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?

How much?

Spoiler alert: Our prices are NOT rising by 40% – read on for some context…

Morning, as you may have heard, there is something of a global demand for raw construction materials right now.

This is down to three factors: 

  1. A huge rise in shipping costs due to a shortage of empty containers (covid related issues) and a sharp uptake in global demand following lockdowns easing across the world.  
  1. Unprecedented construction sector projects including housebuilding & people starting DIY projects
  1. And finally, climate related problems. Timber production in Scandinavia has slowed due to warm weather whilst cold weather in Texas (yes, Texas) has affected plastics, chemicals and polymer production.

As I said, this problem is global so obviously that includes the UK. 

Here’s an article published on Friday on the BBC website…

Travis Perkins warns of price rises amid shortage of raw materials

And here’s the article in the Daily Mail

The shipping crisis may abate in 6-9 months, perhaps less but there is HUGE ongoing demand for raw materials

And the first law of economics states that where demand is high and supply is low, prices rise. 

We have the same problem here at KSB – everyday we speak to suppliers and either a) can’t get the materials we need and/or b) we have to pay even more than we did the week before. 

We have to be fair to our clients and potential clients and try to prepare accurate and competitive quotes but we’re a small business, we can’t afford to absorb large price increases either. 

So the fairest way to proceed, we think, is to provide quotes valid for 21 days. If you wish to proceed on those terms, you pay a deposit within those 21 days to secure your order.

Any quote not secured with a deposit will cease to be valid after 21 days and a new one will be issued based on the prevailing prices we are being quoted ourselves. 

We will of course continue to monitor the situation, hopefully things will calm down a bit over the next 6 weeks to 2 months or so. 

Any questions please call us on 01227 738 374 or email

Are you looking for our swimming pool cleaning chemicals etc?

Well we’ve recently set up a new, separate website for the pools & hot tubs business at

It’s still very much a work in progress but you can view our cleaning chemicals price list and aswell as accessories for your swimming pool. 

Here’s the specific link for the cleaning chemicals – 

As we say, there’s a lot more to come. But we hope you like it, please let us know if you have any suggestions or you need anything pool or hot tub related that we don’t currently stock and we’ll try to help

Oh, the telephone number is the same – 01227 738 374

If Making Beautiful Garden Buildings Is Wrong, We Don’t Want To Be Right…


I hope Luther Ingram doesn’t mind me paraphrasing his great song…

I thought I’d take a little time out to write to you this morning. It’s been a bit crazy here at KSB Towers lately. Spring is finally upon us, our gardens are coming to life and even the mercury is rising…

The sun is out, well it was earlier. 

And you’re thinking about that new summerhouse you’ve been putting off or maybe it’s time to get serious about this working from home situation and make things a bit more ‘permanent’ – you need a dedicated working space and let’s be honest, some peace & quiet to get some work done without distractions. 

Sheds need updating or replacing, or you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and get that workshop you’ve been promising yourself. 

Whatever your project, you have come to us, so thank you. 

If you’ve been given a build/delivery date that’s a bit longer than you’d anticipated, we’re so sorry. Our team here in Chartham are working flat out to make sure you get exactly the building you want, and the quality and craftsmanship that you expect from us. 

It will take a bit longer but we always aim to get it right and we don’t compromise on build quality ever, as you may know. 

So please bear with us, we only stop for tea, biscuits and the odd slice of lemon drizzle cake (all donations warmly appreciated…)

Any questions, call us between 9-5.30 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and 9-12 on Saturdays. Or you can drop by our showsite just up the road on the main A28 where you’ll find a selection of our garden buildings. 

Remember,  we only build to order i.e bespoke. The showsite and our photos here on our website are purely for inspiration…

Have a long and enjoyable Easter weekend, take care.

All the team at KSB

7 Alternative Uses For Your Garden Office/Studio…

Hi, last year we launched our new modular home office/studio building. And while we were taking photos and shooting a video on our showsite just up the road…

KSB Modular Home Office/Studio Building

Well it got me thinking. 

Apart from using it as an office or a home studio, what else could you use it for? 

