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

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 …

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Shed Security: Is my Shed Insured?

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 …

Shed Jargon Buster

Do you find yourself asking things like; what is weatherboard? What does tongue and groove mean? Sarking? Gables? Pitch…? The list is endless and my Customers are mad for it. The love a bit of technical info, especially from me. It can get a bit random though. For example, the bit of wood that faces a Summerhouse roof is called …

Do you Need Planning Permission for a Shed?

More often than not, do I need planning permission for my Shed, is one of the first questions a customer will ask me. And my answer is always… It depends. I’ve been submitting planning applications longer than I’ve been applying mascara. So my quick 9 principle should do the trick when figuring it out for yourself. In accordance to planning …

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Mould in your Shed

Shed Maintenance Timber building maintenance is crucial to the longevity of your Shed, Summerhouse or Garage. Mould is one of my favourite subjects, time and time again I’m asked; how do I get rid of black mould? Why is my Shed damp? And what are these white spores appearing? The answer to that is; stop it from happening in the …

Mouldy Summerhouse? 6 Easy Steps to Combat Mould

Why is my Summerhouse Mouldy?! I’ve answered this question two times already this month and so I thought you know what, those two people can’t be the only ones facing a mouldy Summerhouse? Over the past 3 years Scotland has experienced unprecedented  levels of rainfall. Personally, our specification and the way we make our buildings has completely changed in order …

Storm Damaged Shed: 5 Stage Insurance Claim

As I type my third storm damage quotation of the day it appears the same old British weather is playing havoc across the country… Again. Has your beloved shed been battered by a 30ft Oak tree? Do you know how to make an insurance claim for your storm damaged shed? With 12 years experience of making Sheds to withstand 120mph …

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Steel box profile for Sheds or Garages?

Should I have a Steel Box Profile Roof on my Shed? If your Shed is Pent or Apex with a depth over 4mtrs then, yes. Felt isn’t enough to keep the rain out. Steel box profile is our swear-by answer to big roofs and low pitches.