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Top Shed Styles for 2019

The humble garden shed, formerly used for storing all of your bits and bobs, has had a major transformation. No longer falling apart, ridden with cobwebs and long-forgotten items collecting dust, there is now a range of stylish garden shed designs to choose from at leading suppliers and manufacturers. Plus, garden sheds and other outbuildings can be crafted bespoke to suit both your needs and design ideas. This means that you can have a style of shed that complements your home and your tastes, resulting in an outbuilding that you will love and treasure all year round – even if you are just storing rusty garden tools in it!

Today, as a space, sheds are multi-faceted. Increasing the value of your home as well as providing a blank canvas for you to decorate and fill as you wish, you can utilise a garden shed in a variety of ways. For example, you could turn it into a quaint artistic workshop, a sleek home office or even a spare bedroom! If you are looking for ample amounts of inspiration for your garden shed, read on.

Mini History of the Shed

Known as being a man-cave for centuries, the garden shed has had comical escapist associations whereabouts a man could have a place of ‘refuge’ in the home away from his wife and kids. This was where he could stereotypically indulge in woodwork and creative projects or store his ‘manly’ items like power tools.

Infact the name “shed” comes from the Anglo Saxon word “scead” meaning “shade” and translating to a place of quiet, obscurity and seriousness. Plus, the occupant of the “scead” would typically be a hermit or a wise man – hence it’s general association with men.

Yet, from these beginnings eventually created a phenomenon where the shed became a spiritual dwelling of thinking. In fact, famous authors like Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, and Dylan Thomas all swore by their sheds being a place for them to craft their famous works.

Today, sheds are not just a place for men, but also they can be a place for women to inhabit too. Modern sheds can come in a variety of styles with fittings like double glazing windows, underfloor heating, plumbing facilities and more – making the garden shed into more than just a dusty accessory of the home. No matter if you have a blossoming passion for horticulture, or you want to add an extra spare bedroom to your home, installing a garden shed could transform the way you use your garden.

Vintage Cottage Style Garden Shed

A pretty addition to your outdoor space, a vintage cottage style garden shed is a quaint addition to your home and the perfect complement to a whimsical English garden. Imagine the picturesque scene, nestled amongst rose bushes, your shed pops out amongst the flowers.

Many shed designers will offer a vintage-style shed as they are pleasing on the eye and can make your garden look perfectly idyllic. To truly fulfil this ideal, have your garden shed made in wood with a gabled roof. Then have latticed windows and a decorative carved front door as an entrance installed. Once this has been completed, it’s all about what colour you choose. Complementary tones include shades of white and cream, or pastel hues like pink, yellow, blue or green with contrasting white doors and windows. Not only will this appear like a wendy house, but it is great for storing vintage garden tools, paints and luxe seating inside.

To decorate the interior of your vintage style shed, opt for painting the inside white to brighten and make the space look bigger. Vintage style accessories could include a refurbished ladder to store plants and small items, wicker seating, a floral rug and bunting. Depending on how you want to use the shed, store and place the items you need accordingly. However, this style of shed would perfectly suit an indoor sewing space, arts and crafts workshop or a vintage typewriter for whiling away many hours on a Sunday.

Steel Storage Locker

A more utilitarian design, a steel storage locker is ideal for businesses or if you want to safely lock away power tools. Plus, this design of shed may also suit homes and styles that lean towards sleek modern design.

With many practical elements like being secure, weather-resistant and long-lasting, a stainless steel locker style shed is great for homeowners who have plenty of important tools. What’s more, the imposing façade perhaps would be a deterrent for opportunistic thieves as it instantly makes it look secure and difficult to break into.

Greenhouse Shed Hybrid

If you can’t decide between a greenhouse or a garden shed, why not incorporate the two into one design? Ideal for small gardens and savvy homeowners, a greenhouse shed hybrid is quickly becoming a popular shed design. Simply because, as environmental concerns grow and allotments being highly competitive, more and more people are looking to grow their own fruit and vegetables on their property.

There is plenty of value in growing your own fruit and vegetables, both physically and mentally. Giving you a sense of achievement, getting you in the fresh air and helping you to live more mindfully, many are turning to gardening as a way to combat the daily stresses and anxieties that life throws at you. Plus, growing your own fruit and vegetables can encourage you to eat healthier, as well as the produce being of high quality, packed with vitamins and rid of mass-produced chemical pesticides.

