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By Amy Hanlon on 18 Mar 2024

The best shed manufacturers in Perthshire in 2024

Whether it’s the rolling hills, the bonnie vistas or something in the (world-class) water, there’s something about Perthshire that shed manufacturers seem to love. And the good news for you, potential shed-buyer, is that you’ve got a range of options. But if you’re looking for the best sheds in Perthshire, you’ve got a whole load of research ahead of you.

But what if there was a way to skip all that effort and just read ONE blog instead? I may not have a magic wand, but I can certainly grant that wish. 

I’ve been deep in the ShedLife for a whole year now, and during that time I’ve benefitted from the wisdom, experience and good humour of the whole team at Gillies & Mackay. They’ve taught me (almost) everything they’ve learned from 35 years of shed manufacturing, so I can help you make good shed choices.

So let’s get cracking!

The Rules:

  1. This blog is not a sneaky sales pitch for Gillies & Mackay. You know where to find out about our sheds. This review doesn’t feature us.
  2. To keep things fair and simple I’m comparing prices and specifications for an 8’ x 6’ shed.
  3. This review is written using public domain information – if I can find it, you can find it. Up until my last review blog this meant web content only, but there was so little information online that I had to pick up the phone and start ASKING QUESTIONS. Let’s see if I have to do that this time…
  4. This review only covers manufacturers, AKA people who build their own sheds. If you’re wondering why your local shed company aren’t included, it’s because they’re a supplier who gets their buildings from a third party.
  5. All opinions expressed are my own, and those of the master shed-builders I work with. 

I’ll use our Shed Buyer’s Checklist to assign each Perthshire business a Sheddie Score to evaluate the quality of their buildings. 

Ready, Sheddie? Let’s go!

Why should I buy from a manufacturer rather than a supplier?

Gordon, the Operations Manager, at a workbench in the Gillies & Mackay workshop. Lengths of stacked timber are visible in the background.

Am I biased towards manufacturers? Most definitely, but I can also tell you exactly why that is. 

In my long and varied adventures as a customer, I would always, ALWAYS rather buy from a real person who I can talk to and ask questions of and get good honest answers from.

That’s one of the benefits of buying from a manufacturer, but it’s not the only one. Most shed manufacturers are small businesses staffed by a small number of people, and by supporting that small business you’re supporting your local economy. 

This isn’t just a good idea because it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling in your belly. It’s also vital to ensure that these small businesses survive and aren’t swallowed up by big faceless suppliers. If you want the option of buying from a variety of local businesses, support local businesses. 

And the really important thing about buying from a manufacturer is that you have a clear path to follow if there’s anything wrong with your purchase. 

We all do our best to make sure that our customers are happy, but sometimes things don’t go to plan. In that scenario, you want to know who to contact to do something about it, and what better people to go to than the people who built your shed in the first place? 

Are Drysdale Sheds a manufacturer?

Drysdale Sheds is based in Milnathort and boasts more than 40 years of experience building sheds. Their website states that they’re a family business established in 1979. They build sheds, summerhouses, playhouses and garages and provide custom-builds. 

They’ve got a cracking-looking website, with plenty of beautiful images of their buildings. The website is easy to navigate with all the sections clearly labelled. 

The folks at Drysdale Sheds are obviously proud of its status as a manufacturer (as they should be!) and focus on this throughout their website. Being able to rustle up a building that suits your needs exactly is the very best part of dealing with a manufacturer rather than a supplier. Also, making this fact clear makes my job (and yours) much easier! 

Are Drysdale Sheds making the best sheds in Perthshire?

Drysdale Sheds have some details of their specifications on their website, but they’re annoyingly incomplete. Based on what I can find online, they have a Sheddie Score of 7/9. This seems like a pretty good endorsement.

But here’s the thing: the most important question to ask about a timber garden building is what sort of timber is used to build it. Without this information – which isn’t on their website – the rest of the specification isn’t all that useful.

So I gave Drysdale Sheds a call to ask them what they build their sheds from.

What did I find out on the phone?

Strangely, the woman I spoke to wouldn’t tell me. She repeated the information that’s on their website about 16mm weatherboarding and said the timber is imported. When I asked where it was imported from she said it came from their supplier. 

Then I asked whether it was spruce or pine, and she said that this was rather a lot of information for her to be giving out. 

Now, it’s possible that she didn’t know, which would have been an entirely reasonable response to my question, but I found it a bit odd that she didn’t want to give me a crucially important piece of information about a garden shed.

