Spring buyer’s guide to sheds

Posted on February 18, 2018

The garden shed is the Mary Poppin’s handbag of the garden. A seemingly endless treasure trove of tools, lawnmowers, bikes, garden furniture and anything else that won’t fit in the loft, a shed plays a vital role. Because of that, choosing the right one can often be tricky and there’s a lot of pressure to make sure you invest in the correct one that stands the test of time!

The Posh Shed Company has five top tips to ensure your new shed is just right.

1. Size is everything!
The first thing to decide is how much storage space you need, not only that but also what would still be in-keeping with your garden. You may think you need the world’s largest shed to store everything, but you also need to consider what looks the most natural. Alternatively, if space is limited, perhaps look into move unique solutions like the Allotment Shed which has a plantable roof to add greenery for those with smaller spaces. Posh Sheds are available from 6’ x 3’ to 10’ x 8’, or bespoke creations can be made to your exact measurements and specifications.

2. Position
When positioning your shed, bear access in mind to ensure you can easily get to its contents – (even in the rain). It may be helpful too to place it near a path to save walking over the lawn. If your shed is to serve a practical purpose then you will appreciate it being nearer the house, but if it’s to be your new sanctuary or an additional room for some peace and quiet, or even a home office, then you’ll soon thank yourself for having it as far away from the house as possible!

Planning permission is not usually required for a new shed, however if you are concerned we recommend contacting your local planning authority just to check.

 A sturdy base is the foundation of all great sheds! Below the base of the shed, you will require a sub-base, i.e. something for it to stand on. This can be gravel, slabs, concrete or tarmac, and we can assist with this. If the sub-base is larger than shed’s footprint then guttering is recommended.

 3. Built to last
Your shed should be built to last. It should be durable, strong and ready to take on the elements. We always use a high quality redwood timber to give superior strength, which is then pinned together for additional resilience and fully treated with timber protection.

 Posh Sheds’ floors are made with an 18mm  plywood, with the upper surface having a coat of preservative, tanolised timber bearers and a waterproof membrane are added for extra protection. Our walls are uniquely built using a triple wall construction, not available from any other shed manufacturer.  We use a redwood timber frame, then a 6mm WBP Plywood skin fitted to the inside, with cladding, again made of redwood timber, on the outside.  A fully waterproof and breathable membrane is also fitted between layers.

 4. Style – our forte!
A shed is no longer just a wooden construction that people want to hide. It should be the star of the garden, a perfect way to add some extra style. Whether it’s for storage, practical gardening and potting, or something entirely different, there is a shed style for you.

From traditional to potting or gothic to beach hut inspired; with built-in storage, facias and windows there are many things to choose from. That’s before you get to the roof! Our roofs are all finished with a layer of weatherproof membrane and then either slate effect tiles, wooden cedar shingles or felt shingles.

People spend hours deliberating over the paint choice for inside their house so why not have the same approach for your shed?  We use high-end paint brands to give our sheds a perfect finish in a whole variety of colours to really help personalise your shed.

5. Accessorise!
You can personalise your shed through accessorising. A bespoke creation allows you the freedom to pick your windows, the placement of them and the fittings for them. Likewise, you can choose the details for your doors with our furniture available in black, chrome or brass effect. Our windows and doors, with the option of toughened glass, are in robust frames, hinged to keep the elements out. We recommend guttering to extend the longevity of your shed and to protect the wood from the varied British weather.

Inside the shed you can add shelving, work benches, hooks, racks and cupboards. You can even now have solar power, so you can stay outdoors longer by powering a lamp and even your phone charger.

The most common New years resolutions

Posted on January 30, 2018

12 Ways Gardening Can Help You Keep Your News Year’s Resolution

The most common New years resolution, for people are:

  • Exercise more
  • Lose Weight
  • Eat More Healthily
  • Save money
  • Learn a new skill or hobby
  • Spend more time on personal wellbeing
  • Spend more time with family and friends.

Did you know you can achieve all these from the comfort of your own garden!

Not convinced?

Resolution 1: Exercise more and Lose weight.

Whether this means losing weight or exercising more, gardening can help! There’s plenty to do in the garden that will give you a good workout. In addition to burning calories, gardening can strengthen muscle, improve balance, and build endurance.

