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Interior Design Ideas to Make Your Summer House Warm in Winter

When considering the best time of year to enjoy a summer house, the clue is in the name. These buildings are often used for sitting in to enjoy fine weather, and they provide people with a place to relax and appreciate the sunshine without the intense heat. There’s no denying that summer houses are to be predominantly enjoyed in the summer- but is there a way to make your cabin suitable for year-round use?

Whether you’re looking to significantly boost the insulation of your summer house or you simply want to make it a bit more cosy, read on for our top interior design tips for warming up your summer house in time for winter.

Cover the floors with area rugs

When in cold temperatures, it’s often your feet that tend to lose warmth first. Not only are cold feet extremely uncomfortable, but it can take what feels like hours for extremities to warm back up again. Luckily, area rugs offer an effective and affordable solution to ice cold floors. Thick area rugs will instantly make your cabin feel cosier and more comfortable and most importantly, they’ll help to keep your feet warm on particularly bitter winter days. So, invest in some warm woolen area rugs with thick underlay and give your summer house that extra layer of warmth it needs.

Think cosy

When kitting out your summer house for winter, it’s essential that you do this with cold weather in mind. Ensure your decor channels warmth, comfort and cosiness, and the space will begin to feel toasty in no time. Blankets, rugs and candles will not only physically help to heat up the space, but they are also things that you likely associate with warmth. Rich colours such as orange, red and gold will also contribute to a warm and welcoming aesthetic, so decorate your summer house to look cosy and this will undoubtedly result in the creation of a warm winter garden nook.

Invest in draught excluders

Keeping warm air in and cold air out is essential to achieving an optimum temperature during winter, and draught excluders are perfect for blocking up any problem cracks or gaps. Invest in some fun draught excluders that fit in seamlessly with your summer house’s style of decor, and help your cabin to retain heat even in the depths of winter. For more robust insulation, you may want to consider having your summer house inspected by a professional in the industry as they’ll be able to identify problematic areas before adding extra insulation to your roof, wall or flooring.

Consider heating

If you have access to electricity in your summer house, you may want to consider plugging in a portable heater for those particularly chilly winter evenings. Electric oil-filled radiators tend to stay warm for a while even after they’re switched off, and many heaters come with a precision thermostat for energy-efficiency. There are ways you can minimise your carbon footprint and reduce costs when using a plug-in heater, so this may be worth considering if you want your summer house to stay warm and cosy whatever the weather.

Whether your summer house is looking a little worse for wear or you want a more robust cabin in time for winter, we at Kirton Sectional Buildings Ltd can help. From buildings that resemble log cabins to summer houses with an outdoor seating area, we have a variety of products to ensure you get the summer house of your dreams. Plus, all our cabins are built using the highest quality timber and can be glazed with toughened glass to provide thermal insulation. Contact us today to find out more.

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What You Need to Know Before Installing a Summerhouse

Keen to make the most of your home’s outdoor area? A summerhouse could be the perfect addition to maximise this space and make it more functional.

One of the best things about a summerhouse is that it can be used for any number of purposes based on your needs. For instance, you could turn it into your very own home office, a gym, or even an extra bedroom for guests. It’s also extremely handy for additional storage.

If you’re ready to add a summerhouse to your property but are not sure where to start, here’s what you need to know:

You won’t need planning permission

Buying a summerhouse is one of the easiest ways to add extra space to your home as you don’t need planning permission. As a summerhouse is an outbuilding, it’s classified as a permitted development.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if your property is listed, or your summerhouse will be situated in the front of your home facing a motorway, you’ll need planning permission. You’ll also need permission if your property is situated within designated land or you’re planning to get it built within five metres of your property.

It’s worth checking with your local authority before getting anything installed.

In most cases, there are no building regulations

As summerhouses are technically temporary structures, there are no building regulations to worry about. The exception to this is if you’d like to install plumbing or electrics within the structure. In which case, you should reach out to your local authority to double-check about related regulations.

Take your time considering the placement

Take some time to decide where you want to place your summerhouse. You may want to factor in things like where you’ll receive the most direct sunlight and how much space you want to be left around it. Think about what view you’d like windows to look out into. We’d also advise positioning your summerhouse away from drainage areas.