When I asked about the framing thickness we had a small dispute about whether or not this information was on their website. She insisted that the framing thickness was online, but what it actually says on their shed page is that the floor is made of “19mm Tongue and Groove Flooring on 50 x 75 Tanalised bearers.”

As you’ll know if you’ve read A Guide To The Wood In Your Shed, bearers and framing are not the same thing. 

However, the woman on the phone confirmed that the framing they use is the same thickness as the bearers, 50mm x 75mm. 

How much does an 8’ x 6’ shed cost from Drysdale Sheds?

While this information isn’t included on their website, an 8’ x 6’ apex or pent shed costs £1000. This includes VAT, delivery and installation. If the shed is made of Scandinavian Redwood, this is a pretty good price. If it’s made from Scandinavian Whitewood/Spruce, British Redwood, or even worse, British Spruce, this is a seriously overpriced shed. 

But I can’t decide whether or not this price represents good value for money, because I don’t have the information I need, and neither do you.

Drysdale Sheds: keepers of timber secrets.

I’m baffled. Nobody can possibly decide whether or not an 8’ x 6’ shed is worth £1000 if you don’t know what it’s made from. 

If the person on the phone didn’t know, she could have asked someone else, or let me know that she’d get back to me with the information. She seemed instantly suspicious that I was asking questions, which made me instantly suspicious. 

Scandinavian Redwood is the gold standard for Scottish sheds. If a company is using this, they’ll be shouting about it. If they’re evasive, vague, or just plain obstructive about what kind of timber their sheds are made from, it’s most likely not Scandinavian Redwood.

Shed Centre Perth

The Shed Centre Perth doesn’t have a website. Instead, their Google Business listing directs customers to their Facebook page. There is a website listed on their Facebook page, but the link doesn’t go anywhere.

Now, there’s absolutely no judgment here. No website certainly doesn’t mean terrible sheds. 

Many small businesses don’t have websites – sometimes they don’t have the time to spend, or the technical know-how, or the budget to pay someone else to do it. Sometimes small businesses just don’t see the value of a website, especially when there are free alternatives like Facebook.

However, this does limit the information that’s available to you, the customer.

I was a bit concerned that Shed Centre Perth haven’t posted on their Facebook page since last June – I wasn’t sure if the business was still trading.

So I gave them a call, as there wasn’t any other way for me to find out about their sheds. I spoke to a really friendly woman who gave me some of the information I was looking for but didn’t know all of the answers needed for me to complete my checklist. Here’s the Shed Centre Perth’s Sheddie Score based on the information I was able to find out.

How much does an 8’ x 6’ shed cost from Shed Centre Perth?

An 8’ x 6’ pent or apex shed with 12mm cladding costs £790 from Shed Centre Perth. You can upgrade to 15mm cladding for £890. Sheds have felt roofs and the woman I spoke to said that I could have any size of framing I wanted, but was unclear about how much this would add to the cost.

A copy of the Gillies & Mackay Shed Buyer's Checklist, showing a score of 4/9.

Shed Centre Perth: no idea what their sheds are made from, either.

Once again, the person I spoke to either didn’t know or wasn’t willing to tell me what sort of timber is used for their sheds. Once again, because I don’t know this, I have no idea if the shed is good value for money. 

Is The Shed Company a manufacturer?

The Shed Company have a gorgeous-looking website, full of beautiful images of their buildings. They offer a range of custom timber buildings, including sheds, garages, carports and garden rooms. 

They use close board and strap cladding in their buildings – a traditional finish where every joint is covered by another piece of timber. This profile is sometimes referred to as “board and batten,” and The Shed Company call it “Danish lapping.”

Is The Shed Company making the best sheds in Perthshire?

No idea, lads. No idea. 

This very attractive website has some information about the buildings, but not enough to actually determine their quality. 

Here’s what we know:

  • The Shed Company claim to build “proper sheds,” and they certainly look much sturdier than the average tongue and groove shed. 
  • The typical construction listed on their website uses 150mm x 150mm timber posts. This is far more than our recommended minimum of 40mm x 50mm and seems to suggest a seriously solid shed.
  • They use metal box profile roofing, which is far superior to felt.

With a focus on engineered, bespoke buildings, it’s clear that The Shed Company know what they’re about. 

But we have no idea. There’s no mention of the type of timber used or the specification of the walls and roof. The buildings all look fantastic, but once again, the customer has to do the work of finding out the details of their construction. The Shed Company scores 4/9 on the Shed Buyer’s Checklist, but things are slightly more complicated than usual.

A copy of the Gillies & Mackay Shed Buyer's Checklist, showing a score of 4/9.