Digging – wielding a spade can burn upwards of 500 calories an hour

Pulling weeds – bending squatting and pulling weeds burns about 230 calories an hour

Raking – raking leaves and garden debris burns about 220 calories an hour

Resolution 2: Eat Healthier

Thousands of people make new year’s resolutions because most of us want to do better in some way with each new year.

Resolution 3: Save more money

Growing your own will save money on fresh organic produce for your family. Plus, if you’re spending days out in the garden, you’re not out spending money on activities and shopping for things you don’t really need.

Resolution 4: Learn a new skill or hobby

Gardening is a fantastic, healthy hobby; and its fun for those who like to experiment. With gardening, you’re always learning.

Resolution 5: Spend more time on personal wellbeing

We all want to get more done in the day. And you might wonder how adding garden tasks to your to-do list could possibly help you get more done. Gardening will improve your mood, help you clear your mind, and calm your nerves so you are more productive. Plus, gardening is a very productive hobby all on its own. A garden needs to be tended, and completing garden chores is a perfect opportunity for some peace and quiet. Or maybe you prefer to play music and dance while you work in the garden.

Resolution 6: Spend more time with family.

During busy work, school, and sports schedules, perhaps you don’t get to spend time with your family. The garden is a great place to gather and work together. Show the kids all the bugs. Taste test different types of fruits and vegetables and talk about which ones you like and don’t like. Give them their own set of garden tools for playing in the dirt.

 

Winter Maintenance for your Posh Shed

Posted on November 15, 2017

Winter maintenance for your Posh Shed

Our top tips to ensure that your shed stands the test of time, and survives whatever weather winter decides to throw at it.

Firstly, ensure that the air gap is maintained under the base and around all sides; check on an annual basis to make sure that there is not a build-up of debris growing around it. Open doors and windows whenever possible to keep an airflow going. If do you notice any small mould growths appearing on the inside of your shed, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution as soon as you can to prevent it from spreading. Also, a quick squirt of oil in the lock will mean that you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.

If you notice the snow piling up on the roof of your shed, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time. Remember, do some winter maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring.

It is important that sheds are given a bit of TLC as winter arrives.  All of our sheds are built to last but, being a wooden product in an English climate, there will be a little maintenance needed to ensure that your product remains in tip top condition. Provided this is the case, we would expect your shed to last for many, many years.

The paint that is used contains a wood preservative, this will need repainting every 2-4 years.

Love your Garden

Posted on August 30, 2017

THE POSH SHED COMPANY PARTNER WITH ITV’S LOVE YOUR HOME & GARDEN

The Posh Shed Company has donated one of its bespoke Potting Sheds to a remarkable couple in the latest series of Love Your Home & Garden.

The television show, presented by Alan Titchmarsh, follows Alan and other gardeners as they visit locations all over the UK where they help deserving people to transform their gardens.

Measuring, 10ft deep by 8ft wide, The Potting Shed features in the garden of Richard and Ann, at their home in Upton, Chester. This admirable couple have given up vast amounts of their time over the years to helping others. Richard has been a volunteer with the Samaritans for 42 years and now volunteers at Samaritans’ Chester where he is also Branch Prison Support Officer and has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the Samaritans.

Richard and Ann have also fostered more than 20 children over the last 10 years.  They are also volunteers and puppy trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, so are incredibly deserving recipients of the Posh Shed in their newly renovated garden, which will provide a much-needed sanctuary for them.

It has been an honour to donate one of our bespoke pieces to such a lovely, charitable couple. The team on Love Your Home & Garden definitely did an amazing job with the garden and we hope that Richard and Ann love their new shed!

We have donated to this show multiple times and we think that it is a great idea to help give something back to those that have already contributed so much themselves. We hope to continue being involved with the show.

Tune in on 13th September 2017 to see the full transformation. 

Win a 'She Shed' for your Mum

Posted on February 21, 2017

Reward hard working Mums with their own Posh Shed this Mother’s Day

The trend of 'She Sheds' has swept through gardens across the nation, attracting the attention of women wanting their own haven in their garden. So, we have joined forces with Plantabox, who create personalised, handmade wooden crates, after realising a shared customer base.

