewood and can be OK, to a certain degree, if you only want a shed to last a year or two. But by insisting on the better redwood timber you can ensure a long life for your new ‘pride and joy’ for your home. Redwood by its very nature grows slower than white wood so the grain is more tightly compacted and will last longer.
It also tends to retain more of the resin within the wood which gives it a waxy feeling which further enhances the virtues. Whitewood because it grows so quickly is prone to having little knots dropping out. So redwood, even though it can be a little more expensive, is the best option for a long term building.
1st Choice Garden Buildings – Select redwood deal timber on the majority of their buildings for longer life.
It amazes me that many of the cheap workshops, besides being made of chipboard, etc and other nasty materials, are delivered in pieces which you have to build some of the panels yourself. Absolutely Bonkers! If you are buying a cheap building always double check what you are getting.
All 1st Choice Workshops – are delivered in complete sections. Not just dumped in your garden.
It amazes me that many of the cheap workshops, besides being made of chipboard, etc and other nasty materials, are delivered in pieces which you have to build some of the panels yourself. Absolutely Bonkers! If you are buying a cheap building always double check what you are getting. Visit this page for more Garden Workshops Buying Advice You will be pleased that you did.
The garden building is used traditionally through the warmer months and then, maybe, used as a storage place throughout the winter. Well, how about being able to use it all year round? With a little added investment and then deciding on an insulated garden workshop, you can use this wonderful building all year round. Your children can be out from under your feet and they can use it as their own with their computer games, music or chilling with their friends. Mum or Dad could use it as a ‘man cave’ or ‘she den’ for their own hobbies or pastimes. Or an insulated garden workshop or shed could be used as a home mini-factory for your business and if so, the cost would be tax deductible which is a ‘win-win’ for you.
It’s reasonably easy to fully insulate a garden workshop or sectional building if you have semi-reasonable DIY skills. You would need to buy fibreglass insulation, purpose-made material or polystyrene and then cut this to size and fit it in between the internal framework. The fibreglass insulation will need tacking into place to stop it moving before you fix the inner skin. This can be plywood, hardboard (which you can get with an attractive veneer on it) or even T&G boarding. This is OK for the walls but the roof can be a little tricky as you have to put the insulation into place, but you have gravity working against you, making fitting the inner skin fiddly. You would, ideally, need 2 or 3 people to do the roof. After you have completed that it would also be a good idea to use cover strips over the joins to finish it off making it the ideal outdoor man cave.
On all our outbuildings, insulated workshops and sectional buildings (only timber or wooden) we are able to offer a full range of insulation options. All our Platinum buildings can have their roof and walls lined and then insulated enabling you to benefit from all year round use. We normally use a Kingspan quality insulation which is a solid composition with foil backing. There is a range of different internal linings. Before finishing the building will have internal trims fitted ensuring a delightful finish. With a choice of internal cladding, you can choose one to suit you.
If your wooden outbuilding is insulated either by yourself or through our service then it will be nearly as warm as inside your house. Like your house during the colder spells you will have to have some form of heating inside. Ideally, an electric radiator, but never a Calor gas heater. Besides the flammability of it – these types of heaters give off a lot of moisture and can make the building damp. Avoid at all costs!
Besides keeping your new garden house (or man cave or she room) warm in the winter it will help to keep it cooler in the summer. And this is something which not many people think about. And to be honest I never used to think about that but on our show site we had a normal uninsulated building next to an insulated one and I was checking them over. When I went from the uninsulated into the insulated one I could not believe the difference in temperature. I had to go back into the uninsulated one to check, so well worth doing.
All of our Platinum pages have links to the prices of the basic buildings and 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 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 all year round use is worth to you. To be able to have an all year round office or hobby room is a great asset and a little piece of calm away from our mad world. Or call us directly and we will be glad to provide a no obligation personal quote for you.
We are, of course, very happy to supply you with a firm quote to meet your needs.
Just call us on (0333) 800 8880, (01483) 237550 or (01252) 311085 use our contact form or visit our display sites near Woking and Farnham.
How Do I Choose The Right Heavy Duty Building?
