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Take a minute out of your gardening and just add up all your garden machinery, your bike and all the tools are actually worth, it’s a surprisingly high value so you might want to invest in a secure shed option like one of these metal sheds, made out of hot dipped galvanised, strengthened steel, so it’s built just for the job, its also got, and I particularly like this bit, the sliding doors at the front the handles are pre-drilled, you obviously need a padlock on it, its just easy to fit, the dark green panels are powder coated and that’s much durable than ordinary paint, in fact the whole thing has got a 12 year guarantee against rust.
Now don’t be put off when you get, don’t be put off by the big bag of screws that you get, I’m not kidding there’s a lot there, because each of these individual panels and screw top and bottom to make it ridged and secure, they’re all guaranteed against rust, they’re all galvanised so they’re not going to rust.
Look out for the stickers which are included in the fitting instructions and will make sure you have all the parts, once you’re inside its actually got a light and airy feel, its 6x5 so as you can see you can get your mower in there, got your bike in there, stainless steel spades and tools, secateurs, you can get a lot in these metal sheds, its also white in there which gives it the light and airy feel.
You can secure it straight onto hard standing onto slabs, you can use anchors that go down or you can buy an optional floor, bolt it to that with galvanised bearers as well to keep it all nice underneath.
This one is 6ft x 5ft, there are other sizes in the range. It really is a great piece of kit that could save you a fortune.
Construction and Treatment
Whichever shed or garden building you choose, it’s going to have been construction in one of two ways, shiplap or overlap. The benefits of shiplap board shed construction are that it’s been slow grown for increased stability, it’s also been kiln dried to reduce warping and shrinkage and the planed profile is ideal if you want a smooth finish. The tongue and groove, interlocking shed construction is great for stability and extra strength.
The benefits of overlap shed construction are, the boards are square cut which gives a lovely rustic look, they’re also made from British soft wood and because the boards are overlapping and not interlocked, it allows the building to move and the timber to breathe.
Whatever garden product you’ve got in the garden made out of wood, is going to be treated in one of three ways. The first one being, not at all – that means absolute bare, naked wood, as soon as you get this in the garden you’ll need to get it stained, preserved or painted as soon as you can. The second type is dip treated, now this is when the preservative has just gone into the wood slightly – you’ve got a 10 year guarantee against rot…but only if you paint it every 2 years with a suitable preservative or exterior wood paint. The third type is pressure treated wood, and as the name implies, the preservative has been forced into the wood, it’s gone in further, it’s impregnated the wood further, and you’ve got a 15 year guarantee against rot with this one…you don’t have to paint it, you don’t need perverse it for 15 years. On a typical 8x6 sheds this could save you at least £150.00 and a whole lot of time, but you might want to just to keep it looking lively.
If you need move living space and the thought of getting the builders in fills you with dread how about your own beautiful log cabin in the garden, this model is 4m x 3m but there are over 20 different sizes and styles to suit your particular needs. Now when you’re buying log cabins, I reckon there are a couple of things you really need to look closely at. The first is this, have you seen it? Double tongue and groove interlock boards, that gives this structure incredible agility and the other thing, slow grown Scandinavian softwood and when it’s manufactured it gives it a lovely smooth and tactile finish, but for me the dream really starts when you get inside.
This is a fabulous space, can you imagine the little ones playing so safely on the floor, the boards are smooth with no problems with splinters, can you imagine the teenagers in these log cabins, using it as a bit of a den, a bit of a hang out area, and we’re all told we’ve all got an unwritten book in all of us, what a great place to start that blockbuster novel and log cabins are perfect for that at home gym, a music room, and artists studio but whatever you do in here in winter you’re going to be cosy and in summer its going to be light and airy, must be because of these fantastic windows.
These units are double glazed, inwards opening, tilt and turn windows, and it’s the windows and doors in these log cabins that really set them apart from the rest.
Now construction, don’t be daunted if you’re a confident DIY’er, 2 people in 1 day can get this sorted, but if you don’t fancy doing it yourself, get a professional installer in and they’ll do it in about half the time, but the action all starts down on ground level where you need a hard standing, if you haven’t got one you can buy bases for the log cabins to get things started, it really is as simple as interlocking these beautiful boards together, working around until you get up to the roof and there you’ve got a choice, you’ve got roofing felt or pitchmen shingles and then once it’s finished the fun really starts you can paint it and stain it to suit your personality and your own colour scheme in your garden, and once you’ve got all your stuff in your log cabin, it has to be secure, and you get a top quality lock as standard. Oh, before you do anything, do check with your council that you don’t need planning permission.
Ultimate Heavy Duty Sheds
For a lot of people a 6ft x 4ft sheds adequate, you then kind of get into the most popular garden shed size which is 8x6 but if you put the two together and add a bit more, you get something like this.
And the first thing that strikes me is the quality of workmanship; the doors are vital in any workshop or shed, look at this, proper locks with great security and that isn’t just bracing, that is solid, that door isn’t going anywhere.
