Do you have a show room or display centre?
Yes, our huge show site is one of the largest in the UK with over 150 displays spread over 25,000 sq ft. This includes over 30 greenhouses, which is unlike most other retailers that display very few.
The whole show site is wheelchair friendly with a restaurant, children’s play area, toilets, pet shop, aquatics centre & car wash also at the garden centre.
Do I require planning permission for my building?
In the majority of cases, planning permission is not required. However, every garden, building, and council is different. The true answer to this question will depend on the size of building you want and where you wish to locate it. Being in a conservation area, listed building, area of outstanding natural beauty etc can also all have an effect. We recommend checking with your local council if you are in doubt, but the 5 main rules are as follows:
- No outbuilding can be on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation. i.e. you cannot put something in your front garden.
- Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building being within two metres of a boundary of the property.
- Maximum height of 4 metres in the case of a building being more than two metres from a boundary of the property.
- Buildings between 15 square metres & 30 square metres in size need to be positioned 1 metre from any boundary or constructed of substantially non-combustible materials.
- All buildings over 30 square metres require full building regulations.
Do you offer installation?
Most of our timber & concrete buildings include free installation or is an optional extra on those where it is not free.
All metal buildings, plastic buildings & greenhouses are sold as a flat pack product, but installation is available as an option if required.
How much space should I leave around my garden building?
Ideally, we recommend leaving 18” or a comfortable body’s width all around the building. This allows for ease of construction & future maintenance. It must be remembered that all the glass on greenhouses is fitted from the outside.
It is possible to site most products close to fences and walls if required, however a minimum of 4-6” clearance must be left. This allows for roof overhangs that are normally bigger than the description of the building which measure to the outside of the walls.
How often should I re-treat my timber building?
Our advice is to re-treat your timber building within 3 months of installation and then every year after that. This advice is also given for pressure treated products. Re-treatment not only protects against rot & fungal decay, but also gives a nice water repellent coating to prevent the timber getting damp & experiencing the ingress of dirt. The more you look after your building, the longer it will last and the longer it will stay looking new.
I have no rear access or side gate into the garden. Can I still have a garden building?
Yes you can, as long as we are advised about the restricted access. All products will arrive flat packed, to then be assembled on site. Some large panels or sections of building may be too large to fit through doorways as standard though. As most products are made to order, we can make sections smaller or in more than one piece so that they do fit, but we must be informed of this at the point of order.
Do I need a base for my garden building?
Yes, all garden buildings be it a shed, summerhouse, garden room, garage or greenhouse need to be installed onto a suitable base such as paving slabs, concrete or decking. Buildings should not be installed on grass, soil or gravel as they can cause damp and are not flat and level. This may result in a twist or lean, meaning doors & windows may not work correctly.
Do you offer a base laying service?
We do not have our own in house base layers, however we are more than happy to recommend local builders & landscapers who we have been working very closely with for many years. They will offer a free of charge site visit & direct quotation. This keeps the project cheaper for you as we do not sub contact any work out like other retailers do.
Do your sheds & summerhouses come with a floor?
All of our timber products come with a wooden floor. These wooden floors are sat on floor joists so they are raised up from your base for rot protection & waterproofing. In most cases, these floor joists are 2” x 2” and pressure treated.
All of our plastic sheds come with an integral plastic floor designed to sit straight on your base.
Most metal sheds do not come with a floor, however most suppliers offer an optional integral floor as up upgrade. Alternatively your base, such as concrete, would act as the floor with the walls mastic or silicone sealed around the edge for waterproofing.
Do you offer a warranty on your products?
Every garden building we sell comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. In all cases this is a minimum of one year, however does vary on all products with some being 5, 10 or even 15 years.
Is it safe to wire electrics such as lights and plug sockets into a garden building?
Yes, it is safe to do this as all garden buildings such as sheds, summerhouse & garden rooms are fully water tight when maintained correctly. If installing electrics into a greenhouse, these would need to be externally rated due to greenhouses not being 100% waterproof and prone to condensation.
Any electrical work must be carried out by a trained, qualified electrician and to all current rules and regulations.