Monthly Archives: March 2017

  1. Greenhouse design ideas

    A greenhouse allows you to garden earlier in the year and well into winter. In fact, there's something you can be getting on with all the year round once you have a greenhouse in place.
    Most greenhouses have to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. That's because they are usually a focal point in a garden’s design. And so they should be – a wooden greenhouse bursting with sun ripened tomatoes is a joy to behold.

    The practicality of a good greenhouse comes down to its usable space. You want as much glass or polycarbonate as possible – then your plants can grow healthily. You also need as big a greenhouse as your space or wallet can afford. Ask any greenhouse owner and all will say that they wished that they'd gone for the next size up. Even in winter when growing is at its lowest point, you will have overwintering plants, potted up onion sets ready for the great outdoors, and seed packets dotted around ready for spring all jostling for space. In

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  2. How to build a garden office

    More people are working from home than ever and many do so from an office in their garden. And why not? It saves all that tiresome commuting and with internet connections generally being better than ever, communication is easy. And if surrounded by plants and wildlife, surely the standard of work is better? A garden office is therefore one of the must have features of a modern garden.

    Obviously, you have to stay legal so always check with your local council to see if any permissions are needed before erecting any building. Have a chat with the neighbours at the same time – get everyone on board and the whole process is easier.

    Choosing an office for the garden is the exciting bit. Whatever you decide upon has to be right for your work and the garden. A building shouldn't dominate a garden design to the detriment of the rest of your patch yet it needs to be large enough to accommodate your needs now and for any future expansion.

    Once you have any permiss

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  3. The best log cabin interiors

    Once installed, your log cabin could look a little bare. It's a fair bet to say you know what you want from your log cabin, unless it was a surprise present – lucky you; no matter the final use, the first step is to make sure your new space is warm in winter and cool in summer.

    Heating could be vital to the cabin’s use in the colder months. Wood burners, when correctly installed, are fantastic in log cabins: they blend in, they belong, they just look right. They also pump out an enormous amount of heat making your outdoor space toasty when there's snow and ice all around. Combine that with a comfy chair or two and you may find that you don't actually leave the cabin for days on end (if it is fully plumbed in). Your log cabin may 'just' (just!) be a play room for the family. Heat is still needed but perhaps a storage heater is more suitable than getting a wood burner stoked up and crackling.

    Conversely, blinds on windows will shade the interior from any sc

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  4. Shed base options

    It is false economy to plonk a brand new shed directly on the soil. It is inevitable that the soil will move, causing the shed to tip, slope and slant. The door won't open or shut correctly and, if made of wood, water will ingress causing premature rotting. You need a shed base and it’s best to do it before your shed goes down.

    Bearers are the name of the game for many people. They are pressure treated, pieces of wood (or bearers!) that do sit directly on the soil. The shed is then placed onto the bearers and usually bolted down. That slight gap beneath the floor allows air circulation that in turn results in a long-lasting floor. The bearers support the shed.

    The same principle applies to putting a shed on a hard surface such as paving, stone or concrete. First of all, the hard surface has to be level, firm and if mortar has been used – absolutely set (or as many builders say, 'gone off') before any weight is put on top of it. It's that levelling that is

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