With this in mind, a greenhouse shed hybrid may be the perfect investment. The way that this is constructed is half of the roof is made out of glass, helping to trap heat and encourage the plants to grow no matter what time of year it is. The other half of the roof would typically be made out of standard shed roofing like slate tiles or wood, which provides shade to plants that need it, a place to store tools or a pretty seating area where you can admire the growth of your plants with a morning brew.

Open Plan Modern Shed

Take inspiration from postmodern design movements and create an open plan, sleek modern shed that can be utilised as an another living space to hang out in or an office. This style of shed can be utilised for summer soirees, providing an indoor space for being to sit whilst still feeling like they are part of the outside. A way to do this is to install floor to ceiling bi-folding doors that let an abundance of light into the room, and can seamlessly let you move between the interior and exterior. Think of tall ceilings and a gabled roof when designing the shed as this will make the room feel airy and modern.

For interior decoration, paint the interior white to brighten and make the space feel bigger. Then for extra luxury, install underfloor heating, a plush sofa or hanging chair, a thick rug and a coffee table. Alternatively, you could turn this space into a stunning home office. It is no secret that more and more people are working remotely, whether they are small business owners, freelancers or if you often travel a long distance, if you work from home then you need to make sure that you have a space you can relax and also equally focus. The light from the bi-folding doors will enhance your productivity and boost your mood, whereas the underfloor heating will keep you warm whilst you work.

Two-Storey Shed

If you have a large garden and you want to maximise space on your property, why not install a two-storey garden shed? With the rage of tiny houses sweeping both Britain and America, you could create your own within your own back garden. You could fit this with a kitchenette, a small toilet and a bedroom above on a mezzanine level. Alternatively, a two-storey shed can help you store more bits and bobs, ideal for homes that feel cramped and cluttered. This could be enhanced with a gambrel or barn-style roof, which, when painted in a Dutch colonial style will add a touch of rusticity to your back garden.

Chalet style Shed

If you want to feel like you are on the alps in the comfort of your own home, a rustic wooden chalet-style shed is a great way to do this. With a similar design to a vintage cottage shed, you can quaintly have a petite front porch with latticed windows and a carved wooden door. The appeal lies in the organic wooden grain that you can enhance with wood treatments so it will last for years, and also the possibility to turn the interior into whatever you desire. A great interior for this style of shed would be a wooden snug you can retreat to with a wood-burning stove, sofa and rug. Alternatively, a workshop would work too.

Green Roof Shed

Green roofs are fast becoming a popular instalment for new domestic builds, schools and other commercial buildings. This is where the roof has plants or grass placed on top, helping to encourage more greenery and cleaner air in your area. Great for eco-conscious homeowners, to make your shed design even more ‘green’, you could have it made out of recycled wood.

Kirton Sectional Buildings, High-Quality Sheds and Bespoke Outbuildings in Gainsborough

If you are looking for a high-quality wooden shed, greenhouse or wendy house, it is vital that you choose a local maker who creates one designed just for you. From stables to summerhouses, here at Kirton Sectional Buildings, we can provide an array of stunning outbuildings designed for a variety of purposes. Handcrafted to your requirements, our outbuildings are made from the finest timber, withstanding the dreary British weather for years to come.

An outbuilding can be a significant investment, which is why it is imperative that you choose a business who can prioritise your needs. With our extensive product range and years of experience we can custom build one to your desires. To find out more, simply contact us today.

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What You Need to Do to Keep Pests and Animals Out of Your Shed

A shed is a very useful addition to your property. After all, you may own a large amount of lawn maintenance equipment (and similar items). A shed provides you with a space in which to store this equipment.

That said, when sheds aren’t properly secured and/or maintained, animals and pests can get inside. This is obviously a scenario you want to avoid. Their presence isn’t merely a nuisance. If you keep any edible items in your shed, such as garden seeds, they might deplete your supply.

That’s why you should keep the following tips in mind. They’ll help you better understand what you can do to keep your shed free of unwanted intruders.

Keep Food in Airtight Containers

Do you store anything that could be used as food in your shed? This may include any type of seeds. If so, they are likely to attract rodents and other potential intruders if their scent is allowed to waft out of your shed. Avoid this by making sure all such items are stored in airtight containers when not in use.

Routinely Check Your Shed

A shed is just like any other structure on your property: it requires regular maintenance to stay in the best possible condition for as long as possible. That means you should make a point of regularly walking the perimeter of your shed to check for any holes or cracks. Even very small holes can still be large enough to let mice or other small pests inside. If you do notice any possible entrances, seal them up.

