Summerhouse Base

The Gillies & Mackay Lead Time Explained

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Take us back to the good ol’ pre COVID days eh! When oor lead time was only about 12 weeks long. We get it. You’ve just started out on your Sheddie journey, got all the plans down for getting your garden looking glorious this summer. Because let’s face it, who’s going to be laying in the Spanish sun?! That’s what Summer Houses are for hun. 😉 You’re all excited, you got your eye on the perfect retreat – you hit the send button to us and we reply… “It’s best to note our current delivery/assembly lead time is 7/8 months away.” WHIT?!?! 😭😭😭 Sheddie, believe you me, we feel your pain. We absolutely do not want you to be waiting …

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How we’re keeping you and G&M safe through COVID

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COVID OPERATIONAL UPDATE JANUARY 2021 Locky D again eh! Gillies and Mackay will continue to operate meaning we will still be building, delivering, assembling, and conducting Site Visits with COVID protocol in place. Read more below. Our Show Area is currently CLOSED to the public and our office staff are working from home. Cara, Nic, and Kieran are still available to offer you a consultation via phone call or email. We’ll be juggling the bairns so expect to hear “Muuuum, can I get….” in the background. The Show Area will be back open to the public once restrictions ease. Contact us at: COVID! You’re sick of hearing about it. And trust us, we’re sick of talking about it. We’re …

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Painting your Gillies & Mackay building: the second coat explained

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Sheddie, let’s talk paint! 🖌️ We get it! You’ve taken delivery of your G&M building, and doing work on it is the last thing on your mind. You just want to get straight down to enjoying it.  Ah, if only your brand new #sheddie life was that simple.  In order to ensure your G&M shed lasts a lifetime you need to give it a little tender loving care -and painting care is essential. Just a few hours of work up front will add years of life to your building.  If you don’t paint your G&M building, the almighty shed demons will come and cast their shed hexes on you: wood rot, water penetration marks, leaking and mould – making a …

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How to repair and replace timber in an old Gillies & Mackay building

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Gillies & Mackay have been around the block, busy manufacturing sheds for you lovely lot for over 30 years.  And over those years we’ve experienced and learned that the harsh Scottish climate, coupled with the volatile nature of timber, is not alway a match made in heaven.  You might find it difficult to understand why a specific area of your Shed has become problematic with blackening, mould or decay and that is something we wholeheartedly sympathise with.  It has taken us years to master our technique and craftsmanship to ensure the longevity of your Timber Building. But even with all that experience, there are still many external factors out with our control that will contribute to the timber rotting over …

What to look for when buying a shed – Shed Buying Guide

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Buying a shed is no small investment so you’ll want to make sure it’s right for you and, more importantly, that it lasts. Buying a shed is not as simple as budget and size when it comes to longevity. There are quite a few things to consider to make sure you invest in your space wisely, you get your money’s worth and it looks goddamn beautiful in your garden. Here we’ll only be guiding you through the best type of sheds: Timber sheds. If you want to learn more about different types of sheds we’ve got you covered: Plastic vs metal vs timber sheds Right now you should have a good idea of what you are using the shed for …

Summerhouse doors tight

How to fix Summerhouse doors that are too tight

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In typical Scottish fashion, the rain battered down for two months keeping us all locked in our houses. Then, as soon as the sun comes out to play – BOOM! Coronavirus hits. Most of us are spending a little more time at home than planned just now, and if you are one of the lucky ones you’ll be spending some of that time in your Summerhouse.  Timber is a porous, natural living breathing material. The change in weather is going to impact the state of your wood, especially your summerhouse doors.  When we have a prolonged spell of dry, sunny weather it’s only a matter of time before your timber starts to shift. Your south-facing Summerhouse doors are going to …

Summerhouse doors close

How to fix Summerhouse doors that won’t close

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I know it’s hard to tell what day it is, nevermind what month we are on, but coming into Summer the heat is going to play havoc on your Timber. Timber is a porous, natural living breathing material. This means when we have a prolonged spell of dry, sunny weather it’s only a matter of time before your timber starts to shift. Your south-facing Summerhouse doors are going to be particularly hard hit when the weather starts to get HAWT! This might cause your Summerhouse doors to shrink. Literally a matter of millimeters, which will cause the lock and keeper to fall out of line so your door doesn’t catch.  The second thing that can happen is the door will …

Shed Guide

The Gillies and Mackay Shed Buying Guide

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Where do you start with buying a shed?! It can be a wee bit confusing navigating the shed landscape if your no shed savvy. Whether it’s your first time buying a really good looking shed or your fourth time it’s good to have a wee checklist so you can get from A to Shed in your garden in no time. You want this to be as easy as possible right?  We have everything you need on the website but let’s get it all into one place so you can follow the roadmap – by the end all you should have left to do is pop in, email us or call to book your shed in. You can even download our …

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Featured Friends: Who do we recommend for painting your G&M building?

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You’re ready. Ready to place an order. Ready to start living your best #ShedLife. But wait a minute! What’s all this about needing to paint a second coat onto your G&M building a few weeks after delivery? You’ll probably not want to do that as it sounds like a lot of hassle. You’re more likely to want someone to do it for you hey? A professional. But can’t G&M just do it all for you? We DON’T actually paint your shed for you. However, we DO put a base coat on in the workshop in whatever Sadolin colour from our range you decide on. But you WILL need to put another coat on it a few weeks after the building …