Professional installation is recommended for safety

While it’s certainly possible to install your summerhouse without professional assistance, it is safer and more convenient to hire an expert. They’ll have the necessary training and tools to get the job done quickly and safely.

Maintenance is minimal with treated timber summerhouses

Although all summerhouses are low maintenance, wooden ones that have been treated for water-resistance are the easiest. You won’t need to worry about any rot or decaying issues over the years.


At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have a range of high-quality wooden buildings on offer, including summerhouses and outdoor sheds. Get in touch with us to discuss your storage needs today. We’d be happy to create something bespoke for your specific requirements.

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From summerhouses to fountains: Top trends that will transform your garden

Let’s face it, we all want our garden to stand out from the crowd. Yes, gardens require a fair bit of maintenance and upkeep, but it can be a fun experience to create your very own little outdoor paradise. And of course, you’ll get to enjoy the sight of the finished product every day.

Even without professional gardening and landscaping help, there’s plenty you can do to transform your garden yourself. If you’re simply stuck for ideas on how to update its appearance this summer, we’re here to help. Read on for a list of simple (yet effective) ideas to give your garden a facelift and hopefully leave both you and your neighbours in awe.

First things first though, start by tidying up. You’d be surprised how much a thorough clean can completely transform the appearance of your garden. Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned, you’ll have a clear working area and a better idea of how much space you have to work with.

Move around your garden furniture

Giving your garden a new look could simply be about moving some things around. If you already have outdoor seating, try moving it to a different location for an easy and instant update.

You could also add more potted plants around your seating area as that’s where you’re likely to spend the bulk of your time. Opt for your favourite scented flowers so you can bask in the smell as you lounge around on a balmy summer’s eve.

Invest in a garden summerhouse

This is one simple change that could make a huge difference to the look of your garden. Garden buildings such as outdoor sheds and summerhouses are a great way to maximise your outdoor space. You can still enjoy the sight of nature from the comfort of your summerhouse, but it can provide shelter when you need it. It’s also great for additional storage space.

The best part? You don’t need to get planning permission to get a garden summerhouse installed.

Revive fences and wooden garden furniture with a fresh lick of paint

Updating your garden doesn’t just have to be about investing in brand new installations. You could simply update what you have. If your fences are looking old and tired, consider painting them a bright colour to add a bit of life. You could also paint different strips in complementary colours rather than using one block colour.

Don’t be afraid to be bold and express your creativity. Painting fences isn’t a hugely time-consuming task so these can be repainted to transform the appearance of your outdoor space whenever you feel like it.

Add a water feature

Is there anything more peaceful than relaxing in nature with the soothing background noise of water? There are plenty of different styles to choose from to match your budget. Whether you get a small stone fountain or a pond installation, water features add tranquillity and an instant wow factor. Best of all, they’re very easy to maintain.

Go eco-friendly by opting for a solar-powered water feature.

Introduce a mirror (or three) into the mix

Mirrors aren’t just great for adding the illusion of space inside your home. They can also work really well in an outdoor space. Open up any enclosed areas in your garden by getting a mirror installed in one of the corners. Check out Pinterest for creative ideas on how to use mirrors to their best effect in outdoor areas.

Consider getting artificial grass

While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, artificial grass can be a great way of improving the appearance of your garden with just one update. Imagine this: a garden that looks lush and green throughout the year and requires minimal maintenance. You can now buy artificial glass that looks extremely realistic. In fact, you may be surprised at just how many of your neighbours have decided to opt for it!

If you’re not a huge fan of gardening, we’d highly recommend taking a look at some of the fantastic artificial lawn options out there. All it needs is an occasional brush every now and then.

Add a vegetable garden

One of the biggest gardening trends at the moment is the rise of ‘edible’ gardens. As more and more people turn to veganism and vegetarianism, veg gardens are popping up in gardens throughout the UK.

Now, this doesn’t have to be a huge operation! Start small by planting a herb garden. This can be done vertically too. Take things to the next level by adding in some raised veggie beds.