Trim Nearby Branches

Do any branches (even small ones) from a nearby tree hang over your shed’s surface? Trim them if you spot any. Your goal is to keep the perimeter of your shed clear, otherwise these branches could serve as bridges for unwanted insects.

Check for Leaks

Because insects thrive in moist environments, a shed with moist areas may be particularly vulnerable to an infestation. Avoid this by routinely checking for signs of leaks, and sealing those you find.

Keep it Clean

Of course, cleaning your shed regularly and removing clutter prevents insects and animals from finding spots where they can hide. This type of basic upkeep is key. Along with reducing potential hiding spaces, it also typically involves removing the kinds of debris that attracts unwanted intruders in the first place.

All that said, there might also come a time when you want to replace your current shed. When that happens, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings can supply it. Browse our selection online to learn more about the different types of sheds we offer.

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Greenhouse Cleaning Tips You Need to Know

A greenhouse can be a lovely space in which to grow your favorite plants. However, growing several plants in a small space can result in a mess. They might also attract pests over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to clean your greenhouse on a regular basis.

The following tips will help you do so more effectively. Keep them in mind to keep your greenhouse as clean as possible.

Start with an Inspection

Don’t start cleaning your greenhouse right away. You should inspect it thoroughly first to prepare the space.

For instance, you may find loose debris or items in certain areas. Removing them first makes those spots easier to clean later. After periods of harsh weather, you might also find signs of minor damage that need to be addressed first before you can begin cleaning the greenhouse.

Choose the Right Time

Cleaning  a greenhouse is much easier when there are no plants inside of it. Thus, if possible, you may want to clean it during a time of year when you can safely remove the plants from the space.

Consult with a gardening expert if you’re not sure what time of year that might be. This also gives you an opportunity to replace the soil (as old soil may contain pathogens). Consider washing all your pots and containers before placing them back in the greenhouse as well.

Clean the Inside and the Outside

When cleaning your greenhouse, rinse the outside gently with a garden hose. If you are worried about an insect infestation, you might also want to apply a product designed to ward them off. Experts at your garden center can recommend one.

You should also gently rinse the floor of your greenhouse, and scrub any dirty surfaces clean. If there is substantial debris on the floor, sweep it away before rinsing it.

Make Sure it is Ventilated

Fungal diseases may affect your plants if your greenhouse isn’t properly ventilated. Thus, you need to ensure any openings to your greenhouse aren’t blocked by other large barriers or structures. Keep them open relatively often to allow for thorough ventilation. This is particularly important to keep in mind when cleaning, but it’s something worth remembering all throughout the year.

Following these tips and practising basic upkeep will help you make the most out of your greenhouse for years to come. Of course, if you’re ever in the market for a new one, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings will gladly supply it. Get started today by browsing your options on our website.

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Three Reasons to Invest in a Potting Shed

If your garden currently has a wide open space that needs to be filled, it’s likely you’ve considered investing in a greenhouse or garden shed. For gardening enthusiasts, a greenhouse is a space purely dedicated to growing plants, giving you the room you need to expand your collection. On the other hand, a garden shed is a versatile building that you can use to store a myriad of things ranging from gardening tools to camping gear.

Making a decision between these two garden features can be a difficult one, but what about when you add a potting shed into the equation? Far from making your choice harder, we’ve made a list of three reasons why a potting shed could be the perfect addition to your garden.

It offers the best of both worlds

As mentioned previously, deciding between a greenhouse and a garden shed can be tricky- so why not go with an option that offers you the best of both worlds? A potting shed is constructed mainly from wood much like a garden shed, yet it is glass fronted to promote plant growth. Also, whereas greenhouses are largely dominated by plant life, potting sheds have space for you to store your gardening essentials as well as rear greenery. With this in mind, choosing a potting shed almost seems like a no-brainer as it provides you with a multi-purpose building that you can use to its full potential.

It’s warmer in winter

One of the benefits that a potting shed has over a greenhouse is that it’s undoubtedly warmer in winter. The wooden aspects of the building help to keep cold air out and warm air in and as a result, it’s the perfect place to house your more sensitive plants in winter. Also, depending on the size of your potting shed, it could also double up as a cosy relaxation spot for you to enjoy during winter, allowing you to enjoy a moment of solitude amidst nature. A larger potting shed is also likely to be a great living space in the warmer months too as it offers you a place to bathe in sunlight without being exposed to harmful rays.

