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9 Things To Consider When Buying A Garden Workshop

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 building.

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.

Invest in Quality: Why a Workshop is Worth It

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?

Planning Permission and Permitted use

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. We are only a phone call away and are happy to advise.

Make Sure Your Workshop Fits the Space Available

There is no point planning a heavy-duty 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.

Kid-Friendly Garden Buildings

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!

Blend the New Building in with Its Surroundings

Designing the exterior of your shed 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!

Designing The Interior

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!

Doors & Window Designs

Your new garden building 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.

Think About Your Local Weather

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!

Professional Assembly & Installation

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.

About Author:

Robin Antill is an established authority in the field of quality garden building manufacturing, boasting over four decades of experience. Having founded Titan Garden Buildings in 1979, he demonstrated a commitment to excellence from the outset by moving away from subpar materials and embarking on crafting buildings of superior quality.

His lineage of craftsmanship, traced back to his father and grandfather's business in Cleethorpes, underscores his dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. Robin's son, Craig, who joined the business in 1990, brings additional expertise, having honed his skills at Guildford College in joinery.

Together, they elevated Titan Garden Buildings, which eventually evolved into 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. Their enduring focus on premium materials, top-notch manufacturing, and unparalleled customer service, along with Craig's digital acumen in creating the company's online presence, showcase their expertise and reliability in the industry.

Robin’s expertise was featured in Realtor.com, Homes&Gardens, The London Economic, and dozens other publications.

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