Not only will you love the feeling of getting fresh produce straight from your back garden, a well-designed vegetable patch or herb garden can also look incredible in any outdoor space.

Create an attractive seating area

While it isn’t always possible to have the additional living space we need inside our homes, you can use your outdoor areas to create a relaxing zone to chill in. If you can’t afford to splurge on garden furniture, you could simply dress up an old bench with attractive cushions, seat pads and throws. You could also add a rug for some colour and to amp up the cosiness levels.

Find some quirky containers for your plants

There’s no need to spend a fortune on new pots and planters. For a budget-friendly option, upcycle old jam jars and colourful tins to plant your favourites in. Don’t forget to add some holes at the bottom for drainage.

You can also use old buckets. Paint them if you’re feeling creative, or you can just rely on the blooms within to add some colour. Consider quirky items such as old birdcages or patterned wellington boots to add plants to and create points of interest in your garden.

Create ambience with lighting

Don’t underestimate the importance of good lighting in a garden! The better the lighting, the better the summer evening vibes. You don’t want all the hard work that you’ve done making your garden look good to disappear with the sun. Enhance your favourite features of the garden with carefully selected outdoor lighting. Think beyond fairy lights!

Add some hanging plants

Hanging plants look great and they don’t take up any of your valuable floor space. Try spider plants for their interesting appearance and low maintenance nature. Ivy leaves also look beautiful trickling down from hanging planters. If you’re looking for something a little more dramatic, string of hearts are easy to care for and can grow and grow into a very long trail.

Paint any garden buildings

Already have an outdoor shed or another type of garden cabin that’s looking a little tired? Spruce it up with a fresh lick of paint. There’s nothing worse than a shabby garden building bringing the rest of the area down.

Even if your garden summerhouse looks fine, consider sprucing it up with a new paint colour to update its appearance and create a focal point for your outdoor space. It’s a fun DIY job for when you’re feeling creative – be bold with your colour choices to make a real statement!


At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have a wide range of high-quality wooden buildings on offer, including summerhouses and outdoor sheds. Get in touch with us to discuss your storage needs today. We’d be happy to create something bespoke for your specific requirements.

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A Complete Guide to Storage Buildings and Their Uses

Most of us acquire an awful lot of ‘stuff’ over a lifetime, and no matter how much space you have in your home, you may be asking yourself what to do if you run out of storage. It’s not just a domestic concern either, many businesses rely on storage to house their extra stock or equipment, and there are several different types of storage available depending on your needs and how much security you need.

Whether you’re after domestic or commercial storage, there are many different options to choose from, and some types of storage buildings are better suited to one industry or purpose than others. If you’re thinking about which type of storage is best suited to your needs, keep reading for a complete guide to storage buildings and their many potential uses.

What to consider

The purpose of your storage building will of course influence the type you choose, someone who wants a space to store their garden tools will obviously have very different needs to a business needing an industrial warehouse.

Most domestic storage buildings are made of wood (for example garden sheds), but there are many different sizes to choose from, as well as various designs, colours and shapes. If the storage building is going in your backyard or garden, you’ll also want to consider the installation – will it be DIY or will you hire a professional to install it for you?

It’s also wise to consider the level of security you need; garden sheds can usually be kept safe with a secure padlock, but for a garage or industrial warehouse it’s likely you’ll need some more high tech storage solutions. Think about gates, electronic doors, alarms or CCTV if you have a lot of valuable stock or equipment that needs to be held in storage.

We will discuss the different types of storage buildings, their uses and pros/cons in more detail below.

Domestic storage buildings

Domestic storage buildings cover those that you find in your garden or attached to a residential property, for example garden sheds, garages, summerhouses or even a greenhouse. See below for some more detail about each type of building.

Garden sheds

Arguably the most popular type of domestic storage building, garden sheds come in all sizes and the majority are made of wood or metals like aluminium or galvanized steel. Metal sheds won’t rot and are fireproof, but they can be trickier to assemble and some people don’t think they are as aesthetically pleasing.

