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Electric Garage Doors: Maintenance and Repair

By |2021-05-21T12:34:12+00:00January 31, 2012|Repair & Restoration|

Garage doors are virtually the only moving parts in a garage although if they are electric there are a fair few components that can go wrong. Repair is possible, but, as with anything mechanical, regular maintenance makes repair less necessary. Types of garage door and opener We have already covered [...]

What Size Greenhouse Should You Choose?

By |2021-05-21T12:33:59+00:00November 30, 2011|Functional|

It’s said that size is everything but is that true with a greenhouse? Well, yes it is, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that bigger is better. It means that getting the right size for you, your garden and your gardening interests is very important, whether you end up with something [...]

Glass or Plastic Panes for Your Greenhouse?

By |2021-05-21T12:33:59+00:00September 23, 2011|Functional|

A greenhouse is a great way to grow flowers and other plants all year round. If you are considering buying a greenhouse, you will probably know there are many different options when it comes to deciding what type of greenhouse to buy. Once you have decided on the shape and [...]

An Unusual Function for Our Lean-to Shed: Case Study

By |2021-05-21T12:34:09+00:00January 1, 2011|Case Studies|

"Of course, this story is really anything to do with us," said Ian Baker*, as we stood in his walled garden in the Cotswolds. We were looking at the right-hand side wall, as it ran down the hill, in a market town where wool trading, then milling, had been the [...]

Heating, Cooling and Ventilating Your Greenhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:33:57+00:00September 3, 2010|Functional|

First time greenhouse owners might be a little confused by the need to heat a greenhouse. After all, isn’t the main point that they make use of the sun's rays to heat up the inside, to grow plants earlier in the season? Importance of Heating and Cooling That's true, but [...]

Selecting and Building an Aluminium-framed Greenhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:33:58+00:00September 1, 2010|Functional|

As we pointed out in our article on the selection and erection of wooden greenhouses, many of the issues are the same regardless of the choice of material. The factors surrounding the location, size, price and shape of any greenhouse are largely the same whether it is made from wood [...]

Choosing and Erecting a Wooden Greenhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:33:57+00:00August 26, 2010|Functional|

There's no doubting that a wooden greenhouse looks better and more traditional than an aluminium framed one. It's also intrinsically warmer so it's more pleasant to be in. But what sort of wooden greenhouse do you want in your garden and what's involved in erecting one? There are a variety [...]

Maintaining Garden Offices and Similar Buildings

By |2021-05-21T12:34:12+00:00June 7, 2010|Repair & Restoration|

Working at home is becoming more common these days and garden offices are a relatively cheap way of adding the office space a home needs. Year Round Garden Buildings Many businesses start out in the corner of the lounge, on the landing, or in a spare bedroom but garden offices [...]

Gazebos and Other Temporary Garden Buildings

By |2021-05-21T12:34:01+00:00June 5, 2010|Decorative|

Many people see the word gazebo today and immediately think of a small plastic or canvas tent with no sides, and that’s exactly what we’ll be covering in this article. Permanent Gazebos Gazebos were originally small pavilions in public and private parks, and of course many of them still exist [...]

Questionnaire: What’s the Right Garden Building for Me?

By |2021-05-21T12:34:07+00:00June 4, 2010|Planning & Regs|

Probably the first garden building that pops into your mind is the humble garden shed, or perhaps a greenhouse. But there is a massive number of garden buildings on the market now, big to small, cheap to expensive. And they are used for so many different purposes nowadays too. As [...]

Pergolas and Other Landscaping Structures for the Garden

By |2021-05-21T12:33:56+00:00June 4, 2010|Functional|

A pergola can be a stunning addition to any garden and it a very versatile one too. This article will cover pergolas and other similar garden landscaping structures that are used to make walkways or divide sections of gardens from each other. Landscaping History Pergolas developed from natural occurring green [...]

