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Tips for Maintaining your Greenhouse

Being more sustainable is a big movement at the moment, and one of the most rewarding ways to do so is by growing your own fruit and vegetables. You don’t need an enormous garden or vegetable patch to grow your own, and a greenhouse of any size is a highly effective way to grow produce, as you can control the temperature, humidity and water distribution more evenly.

You don’t need to be a professional gardener to own a greenhouse, but they do require some maintenance to ensure your plants can thrive. If you’re thinking about investing in a greenhouse, see our tips below for how to keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep on top of pests

Garden pests are one of the biggest threats to your plants, so it’s important to keep on top of pest control. Prevention is better than cure, so check each plant for pests before you introduce it to the greenhouse. If pests have infiltrated, then they can multiply quickly as it’s a contained area; but that also means that they can be eliminated quickly too. You can purchase many sprays that will kill pests without harming the plants, or try introducing a predator to kill them off e.g ladybirds to remove aphids.

Clean regularly

It’s important to regularly clean and sterilise the surfaces on your greenhouse; this can be done with just soap and warm water or a specialised cleaner if you prefer. Fumigating once or twice a year can also help deal with pests and insects that can harm your crops. You should also spray mildew if and when it appears, and ensure surfaces are dry when not being cleaned. Watch out for condensation build up in between the window panes as well, as this can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Check your water systems

The connecting lines and hoses of your watering system should be checked every few months to make sure they’re reaching all the plants effectively. Hoses should be replaced if they become cracked, and you can run the water through at a high pressure without the cap on to remove any build up of dirt or soil.

Heat control

British weather can be unpredictable, but there are ways to help control the temperature in your greenhouse to encourage plants and crops to thrive. Regularly clean the outside panes to let in more sunlight, and if you have space, plant some deciduous trees around the greenhouse to provide shade in summer and sun in winter. You could also paint shelves and surfaces black to retain heat, or install a second door to control draughts.

If you’re looking for the perfect greenhouse, then check out the range at Kirton Sectional Buildings. We have a variety of high-quality timber and glass greenhouses, in a range of sizes and shapes. With optional extras including roof vents, cladding and more, you can ensure your plants thriving. For more information, see our range of greenhouses on our website.

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A brief history of Wooden Buildings

Wood is one of the oldest building materials in human history. Wood has been used for a number of different purposes, including as fuel, packaging, paper and artwork, but wood in the early days was used primarily for tools and construction.

Wood has served as an important construction material for thousands of years for humans to build shelters, houses, boats and many other structures.

In the stone ages materials such as wood, animal bones and stone would be whittled to make tools for building. The copper and bronze age then saw the introduction of metals which advanced the uses of wood for building.

Read on to find out more about the history of wooden buildings and how the material has become crucial to building projects worldwide for thousands of centuries.

Early uses for wood in construction

It is thought that the first wooden structure was built over 10,000 years ago. Europe’s Neolithic longhouse, constructed in around 5000 to 6000 BC is an example of one of the earliest free-standing timber dwellings. It is thought that early examples of such structures would house around twenty to thirty people, had no windows and just one doorway which was located at one end of the house. Inside, the area nearest the door would be used for working activities where there was more light, the middle section would be used for sleeping and eating and the end of the building would be used to store grains.

In the new stone age, wood became an important element in the construction of housing. Wattle and daub, (that is, a combination of woven wooden lattices and an adhesive material usually made from soil, clay, straw or animal dung) would be used to build walls.

The Iron Age was a time when woodwork advanced and larger structures were built. Organic materials such as leather, rope and thatching reed were used to build. Roundhouses were a popular and standard form of housing from the Bronze Age through to the Iron age and were made using wooden posts joined together with wattle and daub.

In the Middle Ages, timber-framed buildings became more popular. Timber framed buildings are easy to construct and easy to remove. Traditional timber framing is the practice of creating a building ‘skeleton’ using timber.

Timber-framed buildings meant that more prefabricated buildings could be constructed and cities, towns and villages began to expand. Throughout the UK we can still see examples of timber-framed buildings dating back hundreds of years, and until the Victorian era, it was an extremely popular method not only for the construction of houses but for shipbuilding too.

