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We believe that it is vital that you are given the opportunity to inspect our modern summerbuildings before parting with your so we have established two easily-accessible display sites near Guildford and Farnham in Surrey which is not too far away where you can come and over 100 buildings from all of our main ranges of buildings. You can browse at your leisure without worrying about any high pressure salesmen pouncing on you (not that we would employ that type in any case!). If you need any help then we are there to advise.
A modern summer house is, normally, a safe haven for your valuables where they can be kept dry and secure from intruders. Inside this versatile building your tools, bikes, garden equipment and other such items are protected and are available as and when required. However, you do need to be careful and ensure all security measures are in place.
The shed is typically a man’s pride and joy and ‘woe betide’ anyone who dares to intrude into this space uninvited. This can include ‘the other half’ at times who sometimes come rooting about, but thankfully this doesn’t happen very often. This obsession with the garden shed comes from early in the 20th century and peaked after the Second World War when the need to grow food helped with the meagre wages at the time but also turned into a welcome hobby and a break from the day to day toil of their daily job.
As time as gone on more and more women have also take a strong liking to the garden shed and many of them now have their own one. These buildings are regularly used for their hobbies and crafting and you can include my wife in those groups. Most Wednesday nights she shares her ‘hobby room’ which she bought from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, who supply a range of modern summer houses as well, with her friends where they indulge in their hobby of card making and crafting. I will say both my wife and myself enjoy these evening for differing reasons.
Like men women are very territorial about their garden shed – ‘their pride and joy’ – and when a burglar decided to chance his arm and broke into Judith Gazzard’s garden shed he made a very bad choice. He obviously thought it was an easy target and after breaking into her conservatory then proceeded to break into her shed as well.
Judith had heard a noise in the night and upon investigation found her conservatory in a right mess which she described as like a bomb site. Looking out into the garden she noticed a light on in the garden shed so crept out and locked the door from outside before calling the police. Whether it’s a good idea to go outside in the dark at night is questionable but that did not deter her.
When the police arrived they found drug addict, Jason Marshall, inside who was high on mephedrone and had eaten from a tub of bird food pellets. If that is what these drugs do to you I’m glad I have never had the inclination to experiment with them. He also was found eating Magnums ice cream, which are my favourite. And if I had found him eating ‘MY’ Magnums and been in my garden shed then I would not have been responsible for my actions.
Judith’s actions led to Marshall going to court and being sent to jail for 16 months after he confessed to breaking into the shed and conservatory. She was praised by the judge as her actions had helped to catch a repeat offender and was awarded £250 for her troubles.
This incident is just one of the reasons in our modern times why you should ensure your garden shed and other buildings are kept locked up securely. By doing so you are removing the temptation from these people who, for one reason or another, are keen to target any easy and vulnerable buildings. Take a look at 1st Choice’s articles which gives good advice as to what should be done. By following these guidelines you should make your shed and any modern summer houses very undesirable to thieves which as to be a good thing.
The British are known world wide for talking about the weather, whether it’s too cold, too hot, too wet, too windy etc. and nowhere is it talked about more that when we are in the garden. This is logical as when we are indoors it does not affect us that much but out and about it’s all too apparent.
Gardeners are mostly affected by extremes in the weather when they are trying to grow produce in their garden. Too cold and the frost can delay growth or even kill their plants. Too hot and the plants can wilt in the sun and with no rain the plants won’t even grow at all. So, depending on the weather, it’s back into the garden shed to prepare for the change in weather as the shed can protect your plants from the cold and can be watered as required.
This situation is not likely to change soon as climate change is affecting most of the world. In the UK we have several global phenomenon such as the Gulf Stream and the Jet Stream. Both of these give us better and warmer weather that what we should receive at our latitude but any changes in these will affect us greatly.
The forthcoming weather patterns are showing signs of changing and we should expect more extremes of weather such as warmer and wetter seasons. The expected seasons are likely to be hot drier summers and wet warmer winters. The change is reasonably gradual but we do need to adapt to it so that we can obtain the best standard of life for our family.
In the garden we need to harvest as much rainwater as possible so that it can be used during the warmer and drier parts of the year. And this is relatively easy with the addition of some water buts in the garden. By attaching some gutters to your garden shed the rain water can be channelled into a rainwater but and this can be used to water the garden. Not only is this greener but if you are on a water meter, which many people are nowadays, it can help reduce your water bill. Only today I was relaying my patio and had to mix some mortar mix. I used water from my wife’s rather modern summer house water barrel but when she wasn’t looking. (she normally uses the water for watering her flowers)
Attaching gutters and downpipes to your shed is relatively easy. You just screw the gutter brackets onto the side of your garden shed and the gutter then clips into place. The down pipe is then channelled down into the water but. Sometimes putting the brackets in place can be tricky but there is an easier option. Marley Rainsaver gutters just clip onto the edge of the garden shed meaning no holes to drill. You can even move it to a different shed if you choose. 1st Choice had this system on one of their outside summer houses at their display site.
Other steps will can help are ‘green roofs’ on garden sheds. These will help to hold water in which will help plants to survive. The downside is that sheds with ‘green roofs’, a modern idea, are more expensive as they have to be strengthened to take the weight.
The influx of concrete driveways is another problem with retaining water for domestic use. The water tends to run away and not soak into the garden. By adding green roofs or by harvesting rainwater you will find this will help in the future. This is really important for us in the UK as more and more people are utilising the garden to supplement their household’s budgets which are under great strain at the moment.