Building Block and Brick Garden Buildings

By |2021-05-21T12:33:56+00:00June 1, 2010|Functional|

If you want to build a garden building that will be warm, dry and stand the test of time, blocks and bricks are your best bet. You may not need planning permission either, or building regulations approval, so that makes the project a lot easier than ‘proper’ building, like an [...]

Erecting a Polytunnel: Practical Information

By |2021-05-21T12:33:55+00:00April 22, 2010|Functional|

A polytunnel is, quite simply, a bigger version of a cloche. Whereas a cloche is normally used to protect a small number of plants or an individual plant, a polytunnel covers a much larger area of your garden. In construction terms is a row of hoops with a plastic cover [...]

Electrifying Garage Double Doors

By |2021-05-21T12:33:55+00:00April 19, 2010|Functional|

Electric door openers are becoming cheaper and more easily available although the up-and-over door is far more popular and easier to convert. This doesn't mean that traditional garage double doors can't be electrified, it just means that there are fewer options on the market, making them more expensive, and they [...]

Furniture Choices for Garden Buildings

By |2021-05-21T12:34:08+00:00January 28, 2010|Furnishing|

Choosing furniture for a garden building depends a great deal on the use of the building and the construction method used. For example, soft furnishings are likely to get damp if left in a wooden summerhouse over winter yet would be perfectly all right in a brick built, insulated studio [...]

Choosing Windows for a Garden Building

By |2021-05-21T12:33:54+00:00January 27, 2010|Functional|

When you're planning a garden building you're likely to be looking to put windows in it, but what type of windows? Basically your choice is between plastic or glass. For the purposes of this article we're going to ignore greenhouses, this is more about wooden garden buildings. Glass vs Plastic [...]

The Best Materials for Outdoor and Garden Toys

By |2021-05-21T12:34:04+00:00January 19, 2010|Alternative|

There's been a great deal of innovation in the garden toy market over the last ten to twenty years with all sorts of climbing frames and other large toys that will complement a wendy house, summerhouse or other garden building. The main choice is whether to choose toys made from [...]

Solar Powered Electricity in Your Garden Building

By |2021-05-21T12:33:54+00:00January 5, 2010|Functional|

Getting mains electricity to any garden building can be a real pain. Using solar power means that you can cut down on all the hassle of running cables through the garden and tapping into the domestic power supply. But are the available solar powered products good enough? Running Electrical Cables [...]

How to Repair Felt Roofing

By |2021-05-21T12:34:11+00:00September 18, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

Roofing felt is very common on garden buildings, particularly wooden ones, as it's cheap, lightweight, easy to lay and remains waterproof as long as it is looked after. But there's the rub, it's not as resilient to the elements as proper tiles or solid roofing sheets. That's where regular maintenance [...]

Regular Maintenance for Garden Sheds

By |2021-05-21T12:34:11+00:00September 16, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

Garden sheds are getting more popular as modern living appears to demand that we all have more stuff to store. Regular maintenance of a garden shed makes a lot of sense as it can seriously improve its lifespan. Work From the Ground Up The lifetime of a wooden garden shed [...]

How to Repair a Metal Garden Building

By |2021-05-21T12:34:11+00:00September 11, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

Metal garden buildings are durable and long-lasting as long as they have been proofed against rust and other corrosion. Maintenance should be straightforward and repair should really only be necessary if damage has occurred or the building is very old. Keeping Metal Buildings Straight The sheets of metal that make [...]

Maintaining a Metal-framed Greenhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:34:11+00:00September 10, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

Metal-framed greenhouses are light and relatively cheap compared to their wooden alternatives although harder to heat and more prone to condensation. Regardless of the preference for wood or metal frames there's no doubt that regular maintenance and care of any greenhouse will make it last a lot longer. Corrosion on [...]

How to Care for Plastic Sheds and Storage

By |2021-05-21T12:34:11+00:00September 9, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

The main point about plastic sheds and outdoor storage cupboards is that they are cheap, certainly compared to wooden alternatives, so we shouldn’t really expect too much of them. They are not expected to be able to withstand a great deal of shock or damage but it’s unusual to be [...]

