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Old 24-02-2017, 08:45 PM   #1
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Well I've had 'command approve' from SWIMBO for a 16'x10' shed or cabin in the garden In fact we went looking at some today.

Has anyone any experience of shed / cabin purchases or can recommend a good supplier. There seem to be so many. Ideally in the Kent area as I really would rather see it before purchasing one.

Some of the online ones seem rather flimsy.
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Old 24-02-2017, 09:15 PM   #2
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Well I've had 'command approve' from SWIMBO for a 16'x10' shed or cabin in the garden In fact we went looking at some today.

Has anyone any experience of shed / cabin purchases or can recommend a good supplier. There seem to be so many. Ideally in the Kent area as I really would rather see it before purchasing one.

Some of the online ones seem rather flimsy.

Congratulations Mr Bones! 'Command Approve' That will be a decent size shed.

I wanted similar three years ago. I found the commercial ones to be quite poor quality. Flimsy as you say. AKA garbage. So I built one myself. In Kent, you can come and look if you want (PM). I have no idea if you are inclined to DIY?

I made it with frames of 3x2 CLS timber, faced with some old 1/2 plywood reused. It's not a model railway shed, but a home observatory. Same shed idea, apart from roll-off roof.

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Old 24-02-2017, 09:33 PM   #3
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The ideal shed to my mind would be, Insulated (double skinned with insulation in the middle) a raised floor again insulated underneath with a good wooded floor, nice apex roof or flat roof with a angle so the rain runs off, the outside being T&G on a 4" x 2" wooden frame, i built one close to this spec like LB as a Observatory so no insulation but a breathable membrane, they not as cheap as a ready built but your railway needs a good home.....
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Mr Bones.......might be worth having a look round this site....... http://www.kentleisurebuildings.co.uk/ .......HB
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A long and thin design is much cheaper then a wide type as long and thin are easier to build and erect. A good 10 years ago or more my parents had a challet built. If they wanted a long and thin shed out of the same materials it would have been half the price of the one they had.
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As costs have been mentioned, the materials for mine were around 300 (with old, free, ply cladding). This included a hardcore and mortared brick floor in soil. DIY as I have said.

Price in the groundwork, if you don't have an existing hard standing and have to pay for 'professionals.
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If you have the materials and the means to build oneself go for it.
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I will try and answer the original question.
Mr Bones, have a look at Skinners Sheds. Although they are based in Sussex they do have a number of displays at some garden centres in the area. I saw mine at the Millbrook Garden Centre just off the A2 at Northfleet and there is another large display at a GC on the main road from Maidstone to Staplehurst.
As was said in a later post, make sure you factor in properly installed electrics, insulation, and inner wall surface and a decent base.
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We got an apex shed to store stuff I wanted to keep from the garage. We have a flagstoned base built with a water run slope. Two men came to erect it and I sat and watched them. I wish it was bigger . I think it was a Skinners shed as well as we live in East Sussex. I can take a photo in the light tomorrow if it helps.
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