It’s more customisable

Although you may be set on having a room dedicated to growing plant life now, this could all change further down the line. While a greenhouse only really lends itself to one use, a potting shed can easily be revamped to serve another purpose. Whether you decide you want to create a summer house to entertain guests or you’d prefer to transform your potting shed into a traditional garden shed, a potting shed is extremely versatile and, with a few alterations, can be turned into another room entirely.

At Kirton Sectional Building Ltd, we stock a range of potting sheds to ensure you find a building to suit your needs and, if not, we offer to custom-build models to specific requirements.

For more information on the services we offer in Gainsborough, contact us today and update your garden space with Kirton Sectional Buildings Ltd.

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From Gardening to DIY: How to Make the Most of Your Shed

The humble shed has been a treasured feature of British back gardens for decades. What started out as a basic, inexpensive wooden structure designed purely for storage has since become an invaluable space in the garden, used for a variety of weird and wonderful things.

Whilst the exteriors may not look massively different, if you were to step inside the garden sheds of every property on your street, you’d no doubt discover a range of interiors and uses, from cluttered tool sheds to beautifully designed summerhouses. Many homeowners opt to transform their sheds and utilise them for a whole host of random things – perhaps they don’t have room in the main house, or maybe they simply want a separate space to escape to. Either way, it’s fair to say that more and more people are making the most of their garden sheds.

Sheds have developed into much more than a simple pre-assembled structure for chucking stuff into – so how else can sheds be used? In this blog, we take a look at just a few ideas; there’s shed ideas for practical DIY enthusiasts, sheds for savvy business people and sheds for those who just want to have a bit of fun!

Tools and equipment storage

Whilst garden sheds now lend themselves to a variety of uses, you can’t argue with their original purpose – storage. Between the first and second World War, sheds were first sold to the masses as a convenient space to store tools, equipment and machinery and for many of us, they still serve the same purpose.

If you love gardening, a shed is the perfect place to keep your lawnmower, hedge trimmers and seed collections. Meanwhile, if extreme sports is your thing, why not keep your mountain bikes and cycling gear in there? From garden furniture to DIY tools, your shed is the ideal storage space – just remember to add a sturdy lock on the door!

Home office

Whilst it may seem like a bit of an upgrade from a simple place for storing your belongings, your garden shed could offer the ideal location for a peaceful home office. If you work from home or you often find yourself bringing your work home with you, you’re no doubt hankering for a quiet space away from the main house where you can get on with your job in peace.

After all, there’s nothing more infuriating than the chaotic sound of ‘dinner time’ going on around you or the tempting but distracting urge to try and work whilst also watching TV. When you transform your garden shed into a home office, you can separate work from home and make sure you get everything done with no interruptions.

Home gym

Another innovative way that homeowners are utilising their garden sheds is by transforming them into home workout spaces. Rather than paying for a gym membership, why not invest in some home gym equipment and pump some iron in your garden? Rowing machines, spinning bikes and free weights are bulky pieces of equipment and most of us don’t have space for them in our house, however, a shed offers the ideal solution. You can work out in privacy, without the sweaty, competitive atmosphere of a gym, and blast your favourite motivating tunes to get you pumped.

If a hardcore strength or cardio workout isn’t your thing, you could always convert your shed into a yoga or pilates studio. An out building like a shed is the perfect place to get some peace and quiet away from the house, allowing you to practice a peaceful pastime without any distractions.

Games room

So far, we’ve just offered up ideas that are all work and no play, but why not consider converting your shed into place to have some fun? If you have children, you could create a kid’s den or playhouse at the end of your garden, filled with all of their favourite toys where they can dream up imaginary games with their friends all summer long. Alternatively, if your little ones aren’t so little anymore, your garden shed could provide the perfect place for teenagers to escape the main house and relax with their friends.

But remember, it’s not just young people that need a space to wind down. If you’re a kid at heart, you could convert your shed into a games room for your pool table, darts board or foosball table, or even build a mini bar so you can enjoy your favourite tipples with friends and family. Hook your shed up with some powerful speakers and you can while away the hours listening to music and chilling out with your nearest and dearest.