Restoring and Maintaining a Wooden Greenhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:34:10+00:00September 9, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

Wooden greenhouses have made a bit of a comeback in recent years thanks to cheap imports. Aluminium framed greenhouses had dominated the cheaper end of the market for many years because of their light weight and durability but a wooden greenhouse has a lot more charm and is generally considered [...]

Keeping a Summerhouse in Good Condition

By |2021-05-21T12:34:10+00:00September 9, 2009|Repair & Restoration|

A summerhouse is a valuable addition to a home and a garden. It gives you and your family a place to relax and enjoy the summer. It can provide shelter that allows you to extend your enjoyment of the garden for longer than the climate of the United Kingdom would [...]

Installing a Jacuzzi in Your Garden

By |2021-05-21T12:33:53+00:00May 27, 2009|Functional|

Installing a Jacuzzi or other whirlpool spa pool in a garden isn't particularly difficult and in many cases the supplier of the pool will install it for you. But there may still be some groundworks necessary to provide a flat platform and access to the necessary utilities. Whirlpool Baths and [...]

Choosing a Dovecote for the Garden

By |2021-05-21T12:34:01+00:00May 15, 2009|Decorative|

A dovecote in the garden can be a delightful addition, whether it attracts birds or not. Dovecotes can be bought from garden centres or from some garden building companies, come in all shapes and sizes and can easily be made by those with rudimentary carpentry skills. History of Pigeonaires and [...]

Could a Conservatory Be Considered a Garden Purpose?

By |2021-05-21T12:34:13+00:00February 27, 2009|Ask Our Experts|

No, it would almost certainly not be ok to build a conservatory on land that a covenant reserves for gardening.But that doesn't necessarily mean that your mother may not be able to have her conservatory. Covenant Law – A True Minefield The first thing to point out here is that [...]

I Built a Garden Room from Scrap: A Case Study

By |2021-05-21T12:34:09+00:00February 4, 2009|Case Studies|

Faced with a need for a potting shed for the vegetable plot in his garden and a demand for a summerhouse from his wife, David Enstone* looked for a way of achieving it as cheaply and as ecologically aware as possible. "As we're tenants, there's little point in ploughing lots [...]

Solar Heating for Your Garden Building

By |2021-05-21T12:34:04+00:00February 4, 2009|Alternative|

Many garden buildings are fine without heating, sheds and summer houses are good examples. But what if you want to make use of those buildings all through the year and when the sun goes down as well? With the growing tendency for householders to use garden buildings as extensions of [...]

What is the Building Distance from a Road?

By |2021-05-21T12:34:13+00:00January 20, 2009|Ask Our Experts|

This question had us scrabbling back to the new planning regulations that came into force in England and Wales in October 2008. Outbuilding Planning Regulations Our gut feeling was that the regulations are intended to apply to the most forward part of the building, which is usually the house, but [...]

Choosing the Site or Location

By |2021-05-21T12:34:08+00:00August 29, 2008|Furnishing|

You may have already ordered your garden building, having chosen and decided on every important detail such as flooring material, roof tiles, timber paint colour, interior furnishing and even the smaller details such as window locks, door knobs and exactly which door mat you’ll have down. However, the chances are [...]

Choose a Hardwearing Flooring Material

By |2021-05-21T12:34:08+00:00August 28, 2008|Furnishing|

When choosing or constructing a garden building, you’ll find that there are many different flooring materials on offer. The external part of a garden building is pretty easy – a weatherproof tile or wood patio decking is the norm, as these have to be functional as well as attractive. But [...]

Ventilation and Insulation Options

By |2021-05-21T12:34:07+00:00August 28, 2008|Furnishing|

Insulation and ventilation is pretty much taken for granted in the home. But what about those garden buildings you intend to use throughout the year? Without heating, insulation or ventilation, they can be out of bounds at certain times of the year. But if you want to maintain a pleasant, [...]

