Posted on October 4, 2021
Shoffice Life –
Taking Back the Nations dining tables
For many, working from home is becoming the “new normal” and is clearly a trend that is here to stay. The flexibility has been welcomed according to research from Future Strategy Club, with 52% of UK workers enjoying a better work-life balance and wishing to continue to work from home once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
While the benefits are many, one of the main drawbacks of home working is that suitable space is needed for a desk, chair, computer, phone and appropriate lighting as a minimum. Some workers will need additional space if multiple screens, filing cabinets, a printer or drawing board is required. To begin with, many used existing space in their home and if a spare room was not available, would find themselves setting up office each day in the dining room, kitchen or lounge.
As the pandemic rolled into 2021, homeworkers started to look beyond their four walls for space to dedicate to their job and create a garden office.
The Posh Shed Company’s latest design, The Richmond, is available in four builds, its insulated and double-glazed options are a popular choice for those looking for a garden office that still looks traditional in their garden.
Design Engineer, Mr F from Wales, took the first delivery of a “Comfortably Posh” fully insulated and double-glazed Richmond Shed in early September, and plans to use it as a home office.
“I work from home pretty much all the time now and room in the house was becoming limited, so I looked to my garden to find space” he says, “I’ve had power put in and just needed a desk and a chair to complete the set up. I’m close enough to the house for the Wi-Fi to reach which was a bonus”.
The Richmond particularly appeals to people looking to reclaim their dining table after working from home since the pandemic. With its door in the long side, made possible by an attractive gable over the door, the interior can be separated into two areas, allowing for an office set up on one side and space for filing cabinets or breaktime relaxation on the other side.
The Posh Shed Company Co-Founder, Kay Frost, said, “We have seen a rise this year in customers looking for sheds to work from home in all year round, as such we introduced our “Comfortably Posh” range to meet that demand.
The fully insulated walls, floor and roof coupled with a double-glazed door & windows along with guttering being fitted to the solid build creating an inviting space to work in”.
Available in 3 widths from 3m (10ft) to 4.9m (16ft) and 2 depths, 1.8m (6ft) and 2.4m (8ft), The Richmond “Comfortably Posh” Shed starts at £9,799 including VAT, installation and delivery to most of mainland Britain.
Posted on October 4, 2021
A Personal Message from Mike Sullivan
I am sure that by now you have heard in the media of the difficulties being experienced by the construction and building industry in obtaining raw materials, and the soaring prices as the year has progressed.
In a world that is still heavily impacted by a pandemic, we have been keen to avoid raising our prices as a result of the momentous issues with our supply chains and have managed to resist until now. We have achieved this through targeted cost savings, production streamlining and absorbing costs where possible. However, we have reached a point where we must act. I am therefore writing to advise you of an upcoming 5% price rise in the cost of our sheds and accessories: delivery & installation costs will remain unchanged.
I believe the moderate price adjustment outlined above, whilst unwelcome, is rational and will allow us to continue to deliver innovative, quality products and excel as leaders in the Posh Shed market .
This increase will not come into force until 1st November 2021 and any quotes issued prior to this date will be valid for 28 days from issue date.
All of us at The Posh Shed Company are grateful to be able to rely on your support. We are a small, caring company and, without exception, all our team members are dedicated to producing beautiful sheds, delivered with exceptional service and we hope to delight our customers for many years to come.
With warm regards
CEO - The Posh Shed Company
Posted on October 4, 2021
What’s the Best Way to Store Garden Furniture & Cushions?
Our Top Three Tips for Keeping your Garden Furniture Looking its Best over Winter
With the leaves starting to turn, evenings drawing in and temperatures cooling, thoughts inevitably turn to “Winter prep”. One of the most common questions we are asked here at The Posh Shed Company is, “Can I keep my patio cushions in my shed?”. Well, the answer is yes! However, our simple good housekeeping tips will help to make sure that your furniture bounces into action next Spring ready to face another Summer.
You wouldn’t put your dirty dishes back in the cupboard without washing them and garden furniture is just the same!
Remove washable cushion covers and wash or dry clean according to the instruction label. Make sure that they are dry and aired thoroughly – an airing cupboard is perfect for this, or if you have a dehumidifier, pop this in the “drying room” for a day to extract the last of the moisture. Once dry, pop the covers back on the cushion pads.
If they are waterproof cushions, give them a clean with a soft cloth and gentle detergent. Mould can be an issue on waterproof cushions, and it is important to remove this as it will only get worse over winter. Use a mild bleach solution, spray (make sure the area is well ventilated and you use appropriate PPE to protect your skin and eyes) or wipe on with a cloth and leave for up to 20 minutes then rinse off and allow to dry naturally outside.