We have home workshops on display near Guildford & Farnham so come and see for yourself. Fully pressure treated option & toughened glass, free assembly and in any size or design. So when buying garden workshops, heavy-duty sheds or sectional workshops it might seem to be very straight forward – just click on the ‘web’ by maybe typing ‘garden workshops near me’ finding the building in the size you want and then search for the best price. ‘Easy Peasy – YES? Well, as there are so many different heavy-duty workshops, large & small, available from the ‘cheap and possibly nasty’ right up to ones which would feel at home in a posh country home the answer is ‘not really’. To ensure you make the right decision you need to do your homework to ensure you make the right choice and buy the right one for YOUR needs. Any Questions? Call Right Now!
1st Choice Leisure Buildings, A Family Business Since 1979, ONLY Offers High Quality Timber Buildings To Suit YOU.
Don’t RISK buying timber workshops with an OSB roof. Our roofs are T&G Timber boards with Onduline & batons underneath to allow air flow. This roof also has 15 years design life against leaking.
These Platinum Southampton Apex heavy duty garden buildings are made from fully tanalised redwood timber (not cheap whitewood) are some of the best available on the market.
These superb timber garden buildings include double doors, wooden floor, FREE erection to make your life easier and FREE delivery to most of England (mainland).Available to be viewed at our display site near Guildford and Farnham where you can examine the high quality of this large workshop for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
These Platinum Southampton Pent Heavy Duty Timber Workshops are some of the best available on the market. Made from fully tanalised redwood timber (not cheap whitewood). This is designed to protect against rot for up to 15 years. Besides that there is a T&G roof covered with Onduline which also has 15 years design life against leaking.
These superb pent large wooden workshops include double doors, wooden floor and are erected FREE to make your life easier and FREE delivery to most of England (mainland).
Available to be viewed at our heavy duty workshops display site near Woking and Farnham in Surrey where you can examine the high quality of these pent wooden garden rooms for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
These Platinum Southampton Transverse Apex Timber Frame Buildings are some of the best available on the market. Made from fully tanalised redwood timber (not cheap whitewood). This is designed to protect against rot for up to 15 years. Besides that there is a T&G roof covered with Onduline which also has 15 years design life against leaking.
These superb transverse apex large timber buildings include wooden floor, double doors, FREE assembly to make your life easier and FREE delivery to most of England (mainland).
View EXAMPLES at our large wood workshops UK display site near Guildford and Farnham in Surrey where you can examine the high quality of these pent wooden workshops for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
These Platinum Fareham Apex Garden Buildings on a wooden frame feature top quality materials and are made from fully tanalised redwood timber (not cheap whitewood). This is designed to protect against rot for up to 15 years. Besides that there is a T&G roof covered with Onduline which also has 15 years design life against leaking.
These superb Fareham Apex large sheds include wooden floor, double doors, FREE ASSEMBLY which will make your life easier as well as FREE delivery to most of England (mainland). View examples at our wooden buildings display area near Woking and Farnham in Surrey where you can examine the high quality of these Fareham Apex heavy duty garden workshops for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
Platinum Fareham Pent Wooden Sectional Workshops feature top quality materials and are made from fully tanalised pressure treated redwood timber (not cheap whitewood). This is designed to protect against rot for up to 15 years. Besides that there is a T&G roof covered with Onduline which also has 15 years design life against leaking.
These superb Fareham Pent timber garden rooms include joinery grade double doors, wooden floor, FREE erection which will make your life easier as well as FREE delivery to most of England (mainland). View examples at our wooden garden workshop display site between Woking and Farnham in Surrey where you can examine the high quality of this Fareham Pent UK garden building for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
Platinum Fareham Transverse Sectional Workshops feature top quality materials and are made from fully tanalised pressure treated redwood timber (not cheap whitewood). This is designed to protect against rot for up to 15 years. Besides that there is a T&G roof covered with Onduline which also has 15 years design life against leaking.
This superb Fareham reverse apex wooden garden stores include joinery grade double doors, wooden floor, FREE FITTING which will make your life easier as well as FREE delivery to most of England (mainland). View examples at our garden buildings display sites near Farnham and Guildford in Surrey and where you can examine the high quality of these Fareham Transverse Apex Garden Buildings for your self. Fully bespoke options.