Wooden sheds come in several different materials; usually pine or spruce but these can be prone to rot. Cedar is much more resistant, although this type of shed is much more expensive. Garden sheds are typically used for storing garden tools, lawnmowers and outdoor furniture, but you should avoid using it to store paint, wooden furniture or electronics, as all can become damaged in outdoor temperatures.

Wooden outbuildings

Often larger than a typical garden shed, these are similar in appearance but can be equipped with more high tech facilities, such as lighting and electricity.

You can use wooden outbuildings as an extension of your home to store office equipment, gym machines, a games room or simply an additional storage space. It’s rare to need planning permission for an outbuilding, as long as it’s single storey, is no higher 3/4m and if it doesn’t take up more than 50% of your total garden space.


Of course, a garage is mainly used to store vehicles, but many people use their garage for storage too, or sometimes entirely if they have driveway space for a car. A garage can be a detached building, but it’s more common for it to be attached to your property as a type of extension. Garage buildings are almost always brick, but there are several different types of door to choose from depending on your budget and level of security needed.

If you’re using your garage to store valuable items, you might want to think about aluminium steel shutter or roller doors, or a remote control operated model. Like sheds, there are some important things you should never store in your garage, including propane tanks, bedding and temperature sensitive items like wine and canned food.


Although mainly used for growing plants and vegetables, a greenhouse is also a handy place to store extra gardening equipment, seeds or bulbs. If you’re a keen gardener then it helps to be organised and have all your equipment in one place, and a greenhouse can provide this for you if you don’t have room for an extra shed. Add shelves, crates or even old upcycled furniture like a chest of drawers, to create handy storage solutions for your garden essentials.

Industrial storage buildings

As you might expect, industrial storage buildings are much larger than their domestic counterparts, and are used by manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and other similar businesses, to hold and store large quantities of goods. We will discuss different types in more detail below.


This is the most common form of industrial storage building; typically made from a series of interlocking steel poles and pipes, they are large buildings usually found on the edge of towns and cities. Warehouses are often designed for the loading and unloading of goods, so they require a vast storage area as well as loading bays for goods vehicles to dock at.

Because they are used to store such large quantities of stock and other items, warehouses need to be highly secure; often employing a sophisticated system of CCTV cameras, alarms and security guards. Warehouses are used to store everything from packing materials to agricultural parts, electronics, stationary and much more.


A stable houses livestock, most commonly horses or cows, but it can also be used to store straw, excess feed or other farming equipment. Stables can vary hugely in size, from a more domestic sized stable housing a couple of animals, to vast industrial sized stables which can house hundreds.

Stables can be built from a wide range of materials, including brick, wood or steel. Wooden stables are the most affordable option, but it can be harder to control the temperature and they tend to get very hot in summer and cold in the winter.

Cold storage buildings

A form of specialised warehouse, cold storage buildings are used to safely store perishable items that wouldn’t survive in regular warehouse conditions. Cold storage keeps products at a temperature of the businesses’ choosing, ensuring they stay fresh and last as long as you need.

As you might expect, food items are one of the most common products stored in a cold warehouse, but they are used to keep many other items fresh, including camera film, medicine, plants, artwork and perfume.

Storage containers

Often owned by private companies, these can be used by both domestic and commercial clients to store anything of their choosing – from furniture to old electronics, clothes, books, stock and more. Storage containers come in several different sizes, ranging from around 8ft to 40ft, and can be rented on a short or long term basis, depending on your needs.

If you’re looking for high quality domestic storage solutions for your home, get in touch with Kirton Sectional Buildings. We’re trusted manufacturers of bespoke, high quality wooden buildings, including outdoor sheds, greenhouses, stables, timber garages and more. With a range of optional extras and free delivery and installation within 70 miles, we’ll take care of all your storage needs. To view our full product range or to discuss your requirements, give us a call or visit the website.

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How to Organise a Messy Shed

If your shed has become some sort of dumping ground recently, it may be time to give it some much needed TLC. A well-organised shed helps you to locate your garden tools easily and conveniently, as well as store them safely. Garden equipment can be expensive; in order to prolong the life of your tools and to prevent any accidental injuries, it is important that you keep your shed tidy and organised. After a day of gardening, it can be easy to just throw your equipment in your shed and close the door – however, with our top tips below, you can keep it organised and tidy all year round.