For the furniture itself, it is good practice to clean off any natural debris or dirt using an appropriate cleaner before storing for a long period.
For metal, a simple solution of warm soapy water followed by a thorough dry with a microfibre cloth should suffice. Once dry, inspect the surface for any damage, removing rust spots with a fine grade sandpaper and then seal with metal paint.
Plastic is perhaps the easiest to clean, a wash down with soapy water and perhaps a light scrub with a soft brush should be all that’s needed before drying off with a microfibre cloth.
Wicker and rattan furniture can prove a little awkward to clean so use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to get most of the surface dust off before wiping down with a cloth. Try not to saturate the material as they don’t tend to handle moisture well. You can weatherproof with various treatments such as yacht varnish but do check the manufacturer recommendations first.
Treating wooden furniture with a bit of TLC before the winter will pay dividends, and means that is nourished and ready for another season as soon as that spring sunshine appears. Use a soft brush in a mild detergent to clean off any green moss and dirt and allow to dry before applying the recommended preservation treatment for your furniture to ensure that it is protected against the effects of the external elements for another season.
Once dry, cushions should be covered or placed into storage bags such to keep them clean and dust free through the winter. Ikea “Dimpa” bags are affordable and perfect for a small number of cushions, while ManoMano have a huge range of solutions. Before sealing up, pop a large silica gel pack, readily available on Amazon, inside as an additional moisture protection.
Any shed, garage or outbuilding will offer protection for your furniture but the drier the better. If you don’t have a shed, a spare room, underbed space or loft can be used for your soft furnishings and custom fitted furniture covers, or a tarpaulin will keep the worst of the weather off your furniture if you have no choice but to leave it out over the winter.
Top Tip: Keep an eye on your furniture cushions over the winter. Check in on them once a month or so to make sure that no mould or mildew is growing and that rodents haven’t taken up residence (see our top tips to keep rodents out of your shed).
The Posh Shed Company range offers a waterproof build to include a unique triple layer wall construction, this helps to keep moisture out and the inside of your shed dry and is perfect for storing garden furniture over winter. The “Comfortably Posh” and “Unbelievably Posh” options go a step further and has an insulated layer added to the floor, walls and roof, and the benefit of double glazed windows and door.
Remove & clean patio cushions before storing
Where possible, store garden furniture out of the elements over Winter
A clean dry shed is a great place to store garden furniture over the Winter
Posted on September 3, 2021
Our Top 3 Tips to Keep Rodents out of your Shed
Garden buildings often offer the perfect environment for rodents, warm and dry, quiet, and undisturbed, and often with the added benefit of a bird feed for sustenance and garden cushions providing superior bedding - what’s not to like! Mice are particularly known for loving the shelter of a cosy shed, so if you are looking at buying a brand-new shed, you can follow three basic steps to keep them from making your Posh Shed their home.
1. Keeping Mice out of the Shed in the First Place
Mice are incredible at getting into small spaces. They will find the smallest of holes, then gnaw at it until their head fits through, and once that happens – they’re in! Inspect your shed regularly for holes – not just at ground level, they can climb - and get them repaired as soon as possible.
A quick fix for any small holes is to pop some steel pan scourer in the hole and apply caulking around it. The Posh Shed Company customers can choose a Rodent Proof Floor option which provides a heavy duty wire welded mesh built into the floor, which is impossible for rats and mice to get through.
2. Don’t Leave Food Sources Available to Them
This might sound like a no-brainer, but we are not talking about the leftovers from a baking session. Mice will consider all sorts of food; bird feed is a common one, but also those sunflower seeds you are keeping for next year or even grass seed will provide an ideal mouse tasting menu.
If you keep these items in your shed, make sure that they are in a well-sealed container to avoid being a draw to rodents. Outside your shed, rotting berries left on fruit bushes are irresistible to mice, so harvest them and discard with the household rubbish. Likewise, compost will attract the little critters, try using a tumbler bin like the Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler and never add cooked foods to the bin – you’re just asking for trouble!
Mice love all nuts so think about any nut trees or bushes that you have or plan to have in your garden. If you are tidying up in the autumn – ensure that you discard the pile of acorns and beechnuts that you sweep up and don’t just leave them in a pile. They will also raid a squirrel or bird feeder quite happily or just harvest the dropped seeds from the ground, so if you have a problem with mice, try removing your feeder for a couple of weeks and see if that works.
Consider water sources too – like all living animals, mice need water, so buckets full of rainwater, open water butts, unfilled plant pots and even leaky garden taps can all make your garden a more attractive home environment for them.