So here are 7 ideas…

  1. Outside bar/catering unit – full length bi-folding doors mean you could easily have an open/walk-up bar or food counter
  1. Mini art gallery/exhibition space – plenty of light…
  1. Sales unit – use it for product demos or sell your products
  1. Commentary box – again, you have full length bi-folding doors which you can roll back in the summer for a panoramic view. 
  1. Tiny home – fit a mezzanine half-floor. Ideal for seaside chalet maybe? 
  1. Home cinema – set up a huge screen with speakers, roll back those doors and gather round
  1. Mini stage for mini plays? Nursery/school use perhaps?
  1. Mobilise it – instead of a concrete base, put it on a trailer and take it to your customers/audience! – OK I’ll check this is doable but I can’t see why not?

      OK 8 ideas, but, food for thought eh? 

      #kentsectionalbuildings #bespoke #homegardenoffice #homegardenstudio #bespokegardenrooms

If Carlsberg Built Home Office Garden Buildings, They Would Probably Look Like This…

An increasing number of people now find themselves ‘working from home’ – it is either entirely new to them or has simply become the ‘status quo’ rather than an occasional day or two a month. 

So a permanent, dedicated, stand alone working space is now a necessity. 

Enter the home office/studio garden building.

A building that will allow you to set up shop at home without the distractions and inconvenience that can sometimes cause. 

A building that will look good in your garden, will be hand made by skilled craftsmen to order, in other words, a quality, bespoke garden building. You will be proud to show friends and family, and proud to sit and work in, looking out through those glorious bi-folding doors offering a panoramic view of your garden. 

Your new home office will be light, those to those full length bi-folding doors, and you can leave your work stuff in there – in situ – without fear of it being moved or having coffee or food spilt all over it. 

And you can rest assured, it will be safe & secure. 

Those solid oak bi-folding doors are ultra secure – stainless steel fittings,54 mm think with 24mm toughened double glazed doors, 3 point locking system and internal slide bolts.


You can add heat in the midst of Winter if you need it or in the Summer, open up those doors to keep you cool. 

And finally, you can even reclaim some tax too

What’s not to like? 

Our latest modular home office garden room is available to view at our showsite on the A28 near the junction with Station Road here in Chartham if you fancy a close look…

But don’t ponder too long, we have a bit of a waiting list now. 

If you have any questions or you’re ready to order, call us on 01227 738 374

Home office/studios – what you can claim back tax for & what you can’t…

If you’re now working from home more often then you might consider adding a purpose built home office in your garden. 

Working from home can be great, but it also has its distractions and you may struggle to separate home from office in terms of boundaries and storage etc. 

This is where a dedicated, purpose built home office garden building can be the ideal solution. You get space, peace & quiet, storage room for your business and a beautiful view, not to mention lockable doors! 

But what are the tax perks? Are there any? 

Yes and no. Before we go any further, you can get this post in a handy PDF to read later if you like, here it is

Let’s get the bad news out the way. Although a garden building is officially a moveable item (can be done but usually they stay put) the HMRC view it as a structure from whence your biz operates so unfortunately, you can’t claim the initial build cost/price. 

Even associated costs like delivery and erection charges, even the cost of decoration fall into this evil trap. 

Now for the good news: 

You can claim for cost of furniture for example under capital allowances. 

You can also claim for the cost of thermal insulation if you feel you need it (our brand new home office comes with beautiful double glazed folding doors with the most secure locking you could wish for) 

You can claim for running costs such as heating, lighting and running water if you have a separate supply into your new home office building (not extended from your home) 

Repairs are also included, this includes redecoration costs for example. 

More good news:  The VAT rules regarding structures are different to those for income tax & corporation tax. Although as we outlined earlier, you can’t claim for the entire purchase cost, you can claim the VAT element of your new home office garden building – HURRAH 

This short guide is the briefest of guides. We would always advise you to check with your accountant…

For photos, videos, typical specification and prices please visit us online at

All About The Base – FAQ’s

When it comes to preparing to install your new bespoke garden building, you need to think about the base for that building, irrespective of what size it is.

Essentially you have two options:

  1. Build it yourself or
  2. Ask us to build it for you

 If you’re thinking ‘how hard can it be? I’ll get Bob to do it for me, he’s a builder…’

Here are some frequently asked questions – and answers – which may help you (or Bob) get it right.

And you do have to get it right. Lack of planning and preparation in building your base can cause problems with the installation and later affect the building itself.

 So without further ado, let’s crack on…

How big does the base have to be?

If you have ordered a 10’ x 6’ shed the base has to be 9’10” x 5’10”, so whatever size building it has to be 2” or 50mm off each dimension

What is it made of? Concrete I assume?

