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Most people like a tidy clean environment both outside and in the house. Nathan James Dodd thinks that Investing in a Suncast shed is the ideal way to make this happen, with all your tools and garden equipment safely stored away.
And it will be a shrewd investment. Easily assembled, the durable UV stable resin construction of a Suncast shed is low maintenance and will last for years.
Manufactured in the USA and recognised worldwide as a premium brand, Suncast sheds not only make the house and garden look good, they themselves are well designed structures that combine practicality with style.
The 'Conniston' models are the smallest Suncast sheds, They are essentially sturdy vertical storage facilities particularly useful for long handled garden equipment and other tall items. Very secure and weatherproof they are ideal to lock away valuable tools.
The 'Conniston Two' is particularly interesting as most of the construction is cedar wood with just the floor and roof made from resin. The doors have cast aluminium handles and this Suncast shed is an appealing option if you favour a 'natural' look.
'Kensington' sheds are horizontal, so good for storing cushions, tools and gardening accessories. There are seven different sized options from 20 cubic feet upwards.
All of them have superb access from the front and top. Thoughtfully designed, they look attractive with restrained colours blending easily into the garden landscape.
The largest model is the 'Kensington Seven', it's finished in 'sand and chocolate' and features a 'glide top' sliding lid so that access is so easy, and the reinforced floor is strong enough to cope with heavy lawnmowers and similar kit.
With its apex roof, the appearance of the 'Bollington' resembles a traditional shed. With a 311 cubic foot capacity, this Suncast shed is practically 8ft square with extra wide doors, so has generous storage space for a variety of equipment.
'Adlington' shallow roof sheds start at just under 6ft tall with double 4ft 5ins doors, again robust construction and easy access are top considerations.
The 6ft x 8ft 'Adlington Three' model introduces an apex roof, windows and vents.
Fixtures and fixings are excellent. Metal trusses and ridge beams strengthen the roof and the doors are rigid and robust with metal hinges and a lockable latch. Walls are double thickness and the floor is reinforced to take heavy loads such as quad bikes and sit on lawnmowers.
Realistic roof tiles that overhang the sides are authentic touches. Tested to withstand wind speeds of over 70mph, this Suncast shed looks good and will defy the harshest elements. Inside you can have a loft shelf attached to the roof for extra storage, adjustable shelves and special kits for garden implements.
Further 'Adlington' sheds are 6ft x 5ft, 6ft x 3ft and keep the same impressive specifications.
Taking everything into consideration, Suncast's boast is that you might have a hundred things to store but there's only one place to store them. For quality, durability, style and value, that will be a Suncast shed.
Nathan James Dodd
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.