Summerhouse

Carrying on the theme of less work and more play, another way in which homeowners are utilising their garden sheds is to transform them – or replace them – with a summerhouse. These garden buildings are a luxurious addition, offering a relaxing place to sit and enjoy your garden, and a step up from your average timber shed. Summerhouses are designed to look more aesthetically pleasing, with glass panels in the doors and even a porch area at the front.

If you love hosting BBQs and parties during the summer, a summerhouse offers some welcome shade from the hot sun where your guests can sit down and relax. You can use the space for storage too, keeping all of your garden furniture and garden games, ready to be used as soon as the sun comes out, rather than burying them at the back of your garage or have them cluttering up your back porch.

Quiet corner

If you’re not much of a party animal and a busy summer BBQ sounds like hell on earth, you might want to utilise your garden shed as a space to enjoy some well-earned ‘me’ time. Deck out your shed with some comfy interior products like bean bags, blankets and cushions, and decorate the space with candles and plants, creating a truly tranquil environment for R&R.

Perhaps you’re an avid reader or you’re getting into meditation; either way, by transforming your garden shed into a quiet corner to escape the pressures of everyday life, you can spend your evenings and weekends doing whatever you need to do to truly relax.

Hobby shed

Whatever your weird and wonderful hobby may be, why not use your garden shed as a place to really immerse yourself and escape your working life? Whether you’re a passionate writer working on your first novella, an experimental artist trying out new techniques or an amateur carpenter who enjoys toiling over quirky furniture and sculptures, utilising your garden shed is the best way to really hone your skills and take your passion to the next level.

From artist studios to carpentry workshops, if you had a look inside garden sheds up and down the country, you’d no doubt find people working on a whole range of home projects, fully engrossed and focused thanks to having no distractions or interruptions.

Business space

Whilst some people want to keep their hobbies as a recreational activity, others choose to take it one step further and turn what was once a Sunday afternoon pastime into a lucrative business venture. If this is the case, you’ll most certainly need a space dedicated to putting your heart and soul into the project.

Perhaps your natural flair for drawing has lead you to design and sell greetings cards, or maybe you’re passionate about pickles and you need a space to package your pickled products to sell on. Some of the most successful brands on the shelves today began as fledgling businesses in home kitchens and garden sheds – don’t underestimate your talent and use your shed to take the plunge!

Equally, if you’ve been training as a masseuse, counsellor, homeopath or pretty much anything that requires you to have a space to welcome and offer your services to clients, a fully refurbished shed could be the ideal solution. It’s a private, peaceful room where your customers will feel calm and comfortable – and be surrounded by nature!

Kirton Sectional Buildings: Offering a comprehensive range of shed styles, from basic timber sheds to charming summerhouses

If you’re inspired by some of our ideas and you’re looking for a garden shed that offers much more than just storage space, choose Kirton Sectional Buildings today. With our comprehensive range of shed styles, you can find something that not only suits the overall appearance of your garden, but is also the perfect size for whatever you plan to use it for. Along with our standard timber sheds, we also have a variety of playhouse and summerhouse designs, as well as products for specific uses like stables, greenhouses and dog huts.

As a family run company with a reputation for quality products, you can rest assured that anything you purchase from our range will be good value for money and stand the test of time. Plus, if you have a particular design in mind but you can’t see it within our catalogue of products, we’re happy to create custom-built models designed specifically for your needs.

For the best sheds in Lincolnshire, get in touch with Kirton Sectional Buildings today.

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Interior Design Ideas to Make Your Summer House Warm in Winter

When considering the best time of year to enjoy a summer house, the clue is in the name. These buildings are often used for sitting in to enjoy fine weather, and they provide people with a place to relax and appreciate the sunshine without the intense heat. There’s no denying that summer houses are to be predominantly enjoyed in the summer- but is there a way to make your cabin suitable for year-round use?

Whether you’re looking to significantly boost the insulation of your summer house or you simply want to make it a bit more cosy, read on for our top interior design tips for warming up your summer house in time for winter.

Cover the floors with area rugs

When in cold temperatures, it’s often your feet that tend to lose warmth first. Not only are cold feet extremely uncomfortable, but it can take what feels like hours for extremities to warm back up again. Luckily, area rugs offer an effective and affordable solution to ice cold floors. Thick area rugs will instantly make your cabin feel cosier and more comfortable and most importantly, they’ll help to keep your feet warm on particularly bitter winter days. So, invest in some warm woolen area rugs with thick underlay and give your summer house that extra layer of warmth it needs.

