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Can a Garden Building Add Value to My Property?

16 March 2018

They say that moving to a new house is one of the top 5 most stressful things to do, but perhaps topping that list should be ensuring that your property sells for the right amount of money. After all, you’ve put a lot of love and dedication into your home and you want that to be reflected in the price that is placed on it.

Whilst stylish kitchens and Farrow & Ball paints may indeed please the eye, the real way to add value to a property is to create extra space. According to the FSCS, one option is to undertake a house extension, such as a loft conversion or conservatory, however this is a hefty cost and causes huge upheaval. So, an easier and more cost-effective solution is to give your garden a makeover, this includes purchasing a garden building. In fact, garden makeovers have been shown to add as much as 20% to the value of your property.

Malvern Studio Corner Pent in landscaped garden setting

Flexibility

Garden buildings, such as garden offices and summerhouses, offer a buyer an extra room. What is even better, is that a room can be used for whatever they require. So, you may be currently using your garden room as storage for garden equipment, but they can just as easily turn the space into a guest room, or an art studio.

The extra space will also appeal to a vast range of people, for example, those who are self-employed or business owners. The addition of a garden building provides them a ready-made office space. They may then be more willing to pay a slightly higher price for the ease of not having to build their own office or saving on the morning commute.

However, it’s important to make sure that your garden building is completely secure. Ensure that the door can be securely locked and is tamper-proof, and any windows are secure.

Increased Floor Space

Even the addition of a garden shed adds to the floor space of your property, thus increasing your properties’ attractiveness to a potential buyer. Points really do mean prizes in the world of property sales, so the higher your square footage, the higher your houses value can become.

Garden Appeal

Well designed and looked after garden buildings draw the eye, giving a ‘wow-factor’ to your garden, and thus increasing the likability of your property. Now, whilst you don’t need to become the next Charlie Dimmock, ensuring your garden is well-kept will help to increase the look of the space, and ensure that your garden building isn’t lost within a forest of brambles and weeds.

With display centres across the UK, discover more information about the benefits of purchasing a high-quality garden building from GBC Group today.

GBC display centre example

Posted by Matt Jordan

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5 Best Ways to Insulate Your Garden Shed!

01 March 2018

Ensuring that your garden shed has suitable insulation is beneficial for a number of reasons. The first, and most obvious, would be to make sure that the space is warm, meaning that you can spend time in your shed even during the colder months, making a garden shed a year-round investment. But garden shed insulation has other advantages too. Having insulated garden buildings ensures that any items you store in your shed, such as tools or garden equipment, are kept protected as they are not exposed to the cold and damp.

5 ways to insulate your garden shed!

So, what ways can you insulate your shed?

There are various materials you can use, and it very much depends on your requirements, budget and use for your garden shed:

  1. Wool

    Wool is one of the best insulators for sheds if you want to be environmentally friendly, and offer not just heat insulation, but sound too.  There are many wool insulation products on the market, and installing couldn’t be simpler, you just need to cut the material to size.

  2. Bubblewrap

    This is the cheapest option and is incredibly easy to fit, you just need to staple the sheets to the shed walls and roof. However, for every pro, there is a con, and bubblewrap’s negative is that it isn’t that efficient so its ability to insulate your shed is pretty low.

  3. Rockwool

    If you have plans of converting your garden shed into a workshop or music studio then rockwool is the choice for you. Not only does it offer great heat insulation, but it’s sound insulation is fantastic. However, if you are planning on fitting it yourself then beware that the material may irritate your skin and eyes, so ensure you are protected when handling it.

  4. PIR Insulation Boards

    PIR board is most commonly used in construction, and so you can guarantee that you will find a width that fits your required space. They are also really easy to install, simply find the right space and push it into place.

  5. Draught Exclusion

    If you feel that your garden shed does not require a complete insulation overhaul then ensuring that all cracks and gaps are filled in will go some way towards keeping the space insulated.

    For draughts around windows and door frames, expanding foam can be used by simply spraying it into the gaps, alternatively, adhesive rubber draught excluders can be installed. For large gaps under the door, you can use a door brush draught excluder.

 

From tool sheds to potting sheds, at GBC Group we stock a wide range of garden sheds to suit all requirements. For more information about garden shed insulation, contact our friendly and professional team today.

Posted by Matt Jordan


Brand new Malvern Lincomb arrives at GBC!

23 February 2018

The brand new Malvern Lincomb shed is creating quite a buzz here at GBC Buildings for Leisure with staff and customers alike!

The Malvern Lincomb shed, featuring integral shelves.

