We would just like to say how pleased we are with our new workshop. It is everything we hoped it would be – sturdy and well made. Also thanks for the efficient and cheerful installation of the workshop and the professional advice given
It’s a good bet that securing your home came naturally to you. Homeowners usually make sure that their houses have appropriate locks and burglary alarms on all doors and windows. The risk of intrusion and burglary are kept at the bare minimum.
But what about your garden shed?
When adding up the value of everything in your garden shed, you would be amazed at how valuable the contents are. There are the significant possessions like the grass-mower, pressure washer, and power tools. But the tiny things also add up; spades, shovels, forks, hoses and secateurs. And not to mention the modern and expensive greenhouse heaters and patio heaters. All these are at risk of being a target for burglars.
So what is the answer to this problem? Do we avoid leaving valuables in our garden sheds? But where else would we put them?
No, the answer is to properly secure our garden sheds, and make sure that by their nature they don’t attract burglars looking for an easy target. Sheds Direct provide strong sheds that are easy to secure. Their sturdy design and appearance makes them a deterrent to potential intruders, and in practice our sheds are designed to protect your belongings as carefully as possible.
The same goes for our kennels. You need to be able to trust that your beloved pet is safe in your outdoor kennel. Some pets are incredibly valuable to thieves, and yet invaluable to you. You may not be able to put a price on them, but criminals can. Make sure that your outdoor kennel is secure enough to deter any potential intruders.
Outdoor lighting is another deterrent which is very effective, and this coupled with a secure structure will leave you with peace of mind. Another recommendation is to plant thorny plants surrounding the perimeter of your shed. Anything that is a deterrent is worthwhile!
Sheds Direct work with bespoke designs, so if you have any specific requirements for your garden shed and its security requirements, please get in touch and let us know. We know that everybody has unique needs, so we’ll design a garden shed to suit you.
Deciding to replace your garden sheds can be a difficult decision for most of us. However, the truth is that there comes a time when you must say good bye to your beloved shed and begin to shop for its replacement. Emotional attachment to your old shed as well as the lack of sufficient knowledge are two of the main obstacles that keep us from replacing old sheds. So, how do you know that it is time to say goodbye to your beloved shed?
Maintenance is one of the best ways to come to the decision that it is time to replace a garden shed. If your shed requires frequent repairs and replacements, you should seriously consider replacing it. The cost of inconvenience and constantly maintaining your shed will in many instances exceed the cost of replacing the shed once the old one is no longer serviceable.
Just like everything else, garden sheds need to be replaced once you have outgrown them. If you are piling things over each other and have little or no room to manoeuvre when in the shed, then it is definitely time to get a new one. The same applies for those who may have initially purchased an exceedingly big shed. Once you realise that there is too much unused space in your shed, you can also consider getting a smaller one.
If you decide to give your garden a new look, it is important to make sure that the shed you have fits with the new style. Having a shed that appears out of place can be a real eye sore and could significantly reduce the aesthetic value of your property. Get a garden shed that is as beautiful as the rest of your garden.
A change is as good as a rest they say, so you could simply replace your sheds for the purpose of upgrading. As with all other products, garden shed designs are constantly improving. A new garden shed will in many cases be better looking, have more features and offer a superior service. If you have had the same garden shed for a while, you should start thinking of upgrade options that will suit you and your garden.
There are many other reasons that would necessitate or give reason for the replacement of your shed. Knowing the right time to make the replacement is as important as choosing the right replacement. Make sure that you always source your shed from a reputable supplier of garden sheds.
If you are a proud pet owner and keep your pets at home then you will understand and appreciate the benefits of ring-fencing, dog kennels and pet pens.
Dogs are a trickier species than most and when it comes to managing your pets in the garden, what better solution than to keep them safe and secure in a dog kennel?
Dog Kennels & Pens
At Sheds Direct we build and distribute British made dog pens and kennels, all with our usual guarantees and a tanalised finish. The dog runs come in a variety of shapes and sizes with bob-holes, gates, doors and mesh to protect and manage your dog’s new space.
We manufacture our kennels here in the UK and can offer bespoke designs to meet any of your specific requirements. If you have an awkward garden and require a unique shape, our design team will assist you with bespoke planning and fitting your kennel and even make suggestions on where to position them.