Building Regulations for Garden Structures

By |2021-05-21T12:34:06+00:00August 13, 2008|Planning & Regs|

You might be considering constructing a new building in your garden. And of course you’ll want to do everything properly, from having accurate plans drawn up, laying the right foundations, to choosing the right materials, waterproofing and insulating as appropriate. But sometimes the most daunting aspect of constructing at home [...]

Garden Buildings in Conservation Areas

By |2021-05-21T12:34:06+00:00August 1, 2008|Planning & Regs|

A Conservation Area is a designated location that is desirable because of the (mainly) historical or special architecture situated there. So it’s not surprising to learn that the UK is home to a plethora of Conservation Areas, thanks to its rich and colourful cultural and social history. Although an historic [...]

Planning Permission for Garden Buildings

By |2021-05-21T12:34:05+00:00July 31, 2008|Planning & Regs|

There’d be nothing worse than constructing a beautiful, fully-functional garden building, only to be told that it must be pulled down or considerably altered and rectified because it contravenes planning laws. Yet, if you don’t apply for planning permission, this could actually happen. If you are in any doubt of [...]

Erect a Garage or Car Port

By |2021-05-21T12:33:52+00:00July 30, 2008|Functional|

Your family car will definitely benefit from being parked within a sheltered area, particularly during the harsher winter months. Wind, rain and strong sunshine can all contribute to the decaying and wearing of your car’s engine, seals and bodywork. Therefore having a sheltered area for parking up is one sure-fired [...]

Get an Electricity Supply Outside

By |2021-05-21T12:34:07+00:00July 24, 2008|Furnishing|

Garden buildings are excellent additions to your property. But if you really want to increase their usefulness to your gardening, you will probably want to install electricity and water. You can always get by for a while with an extension cord and a hosepipe, but this sort of temporary arrangement [...]

Pre-Fabricated Structures

By |2021-05-21T12:33:52+00:00July 21, 2008|Functional|

Have you considered a pre-fabricated structure for your next garden building? There is growing interest in pre-fabricated structures in the UK. Although this construction method can be used for practically any type of building, it is seeing greatest use in smaller structures like garden buildings. Large portions of a building [...]

Steel Framed Structures

By |2021-05-21T12:33:52+00:00July 21, 2008|Functional|

Until recently, the use of steel for framing was limited to commercial or industrial construction. However, steel framed buildings are becoming more popular and more widespread throughout the UK, including the residential sector. Garden buildings are no exception to this trend. Several garden buildings can now be purchased with steel [...]

Eco-Friendly Garden Building

By |2021-05-21T12:34:02+00:00July 18, 2008|Alternative|

As energy costs rise and environmental damage mounts, it is essential to find environmentally friendly ways to live and work. One of the easiest ways to have a personal positive impact is to build an eco-friendly garden building. By using a range of environmental products, it's possible for each individual [...]

Choosing and Building a Summerhouse

By |2021-05-21T12:33:59+00:00July 17, 2008|Decorative|

If a garden room brings the outdoors inside, then a summerhouse brings the indoors outside. Imagine being able to enjoy the beauty of an outdoor garden without being affected by inclement weather. One landscaping expert has described the summerhouse as being closely related to the garden shed, but with less [...]

Installing a new Conservatory

By |2021-05-21T12:34:00+00:00July 11, 2008|Decorative|

Conservatories are an extremely popular addition to many homes across the UK. Since the luxury-loving Victorians boosted their popularity, they have come to serve as light, bright multi-functional rooms that allow us to enjoy the delights of outside, whilst being sheltered and protected inside. Conservatories tend to be multipurpose, and [...]

Pool Houses and Swimming Pool Shelters

By |2021-05-21T12:33:52+00:00July 9, 2008|Functional|

It is an unfortunate fact that British weather is just not ideal for year long enjoyment of an outdoor swimming pool. Even if the pool is heated, you won’t be able to get out at certain times of the year without enduring icy, sub-zero temperatures! Continuously erecting a gazebo during [...]

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