Oak became a predominant timber for structural purposes in the UK because of the country’s rich supply of oak trees. This type of wood is incredibly strong and durable making it an ideal material for free-standing structures.

One of the oldest oak buildings in the UK and in fact, thought to be one of the oldest wooden buildings in Europe still stands. Greensted Church in Essex is a church that has stood for nearly 1,200 years. Evidence suggests that there may have been a church on the site dating back to the 4th century. This is one of the great examples of how wooden structures can stand the test of time.

In the Middle-ages, carpenters were amongst the most skilled craftspeople around and were particularly high in demand for the construction of buildings. Carpenters had and still do operate with an understanding of nature and the trees that they use.

The modern-day

Wood is still used as a primary material for construction today. In modern-day buildings, wood is used as a frame for brick housing or commercial buildings and these structures are often enhanced with the help of steel and bronze for them to become sturdier and longer-lasting.

Despite there being more materials on the market than there ever have been before, popularity for wood is not slowing down. Wood has proven health benefits and is sustainable, renewable and aesthetically pleasing; all important factors that consumers now seek in the housing market.

The demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly buildings is also growing because of the ability for these houses to save people time, money and help the environment.

Engineered timber is meeting the criteria for sustainable housing. Engineered timber products are manufactured by bonding together wood with various different materials and adhesives. The result is products such as laminated timber, plywood and hardboard, which can all be used in elements of a construction project.

Wooden structures are also a lot quicker to build than other materials, are quieter to construct and lighter to carry than steel structures. Engineered sub-products of wood like cross-laminated timber are ideal for meeting the demands for the eco-conscious consumer because the material is strong, durable, insulating and can be prefabricated.

Why is wood so popular?

Wood is a popular and historic material, as we have discussed. Wood is so popular because it offers so many benefits compared to other materials.

Wood outweighs many other materials because of its environmental impact and performance.
Here are a few reasons why wood is such a good building material:


Wood, although lightweight is undoubtedly strong. When wood is preserved in the correct way, it can last hundreds of years. Structurally, timber is extremely strong and has a weight ratio higher than reinforced concrete when compressed. It’s also resistant to heat, frost, pollution and corrosion- making it the ideal building material.


Wood is a natural insulator and is ideal for building housing or sheds. This is because wood has air pockets within its structure, making it far better at retaining heat compared to concrete, steel and aluminium. When a building is made with wood it retains the heat and therefore keeps the costs of heating down.

Good for wellbeing

Aside from wood being structurally great for building, research has suggested that using wood in the interior of a building has psychological and physiological benefits. People often associate wood with spending time outside and amongst nature. When wood is used indoors, it is thought that some people get the same feeling of comfort and satisfaction as they would outdoors. This means that blood pressure, heart rates and anxiety reduces and makes people feel generally calmer.

Sound absorption

Wood absorbs sound better than other materials, making it better for building offices or houses because it doesn’t echo.

It’s renewable

Unlike other building materials like concrete, wood is renewable. Wood can be grown, regrown and recycled. Wooden buildings can be deconstructed or reused and repurposed which is great for saving on other materials. Steel and concrete structures consume a lot more energy and emit substantially more greenhouse gases. Wood helps to sustain our forests and increases the world’s carbon storage potential.

It’s biodegradable

We are all aware of the uses that wood has when recycled, but when wood does reach the end of its life cycle, it can biodegrade. When wood is exposed to its natural climate conditions it will decompose quickly, keeping soil replenished in this action.

Kirton Sectional Buildings: High-quality wooden structures from wooden outbuildings to timber workshops

At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have built a reputation for building high quality wooden buildings over our 31 years of trading. We build a vast range of products to compliment all types of garden. Whether you’re after a garden shed to store your garden tools, a fully glazed greenhouse to grow your own vegetables and herbs or a studio summerhouse to kick-back in during the hot summer evenings, we have the right product to suit your needs. We also offer free delivery and installation if you live within 70 miles of our base in Lincolnshire.

Visit our store online or give us a call to discuss your requirements.

