The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
Wooden sheds, whether used for gardening or storage, always blend easily into the landscape. It's a traditonal material that if maintained will last for many years.
Choose between several different styles, apex or pent, shiplap, overlap or tongue & groove cladding. If you're unsure what is best for you, here are our FAQs.
There are three types of cladding: overlap, tongue & groove and shiplap.
Overlap cladding has boards overlapping each other to deflect rainfall, it is generally cheaper than the other two styles.
Tongue & groove timber interlocks and is stronger and more expensive than overlap.
Shiplap caldding is similar to T&G but has a lip that helps prevent rain penetration, swelling and subsequent warp or rot.
An apex roof has a central ridge while a pent roof slopes from the front to the rear. Pent roofed sheds are particularly useful if you have a compact space where they can be located next to a wall.
A solid, level base is essential. For concrete and wooden foundations refer to our blog on How To Build Foundations For Your Shed. Paving Slabs can also be used, ensure that the gound is level and then lay the slabs using a mixture of sand and cement. Runners attached under the shed floor should lift the structure off the prepared base by 1.5ins allowing a clear passage of air. Alternatively some sheds manufactured by Forest have the option of a ready made base with spikes that secure it to the ground.
Choose a location that is preferably slightly higher than the surrounding ground so that rainwater drain away from rather than towards the shed.
Size of building and ease of access are factors but 90 minutes for an 8ft x 6ft is average.
If the wood has been dip treated, there should be a ten year anti-rot guarantee; pressure treated timber will be guaranteed for fifteen years. With proper care and attention their lifespan will be much longer.
Timber sheds can be used for a store room, workshop, den or the location for many other activities. They fit naturally into any garden and come in a great variety of sizes and types. Easy to erect, secure and full of light, they are not quite essential but incredibly useful.
Grange are introducing several new fence panels and gates in 2017 and Andy Taylor has been looking at these fresh additions to their already impressive collection of timber products.
With the security of online purchases and protection of personal information a priority for our customers, David Coton is pleased to announce that gardensite.co.uk is now fully secure across the whole site.
Palmako are one of Europe's leading manufacturers of garden buildings using high quality Nordic timber, and David Coton is pleased that GardenSite can now offer their new range of versatile and beautifully constructed garden buildings.
With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.