These Diamond Barnham Apex Wood Workshops are in the ‘Rolls Royce’ quality range but NOT in the ‘Rolls Royce’ price bracket. Examine the quality on our display sites in Surrey where you can inspect the impeccable quality of these timber frame buildings, from the chunky 2×2 framing, the extra thick redwood deal cladding, the superb eaves height and the fantastic super strong barn like doors.
Most people who view take the decision to view buy one after seeing these superb wooden workshops for sale. (we believe that you should be able to view the quality of our building and not just rely on a brochure or computer screen)
NOTHING beats feeling the product for yourself. Come and visit one of our two Surrey show rooms where our friendly advisers will be able to answer all your questions and help you choose the right building for you. You know it makes sense.
We have been selling the Diamond Barnham Heavy Duty pent wooden workshops for many years now as they, and the Platinum buildings, are probably some of the best garden buildings available on the market.
All the details are right from the heavy duty floor, to the strong and solid 2×2 framework, to the great lower height of the pent workshop – which is over 6ft 3in – with solid doors which would not look out of place on a barn. And you can choose Classic or Georgian windows to suit you.
To appreciate the quality you need to see them for yourself. And you can at one of our two Surrey show rooms close to Woking, Guildford, Farnham and Aldershot. It’s well worth a visit just to see these buildings. You know it makes sense.
The Platinum Traditional traditional building is designed around hand crafted, traditional tried and tested methods as well as the method of construction. However, these great qualities have been built upon for the 21st century.
The addition of vents in the soffits of the roof aids ventilation in the building and the diagonal bracing added means these super strong buildings can withstand everything the weather can throw at it. Add in the superb Onduline roof, with its expected life against leaking for 15 years (yes 15 years), built on top of a superb T&G boarded roof on raised batons ensures the very environment for this traditional storage unit.
Our grandparents knew the meaning of something being made ‘right’ and took great delight in owning a traditional shed they could be proud of with these type of qualities these Portsmouth workshops have.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner. Either way, you need to buy the right timber workshop for your own personal needs. Gardening is a serious matter, in fact, it’s one of the most common occupations and past-times. The industry reported over $47 billion in sales within one year. Clearly, there are many people around the world who consider gardening a crucial part of a happy home life. Whether you are an old hand or a beginner, this article will give you the right advice for choosing the perfect garden workshop. Below are the top nine things you need to think about when it comes to choosing your workshop. You deserve to have the best building for your budget, lifestyle, and garden.
Before getting started on shopping for the right workshop, you need to consider why you want one. What are you going to use the extra space for? Maybe you need it for storage. Maybe you need more of a professional workspace where your creativity can bloom. Maybe you just need a sheltered building where you can flex those green fingers! Growing you own has become extremely popular, especially amongst Millennials. Over the past ten years, Millennials have more than doubled their spend on growing their own food in their garden. Think about that! How do you want your workshop to look to best suit your family’s needs?
Make sure you follow your local Council’s regulations when adding a garden building. Many buildings do not need planning permission but be careful. Certain builds need to be at least two metres from an adjoining property’s wall. It may be that you need to get retrospective planning permission. It’s always better to check with your Council website if your newly erected man cave meets your local authority’s requirements! Do the research ahead of time – this will save you from a few headaches down the road
There is no point planning a heavy-duty garden workshop which is bigger than your garden! Take accurate measurements of your garden and the available space. At 1st Choice, we have every size and shape imaginable so don’t panic! We have a building which will fit. Choose the man cave which fits your requirements and you won’t go wrong. Then, think about where in the garden you want to site the workshop. Too far away from your gardening space then you are only going to create problems for yourself. If there is easy access to water then prioritise that, an outside tap or access to a hose. It may seem obvious but don’t plan a garden workshop which is larger than half of your garden’s total area. There is no point having a building which is too big! There’s also no point in just having a building to store a few shovels.
If you have children or pets running around then the new workshop might pose a threat. We don’t always think about sharp tools, weedkiller or dangerous chemicals we use while gardening. You may wish to consider locking the garden when you are not around. This would prevent theft as well as keeping your children and pets safe!