Whilst we offer a bespoke dog kennel service, there are three main styles to consider which will ultimately shape your kennel and/or dog run. These are best described by the three pictures below:
If you are not sure which style is most suitable for your pet, or you would like more information about our bespoke dog kennels, pens or runs, please contact Sheds Direct today and a member of our team will endeavour to assist you.
It’s no surprise that sheds don’t make the national news. Not because sheds are unpopular or just not news worthy, but because a shed is a shed…right? For complete beginners and first time buyers this might be the case. There are however a number of different shed varieties, shed styles and purpose-built solutions.
The list below will give beginners a good understanding of the market and what to look for when buying a shed for the first time:
The Garden Sheds from Sheds Direct are hand built in Yorkshire with the highest level of craftsmanship known to man. Only the best quality wood is used for shed builds to ensure customers receive a garden shed that will last for many, many years.
Have you ever heard of a solar Potting Sheds? Solar potting sheds utilise panels to admit the maximum amount of light possible to grow your plants. Potting sheds are versatile and make a valuable addition to any garden and they can be used alongside a Greenhouse for gardeners.
Dutch Barns are characterised by their unique curved roves and definitely tick the “looks good” box. Not only do the Dutch Barns look superb but they also function as great storage units, due to their superior height and available headroom.
If you would like to learn more about the different types of garden shed available, or you would be interested to know more about our unique garden workshops, please get in touch with Sheds Direct and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.
When it comes to garden sheds and many other products, a fine finish and durability are strange bed fellows. This is because a fine finish will often require gentle handling and strict care to preserve its superior appearance. A product that is expected to maintain its pristine condition will therefore not be very practical in a garden. If you choose to buy garden sheds that have fine finishes you must be ready to give up on durability or rigorous use. Since not using your shed is not an option, you are therefore facing two options, a fine finish or a durable shed that does not have much in terms of aesthetic value.
If you have so far agreed with the argument above, you must be shopping for your garden sheds from the wrong supplier. A reliable supplier of garden sheds should be able to deliver sheds that have fine finishing and durability as standard features. If you have to choose one and forego the other, then you are not getting good value for your money. Before placing an order for a garden shed you need to ask about the quality of finishing and the care required to maintain the shed’s appearance. Avoid buying a shed that requires intensive or specialised maintenance. Your supplier should deliver a shed that has fine finishing yet it remains durable.
Finding beautiful garden sheds on the internet and in your locality is not very difficult. The challenge will however be in establishing that you are buying a high quality and durable shed. There are several ways of ensuring that you buy quality products.
The first thing is to always buy your shed from a reputable and well established supplier. Their good reputation comes from having delivered quality products over a period of time.
Another important factor is to consider buying locally produced sheds. While the internet ones may look fancy and special, you have no way of establishing their quality. If you buy a shed from a local company and happen to need some adjustments, it is a lot easier to access your supplier.
Buy from a supplier who manufactures their own garden sheds. Since they know that any quality issues will be a direct liability to them, they will be very strict in ensuring that high standards are maintained.
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The internet has opened up the world and we now have the option of buying almost anything from any supplier on earth. If local suppliers do not have the quality of products you are looking for, you can easily and conveniently place an order with just a few clicks. This does not only apply to small household items and consumables such as electronics and clothes, you can now buy something as big as a garden shed from a Japanese supplier. However, before you decide to go for imported products simply because they are from an exotic location, you must first consider the benefits of buying locally.
Staying on-topic with Garden Sheds, there are a number of good reasons that make buying locally a better option. As long as you find the right supplier to buy from, you are assured of the following important benefits:
Locally assembled garden sheds are designed to meet local needs
As with most other locally manufactured products, a locally assembled garden shed will be built to meet local needs. The shed will be built using locally available materials and technology which make maintenance and repair easy. These materials will also have been chosen due to their ability to withstand local climatic conditions. You are therefore assured of a garden shed that lasts longer when you buy locally.
