Monthly Archives: January 2017

  1. Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Talking amphibians with Frog Life

    Earlier this month we caught up with Silviu from Frog Life to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their Toads on the Road project. Check out the great interview below!

    Our interview with Frog Life

    1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK?

    Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups such as mammals, bird or reptiles. In the UK there are few species compared to warmer climates but even so, the UK has very important populations at European level for some species such as great crested newts. Also, our recent data shows that once very abundant species such as the common toad have been affected by very serious declines in the past 30 years in the UK.

    2. Where are you most likely to find amphibians in the UK in terms of habitat?

    Typically in wet areas

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  2. How to bring solar power to your garden

    Outdoor solar light has become very popular and quite practical for lighting up the garden, patio area, driveway, and other areas around the home. The environmentally friendly light is warm, subtle and provides accent light for the home. Outdoor solar lighting is generally simple to install and does not require other power sources or any wiring. Since these lights do not use electricity, there will be no addition to the electricity bill when it comes.

    Solar lighting maintenance

    Safety

    Solar power options can be very safe as they do not require power cords, making them useful in outdoor situations that include installation near ponds and/or swimming pools, and even for sheds or playhouses where children may be spending their time.

    Longevity

    The rechargeable batteries that are typically used in solar light products last about two years when they are properly cared for and allowed to recharge periodically. The replacement batteries are easy

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  3. How to lay a shed floor

    One thing all gardens have in common is a shed. Sheds come in all different shapes and sizes and are standing in all different types of conditions. Some of us use our shed traditionally and store outside items such as tools, bikes and patio furniture. However, some people choose to use the shed a little differently, as a workshop, outside living space or just a general escape from the home.

    If you have a shed that isn’t really being used anymore, check out this fantastic guide that will spark ideas on how you can transform it.

    How to create and lay a shed floor

    Creating and laying a shed floor is very easy and will not break the bank as there are many budget methods you can go for.

    The first step as always is to measure the inside of your shed. Th

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  4. How to safely add a plug to a shed

    For those who have opted to transform the old garden shed into a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of home life, electricity is a necessity. If you want to make the transformation, check out this fantastic guide which details how to fix a garden shed. Once the shed is back to top shape, follow either one of these guides to create a garden cocktail shed or a garden office

    Adding power to garden buildings

    Adding a plug socket is not something anyone can do. Unless you are a qualified Electrician do not even think about adding power yourself.

    Adding electricity now requires you to meet the conditions of the Part P Building regulations. Any form of secondary electricity unit other than your home will require you to apply and meet the regulations wh

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  5. How to make a shed child friendly

    When was the last time you crawled on your hands and knees around your garden’s shed? As strange as that may sound, maybe you should give it a try. If you have children, you should be well aware that they have a natural tendency to explore their everyday environment, therefore, it’s vital to double-check things out from their perspective to ensure that your garden and shed are child friendly.

    When we hear the term “baby proofing” or “childproofing”, we often first think of babies. However, whether we like to believe it or not, the leading cause of death in kids 14 years of age and under is due to unintentional injury. What’s more astonishing is that more than ⅓ of these injuries occur right at home. With that being said, it’s clear to see that safety in the home and garden is something that we can never take too seriously. But at the same time, we also want to make our children’s time outdoors as enjoyable as possible.

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  6. 5 inventive uses and designs for sheds

    For several years, sheds from around the world have grown from being simple storage to elaborate escapes for men and women to enjoy their time alone with their hobbies or enjoying games with a close group of friends. Given the fact that almost 50% of men claim to have spent an entire day in their shed, it stands to reason that these sheds are designed to be much more than a place to store the lawnmower and holiday decorations.

    Uses and designs for garden sheds

    A home-away-from-home office

    The majority of our days are often filled with deadlines; after-school commitments, doctor appointments and several other pressures. Creating a personal office space may be just the thing you need to achieve a life balance.

    Whether you work from home or just enjoy reading in solitude, adding a few comfy chairs, a personal workspace and a small library can transform the everyday garden shed into a quiet office or cosy reading nook. Make sure that the entire area i

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  7. How to build a wheelie bin shed

    Though wheelie bins obviously have their purpose, they look extremely unattractive both when they are stored in your garden and when put out on the street for collection. If there is one common thing that blights how homes look up and down the country it is the selection of wheelie bins that simply look out of place and aesthetically ugly.

    Whilst there is not too much that can be done about how ugly our streets look on collection days, having a wheelie bin shed to put your bins away for the remainder of the week can have your home and garden once again looking tidy and pretty.

    There are a number of wheelie bin sheds that are available to buy but these can sometimes be expensive, especially when you consider how easy it can be just to build them yourselves. They do not take too much effort to build, not cost a lot but can have a magnificent benefit to your home and garden.

    They can even add character to your garden as well as removing the wheelie bin eyesores,

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  8. How to turn a shed into an office

    Shed conversions are becoming the new thing at the moment, turning what used to be just a storage space into a work out, relaxation or office space. The great thing about this is even if you have a low budget you can achieve a space away from the home where you can do what you like. Home offices are very hard to achieve due to the distractions in the house so what better way than to renovate your old shed.

    The first thing you will want to do is to give your shed a once over, especially if it is an older shed.

    Here is a guide that walks you through the process of checking and fixing common problems with an older shed.

    Following this guide you will now have a safe and workable shed. Time to renovate.

    To have a working office all year round, you will need to insulate the shed so that you do not become frozen to your desk. Again, here is a handy guide that shows an

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  9. How to build a cocktail shed

    We have seen an influx in customers asking how to build a cocktail shed in the past few years, they seem to be somewhat about to come into fashion! Be the first out of your friend group to throw a cocktail shed party and influence them all.

    Cocktail sheds are a great escape from the house, creating an area that you do not have to worry about spilt drinks if the party gets a little too out of hand. Of course, the size of the party will depend on the size of the shed you have but one thing is certain is that it is a cheap conversion that will see plenty of use!

    With the kids grown up and gone, the shed that once stored bikes, toys, furniture and various other items seems the get less cluttered until it is just a few things left. If that is not the case then take a look at our range of fabulous sheds that we have on offer at the moment which can become your cocktail bar or your new storage space!

    So now you have an empty shed. Perfect.

    Getting started

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  10. How to build a fitted bench seat in a shed

    Through an annual de-clutter of the shed, you may have found that you really do not have lots of storage anymore. Maybe the kids have gone off to Uni and your shed is now free from bikes and other items that were consuming your sheds storage space before. How about you turn your shed into an outside living space that will keep you cosy in the Winter and allow you to make the most of the warmer weather in the Summer.

    Firstly, if your shed has seen brighter days, take a look at our dedicated page on how to restore and fix any problems you might face with your shed.

    Once your shed is back to a safe level, we advise that you take the time to insulate the shed as this will allow for winter use without having to wear 4-5 layers.

    If you think you would rather not build your own bench seat, take a look at some of our small storage range which

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