As you can see in the picture above, the Lincomb features 3 integral shelves which add valuable additional storage space for any tools or equipment that can brave the weather! Alternatively, with a few potted plants and some ornaments, you can really make a stand-out feature and compliment the 'Cottage' style of the shed.

The Malvern Lincomb shed, featuring Georgian windows as standard.

To make this building stand-out, the Lincomb features Georgian windows as standard, including one positioned in the door. The above building recently installed at our Wolverhampton display centre, showcases this perfectly by having an optional painted finish. The windows are a slightly lighter colour than the main body, and this 'two-tone' effect really gives the building a lot of character. What’s more, it also means reduced maintenance with this high-quality finish applied!

Take a look at the Malvern Lincomb shed yourself and let us know what you think!

Posted by Matt Jordan


GBC opens its 36th display centre in Ponteland, Newcastle

09 February 2018

We are proud to announce the opening of our 36th display centre for garden buildings in Ponteland. Just a few minutes from Newcastle Airport, and a short drive to Newcastle city centre. Based at the wonderful Dobbies Garden Centre, we have developed a large display area representing all of our fabulous product ranges.

Greenhouses in Ponteland

You’ll find the usual suspects on site – an extensive collection of garden sheds and greenhouses, plus the UK’s best summerhouses and garden offices from market leading manufacturers. Our concrete garage display has just been completed too – offering you a full complement of garden buildings to browse at your leisure.

Ponteland Dobbies is set in its own extensive grounds with ponds and landscaped areas, with a small rolling hill at the back of the plant area featuring a beautiful picnic spot at the top with picturesque views. SO, if you're looking for a new garden shed in Newcastle, drop into our newest display centre and we're to be able to help.

Summerhouses in Ponteland

Over the last 32 years, GBC has continuously grown, year on year. We now serve the entire UK with display centres spanning from Aberdeen to Southampton! 

Posted by Matt Cook


Dec 6th - Many sites closed for staff training

05 December 2017

GBC will be holding it's annual staff training event on Wednesday 6th December and Thursday 7th December.
Unfortunately, this will mean that the majority of our display centres are closed all day on the 6th and for the morning of the 7th.

This training event is just part of our commitment to ensure that our customers receive the best service, from the most informed staff!

During this time, you may not be able to reach us on the telephone - but if you have an urgent request, you can email us on hello@gbcgroup.co.uk. We will try to get back to you quickly on the day of enqiry.

GBC Group training day

Posted by Matt Cook


How to Build a Shed Base?

09 November 2017

A good base for your shed is vital, as a poorly built base, or no base at all, can drastically reduce the lifespan of your shed or garden building. We have put together these simple instructions on how you can build a slab base for your shed or garden building that will keep your building in great condition for years to come.

Wondering which size shed is best for you? Please click here to view our range of quality garden sheds or here to view our range of tool sheds.

Step 1: Prepare the Area

Prepare the area where you want your building by measuring out the size of base you need, then start digging to your preferred depth. A 50mm deep layer of hardcore topped with sand is recommended. Create your concrete mixture by mixing four parts sharp sand (or building sand) to one-part cement. Use a trowel to lay the mixture onto the base. Do enough for one slab at a time.

shed base area being measured and prepared

Step 2: Lay the First Slab

Carefully lift the first slab and lay it on top of the concrete mixture

shed base area being laid with the first slab

Step 3: Level the Slab

Use a rubber mallet to tap the slab into position. Take care not to crack the slab. Use a spirit level to check that the surface is flat and level from all angles.

shed base area being levelled

Step 4: Repeat for Each Slab

Continue to lay the slabs whilst checking that the slabs are flat and level with one another. If the slabs are rocking it is best to pick it up and re-lay the slab.

shed base area being completed

Step 5: Leave the Base to Set

Leave the base to set for 24-48 hours before walking on the slabs or having your new building installed.

shed base completed

Step 5: Enjoy your New Building

Enjoy your new garden building for many years to come!

playhouse on shed base

A slab base is the simpliest and easiest way to get a solid base ready for your shed or garden building. These instructions are a great starting point but if you would prefer this work to be completed for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we would be glad to help you locate a suitable contractor in your area.

Posted by Dominic Cross


Record Artwork at GBC Livingston

25 July 2017

Record Artwork

If you're looking for a novel way to brighten up a garden room, how about making use of some of those old vinyls you've got stuffed away in the attic. Lets face it, the day is never going to come when Kylie's "Locomotion" will need to be played! Lizzie at our Livingston branch has put together this very quick guide on how you can acheive this stylish result! The Nordic Guernsey at Livingston received this treatment recently and we think it looks great!