Designing the exterior of your workshop needs proper consideration. For natural gardens, it’s clearly beneficial to have a building which blends in with its natural surroundings. If you buy a wooden workshop, consider painting it in natural colours. Another option is to go the other way and create a George Clarke type of space with Farrow and Ball type paintwork to match the window sills or interior walls. Go one way or the other, either blend in or be adventurous!
After you have decided the exact use of your workshop, you will need to design the interior. Think about the main areas and organise them sensibly, For example, you don’t want to have to battle to the back of the workshop to grab your most-used garden tools! Put those most frequently used at the front for easy access. Keep the centre of the workshop uncluttered. That way, everything else will be easy to access. Keep the place neat and tidy so that you always know where everything is. This is harder than it may seem as time goes by!
Your new garden workshop is an investment which will enhance the value of your property. As such it makes sense to make the most of the new building. Consider it a home improvement project. There many types of doors and windows which can improve the usability of your sectional building. For example double, barn sized doors provide a large opening if you think you will be storing mowers or other types of large equipment. A stable door is a sensible choice if you need to keep pets or children out for their safety. These only open at the top, allowing airflow and light in whilst the bottom half can be locked. Shutters can be a good idea for windows to keep the sunlight out during the summer.
Be sensible about how to look after your workshop in all weathers! If you live in an area by the sea or subject to storms then make sure you have a proper roof, with tiles. Make you build a premium timber workshop as these will stand up to the worst the weather has to throw at us! You won’t be able to say the same about a cheap shed bought from your local DIY store! For sunny places, you will need to think about a lot of windows to open to keep the place cool. The best option, of course, is to choose an insulated building for all year round practical use!
Installing a garden workshop is a big job. Do not underestimate the time and effort required to install the building!
We can take the pain away assembling your new build. 1st Choice will assemble all of the Platinum and Diamond buildings free of charge. That has to make sense! We are here to make sure you get the best workshop to fit your lifestyle and gardening needs. Check out our Surrey showrooms today to get started on your sensible home improvement project.
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If you need help about planning permission take a look at our page about planning requirements for wooden garden workshop on our web site or go direct to the Planning Portal Official Site
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We, being a family business, have been involved in the manufacture of quality garden workshops for sale since 1979 when Robin started his first production unit. Craig, Robin’s son, joined in 1990 and trained at Guildford College in joinery. And for over 20 years we ran one of the largest UK garden building companies in the south of England, and make very strong timber workshops, and made the conscious decision to only deal with quality materials which we knew would last the test of time. This ethos probably comes from our upbringing. Robin’s father and grandfather were Master Butchers in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and Quality and Customer Service was always the keyword behind their businesses.
Craig is a key member of the business and is helping 1st Choice to embrace the challenges of the 21st century. And with his two children, Daniel and Rebecca, the future looks very promising. So as you can see we are not just salespeople selling a range of products who know nothing of little about the products but have the history behind us to ensure that when you choose ‘1st Choice’ then you know that your wooden workshop, man cave, or sectional building will actually be ‘1st Choice.
These delightful buildings have an option to be lined and insulated for all year round use. Well worth considering and will provide even more uses for your new building. Available to be viewed at our display site near Guildford and Farnham where you can examine the high quality of this large workshop for your self. Fully bespoke options and any size.
You really need to see them to appreciate how good they are. And you can at our garden workshops display site near Guildford and Farnham. It’s well worth a visit just to see these buildings. All Diamond buildings are erected free of charge saving you time, money and aching muscles. A great reason to choose Diamond.
Both companies are able to offer any size or style to suit your needs so don’t be afraid to ask and ensure you buy a building to suit your needs. Full lining and insulating options for all year round use on the premium Platinum Apex workshops. How do you know how good they are? Take a look and inspect them at our Surrey display sites and be amazed. You will be very welcome.
Made from sturdy redwood timber these buildings use no unsuitable materials, such as chipboard etc, and are designed for the long haul. Free installation is included as standard on these buildings. Included as standard is toughened glass for safety. Full insulating and lining options for all year round use on these Platinum premium workshops. To see how good they are? Be amazed when you take a look when you inspect them at our Surrey display sites. You will get a family welcome.
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