Think cosy

When kitting out your summer house for winter, it’s essential that you do this with cold weather in mind. Ensure your decor channels warmth, comfort and cosiness, and the space will begin to feel toasty in no time. Blankets, rugs and candles will not only physically help to heat up the space, but they are also things that you likely associate with warmth. Rich colours such as orange, red and gold will also contribute to a warm and welcoming aesthetic, so decorate your summer house to look cosy and this will undoubtedly result in the creation of a warm winter garden nook.

Invest in draught excluders

Keeping warm air in and cold air out is essential to achieving an optimum temperature during winter, and draught excluders are perfect for blocking up any problem cracks or gaps. Invest in some fun draught excluders that fit in seamlessly with your summer house’s style of decor, and help your cabin to retain heat even in the depths of winter. For more robust insulation, you may want to consider having your summer house inspected by a professional in the industry as they’ll be able to identify problematic areas before adding extra insulation to your roof, wall or flooring.

Consider heating

If you have access to electricity in your summer house, you may want to consider plugging in a portable heater for those particularly chilly winter evenings. Electric oil-filled radiators tend to stay warm for a while even after they’re switched off, and many heaters come with a precision thermostat for energy-efficiency. There are ways you can minimise your carbon footprint and reduce costs when using a plug-in heater, so this may be worth considering if you want your summer house to stay warm and cosy whatever the weather.

Whether your summer house is looking a little worse for wear or you want a more robust cabin in time for winter, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings Ltd can help. From buildings that resemble log cabins to summer houses with an outdoor seating area, we have a variety of products to ensure you get the summer house of your dreams. Plus, all our cabins are built using the highest quality timber and can be glazed with toughened glass to provide thermal insulation. Contact us today to find out more.

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From Garden Houses to Conservatories: Ways to Add Value to Your Home

We all know just how stressful it can be to sell your home. Research consistently shows that moving home is one of the most stressful life events we can experience. In fact, it’s often polled as being more stressful than going through a divorce! An astonishing 40% of homeowners asked said that they found moving home the most stressful life event of all. Much of this angst stems from the length of time it takes to get your house sold, dealing with the buyers and getting the right price.

With that in mind, it’s crucial for your own peace of mind to do everything you can to speed up the house-selling and buying process to reduce the stress involved with the move. A great way to initially reduce the stress of selling your home is to take care of the little things that can make a difference. First of all, take some time out well in advance of moving to clear a big chunk of your unnecessary items out into storage, charity shops or by selling them. Doing this over a long period of time will reduce the amount of effort it will take when it comes time to sell.

Once that’s out of the way, you should do as much as possible to prepare your house for the sale. This means completing tasks like repainting and decorating any deteriorating parts of the home, thoroughly cleaning all of the carpets and floors before any photos are taken and tackling any small DIY jobs that still need doing. Your home should be as ship-shape as possible before you get it valuated and certainly before any photos are taken. You’ll want to cut the lawn as well and make sure that you’ve upgraded your windows to double glazing and possibly consider improving your insulation.

However, if you really want to eke out the most value of your home. There are some great additions that can be made in the garden and in the property. These will take some more investment, however, they can all lead to thousands, or even tens of thousands, of pounds of value being added.

Garden Summer Houses Are a Great Addition

The garden is our speciality here at Kirton Sectional Buildings, so we’ll start there. By installing a large timber summer house, you can greatly improve the value, practicality and fun of your home. Primarily, these buildings in the garden create more space for your family and friends to enjoy in the summer months. When just one extra room would make a huge amount of difference to your home, having an extra building out in the garden can come in handy as a space for hobbies, a growing teenager or for valuable storage space.

When placed at the end of a beautiful garden, summer houses provide both the aesthetic appeal and practicality which will instantly add some value to your home and incentivise a potential buyer to go for your property. As your property will have a new USP and more space, it will get a boost on the market and make it a much more attractive prospect. Particularly for families, it’s essential for them to know they’ll have the room to continue growing into their home. When choosing a timber structure, you’ll also know that you’re doing your bit for the environment rather than going through an extensive construction process.

Other Garden Buildings To Consider

If you like the idea of a garden summer house, but you don’t have the space or budget to accommodate something quite as large, there are plenty of other garden buildings which can also make your home more attractive for buyers and bump up the price.

First of all, consider a simple shed at the end of your garden and how that can also add some much-needed storage space for you and any potential buyers. If your property doesn’t have a shed already, this is certainly a great place to start.

