Summerhouse Base

What kind of base do you need for a Summerhouse?

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So, let’s get right to it then… here’s everything you need to know about prepping the base for your Summerhouse. “Hang on? What? You need a base for a Summerhouse? What’s that all about then? Surely a Summerhouse has a floor, right? So can’t you just plonk it in the garden and have your pals round for wine time?” Easy there Janice, not quite. It’s really important that you have a base installed BEFORE your Summerhouse arrives, and here’s why… Please note: We highly advise you obtain landscaper quotes for base work before ordering your Gillies and Mackay building to obtain a full and clear picture of project costs. Why do I need a base for my Summerhouse? Summerhouses typically …

Why won’t my Summerhouse door close?

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What about this heat?! I know – best we’ve had since 1976.  “When looking at daytime temperatures the UK average for the month was 19.9 C, the same average maximum daytime temperature as in the June of the still talked-about summer of 1976, and placing it joint-second…” (Met Office 2018) So what’s that got to do with your Summerhouse doors? Well, quite a lot actually. This heat is playing havoc with 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. Summerhouse doors are particularly susceptible because they are facing south… with the hottest of the sun …

3 reasons your Summerhouse might be leaking

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No one likes a leaky Summerhouse! And our Scottish weather is so unpredictable, with a fair bit of rain to contend with. But that wouldn’t be the cause of your Summerhouse leaking. There are other factors to consider, as I mention in this wee video below: VIDEO CHATTER Now, depending on age, there may be a time where your Summerhouse will spring a leak and where this leaking comes from is what you need to know. 1. Slab Base The first one, and the most common one, is when a Summerhouse sits on its slab base and then the customer has put a decorative slab around the outside of it. And put it right up to the Summerhouse. What we …

New garden building: Dealing with difficult neighbours

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Dealing with difficult neighbours when you’re thinking about getting a summerhouse for your garden can seem like a nightmare. Well, let me put your mind at ease… check out this wee video where I explain that there’s really not a lot they can do about it!

Shed vs Summerhouse: What’s the difference?

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VIDEO CHATTER   Shed v’s Summerhouse which is best suited to what you need? You’re just starting out on your shed buying experience. You’re not 100% sure what it is you’re actually after. You’re thinking, “I need some space in my garden, but is it a Shed or is it a Summerhouse? What is the actual difference between the two?” The way I look at it is — a shed is for practical use. It’s something that is either going to be there for storing your garden equipment or there for practical working space.  By practical, I mean messy pretty much. Vehicle maintenance, tinkering about with tools, that type of thing. Pottery would work. All those sorts of things that …

Summerhouse Maintenance: How to look after your Summerhouse

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That’s right… our Summerhouses are built to last! But, only if you remember to keep up with the aftercare. If you really want your Summerhouse to stand the test of time and still look as amazing in a few years as it does now, then there are some things you need to do. Treat it Air it Paint it That’s it… just three simple things to maintain your lovely timber building, ensuring it’s longevity and giving you years of enjoyment. Want to know more? Check out this short video I made explaining all about it…     VIDEO CHATTER If you have just bought a Gillies and Mackay Summerhouse, you should be considering the aftercare for that Summerhouse and how …

How often should you re-roof your Summerhouse?

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If you’re looking at your Summerhouse and wondering if you should have it re-roofed, wait… it might not need it yet. Here’s why… VIDEO CHATTER If you have a Gillies and Mackay Summerhouse, that’s maybe eight or nine years old, you’re probably thinking that you’re going to have to re-roof it soon. And you’d be right… because when you bought the Summerhouse, we told you it had a life expectancy of 10 years and is guaranteed by the manufacturers for 10 years. So you’re right in thinking it’s time to get it re-roofed. What I would suggest first of all, is to check if it actually needs to be done. If the felt that’s on it is not actually letting …