​Which Garden Building Should I Choose?

AVS Fencing & Landscaping Supplies offers a wide range of high-quality garden buildings – from bin stores to wooden sheds, children’s playhouses to log cabins. Most are available for delivery to your home, and we can even arrange professional assembly if required.

With such a wide variety of storage and sheds available, finding the right one for your needs can be confusing. The first thing to consider is size and space - we offer solutions from small garden chests to 12 x 20 feet heavy duty sheds. Where will the shed or building be sited? Remember to allow 2-3 feet clearance around the building for maintenance, also allowing for any roof overhang. If the building's use is to be for for hobbies or gardening, a home office or garden room, is there enough room to fit work surfaces and stand, and are there enough windows?

Whatever your requirement we offer a wide range of durable  storage, sheds and buildings for every application, all expertly designed, easy to assemble and crafted from pre-treated wood, they're the perfect addition to any garden.

Garden storage solutions

Whether you need to store garden tools, the lawnmower, bikes or logs, or perhaps just hide your dustbins, our range of  garden storage solutions will fit beautifully into your outdoor space.

  • Garden Chests for smaller storage solutions, toys, small tools
  • Versatile Clutterboxes for larger storage solutions such as garden tools or household overspill storage
  • Wallsheds to fit flush with a wall or fence
  • Bike Stores to securely protect up to three bicycles
  • Single, double or triple  Bin Stores to hide unsightly dustbins and wheelie bins
  • Log Stores to keep your logs stacked and dry
  • Garden Shelters for cosy, protected garden seating

Choosing a garden shed

apex garden shed

For a larger garden storage capacity, or even a garden workshop for gardening or other hobbies, a shed is ideal for keeping your garden (and garage!) tidy and your tools, bikes and garden furniture safe and locked away. We offer a range of shed sizes depending on your usage:

Most of our individual shed models are available in a range of sizes, and with optional features such as extra or no windows, toughened safety glass, double doors, door configuration and locks, enabling you to configure the perfect shed for your space.

Children’s wooden playhouses, summer houses and garden offices

Our larger garden buildings are generously sized, in a range of sizes and configurations up to 12 x 12 feet and can be utilised in a myriad of ways.

Our range of one and two storey  Children’s Playhouses provides the perfect environment for imaginative play in a safe environment. Paint in lighter colours, such as  Cuprinol Willow or Seagrass both inside and outside for the perfect mini home-from-home. Decorate with solar powered fairy lights for a final touch of magic.

Our high-quality  Summer houses and Log Cabins, available in a range of sizes and configurations add an extra garden room to your property. Make the most of your new room as a home office, gym, teenager’s den, school homework sanctuary, or simply as a cosy garden room to relax and watch the world go by. A dedicated outside power socket (installed by a professional electrician) opens up a world of possibilities for heating, lighting and other appliances.

Using your new room as a home office does not require planning permission (see below). However, if your business involves customers visiting your home, or if you plan on installing sleeping accommodation then you should consult with your local authority planning department for further guidance.

Do I need a shed base?

We always recommend that a shed or larger building is installed onto a flat, concrete base to ensure a solid footing - a laid concrete slab base is ideal. Plastic bases are available to place a shed onto a soft surface such as grass, however this doesn't guarantee that your shed will stay even, eventually resulting in damage to the structure and drainage problems.

For a surface such as gravel, a shed can be laid on a solid foundation such as railway sleepers, however ensure that the whole of the floor is fully supported.

Do I need planning permission for a garden shed or building?

Planning rules have changed in recent years to make certain home improvements easier to complete without having to apply for formal planning permission. In general you will not need planning permission for a shed or garden building with a few exceptions:

  • Additional buildings must not take up more than half of your property’s outside space
  • Buildings cannot be placed in front of your house, for example in a front garden
  • If you’re lucky enough to live in a listed building, or are placing your building in woodland, planning permission will be required

If you’re in any doubt, always check with your local council’s planning department before commencing a building project.

Ask the experts

For further advice about your project don’t hesitate to speak to our fencing experts at your local AVS Fencing & Landscaping Supplies branch. Our ranges of storage, sheds and buildings have different delivery options by product range, either click and collect from your local AVS Branch or home delivery within our AVS Branch delivery area. Each product is clearly marked with its delivery options.

15th Mar 2021 AVS Fencing & Landscaping Supplies