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A Beginners Guide to Horse Care

All animals require the right knowledge and equipment to ensure they’re being properly cared for, but as pets go, a horse can be much more of a challenge than a small rodent or cat. Like any other pet, horses vary in terms of size, breed and temperament, but there are some basic principles of care that will apply to any horse.

Looking after horses is very rewarding, but it does require a lot of commitment, care and hard work. If you’re thinking about caring for a horse for the first time, see a few of our tips below to ensure your horse leads a healthy, happy life.

Outdoor space is essential

Horses require large amounts of exercise outdoors in order to stay healthy, so access to a paddock or field is essential, and preferably one where they can be in the company of other horses. Not all outdoor spaces are suitable however; your horse will need a secure place to shelter from extreme weather or temperatures when outside, as well as a secure, dry stable to sleep or rest in overnight.

Check for signs of injury and illness daily

You should give your horse a once over every day, including checking their hooves, teeth, and their movement for signs of lameness. Horses should be wormed and vaccinated against equine influenza and tetanus regularly, and their teeth should be professionally inspected at least annually.

Ensure your horse is fed a healthy diet

Horses need plenty of space and time to graze; ideally they should have access to a suitable grazing paddock 24 hours a day, as well as 24/7 access to fresh, clean water. They may need some additional hard feed and forage to maintain a healthy digestive system, but be aware that too much of the above can also cause digestion problems, especially for horses who are mostly stabled. It’s also essential to remove any toxic plants, such as yew or ragwort, from any grazing areas.


Horses are social animals, so it’s important that they have appropriate company and are given plenty of opportunity to spend time freely with other horses. Make sure they spend time in the paddock with others and that they’re not isolated when in the stable; for example, make sure the partitions don’t block their view of neighbouring horses. Isolated horses can become stressed and begin to display abnormal behaviour, so it’s vital that they’re given plenty of time in the company of other animals.

If you’re in need of a safe, secure stable to house your horse, get in touch with Kirton Sectional Buildings. We provide a range of high quality wooden stables, American-style barns and field shelters, and many can be tailored to your exact requirements. For more information about our range of stables and to discuss your needs further, give us a call or visit the website.

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Top Tips on Making the Most of your Greenhouse

A greenhouse is one of the best ways to really get stuck into growing your own produce and can be an extremely enjoyable pastime for the green-fingered individuals among us. Whether you’re a seasoned gardening professional or just dipping your toes into the horticultural world, a greenhouse is a great addition to any back garden.

However, for the uninitiated, knowing how to get the most out of your greenhouse can seem confusing. Luckily, we have a few tips to keep in mind to help get you started and to make the most out of your new greenhouse.

Control the humidity

Having control over the humidity of your greenhouse is the key to successful yield as plants thrive in a humid environment. One of the best ways to keep your greenhouse at a consistently humid level is by simply placing stone chips or marble on the floor around the interior.

During especially dry periods, spray the rocks with water so that the moisture can evaporate over the course of the day and keep your greenhouse consistently humid.

Water your plants in the evening

This may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but watering your plants during the day can actually be much less effective than if you were to do so in the evening. Unlike humans who rely on liquids during a hot day, plants may suffer as the water is quickly evaporated from the soil.

With this in mind, spend time watering your plants during the cooler evenings, ensuring that they receive the maximum amount of moisture.


Although keeping a consistently high humidity level is important, you should also consider ventilation when planning out your greenhouse. Heat is an essential component for a healthy plant, however, if the temperature rises too quickly your more vulnerable plants will die.

To counteract this issue, ensure that your greenhouse has sufficient ventilation vents and consider propping open the door during particularly hot days to increase the air flow.

Watch out for pests

The unfortunate by-product of growing beautiful looking plants and tasty produce is that it can attract unwanted guests to your greenhouse, causing havoc if left unchecked. Critters such as caterpillars and slugs are common culprits seen in greenhouses up and down the country, so spend time checking for slime trails and other tell-tale signs of unwanted guests.

It can also be useful to lay salt or slug pellets to keep the critters at bay, however, if you’re looking for a more natural solution, nematodes can be added to the soil which can infect and kill slugs without affecting your plants.

