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Garden Room Maintenance: 3 Top Tips

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Maintaining your Garden Room is paramount to the longevity of the building. The better you look after your Garden Room, the more likely it is to be passed down through the generations. Over the years, I’ve seen all forms of neglect and lost love for these beautiful creatures. So I thought I’d best help you keep the magic alive, when it comes to your Shedlife, by sharing some top tips. There are 3 crucial ways to keep your Garden Room in tip-top condition and stop it from becoming foosty, run down and haggard. And they are: TREAT VENTILATE REPAIR   1. TREAT First things first: whatever the external cladding, it’s always best to use some form of treatment on it. …

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What is the best size for a Garden Room?

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So many factors will play on what size of Blackstone Garden Room you will want. Primarily, it will come down to the space you have and to what extent you want to build to. For example, it’s purpose: if you intend to use your Blackstone as a holiday let then it’s going to be bigger than if you’re just thinking about some office space. Let’s talk through the different size categories we tend to stick to at Gillies & Mackay. As you can imagine after 30 years of building Garden Rooms there’s a fair bit of repetition in the requirements. So, we’ve come up with a simple range to make choosing yours easier. The Range Just a wee one? (up …

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What kind of base do I need for a Garden Room?

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At Gillies and Mackay our buildings are fairly HEFTY, to say the least. So, when we’re thinking about the foundations for a Garden Room, we need to appreciate that the weight has a huge influence over what kind of base we should construct. Typically a Garden Room will weigh over 2 tonnes. We would normally recommend a concrete plinth built to a specific specification. However, new technologies, such as ground screws, are offering a more eco-friendly alternative. Let’s have a look at both options… Please note: We highly advise you obtain landscaper/construction quotes for base work before ordering your Gillies and Mackay building to obtain a full and clear picture of project costs. Concrete Plinth For years we’ve been involved …

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Garden Rooms: Do I need Planning Permission and/or Building Control

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Nothing gets my shed door slamming more than when customers can’t get the right information about Planning and Building Control from their local authorities. More often than not, customers are under the assumption that if you don’t need Planning (based on the Permitted Development Act) you are absolutely well within your rights to erect a building in your garden. No questions asked… Well, not quite. What’s this Planning all about then? Planning are interested in the aesthetics and the overall impact the building will have on the surrounding environment. They’re not much concerned about the structure or whether you’re going to be safe in it. Planning regulations are the same for every council. The permitted development rules for an ancillary (Garden) …

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What is the best construction for a Garden Room?

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If you’re familiar with Gillies and Mackay, you’ll know we don’t muck around with specification, especially when it comes to our Garden Rooms. We know what you need when it comes to staying warm, dry, loved and comfortable in your Shedlife. That’s why we have developed the best specification of Garden Rooms to withstand the Scottish climate. Grant and I love nothing more than to barter back and forth with new ideas, new technologies and a whole world of possibilities for design, specification and techniques. Our Garden Rooms are made with a 5-tier wall specification that looks and sounds like this… External Cladding As standard, we will always use 19mm thick tongue and groove Redwood which has been tanalised to …

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DIY Garden Room: The Half Build

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The Half Build Garden Room Listen… It’s okay. You can tell me, I’m totally cool with it. It’s only natural. You’ve got the skills, you’re right handy around the house and this might just be the dream project you’ve always wanted! I’m talking about ‘Do-It-Yourself Garden Rooms’. We’ve made 100’s of Garden Rooms for our amazing G&M customers over the past 30 years. So it comes as no surprise when people start to realise the potential of doing some of the work themselves, not least to save a tidy penny, but also because they want to. There are pros and cons, as well as different stages to consider, but we will discuss all of the important aspects in this blog …

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Shed Security: Is my Shed Insured?

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Is my Shed insured? Guest Blog by Jane Barker The humble garden shed has a special place in our hearts and homes. Whether it’s the dusty sanctuary of dad’s ‘man cave’ (home to the remains of a short-lived drumming career), mum’s ‘she shed’ (where hobbies take up most of the room), or just an escape space for other members of the family. Sheds, garages and other outbuildings are an invaluable asset to a home, be it for storage, a place for hobbies, or even rented out. But when it comes to insurance, are you sure you have the right level of cover for your bikes, BBQ, gardening tools and sporting equipment, etc.? Things to consider when securing your shed The …

Garden Sheds Stirling: Top 4

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Stirling’s Best Garden Shed Manufacturers Reviewed as rated by NattyShedGirl Stirling Shed Manufacturers have been on my list for a while. Mainly because of one company, Paterson Garden Buildings. Patersons featured in our top Summerhouse Manufacturers in Scotland blog. They faired extremely well against the competition so I’m really excited to see how they do with their Sheds this time around. This blog is part of a series. I’ve made it my mission to review all the Shed Manufacturers in Scotland to help you make the right buying decision for your perfect Shed. In order to make this fair, we have to set a standard. The search is the same every time for every area. Garden Sheds Stirling was our Google …

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Garden Sheds Falkirk: Top 4

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Falkirk’s Top 4 Shed Manufacturers Reviewed as rated by NattyShedGirl “Been Shedding long pal?” Turns out Falkirk have… And since it’s my mission to review all the Shed manufacturers in Scotland let’s see what they’ve got to offer. Yeah? We’re looking specifically at Google’s top 4 Shed Manufacturers in Falkirk and we’re using the search term; Garden Sheds Falkirk. We’re not interested in the paid ads as they’re usually just the online companies that have nothing to do with the locality to the area you’re interested in. In this case, we’re only interested in Shed Manufacturer’s operating in Falkirk. Let’s take a look… Anderson Timber Apex Garden Buildings   AMR Sheds Falkirk SJS Fencing THE RULES We don’t talk about …

Garden Sheds Lothian: Top 5

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Lothian’s Top 5 Shed Manufacturers Reviewed as rated by NattyShedGirl Lothian – it’s a big place covering a lot of gardens, so, as expected, there’s a fair few Shed Manufacturers to pick from. As usual, we’re focusing on Google’s Page 1 as our reference for what Garden Sheds are available for the search term ‘Garden Sheds Lothian’. We exclude the paid ads as they tend to be online companies and not businesses operating from the area we’re interested in. In this case, we’re only interested in Shed Manufacturers operating in the Lothian area or serving the Lothian area. So here’s what we’ve got…   Seafield Shed Centre Meadowmill Shed Centre Simply Sheds Scotland Champfleurie Estate A1 Sheds THE RULES I’m …