3. Keeping Potential Nesting Material Elsewhere
Old gardening magazines, cardboard, newspapers, and patio furniture cushions all make wonderful mouse house material. If you do keep these items in your shed, consider finding a hard, sealable container for them to live in – metal is best - we love the look of these Charcoal Trunks from Vonhaus - but heavy-duty plastic like these 50 litre boxes from Amazon will be a good deterrent too.
As summer draws to a close and the weather gets chillier, keep an extra vigilant eye out for signs of a furry infestation: holes in potential nesting materials, gnaw marks or unusual smells. Prevention is better than cure but if you have “got mice” the best remedy is to call the pest control professionals quickly and sort the problem out before they set their sights even closer to your home.
To find a reputable pest controller, visit the National Pest Technicians Association website where you can search by county for one of their members.
Posted on August 6, 2021
Bespoke Posh Shed Installed at New RHS Hilltop
The £160m new Home of Gardening Science, has been in the making for six years and finally opened to the public at RHS Hilltop in June 2021. The first dedicated horticultural scientific centre of excellence in the UK, the development has been created with the vision of protecting the future of plants, people and the planet and is a stunning addition within the flagship RHS Garden Wisley.
The World Food Garden is full of edible delights. Designed by gold medalist Ann-Marie Powell, the space includes an edible flowers and herb garden, pergolas which will be packed with passionfruit, hops and squash and a world maze garden full of diverse varieties from around the globe. Trained fruit selections can be found in the greenhouse while the apple walk links seemingly to the orchard. The Posh Shed Company were delighted to supply a bespoke Potting Shed to this garden, edible produce is put in here for the public to take away for a donation.
The Wellbeing Garden, designed by Matt Keightley, includes a series of ‘garden rooms’ inviting visitors to explore and enjoy the many ways gardens can be used for physical and psychological therapy, natural health care or simply to relax in. The garden’s purpose is to illustrate the value to people of linking with nature and enlighten a new generation to the value of ‘green therapy’.
The Wildlife Garden, also designed by Ann-Marie Powell was inspired by a bee and is a haven for pollinators. The space is segmented, like a wing, and visitors can easily associate each segment with their own garden. Water dominates the space providing stunning views and it is the first major aquatic planting scheme at RHS Wisley.
You won’t go hungry either with no less than 8 outlets offering to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. Wisley Café and The Glasshouse Café are perfect for a hot light bite, the Food Hall is perfect to pick up tasty sandwiches and salads, or try cuisine from around the globe at the World Food Café. On a lovely day, head to The Sky Terrace for a cooling organic ice cream or chill with a wonderful gin cocktail as the afternoon draws to a close. The Terrace Restaurant offers lunch or afternoon tea and is home to The Supper Club on selected evenings throughout the year.
Don’t forget to drop by the Garden Centre on your way out where you can see our Contemporary Shed being used as the Customer Service point and The Chelsea Shed is also on display within the garden centre.
Posted on August 6, 2021
Overcoming a Global Shortage of Wood
A note from The Posh Shed Company CEO, Mike Sullivan
This has been an interesting year for The Posh Shed Company in so many ways. As if global pandemics weren’t enough, now we are facing unprecedented global supply chain issues that affect any industry, whose primary consumable is timber. Timber prices have risen by a staggering 100% since January 2021 and suppliers are now starting to ration timber and wood-based products to manufacturers.
We have been fortunate enough so far to avoid any material outages, but we have only been able to do this by leveraging our supplier relationships and micromanaging our timber usage. These actions have enabled us to secure our product pricing (for the time being at least), enabling continuity of supply and making sure that our lead-times to our customers are not unduly affected.
What is causing the supply of timber problem and how long is it likely to last?
In recent years, the UK has been lucky enough to have access to significant supplies of materials with extremely short lead times, this was accentuated further in 2019 due to significant stockpiling ahead of Brexit. In November 2020 it was reported that over 1 million m3 of timber and panel products were imported into the UK, 21% higher than the same month in the previous year and a 13 year high. The outbreak of Covid-19 forced many European sawmills to close and as a consequence, production was halted. Unfortunately, the surpluses washing around in 2019 did not compensate for the loss of production in Q2 2020. Solid wood imports were 8% below the same period in 2019 and panel product imports were 15% lower.
With over 46% of employed people working from home in April 2020, summer approaching and foreign holidays being cancelled, thoughts inevitably drifted to improving home environments to make the most of the additional time being spent there.