Get your perfect greenhouse from Kirton Sectional Buildings Ltd

A greenhouse can be a great addition to any garden so make sure you get the perfect build for you at Kirton Sectional Buildings. Offering a range of greenhouses in varying sizes to fit your space requirements.

For more information on what we can offer, visit our website or get in touch with our team on 01652 640 031 to discuss your requirements further.

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Creating a Kid-Friendly Garden for your Children

In a world filled with iPhones and games consoles, it’s becoming more important than ever to encourage our nation’s kids to get outside and play. If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, this can be a great way to grow a love for being outdoors from a young age.

However, some gardens are better than others at creating a safe and fun place for children to play and, with just a few added touches, you can turn your dull backyard into a haven for your kids. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on creating your child-friendly garden.

Add a wild touch

Allowing a corner of your garden to grow into a more wild and untamed space can be a dream for a child’s imagination. Consider planting tall grasses and low-hanging trees to create a jungle-like atmosphere where children can spend hours playing.

Aside from that, a slightly less manicured space can help to attract a host of insects and animals to your garden which can, in turn, teach your young ones about the importance of British wildlife.

Flat space for games

Simple yet effective, a grassy space is the perfect spot for kids to play games with friends. Whether it’s setting up goal posts for a game of football or simply a garden big enough for a game of tag, having an open space is essential to a kid-friendly garden.

If you’re worried that laying turf may ruin your garden’s aesthetic, consider adding some flower borders to add a splash of floral colour to the space. Make sure to invest in plants and flowers that are robust enough to take a ball or foot trampling over them, however.

Bespoke playhouses

After a day of running around and playing in your fantastic kid-friendly garden, it can be nice to create a space for children to both rest in the shade whilst encouraging a more imaginative kind of play.

A great way of doing this is by having a playhouse tucked away in your garden. Here at Kirton Sectional Buildings Ltd, we have a range of great looking playhouses for your little ones to chill out in after a long day’s play.

Aside from that, our extensive range of bespoke garden structures, from potting sheds to greenhouses, can completely transform your outdoor space to fit your exact specifications.

For more information on our range of products, visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team on 01652 640 031.

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A Complete Guide to Storage Buildings and Their Uses

Most of us acquire an awful lot of ‘stuff’ over a lifetime, and no matter how much space you have in your home, you may be asking yourself what to do if you run out of storage. It’s not just a domestic concern either, many businesses rely on storage to house their extra stock or equipment, and there are several different types of storage available depending on your needs and how much security you need.

Whether you’re after domestic or commercial storage, there are many different options to choose from, and some types of storage buildings are better suited to one industry or purpose than others. If you’re thinking about which type of storage is best suited to your needs, keep reading for a complete guide to storage buildings and their many potential uses.

What to consider

The purpose of your storage building will of course influence the type you choose, someone who wants a space to store their garden tools will obviously have very different needs to a business needing an industrial warehouse.

Most domestic storage buildings are made of wood (for example garden sheds), but there are many different sizes to choose from, as well as various designs, colours and shapes. If the storage building is going in your backyard or garden, you’ll also want to consider the installation – will it be DIY or will you hire a professional to install it for you?

It’s also wise to consider the level of security you need; garden sheds can usually be kept safe with a secure padlock, but for a garage or industrial warehouse it’s likely you’ll need some more high tech storage solutions. Think about gates, electronic doors, alarms or CCTV if you have a lot of valuable stock or equipment that needs to be held in storage.

We will discuss the different types of storage buildings, their uses and pros/cons in more detail below.

Domestic storage buildings

Domestic storage buildings cover those that you find in your garden or attached to a residential property, for example garden sheds, garages, summerhouses or even a greenhouse. See below for some more detail about each type of building.

Garden sheds

Arguably the most popular type of domestic storage building, garden sheds come in all sizes and the majority are made of wood or metals like aluminium or galvanized steel. Metal sheds won’t rot and are fireproof, but they can be trickier to assemble and some people don’t think they are as aesthetically pleasing.

Wooden sheds come in several different materials; usually pine or spruce but these can be prone to rot. Cedar is much more resistant, although this type of shed is much more expensive. Garden sheds are typically used for storing garden tools, lawnmowers and outdoor furniture, but you should avoid using it to store paint, wooden furniture or electronics, as all can become damaged in outdoor temperatures.