Items you will needWhat you'll need:

  • Kettle
  • Silicone heat resistant/oven glove
  • Washing up basin or sink
  • Cup or small bowl (preferably one with a small base)
  • Vinyl records, singles or LP’s

 

 

How to do it:

Record bends with the heatStep 1:
I've given my vinyl’s a little clean (please don’t judge my taste in music as mine were acquired from a skip!)

Step 2:
Pop the kettle on…maybe make yourself a wee cuppa while you’re at it!

Step 3:
Place the mug or bowl upside down in the basin and position the record centred on top. Pop your glove on too at this stage as we don’t want any blistered fingers!!

Step 4:
Pour the boiling water over the record until it starts to soften.

Step 5:
Quickly place the palm of your hand on the centre and use your fingers to create the waves. Steps 3 & 4 may take a little practice but practice makes perfect…right?

Step 6:
Leave to dry and there you have it!

For something a little different why not use them as party food bowls, they’re ideal for crisps and nuts.

Used as a snack bowl

 
 
 

Posted by Matt Cook


Robinsons Radley makes a big impact at Wilmslow display centre

19 June 2017

This stunning 25ft x 10ft Robinsons Radley has recently been installed at our Wilmslow display centre, 'wow'-ing customers and garden centre staff alike!

Robinsons Radley greenhouse on display at Wilmslow display centre

The Radley greenhouse is a fairly recent addition to the Robinsons portfolio (introduced in 2017) and is available in a range of colours and sizes. The front porch area is a real feature of this building, giving it is distinctive appearance and separating it from other greenhouse models.

This 9'7 x 24'11 model is on display in a pastel sage finish and the entire build took 4 days to complete, for two experienced fitters.

The Radley is just one of many quality greenhouses on display at this location.

Posted by Matthew Cook


Come and see us at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017!

15 June 2017

GBC and Nordic at the NECFor the second year running, GBC are working with Nordic Garden Buildings to display a range of uPVC summerhouses and garden offices at the Gardeners' World Live show.

 

This year, we are displaying two of the very popular Madison Corner buildings. These have proved a massive success with our customers during 2017 as we're looking forward to sharing it with the audiences of the show.

 

Also on display are the Manhattan garden office and Evia pavilion. Both buildings are incredibly furnished and look fantastic on the NEC show floor! We'd love to show you these buildings in person, so if you're attending the show, be sure to come and see us at stand G285.

GBC and Nordic display stand

Nordic display stand at Gardeners World Live


The BBC Gardeners' World Live show is a fun-filled weekend for all of the family in Birmingham. Learn from experts and indulge your passion for gardening at the NEC from 15-18 July.

Gardeners World Live 2017

 

 

Posted by Matt Cook


How to grow the perfect sunflower

17 May 2017

We recently asked a couple of our green-fingered staff (Steve and Rob from our Chesterfield branch) for some advice on how to grow the perfect sunflower. Here's what they had to say...

 

The Perfect Sunflower

First of all, decide which type of sunflower will suit your garden. Not all sunflowers are giants, some are quite dainty, reaching no more than a couple of feet tall. Not all sunflowers are yellow, there are varieties which bear a deep red flower.

Having decided to grow for height and display, or something to suit the garden scheme, the initial step is to select the right seeds. Here’s where quality counts. Some folk swear by harvesting their own seeds from last year’s successes, but these can have variable results. For the sake of a few pounds it’s worth investing in fresh seeds from a recognised source.

The next step is to sow the seed. Again, don’t be tempted to scrimp by using last year’s compost, or any old garden soil. Commercial potting compost is formulated with nutrients and feed for seedlings and young plants. Water the compost, and wait for those seedlings to appear!

 

One of the secrets to growing large, healthy plants is to “pot on” young plants. Move them on into bigger pots as soon as roots can be seen at the bottom of whatever pot they are in. Bigger pot equals more compost, equals more feed, equals more water available. Never let your sunflowers dry out – look out for wilting leaves. Be aware that it’s a long way up a tall stalk to nourish the growing tip of a sunflower!

Protection from extremities of the weather is ideal. If you can keep sunflowers in a sheltered spot, preferably a greenhouse, until placing them in their position of glory, all the better. If this isn’t possible, then ensure that the plants are firmly staked with a tall enough bamboo cane to prevent wind damage.

Sunflowers can, of course, be grown in the garden soil directly where you want them to flower. The potential drawbacks to this approach are weather problems, soil issues, garden pests, and quite often damage from pets!

Whichever way you choose to grow your sunflowers, we hope you get as much pleasure out of them as we do!

Posted by Matthew Cook