To celebrate the partnership, this Mother’s Day, The Posh Shed Company and Plantabox are giving away the ultimate Mother's Day gift, a Patio Store in Dusky Pink, worth £1,450.  Five runners up will win a Plantabox She Shed Accessory Collection worth £79.95 each that contains three personalised FSC pine products.

The competition will close on Friday 17th March. To take part please click in the link below

http://www.plantabox.co.uk/competition/

Solar Panels for Posh Sheds

Posted on January 26, 2017

Solar Hubs

At The Posh Shed Company, we receive lots of enquiries from people who want to have electrical power in their sheds.   This is not a service we offer so we always recommend that people get in touch with electricians and carpenters in their local area who are best placed to arrange this for them. 

It can, however, often be an expensive and intrusive undertaking and neither is it the most ecologically friendly.  We have been looking for an alternative to offer to our customers and we are pleased to introduce this solar hub from Solar technology. We can now offer to supply and install their Hubi 2k lighting and power system with any Posh Shed order.

The Hubi comes with a small solar panel, the main Hubi unit, 2 12v lights with mounting hooks and all connecting cables and can be fitted to any of our sheds.  It works by collecting and storing daylight and sunlight and is great for providing electrical light and has two USB ports for mobile phones and other devices.

We are happy to fit a 2k Hubi unit while installing your Posh Shed.  This would incur a cost of £195 and would include installing the panel, connecting the lights and Hubi unit as well as an internal shelf for the unit.

Please click here for our pricing options

For more information, please look at Solar Technology’s own site

http://www.solartechnology.co.uk/solar-innovations/Hubi-Kits/HubiKits?product_id=351

 

Winter Sale 10% off

Posted on December 6, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...yes, The Posh Shed Winter Sale has arrived!  And now we have an even wider range products to snap up at discounted prices from beautiful bird boxes to luxurious log stores to help keep those log fires burning.

We are offering a 10% discount on all Posh Shed orders received in December and January, so that’s 10% off our Posh Sheds, Posh Garden Stores, Posh Gardening range and Posh Shed accessories. *

To make sure you take advantage of this offer just

  • Get in touch by phone or email and let us know your requirements
  • Place your order before the 31st of January 2017 for delivery before the 31st March 2017
  • Pay a 50% deposit on ordering (the balance will be due on the day of installation)

* Please note that delivery costs are not included in the winter sale.

She Shed

Posted on August 19, 2015

She Sheds.

She Sheds are the latest buzz word in the shed world but here at the Posh Shed Company we have been making sheds for women to use as their own private haven for many years; the majority of these commissions have come from women seeking work space outside the confines of the home, for whom it makes practical sense to turn their garden sheds into office or craft spaces.

These so called “she sheds” have elevated the humble garden shed to new heights in terms of both comfort and design .

A beautiful example of one of our sheds that was then decorated by its owner and turned into a “She Shed” won a bronze award at RHS Malvern this year. 

“The Perfect Commute” designed by Deborah Bird of “Beholder’s Eye”, featured a 9 ft. x 7 ft. Posh Gothic Shed with slate effect roof that had been transformed into a home office and reflects the aspiration of many people to escape from the daily grind of commuting to the office.

www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival/exhibitors/2015/gardens/the-perfect-commute

She Sheds have however been around in all but name for a long time.

In I915 the first ever British Women’s Institute meeting was held in a garden shed in Anglesey; could that have been the first “she shed”?

A recent television programme by Lucy Worsley “Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers” did much to counter the image of the WI as outdated and its members as “busy bodies”.  It reminded us that the origins of the WI were very closely linked to the suffragette movement and that the slow hand clapping of Tony Blair in 2000 was far from the first time the WI had refused to be patronised.

The WI’s ethos has always been about empowerment and equality; it’s been called the “first social network” because most of its early groups were established in rural communities where women were often lonely and isolated so it wouldn’t seem to far a leap to credit these ladies far-sighted and socially aware women with the invention of the she shed!

The WI centennial Fair is taking place in Harrogate from the 3rd to 6th of September.  www.thewishow.com/NFWI