Wooden outbuildings

Often larger than a typical garden shed, these are similar in appearance but can be equipped with more high tech facilities, such as lighting and electricity.

You can use wooden outbuildings as an extension of your home to store office equipment, gym machines, a games room or simply an additional storage space. It’s rare to need planning permission for an outbuilding, as long as it’s single storey, is no higher 3/4m and if it doesn’t take up more than 50% of your total garden space.


Of course, a garage is mainly used to store vehicles, but many people use their garage for storage too, or sometimes entirely if they have driveway space for a car. A garage can be a detached building, but it’s more common for it to be attached to your property as a type of extension. Garage buildings are almost always brick, but there are several different types of door to choose from depending on your budget and level of security needed.

If you’re using your garage to store valuable items, you might want to think about aluminium steel shutter or roller doors, or a remote control operated model. Like sheds, there are some important things you should never store in your garage, including propane tanks, bedding and temperature sensitive items like wine and canned food.


Although mainly used for growing plants and vegetables, a greenhouse is also a handy place to store extra gardening equipment, seeds or bulbs. If you’re a keen gardener then it helps to be organised and have all your equipment in one place, and a greenhouse can provide this for you if you don’t have room for an extra shed. Add shelves, crates or even old upcycled furniture like a chest of drawers, to create handy storage solutions for your garden essentials.

Industrial storage buildings

As you might expect, industrial storage buildings are much larger than their domestic counterparts, and are used by manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and other similar businesses, to hold and store large quantities of goods. We will discuss different types in more detail below.


This is the most common form of industrial storage building; typically made from a series of interlocking steel poles and pipes, they are large buildings usually found on the edge of towns and cities. Warehouses are often designed for the loading and unloading of goods, so they require a vast storage area as well as loading bays for goods vehicles to dock at.

Because they are used to store such large quantities of stock and other items, warehouses need to be highly secure; often employing a sophisticated system of CCTV cameras, alarms and security guards. Warehouses are used to store everything from packing materials to agricultural parts, electronics, stationary and much more.


A stable houses livestock, most commonly horses or cows, but it can also be used to store straw, excess feed or other farming equipment. Stables can vary hugely in size, from a more domestic sized stable housing a couple of animals, to vast industrial sized stables which can house hundreds.

Stables can be built from a wide range of materials, including brick, wood or steel. Wooden stables are the most affordable option, but it can be harder to control the temperature and they tend to get very hot in summer and cold in the winter.

Cold storage buildings

A form of specialised warehouse, cold storage buildings are used to safely store perishable items that wouldn’t survive in regular warehouse conditions. Cold storage keeps products at a temperature of the businesses’ choosing, ensuring they stay fresh and last as long as you need.

As you might expect, food items are one of the most common products stored in a cold warehouse, but they are used to keep many other items fresh, including camera film, medicine, plants, artwork and perfume.

Storage containers

Often owned by private companies, these can be used by both domestic and commercial clients to store anything of their choosing – from furniture to old electronics, clothes, books, stock and more. Storage containers come in several different sizes, ranging from around 8ft to 40ft, and can be rented on a short or long term basis, depending on your needs.

If you’re looking for high quality domestic storage solutions for your home, get in touch with Kirton Sectional Buildings. We’re trusted manufacturers of bespoke, high quality wooden buildings, including outdoor sheds, greenhouses, stables, timber garages and more. With a range of optional extras and free delivery and installation within 70 miles, we’ll take care of all your storage needs. To view our full product range or to discuss your requirements, give us a call or visit the website.

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How to Organise a Messy Shed

If your shed has become some sort of dumping ground recently, it may be time to give it some much needed TLC. A well-organised shed helps you to locate your garden tools easily and conveniently, as well as store them safely. Garden equipment can be expensive; in order to prolong the life of your tools and to prevent any accidental injuries, it is important that you keep your shed tidy and organised. After a day of gardening, it can be easy to just throw your equipment in your shed and close the door – however, with our top tips below, you can keep it organised and tidy all year round.

