Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem!

Good morning & a very Happy New Year

I expect you are ready & raring to go?

As the title suggests, we are!

2022 will certainly be better than 2021

The wild price fluctuations of raw construction materials will continue to calm down and hopefully the actual cost too but maybe we’re deluding ourselves on that front

Covid-wise I am pleased to report we are all fit & well (touches forehead) and are working hard to get your bespoke buildings started and finished, whatever stage it is currently at.

We are currently working on an email newsletter which will be sent out monthly.

New product ideas like the new modular home office building we launched last year which continues to sell well in this midst of all the uncertainty over the latest strain of the dreaded C word.

We are also hoping to restore our showsite early this year following the ‘accident’ that demolished at least 2 of our buildings including the brand modular home office building which we had to re-build…

Perhaps the less said the better but yes, the showsite should be open again by the Spring

Website wise, we’re going to make it more user friendly if we can. Please let us know if you have any ideas you’d like us to incorporate, as always we welcome your feedback, it’s all for your benefit after all

That’s it really, for now at least.

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas & New Year break but now, for us at least, we go back to work…

Christmas Opening Hours

It’s that time of year again isn’t it?

Just a quick note to say that our office will be closed as from 24th December until Tuesday 4th January.

During the Christmas and New Year break our telephone messages and email will be monitored in any case.

Finally, thank you for your continued custom throughout the past year which has been challenging for all of us. Hopefully 2022 will be more settled and we’ll see you again soon

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from all of us at Kent Sectional Buildings

It must be Christmas…

Hola!

It’s December (just), we’re in Chartham, so it must be time to introduce you to our new Christmas tree here at KSB Towers

All we need now is some snow…

Anyway, what do you think? tall, thin & elegant no?

The 2021 KSB Christmas Tree…

We spent literally minutes on this…

Playhouse(s) for sale!

KSB Playhouse (and we have another identical one)

It is amazing what we find lurking in the wings at KSB Towers…

The other day we were shifting stuff around, trying to make more room for new stock and new completed buildings or sections thereof when we discovered not one but 2 of these classic playhouses…

We can’t think of a better present for Christmas can you? If you have twins they could have one each!

What a fantastic gift! and not just for Christmas either, built to traditional and renowned KSB standards, these playhouses will keep your children entertained for years and, when they grow up or decide they’re too cool to play in them anymore, you can use them as storage for garden tools or plants perhaps?

Anyway, without further ado, here is the spec:

8’ wide x 6’ deep plus 2’ verandah

Western red Cedarwood

Green felt roof

Floor

Stepladder with safety rail up to mezzanine

Stable door

Treated with natural Sadolin

Delivered only & delivered free within 5 miles of Chartham CT4 7HX

Only £1,000 including the VAT

Give your children the ultimate present this Christmas…

Call us now on 01227 738 374 between 9 & 5.30pm Monday to Friday and we’ll get it organised and delivered to you

Winter Opening Hours

Hello,

As you know, our opening times alter slightly in the Winter months.

Basically we are no longer open on Saturday mornings until Spring 2022

But we are still open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm

Any questions you can call us on 01227 738 374 or email info@kentsectional.co.uk

More pics, less words…

First, a quick update…

It’s been a while since my last confession. (Spoken like a true Catholic) but we’ve been super busy trying to catch up with your orders and reducing the lead time from order to installation of your bespoke garden building 

As I write this, the lead time is now down to around 5 months but we are still experiencing problems in getting materials and the prices for those raw materials continue to rise…

We will keep you updated as always at each stage of the process so you remain aware of progress. Thank you for bearing with us…

In other news

We have decided to close our Twitter profile and concentrate instead on our Instagram page @KentSectional58 – why? 

Because we think our buildings are gorgeous, and you do too. 

So we’re adding more photos of our range AND we’re asking you – our clients – to send us photos of your new buildings when we install them and if you wouldn’t mind, a few photos of the interior when you’ve kitted out/furnished your new shed, man cave, studio or home office, summerhouse etc..

Recently we built and installed a man cave/pub for one of our customers you can see photos of that here

We hope you get the chance to take a look at our Instagram page and get some inspiration for your own bespoke garden building and you can always check the typical specifications and price indicators here on our website – just click on ‘Our Range’ and go from there. 

 And finally, we are currently in the process of redesigning our sister site at www.ksbpoolsandtubs.com – this will be built on the Carrd platform, a first for us and a departure from WordPress which this website is built on. 

This means you will be able to see pictures of all the swimming pool and hot tub accessories and cleaning chemical products aswell as being able to order straight from the website

We’ll also be launching a new separate Instagram page for the swimming pool and hot tub biz which we hope you’ll follow – a pool or hot tub could be just the thing to relax you after a hard day…

Keep tabs on everything thats going on with our 2 newsletters – our garden buildings one is Beautiful Bespoke and the pools and tubs one is The Deep Blue…(at the moment, we might change that I think) 

Anyway, that’s it for now, have a great weekend

All the KSB team

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

Pubs, 

Cinemas

Saunas 

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 info@kentsectional.co.uk

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 www.ksbpoolsandtubs.com

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…

Morning,

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

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