Buying a garden shed: Bespoke specialist or a DIY retailer?

No answers yet, just more questions…

What exactly do you need the shed for? Storage for bikes, garden furniture and other ‘stuff’? 

How valuable are the bikes, garden furniture and various other bits and pieces you’ll find a home for in your new shed? 

How big does it need to be? 

How long do you anticipate being at your present home? 

If it isn’t just for storage, do you need an electrical power source for lighting and tools? Heating or air conditioning? 

I could go on, but in the end it comes down to 2 questions: 

  1. What do you need the shed for? And 
  2. How much are you willing to spend on it? 

People self build sheds or buy ready made sectional buildings for all sorts of reasons. The usual home offices/studios (although they are a garden building in their own right) workshops, potting sheds




Poolside showers & changing huts

All sorts of uses…

So if you’re thinking of something that you’re going to spending a lot of time in for work or pleasure then a bespoke garden building from a specialist who knows their stuff and has been making garden buildings for decades is probably a good bet. 

On the other hand, you might just want a traditional garden shed to put all your stuff in. And if you’re not that bothered, then a bog standard shed from one of the large DIY outfits will do the trick. 

But even then, surely it depends on how long you’re going to be living where you are now, how much are the bikes, garden furniture, tools and other bits & pieces worth? 

Wheres the shed going to be located? Is the roof strong enough to cope with whatever the weather throws at it? Is that felt any good? Will it last one winter never mind 10? 

I know, more questions, but it might be worth answering a few before you waste any of your hard earned cash on a ‘cheapie’ from B&Q 

Also, going back to what you want it for, think about it. 

What features do you need? If you need a sturdy workshop, will a bog standard large shed be robust enough? 

Will you be able to install & operate large machinery in there safely if you need to? Will the floor be strong enough? 

Will the doors be thick enough to be secure and protect your kit from the elements and ‘nosy parkers’? (obviously you’ll need locks, but with a decent door you might consider mortice & tenon locks aswell as a padlock on the outside. 

Windows? Can you fit double glazed windows? Will the walls be strong enough to hold them? 

You know the old expression ‘you get what you pay for’ don’t you? 

It’s true. Whatever you’re buying – a shed or financial advice – doesn’t matter, same rule applies. 

So if you need some help and advice, look at our range, that should give you some inspiration, then call us and ask. 

We build bespoke garden buildings designed to suit you and your needs. We can tweak, add features, add specifications, whatever you need we can build & install for you. 

Your new garden building will be fit for purpose now and for decades to come and it will still look good after all those years too, 

Remember, you get what you pay for, so why not invest in your new bespoke building from Kent Sectional Buildings?

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