Things to Consider When Planning to Build a Garden Building

Friday 3rd May, 2024

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Summer is approaching and you might be planning to build a garden building this year. A garden building can be a great way to improve the aesthetics of your garden, increase storage, or provide an additional income by renting it out as a guest house. 

When building a garden building, it is important to consider the planning, designing, and construction that will need to take place. Here at Vale Stables, we provide you with the highest quality building tailored to your individual needs, whether the building is being used to store garden equipment or as a Wendy House. 

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions to help you when planning to build a garden building.

Frequently Asked Questions when Planning to Build a Garden Building

How can you get the best out of your garden building? What do you need to be aware of before you begin? We understand you may have a few questions when planning your garden building and hopefully, we can help you by answering them here.

Do I Need Planning Permission When Planning to Build a Garden Building?

No,you do not need planning permission when planning to build a garden building. Most of our garden buildings are considered a permitted development, so you do not require planning permission. Our garden buildings can be as simple or complex as you need and are hassle-free when it comes to planning permission. 

However, we recommend checking your local council’s planning portal to confirm if permitted development rights apply in your specific case. Permitted development rights are subject to national conditions and limitations so it is important to check if you are planning on a particularly large garden building or if the construction might impact habitats within your garden.

What is a Garden Building? 

A garden building is essentially a timber garden shed that can be used for whatever you want it to be. For example, uses might include any of the following: 

  • Summer Houses
  • Chicken Houses 
  • Garden Rooms 
  • Wendy Houses
  • Storage Sheds 

We can design any type of garden building you require bespoke to your requirements.

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What Materials Are Commonly Used For Garden Buildings?

We use only the best raw materials here at Vale Stables. All of our timber is sourced from Sweden and Estonia due to the colder climates which produce denser timber with tight growth rings.

Garden buildings will also have a concrete base and semi-engineering bricks or galvanised steel, depending on your preferences to prolong the life of your building. 

Generally, we recommend semi-engineering bricks if your building is lightweight and you are looking for thermal insulation on a budget. However, steel is better for larger buildings where strength and durability are key.

As standard, we use 11 OSB boards to line our Onduline roofs to prevent sagging and improve the structural integrity of the roof. Our Onduline roofing can be ordered in black, green, red, or brown. There is also an option to have an Asphalt shingle or Cedar shingle on request.

We always advise guttering to the front of your garden building, whereas the back is more of a matter of preference. Leaf guards are also available if required.

How do I Maintain a Wooden Garden Building?

At Vale Stables, we pride ourselves on crafting beautiful, functional garden buildings built to last. But even the sturdiest structures need some TLC to keep them looking their best and functioning smoothly. Here are our top tips for maintaining your wooden garden building:

  • Regular Cleaning: Give your garden building a refreshing wash down every year, or twice a year in particularly wet climates. A gentle solution of soap and water with a soft brush or sponge will do the trick. 
  • Preservative Power: Reapply a high-quality wood preservative every 3-5 years. This acts as a shield, repelling water, preventing rot and insect infestation, and ensuring your garden building looks its best.
  • Ventilation is Key: Proper airflow is crucial to prevent moisture build-up inside your garden building. Whenever possible, open vents or windows to allow fresh air to circulate. 
  • Keep an eye on your building: Catching problems early allows for prompt repairs and prevents them from developing into more significant problems down the road.

Can I Use a Garden Building as a Home Office?

Yes, you can use a garden building as a home office! A garden building is a great way to give you that extra space for a home office without the need for a messy and costly extension. As you don’t require planning permission, your garden home office could be a hassle-free solution for your needs. 

Plus, you don’t need to compromise on aesthetics. We can offer anything from Georgian windows and cedar shingles down to carpet tiles, depending on your requirements for your perfect home office.

Are Garden Buildings Insulated?

Our garden buildings are designed for year-round use. We can install double-glazed windows and doors to insulate your building for those colder months. Our timber is also a good insulator due to its structure and low thermal conductivity. 

What Guarantee do You Provide for Your Garden Buildings?

Customer satisfaction is so important to us at Vale Stables. We aim to ensure your garden building conforms to your unique specifications. We will rectify any issue raised by our customers so that the goods conform to the order confirmation and specification.

How Long Will a Garden Building Take to Build?

How long a garden building will take to build will ultimately depend on your project and can vary depending on your requirements. 

Typically, we can often produce bespoke panels within 10-14 days and as our trained and experienced carpenters produce their steelwork, we can design and build entirely to order much faster than our competitors. We will work with you to provide a timeframe that is both feasible and works for you.

What is The Typical Lifespan of a Garden Building?

The typical lifespan of a garden building can be anywhere from 10 to 30 years plus. We build our garden buildings with the highest grade of timber, making them extremely durable and weather-resistant for many years. You can also opt for a cedar shingle roof which has a lifespan of 30 years.

How Much do Garden Buildings Cost?

Our garden building prices vary depending on size and requirements. See our prices here or contact us for a customised quote.

What Heating Options do You Recommend For a Garden Building?

The best way to heat your garden building depends on size, frequency of use, budget, and energy source availability. Electric or gas heaters are popular for their affordability while wood-burning stoves offer a cosy feel but require maintenance and proper ventilation.

Can I Customise The Design of my Garden Building?

Of course! We are here to help you design and build your perfect garden building. We will work with you to get an exact plan and specifications you are happy with to ensure your expectations are met every step of the way.

Are You Planning to Build a Garden Building?

Now that you have all the answers to your questions, are you ready to plan your garden building with us? Contact us for a quote based on your bespoke requirements. You’ll be able to rely on Vale Stables to take your area dimensions and bespoke needs into consideration to ensure you have the garden building of your dreams.

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