And the front end of this garden shed is 8x6 and the eaves are high, so it’s a light airy feel. Now you can use it for storage if you want to but I reckon that’s a bit of a waste, because we’ve got next door to look at, here, get your work table here, your worktop here, you’ve got your windows which are toughened glass, joinery made, so its all feeling absolutely solid. Absolutely quality workmanship.
Now the wood itself, its kiln dried, it’s slow grown and its all pressure treated with 15 year guarantee against rot. This means you could save at least £150.00 in treatment costs for the garden shed as you don’t to paint or stain it, it can save you a whole lot of time as well.
Its interlocking boards, so its solid, absolute, I can’t actually reach the roof, oh there you go, absolute solid, and the floor thicker than usual and its all standing on pressure treated joists to lift it off the ground. You can put these garden sheds straight onto a hard standing, onto slabs, something like that or you can buy a recycled plastic base for it, it goes on top of that and everything is done for you.
This is only one of a wide range of sizes to suit every space. Now of course it comes with top quality roofing felt but you can upgrade to an extra slatted roof for an even more insulation.
Lets go and see if the neighbours are in, the back section of the workshop is 8ft x 4ft, and that’s a real usable space, you can stand a parasol up because the eaves are so high, lawn mowers are easy to get in and out, the door again is solid, its all premium, quality wood and these braces, really have a look at these, this shed really isn’t going anywhere, its been made by quality craftsmanship.
These garden sheds really are multifunctional, you could use them all as a storage space but I think that’s a bit of a waste with the quality windows and doors at the front, id use that as a workshop or even an office in there and use this section for storage. These really are the ultimate garden sheds.
Overlap Pressure Treated Pent Sheds
I love this little shed, it’s so dinky and beautifully made as well but what I really like about it is that its pressure treated now what that means is you’ve got a 15 year against rotting.
By upgrading to a pressure treated shed you could save over £150.00 on treatment and of course, a whole lot of time.
15 years where you don’t have to paint it, or stain it you can spend that time doing nicer things in your garden. Our overlap pressure treated pent sheds are really well made, the overlapping timbers are handy when the water hits it, the rain, it just runs off easily keeping everything dry inside.
The door is slightly different, it has got interlocking shiplap boards with extra bracing for strength but once you get in the shed, it really comes into its own. And because its very simple and clever sloping roof, the useable space is at the front so there lots of head room yet there’s still plenty of space within the shed, and the bags of space you can get bikes in here, mowers, spades, whatever you want and what is 7ft x 5ft quite a small space, a dinky you can get a lot in there.
I love the two massive windows, lots of light streaming in... You don’t need electricity, don’t need a torch, it’s all natural daylight.
By upgrading to an overlap pressure treated pent shed you could save as much as £50 or £60 on treatment and of course a whole lot of time.
It’s easy to put up, two people 2 hours, and the whole jobs done, make sure its on solid, firm ground, you get the floor and you get the pressure treated bearers included. If you have got uneven ground, get a shed base kit and that’ll sort it all out for you. What I really like about it is a good, practical space, clever, for that awkward area, it’s a dinky little shed, this one.
Overlap Dip Treated Apex Sheds
When you’re buying a shed for your garden it’s got to do two things, it’s got to look good and it’s got to be practical and this shed has got both things going for it. This overlap dip treated apex shed has got double doors, now that is fantastic for getting all your bikes, lawn mowers, every bit of gardening tool you’ve got can go in here. And once you’re in here, there’s bags of space, you’re not going to knock your heard anywhere, and there’s a few nice little extras you can do as well, windows are nice because that lets some light in, you could actually pot up some seedlings in there, you can work in here if you wanted, the other good thing about it its solid, it takes two people, couple of hours with the right tools, the tools you just have in your tool kit, nothing special, you can get this knocked up really quickly. The whole shed has been dip treated and that gives it a 10 year guarantee, but every couple of years and it could go with garden trend, you could change its colour, you could go blue, green, yellow, what ever you want to suit your garden and what ever you’re planting at the time.
The bearers underneath, well they’re important because they keep the shed off the ground, they are in constant contact with the ground, they’ve been pressure treated. Construction wise of the overlap dip treated apex shed is beneficial when it rains as the overlapping boards allow it to stay nice and dry inside, the doors however are shiplap which means they’re made of slightly sturdier wood as you can see its got struts on the inside which makes it quite a sturdy construction.
Some nice finishing touches to it as well, the felt is pre-cut to size because they usual the messy bit that’s ripping, that is easy to put on, one thing I would buy extra is a padlock for the door because you’ve quite a value in here now.
The shed comes with a floor as standard but you can buy a shed base kit as an optional extra and the whole thing has got a 10 year guarantee against rot.
Check out our informative videos which explain in depth the timber treatment processes, Dip treatment and Pressure treatment.