Deciding on a building for your garden

Green Houses and garden buildings at The Pot Place Plumpton Cumbria

Creating a room in your garden can make a big difference and we’re here to advise.

You might need more storage or an office space or studio so that you can work from home; a sheltered area where you can relax and enjoy your garden might be what you’re after; or you could be looking for a traditional potting shed, polytunnel or greenhouse to open up your gardening options.

Whatever your plans, it’s worth considering the options available before investing and our team has plenty of experience to share. Our staff know what works well and the pros and cons of the different types of garden buildings that are available.

  • Building for growing Greenhouses have always been popular and polytunnels have slightly different advantages but they’re both about extending the growing season. If you want an attractive place to grow things that need maximum light and warmth, then you should be looking at a greenhouse. If you want a more functional structure that you can move around to extend your growing season then a polytunnel may be your best option. We can only show a few of each on site at Plumpton but we’ve plenty of examples from recent projects in local gardens and we’re stockists for some of the best ranges including Elite greenhouses and Filclair polytunnels.Today’s greenhouses are usually toughened glass, avoiding one of their safety drawbacks, and they have the advantage of gutters so you can collect rainwater into a butt for your garden too. Whether wooden or metal framed (or even the “invisible” option), if you know where in your garden you’d like your greenhouse to be, we can advise on the best size and shape to make the most of the sun and of your exterior walls or other features.
  • Wooden Summer HouseWork, rest and play If it’s not about growing but you want space to relax or work in your garden, then there’s lots of choice. Summer houses and garden rooms are increasingly popular and there are some lovely designs. You could even fit one into the corner of a garden! We always advise customers to consider the direction a shelter will be facing – whether for shade, shelter or sun – as well as maintenance and security. This has a bearing on the dimensions and shape but also the best roofing materials to use and any timber treatments beyond those put on by the manufacturer. These may not seem big considerations but they can make a huge difference to the life span of a wooden building. From shed or workshop to studio or home office – garden buildings are changing. In the past, putting power to a shed was about as complicated as things got but we’re now being asked about double glazing, uv reflective glass, solar panels, insulation and wifi too. And insulation is really important if you plan to use the garden building throughout the year.
  • Extra space for extra storage Storage is the other common purpose of a garden building. Whether it’s garden tools, children’s toys or your wood pile – or all three – storage in a garden building can be really flexible and there are good ranges of shelving available to help you to make the most of it. It’s also worth thinking about security and planning for higher (and fewer) windows and stronger doors and locks. A quick tally of the value of what’s in your shed will convince you that it’s worth thinking about this at the planning stage and getting it right from the start. We’ve not even talked about building a good foundation. Getting a flat, solid base is essential and makes a huge difference in the lifetime of any garden building. We’re always happy to advise on what’s needed, how to do it and, if required, we can help on the materials you need and the practicalities too.

This particular blog post may have raised more questions than it’s answered and we’ll try to answer some of those in the months to come. For now, the possibilities of garden buildings are as wide as you can imagine but there’s not much that we haven’t seen and dealt with over the years so please ask if you need any advice at all.