Should I Choose An Insulated Timber Building For My Garden
During the warmer part of the year, it’s a pleasure to use your garden workshops but as soon as the cold weather comes it gets abandoned and which you only venture out to use it on a ‘needs must’ basis. Well, wouldn’t be nice to be able to go out into your nice warm insulated garden building and enjoy a bit of peace and use the building for its intended purpose. Well if you decided to invest a little extra money this could be a possibility for you and this will allow you to have all year round use in it. Whether you use it or you allow your children to utilise it for playing computer games, listening to music or spending their time with their friends. However, in this instance you would need to ensure everything was safe for them. A more obvious choice is as a ‘man cave’ or a ‘she den’ allowing either to preserve their sanity from the day to day world. Or maybe used as a small business workshop. And if you are making money (and declaring it) you would be allowed to claim for the business use of it. So could be a ‘win-win’ for you.
Can I Insulate My Garden Workshop After It Has Been Delivered?
Anyone with reasonable DIY skills should be able to line and insulate their outbuilding after it has been delivered. What you will need to do is to decide on the type on cladding to use – normally plywood, hardboard (which can have a good looking veneer finish) or T&G cladding. You can choose between fibreglass insulation of polystyrene as an insulating material. You would then need to cut the polystyrene to size and fit it between the internal framework of your building. If you use fibreglass this would need to be tacked into place as it’s not self-supporting. I would always recommend polystyrene for the roof as this can be cut slightly oversize so when you put it in between the roof timbers it will hold itself into place. To make this job easier enlist the help of one or two more people. This will allow two people to hold the roof cladding in place whilst you screw it into place. The final thing to do is to fit cover strips over the joins ensuring a delightful finish to the job.
Do I Have Any Other Options?
Utilising our experience over 39 years we are able to offer all the Platinum timber workshops with full lining and insulation options which are often used as an insulated office shed. The walls and roof can be insulated and the lined. This will allow you to use your workshop all year round in comfort. To further enhance your building we can insulate the floor as well and this will reduce the cold coming up from the ground. The insulation used is normally Kingspan and this includes a foil backing which helps the properties of the insulation. There is a standard range of cladding but there are other options if they don’t suit. Finally, and to enhance the appearance, internal trims are added for a great finish.
Is It Expensive To Add Insulation To My Garden Building?
The cost for insulation is listed on the order form for each building so you can check out the cost before you decide. There is the ‘under the table’ option for lining the floor and we would need to price these separately for you at the moment. Whether you can afford it? I think you need to think how much more valuable it would be to use your garden building all year round and not just during the warmer months. Whether you use it as a workshop and make things in it or whether you just enjoy the peace away from the busyness in your house – it will make a great ‘man cave’ or ‘she den’. That alone makes it worthwhile and well worth considering.
Will My Insulated Timber Workshop Be Cosy In The Winter?
The addition of insulation to any out building in the garden will enhance its ability to keep the inside warm, whether you add it yourself or we make life easy for you and we do it for you. This will make you building nearly as warm as your house. Naturally, you will have to use heating in the building like you would in your home, certainly during the winter months. The best form of heating is gained by using an electric radiator. Never ever use a Calor gar heather. Besides the danger of it the gas produces masses of moisture and will make your building damp. Never do this.
Also, by adding insulation to your building it will help to keep it cooler in the summer. Not many people know that (as Michael Caine once said). And I didn’t until one day I went from an insulated building into an uninsulated one on our show site. I was staggered by the difference in temperature. So much that I went and double checked. This is a very good reason for making that decision and making a wise investment in an insulated building.
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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 the garden workshop 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 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 garden shed just after I got married and did not have any money. My brain wave at the time was to make a garden shed 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 a shed after helping his friend build a log cabin and his efforts earned him a nomination for a national prize. His garden shed 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 shed 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 shed 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 eco-friendly insulated office cum shed.