When buying over the internet, you have little or no means of verifying the quality of garden sheds being offered by a supplier. Buying locally eliminates this problem as you can easily walk into the supplier’s office or look at a garden shed they have supplied to a friend or neighbour. Any issues you may have with the quality of the sheds on offer will be quickly and completely resolved at the supplier’s offices. Quality is therefore guaranteed for every shed that is delivered to you when you buy locally.
Custom specifications are easily accommodated
When buying your shed from a supplier who actually manufactures garden sheds locally, you can conveniently request custom specifications which will be easily accommodated. Requesting for custom specifications from an internet supplier is usually a long and complicated process.
Excellent customer support
Garden shed owners have always enjoyed better customer support from local suppliers. A local supplier will easily access the garden shed and provide the parts, accessories and technical expertise needed to look after the shed. They will also respond faster to requests made by their local customers as they are closer to them. There are a number of other benefits that come from buying your garden shed locally. You too can enjoy them by placing your order with a garden shed supplier in your area.
Your Typical Garden Shed Has a Number of Great Uses
Traditionally, garden sheds were used to store tools and equipment used in gardening and around the house. Times are however changing and we now have many different uses for garden sheds. In most cases, a single shed is now used for several purposes and this has called for the development of multipurpose garden workshops.
You can use your multipurpose workshop to store your tools and equipment, as a home office, as a gaming room, as storage for your sports gear, as your art studio and for many other purposes. If we designed, you could actually use the shed for three or more of the purposes mentioned above.
So what features do you need to have in your multipurpose garden shed so as to conveniently use it in a number of different ways?
Space saving features
By incorporating shelves, racks, tool boxes, cabinets and other kinds of storage in your shed, you can save lots of space that will allow you to set up something other than tool and equipment storage. Depending on the space available after you have incorporated these space saving features, you can now decide on how to use the available room. An important consideration as you set up the space saving features is safety. Overhead storage must be secured or fastened so as to avoid tools and equipment falling off. This will safe guard your floor, other items placed in the shed and those using the shed from damage or injury that could be caused when items fall off from their storage.
Make provisions for better lighting and ventilation
One of the challenges that stand in the way of turning your shed into a multipurpose facility is lighting. In most cases, garden sheds are designed with the lighting provisions placed in such a way that the shed can only be used as storage. You may need to adjust your lighting so that it allows you to comfortably use the shed in a number of different ways. Ventilation should also be adjusted so that there is enough air circulating for whatever other uses you have planned for your shed.
Supply necessary connections
Depending on the additional purposes you intend for your shed, you need to supply it with the necessary connections. Water, internet and cable TV are some of the connections you may consider as per your intended uses. Safety is again an important consideration and if you are unsure as to how to connect any of these utilities, it is best to call in a technician to do it for you. If you are very good at handy work and technical projects you could go ahead and install the features and utilities needed to make your garden shed a multipurpose facility. However, if you are not very competent, the best option is to call in garden shed professionals who can make the necessary adjustments that will see you enjoy greater utility from the garden sheds that you already have.
A wide variety of garden sheds and workshops play an important role in thousands of British gardens. They’re used as storage space, chillout areas, and even offices. Some shed enthusiasts take their love and use of sheds to the next level. They’re affectionately referred to as “Sheddies”.
Websites and blogs run by Sheddies can be found across the internet; they’re often filled with photos, facts and anecdotal tales about shed-based activities, custom sheds and the variety of functions that these useful garden buildings can be used for.
Shed based merchandise proves to be popular for the British shed enthusiast. This ranges from shed calendars (with important shed related dates), to miniture model sheds and specialised shed accessories! Sheddies will often try to spot garden sheds in popular culture (film, music videos, etc), noting them down on their websites to share with other enthusiasts.
Shed of The Year
Believe it or not, there is even a week to celebrate the humble British shed, titled “National Shed Week”. Last year’s fell between the 2nd and 7th of Jaly, and 2013 will be its 7th year running! Sheddies across the country decide upon who will be crowned owner of the coveted, Shed of the Year! National media even report on activitiy from the annual celebration; shed categories include eco shed, normal shed, garden office, cabin/summerhouse, workshop/studio, unique shed, pub shed, and Tardis, offering a suitable category for most garden buildings!
If you’d like to become a sheddie, or if you’d simply like some more storage space in your garden, please do not hesitate to contact us today!