Some points to note…

The Shed Company’s buildings are certainly different to your average shed. For that reason, our Shed Buyer’s Checklist has some limitations here. 

Firstly, we recommend tongue and groove cladding on our Checklist. This helps you avoid cheaper, less reliable cladding profiles like shiplap and overlap. However, close board and strap (Danish lapping, as The Shed Company call it) is arguably even more secure than tongue and groove, so while these sheds don’t use tongue and groove cladding, their construction is really solid and just as weatherproof as tongue and groove.

But it’s also worth pointing out that, unlike any other shed manufacturer I’ve seen so far, The Shed Company use only metal roofing. There’s no timber or wooden layer under the metal. Timber trusses support the roof, but from the photos on their website, the roof appears to be just a single layer of metal.

This is concerning because metal roofing is an extremely poor insulator which easily causes condensation. If this happens on the roof, the condensation will drip down into the building onto the floor or the contents of the shed, which isn’t ideal. A building with a metal roof will lose heat quickly and struggle with condensation.

And there’s absolutely no information about the type of timber being used. If you have only one question for a shed manufacturer, it should be this one. You can erect buildings with the most solid measurements out there, but if the timber isn’t up to scratch, your building won’t stay solid for long. 

Make sure that your shed manufacturer isn’t using UK-grown timber. Our mild climate results in a poorer-quality product than that grown in colder climates.  

How much does an 8’ x 6’ shed cost from The Shed Company?

Annoyingly, there are no prices on this website. 

I get it – custom buildings are unique and their prices vary according to the customer’s requirements. But even a ballpark figure would be better than nothing. 

I’m also unsure if The Shed Company actually build 8’ x 6’ sheds. Their website shows a range of buildings including sheds, but these are all much larger than 8’ x 6’. It could be the case that The Shed Company only take on larger projects given their focus on custom builds. 

But I’m speculating here – I have no idea based on what I can see online. 

Phoning The Shed Company also proved difficult – the number on their website went straight to answerphone. So I sent them an email to ask for the vital information I needed.

After five days I’ve had no reply. Maybe everyone is on holiday? Maybe they don’t build 8’ x 6’ sheds? Perhaps a flying saucer beamed the entire outfit up into space. I have no idea because I’ve had no response and still don’t have the information I need. 

UPDATE: After a week, I received a reply to my email. It didn’t give me the price for an 8′ x 6′ shed. It asked me where I was based. I’m too busy for unnecessary emails that don’t give me the information I ask for, so I didn’t continue the conversation.

The Shed Company: solid-looking buildings, but not much useful information.

I had high hopes for The Shed Company – their buildings look great, but I need more substance to evaluate their quality, and I need a price to determine whether they represent value for money.

Who is the best shed manufacturer in Perthshire in 2024?

Review articles are hard to write. With the best will in the world, sometimes I just can’t find the information I need. I really can’t make a call here, other than to say that it’s extremely difficult and frustrating being a shed-shopper in Perthshire.

I was all set to say that these shed companies had limited information online, but found everything necessary by phoning. But even doing this didn’t give me the information you need to decide who’s selling the best sheds in Perthshire.

So I have to admit defeat. 

The three shed companies I’ve reviewed here might have the best shed designs on the planet, but if they won’t say what the buildings are made of, how on earth can you decide whether or not to buy from them?

I don’t understand why these three companies would make their customers work so hard. If I can’t find this information, neither can you. Since there are numerous shed companies out there serving the whole of Scotland, it seems pretty obvious that the easiest solution is to simply go somewhere else. If I was a customer, that’s what I would have to do.

What’s the most important question to ask when buying a shed?

The interior of a Gillies & Mackay timber shed.

The single most important question to ask is “What type of timber is the shed made of?

It’s the dealbreaker of dealbreakers. Without this information, I can’t (and more importantly you can’t) decide whether or not you’re getting value for money. You don’t know whether or not the shed is worth its price, or whether or not it will keep the weather out. 

In fact, writing this blog has led me to edit our Shed Buyer’s Checklist. From now on, Scandinavian Redwood will be worth two points on the checklist. This reflects just how important this information is.

If you’re happy to buy a timber garden building without knowing how long it’s likely to last, how well it will keep water out, or how resistant it is to rot, check out any of these three companies. If you actually want to make an informed decision about the shed you’re buying, you’ll have to look elsewhere. 

Further reading:

Redwood vs Whitewood: Which wood is best for a garden shed?

How to buy a good shed.

How to tell if a shed is solid.

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