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Expert advice from a bespoke garden building supplier

What to consider when buying a garden building

If you’ve got your looking for a garden building supplier, then you've probably worked out that there are garden buildings, and then there are garden buildings.

Whether you're looking for a garden summer house, timber workshop, studio or just a simple shed to get things done in, not all garden buildings are created equally. 

What options are there for garden buildings?

The main categories are bespoke garden buildings which are custom to your needs or standard mass-produced ones.

However, you'll also find a wide variety of types of wooden buildings. For example garden studios, summer houses or timber workshop buildings. 

Are bespoke garden buildings better?

You can buy flatpack, off-the-rack garden buildings that get dumped on your drive and left for you to build yourself, but the chances are they:

Expert advice from a garden building supplier

You’ve probably figured that out, which is why you didn’t buy the first garden building you saw on Google and you’re still looking for a bespoke garden building. Smart move, because bespoke is best.

Getting it made to measure by an experienced garden-building supplier will ensure you get everything you want. It's then installed by a trained team that knows what they're doing, so it’ll stand the test of time too.

Check out our bespoke garden summer house case study to see what we mean!

A five-point checklist by a reputable garden building supplier 

If you’re currently on the hunt, you will find this five-point checklist useful when it comes to deciding what’s hot, and what’s not.

It covers five questions that you should be asking your garden-building supplier to make sure you're getting the timber building of your dreams. 

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1. Do they offer a site survey?

 If you’re on the lookout for a company to supply and fit your garden building, the first question to ask is whether they’ll come and visit your site prior to installation.

If not, alarm bells should ring.  A site survey will ensure that the installation team have all the access they need and that the site will be ready for the building. Common things inspected are ground conditions, overhead power lines, drainage, and so on.

2. Have they asked you what you want to use it for?

A garden building isn’t a small investment, and that’s why it’s critical that you get maximum value from it.

But if the building is just plonked up with no thought or care for how it’s going to be used, that’s unlikely.

Any good garden building installer will find out what you want to use your building for, ensuring that it’s the right size and shape for that use, and making certain it has all the relevant extras to be used correctly for that purpose.

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3. Do they provide a proper base?

A building is only as good as its base, which is why it’s critical any garden building install gets this right. 

garden shed base constructionAt Shields Buildings we:

If someone else isn’t offering you the same clarity when it comes to your base, alarm bells should be ringing.

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4. Have they thought about damp-proofing?

The walls of each Shields Buildings garden building are made from pressure-treated redwood timber cladding over a breathable membrane. This is then fixed to heavy-duty timber framing. The breathable membrane helps keep the air flowing and the dampness away.

Our insulated garden buildings also feature an additional vapour barrier to prevent the ingress of moisture into the wall from within the building.

5. Which timber are they using?

Unsurprisingly, the timber used for the construction of each garden building is vital. If care and attention haven’t gone into selecting the right wood, everything can go pear-shaped pretty quickly.

Our redwood timber comes from Scandinavia – the cooler climate means the timber grows more slowly, resulting in a dense timber that lasts longer.

If you’d like to talk to garden building suppliers that tick all the right boxes, Shields Buildings can help. Give us a call on 01837 82442 or email us at and we’ll happily talk your project through!

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