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A Home Office in Your Garden
A Home Office in Your Garden
Garden buildings make a fantastic retreat for home offices. This article looks at the viability of setting up a home office in your garden....
A Studio for Your Garden
A Studio for Your Garden
Building a garden studio for a hobby or a craft-based business is a great idea, giving you the space and light you need to work and separating it from the house and…...
Building a Home Annexe
Building a Home Annexe
This article looks at frequently asked questions relating to the permissions and regulations associated with building a home annexe....
Building a Hot Tub in Your Garden
Building a Hot Tub in Your Garden
Hot tubs and spas are getting more an more popular in the United Kingdom and installing one shouldn't be beyond the skills of the average DIY enthusiast....
Building a Log Cabin
Building a Log Cabin
Thinking of building your own log cabin? This article looks at what considerations you'll have to make before and after the build....
Building a Wood Store
Building a Wood Store
With the growing popularity of wood burning stoves and boilers more and more homes in the United Kingdom are looking for simple and stylish ways to store and season…...
Building Block and Brick Garden Buildings
Building Block and Brick Garden Buildings
For a lasting garden building that can be heated and used all year round, building with block or brick (or both) is the best solution....
Choosing and Erecting a Shed
Choosing and Erecting a Shed
The choice of sheds on offer is vast - this article guides you through how to choose and erect the right shed for your needs....
Choosing and Erecting a Wooden Greenhouse
Choosing and Erecting a Wooden Greenhouse
Wooden greenhouses are more expensive and need more care than aluminium framed ones but careful installation can help them last longer....
Choosing Electric Garage Doors
Choosing Electric Garage Doors
Improve security and increase convenience by installing electric garage doors....
Choosing Garage Doors
Choosing Garage Doors
Choosing garage doors is made hard by the bewildering array of types, materials and finishes, but read through our step-by-step guide and you'll be able to make the…...
Choosing the Right Greenhouse
Choosing the Right Greenhouse
The main choices for a greenhouse are between a wood or aluminium frame and glass or plastic for the glazing....
Choosing Windows for a Garden Building
Choosing Windows for a Garden Building
Windows for garden buildings can be fixed or opening, glass or plastic and single or double glazed so be certain to make the right choice....
Construct a Potting Shed
Construct a Potting Shed
If you want to construct a potting shed, you'll need to have a few considerations worked out before you go ahead. This article looks at those considerations and offers…...
Create an Outdoor Sauna Room
Create an Outdoor Sauna Room
If you want to create an outdoor sauna room, it is a good idea to understand the basic planning permission regulations that may apply, the materials used and what…...
Electrifying Garage Double Doors
Electrifying Garage Double Doors
There isn't such a large market for side hinged garage doors as up-and-over doors; your work is cut out if you want to electrify them....
Enclosing a Side Return
Enclosing a Side Return
The side return next to the kitchen of many Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses can become a useful space with the addition of the right garden building....
Erect a Garage or Car Port
Erect a Garage or Car Port
If you're thinking of erecting a garage or car port, there are a few things you'll need to consider first to avoid hassles later on down the line....
Erecting a Polytunnel: Practical Information
Erecting a Polytunnel: Practical Information
Polytunnels are much cheaper than greenhouses for the area covered and have revolutionised vegetable and fruit growing in the United Kingdom, though not without…...
Fitting Electric Gate Openers
Fitting Electric Gate Openers
Electric gate openers used to be seen as a luxury but now the secure feeling and convenience of being able to stay in the car while the gates open and close is more…...
Garden Buildings for Small Spaces
Garden Buildings for Small Spaces
For people who don't have the space for a large garden shed or summerhouse there are smaller garden buildings to store all the gardening equipment....
Glass or Plastic Panes for Your Greenhouse?
Glass or Plastic Panes for Your Greenhouse?
Not only do you need to choose between glass and plastic panes for your greenhouse but there are different types of glass and plastic to choose from as our brief guide…...
Having Your Own Poultry House
Having Your Own Poultry House
Keeping hens and other egg-lying birds is becoming popular again as we become more in tune with how we are feeding ourselves and a simple poultry house will keep your…...
Heating, Cooling and Ventilating Your Greenhouse
Heating, Cooling and Ventilating Your Greenhouse
Although a greenhouse makes good use of the sun it can get cold and can overheat too, so make sure you have heating, cooling and ventilation under control....
Installing a Jacuzzi in Your Garden
Installing a Jacuzzi in Your Garden
Installing a Jacuzzi or other whirlpool bath in your garden doesn't really need a building, just a flat space, water and power....
Is a Lean-to Greenhouse Right for You?
Is a Lean-to Greenhouse Right for You?
A lean-to greenhouse is a great way of shoe-horning a substantial garden building into a restricted or awkward space....
Kitting Out a Greenhouse
Kitting Out a Greenhouse
Once all the decisions have been made and the greenhouse sits in prime position in the garden it's time to select and fit the appropriate staging and shelving....
Lean-to Sheds
Lean-to Sheds
A lean-to shed could be just the job if you have space problems but want to put up a garden building....
Marquees for the Garden
Marquees for the Garden
Whether you rent or buy, a marquee in the garden is a real asset for garden parties or events, sun shine or not....
Pergolas and Other Landscaping Structures for the Garden
Pergolas and Other Landscaping Structures for the Garden
Pergolas, arches and colonnades can be a dramatic addition to any garden landscaping plan, provide a walkway through a garden that looks good and smells great....
Pool Houses and Swimming Pool Shelters
Pool Houses and Swimming Pool Shelters
Thinking of building a swimming pool shelter or pool house? This article looks at the functions, safety aspects and planning permission relating to the construction of…...
Pre-Fabricated Structures
Pre-Fabricated Structures
Pre-fabricated structures have many benefits including relatively low prices, quick construction and a good range of models. This article looks at using a…...
Selecting and Building an Aluminium-framed Greenhouse
Selecting and Building an Aluminium-framed Greenhouse
If you've decided the benefits of an aluminium framed greenhouse make it the right choice for you, come here to see how to choose and install the right one....
Small Glass and Plastic Garden Buildings
Small Glass and Plastic Garden Buildings
Don't have the room for a full size wood or aluminium framed greenhouse? Then get a mini-greenhouse or tomato house to get the same benefits on a smaller scale....
Solar Powered Electricity in Your Garden Building
Solar Powered Electricity in Your Garden Building
If you need power to a garden building then investigate solar power as it could be a lot easier and cheaper than running mains cables through the garden....
Stables and Animal Shelters
Stables and Animal Shelters
Sheds and other garden outbuildings for storage can be simple structures but if you're going to start keeping animals then you need to build shelters that can keep…...
Steel Framed Structures
Steel Framed Structures
Don't just limit yourself to brick and timber building - metal and steel in particular will help to construct strong, durable garden buildings....
What Size Greenhouse Should You Choose?
What Size Greenhouse Should You Choose?
Is size really all that matters? Take a look at our assessment to find out why you shouldn’t rush out and buy the biggest greenhouse you can....
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