We can offer a timber frame with a floor but depending on the site conditions we can lay a concrete base.  

This consists of 4” hardcore and 4” of concrete including a polythene damp proof membrane. 

I have trees in my garden, is that an issue?

We cannot be responsible for tree roots and if a tree is close or in the way of the building a tree surgeon will have to remove the tree and grind out the stump.  

If we lay a base on this ground or any ground that may be subject to movement we will include reinforcing mesh

Are there any restrictions on where I can put my building/base?

We advise you to contact your local council just to make sure but there shouldn’t be any restrictions

What will it cost?

All bases are priced individually and a site survey is normally needed

What access do you need to my garden?

We need a wheelbarrow access with no overhead restrictions

How long after building the base can you install the building?

We need approximately 2 weeks of dry weather after the base has been laid

We take a huge amount of pride in what we do, so please ask us if you have any questions about your base, your building, any accessories you might need.

You can call us on 01227 738 374 9-5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9-12.00pm on Saturdays email

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…

Oh but we do…

Last week one of our customers asked us to replace their old shed with a summerhouse.

When we went to survey the site we noticed that the shed still bore one of our original plaques as pictured above. 

Back in 1958 John Griffin founded Kent Sectional Buildings, using his skill and experience to create bespoke garden buildings that were not only ‘fit for purpose’ then but would last for many years. 

In fact they lasted decades, we are still finding examples like this one! 

And although John Griffin is sadly no longer with us, our build quality is as good today as it was back then in 1958. Perhaps even better dare I say it. 

Some of our craftsmen here in Chartham are second generation KSB men, schooled in the tradition and customs of their fathers before them, and every bit as skilled as them. 

Upholding and improving the high standards set by John Griffin. They have to because a) our customers would not keep returning to us and b) his wife Marina Griffin is here and keeps a watchful eye on us all, along with unwavering support and guidance. 

Our materials are carefully chosen, we only build to order for our valued customers, present and new. And yes, we still attract plaques to our buildings because we’re very proud of them and our reputation. 

If you have any questions or you need any guidance with your garden building, please give us a call on 01227 738 374 or pop in and see us.

Why Buy A Bespoke Garden Building?

First of all, what is ‘bespoke’. Well it’s quite simple, it means custom made for a particular customer. 

Not mass manufactured, not bulk buy. Not available at your local B&Q or Homebase (due respect to those guys who sell some great stuff) 

Our garden buildings are made to order for you when you’re ready to order. We don’t have ‘stock’, you can’t just order from our website. We cater especially for you and what you need. 

We make garden buildings, anything from a ‘standard’ shed to a home office (like the one pictured above) a workshop, greenhouse or a conservatory to your design and specification, for you only. 

You choose the wood you would like, you choose the specification along with any changes to the design you’d like incorporated. Of course, you can’t order blindly – purely on spec – we know that. 

So on our website we show examples of our buildings we’ve made for our customers over the past 62 years, since 1958. Many of them are still standing, looking almost as good as they did when we made them and as fit for purpose as they were then. 

(In fact, we get quite a few calls from customers who have moved home and would like another shed, workshop or greenhouse to go in their new garden!)

This happens because our customers know that our buildings stand the test of time. 

And they last – and look good – because we only use quality wood, wood treatment and fixtures and fittings. Quality always lasts. You won’t get that with a mass produced shed from a DIY warehouse.  

You can visit our website and get an idea of the kind of building you’d like and add your own design changes if you like, the photos are there to inspire you and guide you, we’ve included specifications and prices so you know that we don’t scrimp on quality and we love what we do. 

If you’d like to take a closer look, we have an un-manned showsite about half a mile away from our office and workshop here in Chartham, it’s actually on the main road close to the junction with Station Road. 

There are several buildings there which we will add to now that we’re open again and in time for the Summer (fingers crossed we enjoy a long hot summer) 

And of course you can always call us for help and advice and to order your new bespoke garden building. We make each building from scratch to your design and specification. 

Our skilled craftsmen love what they do – you’ll really see that in the quality of your garden building when we install it for you at your home. 

So, whilst ‘normal’ might have changed for most of us, you’ll be glad to know our standards and workmanship are as high as you expect them to be.

We’re so glad to be fully open again and hope to see and hear from you very soon.

Everyone at Kent Sectional Buildings X


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