Invest in shelving

Without the correct storage facilities in your shed, the space can become cluttered easily and quickly. Investing in some smart shelving is a good place to start. Whether you opt for freestanding shelves or ones fixed to the beams, any type of shelving will greatly increase your storage space. Organise each shelf appropriately; light, everyday items should be placed within easy reach and heavier, bulky items should be placed at floor level to avoid any accidents.

Make use of wall space

If you are struggling for space in your shed, consider making use of the available wall space. You can install a pegboard with hooks of different sizes and shapes to hold different garden tools or, alternatively, simply screw hanging hooks into the thicker panels of a wooden shed. This is a great way to utilise the available space and ensure that every tool has a place.

Hang your hose

Sometimes, no matter how well you coil a hose, it always finds a way to untangle itself and trip you up when you enter your shed. You can eliminate this problem by making or buying a hose hanger. Even an old car wheel can work just fine! Keeping your hose coiled up in one place also protects your hose and accessories from any damage and ensures your garden remains tidy.

Use a shovel rack

Are you sick of tripping over brooms, forks, spades and hoes that have fallen over in your shed? Instead of leaning long-handled tools up against your shed walls or simply storing them on the floor, keep them organised with a shovel rack. Not only will this free up valuable space, but it will also make it far easier for you to see exactly what’s what. Alternatively, if you are short on space, consider hanging long tools on the back of the door.

Organise bits and bobs

Once all of your large tools have a place in your shed, it’s time to focus on those little odds and ends that seem to end up all over the place. Small items, such as screws and bolts, need a place too. Storage bins, tool boxes, or even just a couple of baskets, are perfect for this. Keep a few baskets full of those small odds and ends on your shelves to keep them safe and tidy.

At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we offer a range of different garden sheds to suit every garden and gardener. From high-quality timber apex sheds to larger workshop styles, we have the shed that you need to keep all of your tools and gardening equipment organised and safe. To view our range, visit our website.

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Four Ways to Make the Most of Your Summerhouse

With summer on the horizon, there is no better time to start organising your garden for the warmer months than now. When it’s sunny, everyone loves spending time in their garden, whether it’s relaxing with a book in the shade, enjoying some spritzers in the sun or getting stuck into some gardening. On particularly sunny days, a summerhouse is the perfect place to escape from the midday heat.

If you have a summerhouse or are considering getting one, you may be wondering what to use it for or how to make the most out of it. Summerhouses are versatile spaces that can be used for a number of different things, from a simple relaxation area to a fun creative studio for crafting and painting. Read on for some inspiration!

Relaxation zone

We all need somewhere to escape from the chaos of everyday life sometimes, and what better place than in your very own garden? Perhaps you would like a relaxing space to read, or simply somewhere to wind down after a long day at work or a hard day of gardening. Invest in some comfortable seating, hang some art up on the walls, add a coffee table, throw in some pillows, throws and lamps for when the evening starts to settle in and – voila – you have somewhere to escape.

Creative studio

For those of us who love to get creative, whether that be through drawing and painting or getting handy with textiles, finding the space to creatively express yourself in your home can be difficult. Why not transform your summerhouse into a creative studio? Moving your creative tools into your back garden frees up space in your home and gives you somewhere private to get creative without worrying about the mess you make.


Encouraging your children to play outdoors is essential, especially when the sun is shining. Why not use your summerhouse to create a special garden space for your children? Not only is a summerhouse the perfect place to store your children’s toys, but it can also help to keep your house tidy and keep noise and playtime separate from your home. Invest in some fun-coloured storage boxes to keep your summerhouse organised and allow your children some quality outdoor play time.

Outdoor dining

When the weather is good, there is nothing nicer than enjoying some delicious food with friends and family outside. Add a dining table and some seating to your summerhouse to create a tranquil outdoor dining area where you can host guests. To really make the most of outdoor dining, add electrics for a drinks fridge, twinkly fairy lights and some music.

If you are looking for the perfect summerhouse for your home, look no further than Kirton Sectional Buildings. We offer a range of different summerhouses suitable for every space and requirement, whether you want to set up a creative studio or simply add an extra space to relax to your home. To view our summerhouses, visit our website.

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