If you’ve got green fingers, you could also consider a greenhouse or a potting shed. These buildings out in the garden allow you to grow your own fresh vegetables, greens and fruit as well as the ability to have beautiful fresh-cut flowers all year. Greenhouses create a much warmer atmosphere which means that you can grow plants that you wouldn’t usually be able to in our mild climate and that the plants you do grow won’t be attacked by pests. Having this additional space can be a great benefit for a number of buyers and can help to drive up the price if you’re willing to leave it at the home when you move.

The Benefits of Home Extensions

If you’ve got a bit more money to spend and you want to significantly increase the value of your home by potentially thousands or tens of thousands of pounds, then it’s definitely worth considering extending your property. Of course, the main benefit of extending your home is the added space that it affords you. You could extend your home and then create an open plan kitchen and dining area to add an element of luxury to your property.

By extending your property, you can create a space that has your own stamp on it or make it as versatile as possible for the next family who moves in. By being smart with your extension, you can create a blank canvas for the next family to put their stamp on. An extension will most certainly add plenty of value to your property, however, they do come at a much higher price than a summer house!

Why Not Choose a Loft or Basement Conversion?

Similarly to a home extension, a new loft or basement conversion will also add much more space to your home and, therefore, more value. There’s so much versatility when it comes to loft and basement conversions; they can become any kind of room you want them to, whether that’s a shower room or a playroom for the kids.

Conversions generally come at a cheaper price to a full home extension, take less time and sometimes don’t require planning permission. As they’re less intrusive and less expensive, they’re often the first port of call for those looking to make more space in their home. By not taking away any of the garden space in the way an extension would too, you might also be able to get a garden summer house in there as well!

Renovations and Upgrades Elsewhere in The Home

Within the home, making renovations to key rooms like the bathroom and kitchen can also help to add some value and help you sell your property more quickly. If any of your rooms need a lick of paint, it’s worth making those upgrades, changing tired table tops and toilets, upgrading to hardwood floors or adding a second bathroom upstairs.

By making the most of the rooms that you already have, you can modernise your property and make it far more attractive to a buyer as well as increasing the overall value of the home.

Kirton Sectional Buildings

Here at Kirton Sectional Buildings, we create and supply a wide range of timber buildings for your home. Operating in Kirton – just eight miles outside of Scunthorpe – since 1988, we’re proud of the quality of our products and our excellent level of customer service. Whether you’re looking for garden cabins or a greenhouse, we have the best sheds and largest variety of sectional buildings in Britain.

We deliver our products from Stamford all the way up to Whitby and provide a waterproofer for your buildings absolutely free of charge. We’d be happy to hear from you so that we can provide you with all of the advice that you’ll need to make the right decisions on what sectional building to choose from.

To find out more, please contact us today. You can find us at Kirton Sectional Buildings, Station Road, Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 4BD, call us on 01652 640 031 or email us at sales@kirtonbuildings.co.uk.

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Three Useful Accessories For Your Dog

As man’s best friend, it’s important that we take good care of our dogs. With 24% of the adult population owning a dog, it’s no wonder we are a nation of pet lovers. Owning a dog can be one of the best things; from comforting you on your worst days to tagging along on your adventures, your canine is always there for you, but they are still a responsibility.

From feeding to walking them, a dog needs love, attention and care. To help you with looking after your furry friend, invest in a few useful accessories – here are a few to consider for your home and garden that you might not have thought about.

Pet cameras

Got a mischevious puppy or a nervous hound that you worry about leaving? A pet camera could be the one for you, enabling it to sync up to your phone so you can check-in and keep an eye on whether they’re distressed or causing mischief. For those extra naughty pooches, consider a pet camera with two-way audio – this way, you can chastise your pup if you catch them climbing the curtains or scuffing up the carpet.

Timed pet feeder

Once your dog is in a routine of timed meals, there may come an occasion where you’re a bit late home from work or have an event that overruns and you may not be able to feed them. In this case, a timed pet feeder, also known as an automatic meal feeder, is a beneficial accessory to your household ensuring that your dog is happily fed.

Kennel or hut

Playing out in the garden as a family can be tiring for your dog, especially if it’s a hot day or they’re a bit older. Consider investing in a little sheltered area for them to relax, or have a quick kip, with a timber kennel or hut. If you’re planning to breed from your dog(s) later on, hut or pents are a must whereas a kennel can just be a little shady house to allow your dog to just sit and be in the garden.