Directly impacted by these effects, most markets across the developed economies saw a drastic acceleration in demand for building materials, mainly for DIY and garden projects, leaving Britain’s supply chain depleted with little stock left for manufacturing sale.
The USA also saw a rapid surge in demand and subsequently turned their interests to the key sawmills in Europe, diverting their stock to the USA where prices have spiralled and continue to set new records.
Consumer demand for timber products in the UK is still very high, leaving hardly any opportunity for sawmills to catch up. COVID-19 cases are still surging in many countries around the world, including Sweden, the UK’s largest timber-supplying partner. The increase in cases has resulted in a tightening of operating conditions and most recently interruptions such as the “Pingdemic” where transport staff are required to self-isolate, delay supply further.
In contrast China, the world’s fastest growing economy, has slowed from 18% annual growth to 6% and is falling. Should the Chinese economy take a turn and start to boom again and demand from the USA remains high, the rest of the world will continue to see shortages and a rapid price inflation.
What is the Future of Timber Supply in Britain?
It seems inevitable, given all the statistics available to us, that the difficult conditions being experienced in the supply of timber and building products will continue well into 2022. It is expected that we will start to see some relief as the UK’s demands reduce and we move into the winter months, but for the time being at The Posh Shed Company, it’s about “stringent control” of our material usage and working with our suppliers to ensure continuity of both the quality and supply of our timber requirements in the short term.
If you are thinking about enquiring about our range of Posh Sheds and Back Door Stores, don’t hold back! Our friendly team are here to answer your questions and advise you on your choices, and a real person will pick up your call, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.45pm. 01544 387101
Posted on July 16, 2021
Celebrating The Launch of The Richmond
Work from home with a comfortable 30% discount
Our new shed, The Richmond fits beautifully into any garden space. We really love this new design and we are very keen to get The Richmond Shed into the gardens of Britain, so to celebrate the launch, we are offering a huge 30% discount on the “Comfortably Posh” build for a limited time.
The gable over the door allows for the windows and door to share the same aspect – ideal if you are looking to locate your garden office at the bottom of the garden. Once inside, the location of the door provides two distinct areas for working, with space for a desk set up and a further area for storage, a drawing board or even a place for relaxation.
The Richmond - 30% Off “Comfortably Posh” Build
With the rise of homeworking due to the pandemic, customers have been telling us that they were looking for a solution to free up their dining table and create a dedicated home office, so we launched the new “Comfortably Posh” build earlier in 2021 to appeal to those who crave a workspace that won’t take over their home or look out of place in their garden.
The Posh Shed Company’s “Comfortably Posh” sheds are perfect for homeworkers - fully insulated floor, ceiling and walls together with double-glazed windows make these garden buildings ideal for working from all year round. Of course, they’re pretty stylish too – you wouldn’t expect anything less from our designers at The Posh Shed Company!
Made from pressure treated timber, providing durability to protect from moisture and decay while keeping that traditional wooden “shed look”. With a protective high quality waterproof membrane and guttering fitted moisture stays where it belongs, on the outside. A choice of roof options is offered to style the shed to its surroundings perfectly. Insulation and double-glazed windows ensure that your “Shoffice” is cosy to work from all year round.
The Richmond - 30% Off “Comfortably Posh” Build
The Richmond Shed in “Comfortably Posh” build includes delivery and installation to most of mainland Britain and is available in 6 sizes priced from £6,859 (previously £9,799) for the 10ft x 6ft version.
This 30% discount is available for a limited time until 31st August 2021.
Posted on April 26, 2021
The practice of working from home has seen a steady increase in recent years, but the Covid-19 outbreak saw numbers rise quicker than ever with those working from home for the first time hastily looking for a home office set up.
With this in mind, we have launched a new build for our Sheds, “Comfortably Posh”. Finished in pressure treated timber with a choice of 3 different roof finishes, Comfortably Posh includes delivery and installation as standard, full insulation throughout together with guttering and double glazing.
Sheds which work particularly well for home working include “The Contemporary”, a modern and stylish Shed with an offset roof to make the most of natural light, while the classic “Potting Shed” is perfect for those wanting to retain a traditional look in their garden.
For something a little different, the “Gothic Shed” adds drama with its pretty wavy fascia boards and Gothic arch detailing to the windows and door.
The Ludlow and Kensington are ideal as a “Zoom Rooms” while the brand new “Wimbledon” (based on a popular National Garden Scheme design), will offer a large working space with the addition of a beautiful galleried veranda providing the most inspirational working from home setting.
A range of accessories including additional windows and shelving is available and each style is available in a range of sizes with fully installed prices starting at £5,257 for the Ludlow “Zoom Room”.