If you’re looking for a high-quality dog kennel, hut or run, consider Kirton Sectional Buildings in Gainsborough today. Manufactured with timber, our timber buildings and products are durable and charming, whilst being made from timber ensures they are environmentally friendly also. For more information regarding our products, contact us today.

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A Brief Guide on What to Grow in Your Greenhouse

Whether you’re a green-fingered genius who enjoys gardening as a pastime or you simply want to become more environmentally friendly by growing your own food, a greenhouse is an incredibly useful structure to appeal to both. But, if you’re unsure of what exactly you can sow and grow in your greenhouse throughout the year, we’ve put together a blog to explore what you grow year-round.

Winter

Winter can be a tricky time of year to grow things due to frosts and cold temperatures. However, there are still some vegetables you can sow in winter at the start of the year leading into spring. These are the crops you should consider sowing in your greenhouse in winter:

  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli

These plants endure lower temperatures better than other crops and are able to be transferred outdoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date. But, you can use your greenhouse to sow and grow them earlier without frozen ground to hinder their growth.

Spring

With the arrival of spring comes the birth of life and prime planting season. This time of year, you’re able to grow more tender plants in your greenhouse including:

  • Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Squash
  • Pepper

Plants like these will require a warmer and controlled environment with at least eight hours of sunlight in order to thrive. So, aim to sow them in your greenhouse in mid-Spring to avoid frosty conditions that could kill your crops.

Summer

Once your spring crops are transferred outside, it’s time for your bright and beautiful summer crops to be sown. Heat-loving plants will thrive in your greenhouse – here are some to plant at this time of year:

  • Aubergine
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilli peppers

However, if you’re experiencing a heatwave in the summer, it may become slightly too hot in your greenhouse, inviting mould and mildew inside as well as helping to dry out any soil. Consider investing in a vent kit to keep your plants at a comfortable temperature to ensure they don’t shrivel and die.

Autumn

When the cooler weather starts to return, finish with your summer plants and start your autumnal crops. These plants could be:

  • Kale
  • Peas (snap or snow)
  • Turnips

You might notice that growth this time of year will be slower, but be patient and they’ll be ready in time for hearty and comforting roast dinners during the winter months.

If you’re now convinced that you want to start growing your own produce or you’re in need of a replacement greenhouse, Kirton Sectional Buildings in Gainsborough are on-hand with bespoke and beautiful timber greenhouses today. For more information, contact us today.

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What You Need to Know Before Installing a Summerhouse

Keen to make the most of your home’s outdoor area? A summerhouse could be the perfect addition to maximise this space and make it more functional.

One of the best things about a summerhouse is that it can be used for any number of purposes based on your needs. For instance, you could turn it into your very own home office, a gym, or even an extra bedroom for guests. It’s also extremely handy for additional storage.

If you’re ready to add a summerhouse to your property but are not sure where to start, here’s what you need to know:

You won’t need planning permission

Buying a summerhouse is one of the easiest ways to add extra space to your home as you don’t need planning permission. As a summerhouse is an outbuilding, it’s classified as a permitted development.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if your property is listed, or your summerhouse will be situated in the front of your home facing a motorway, you’ll need planning permission. You’ll also need permission if your property is situated within designated land or you’re planning to get it built within five metres of your property.

It’s worth checking with your local authority before getting anything installed.

In most cases, there are no building regulations

As summerhouses are technically temporary structures, there are no building regulations to worry about. The exception to this is if you’d like to install plumbing or electrics within the structure. In which case, you should reach out to your local authority to double-check about related regulations.

Take your time considering the placement

Take some time to decide where you want to place your summerhouse. You may want to factor in things like where you’ll receive the most direct sunlight and how much space you want to be left around it. Think about what view you’d like windows to look out into. We’d also advise positioning your summerhouse away from drainage areas.

Professional installation is recommended for safety

While it’s certainly possible to install your summerhouse without professional assistance, it is safer and more convenient to hire an expert. They’ll have the necessary training and tools to get the job done quickly and safely.

Maintenance is minimal with treated timber summerhouses

Although all summerhouses are low maintenance, wooden ones that have been treated for water-resistance are the easiest. You won’t need to worry about any rot or decaying issues over the years.

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At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have a range of high-quality wooden buildings on offer, including summerhouses and outdoor sheds. Get in touch with us to discuss your storage needs today. We’d be happy to create something bespoke for your specific requirements.

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