Invest in shelving

Without the correct storage facilities in your shed, the space can become cluttered easily and quickly. Investing in some smart shelving is a good place to start. Whether you opt for freestanding shelves or ones fixed to the beams, any type of shelving will greatly increase your storage space. Organise each shelf appropriately; light, everyday items should be placed within easy reach and heavier, bulky items should be placed at floor level to avoid any accidents.

Make use of wall space

If you are struggling for space in your shed, consider making use of the available wall space. You can install a pegboard with hooks of different sizes and shapes to hold different garden tools or, alternatively, simply screw hanging hooks into the thicker panels of a wooden shed. This is a great way to utilise the available space and ensure that every tool has a place.

Hang your hose

Sometimes, no matter how well you coil a hose, it always finds a way to untangle itself and trip you up when you enter your shed. You can eliminate this problem by making or buying a hose hanger. Even an old car wheel can work just fine! Keeping your hose coiled up in one place also protects your hose and accessories from any damage and ensures your garden remains tidy.

Use a shovel rack

Are you sick of tripping over brooms, forks, spades and hoes that have fallen over in your shed? Instead of leaning long-handled tools up against your shed walls or simply storing them on the floor, keep them organised with a shovel rack. Not only will this free up valuable space, but it will also make it far easier for you to see exactly what’s what. Alternatively, if you are short on space, consider hanging long tools on the back of the door.

Organise bits and bobs

Once all of your large tools have a place in your shed, it’s time to focus on those little odds and ends that seem to end up all over the place. Small items, such as screws and bolts, need a place too. Storage bins, tool boxes, or even just a couple of baskets, are perfect for this. Keep a few baskets full of those small odds and ends on your shelves to keep them safe and tidy.

At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we offer a range of different garden sheds to suit every garden and gardener. From high-quality timber apex sheds to larger workshop styles, we have the shed that you need to keep all of your tools and gardening equipment organised and safe. To view our range, visit our website.

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Four Ways to Make the Most of Your Summerhouse

With summer on the horizon, there is no better time to start organising your garden for the warmer months than now. When it’s sunny, everyone loves spending time in their garden, whether it’s relaxing with a book in the shade, enjoying some spritzers in the sun or getting stuck into some gardening. On particularly sunny days, a summerhouse is the perfect place to escape from the midday heat.

If you have a summerhouse or are considering getting one, you may be wondering what to use it for or how to make the most out of it. Summerhouses are versatile spaces that can be used for a number of different things, from a simple relaxation area to a fun creative studio for crafting and painting. Read on for some inspiration!

Relaxation zone

We all need somewhere to escape from the chaos of everyday life sometimes, and what better place than in your very own garden? Perhaps you would like a relaxing space to read, or simply somewhere to wind down after a long day at work or a hard day of gardening. Invest in some comfortable seating, hang some art up on the walls, add a coffee table, throw in some pillows, throws and lamps for when the evening starts to settle in and – voila – you have somewhere to escape.

Creative studio

For those of us who love to get creative, whether that be through drawing and painting or getting handy with textiles, finding the space to creatively express yourself in your home can be difficult. Why not transform your summerhouse into a creative studio? Moving your creative tools into your back garden frees up space in your home and gives you somewhere private to get creative without worrying about the mess you make.


Encouraging your children to play outdoors is essential, especially when the sun is shining. Why not use your summerhouse to create a special garden space for your children? Not only is a summerhouse the perfect place to store your children’s toys, but it can also help to keep your house tidy and keep noise and playtime separate from your home. Invest in some fun-coloured storage boxes to keep your summerhouse organised and allow your children some quality outdoor play time.

Outdoor dining

When the weather is good, there is nothing nicer than enjoying some delicious food with friends and family outside. Add a dining table and some seating to your summerhouse to create a tranquil outdoor dining area where you can host guests. To really make the most of outdoor dining, add electrics for a drinks fridge, twinkly fairy lights and some music.

If you are looking for the perfect summerhouse for your home, look no further than Kirton Sectional Buildings. We offer a range of different summerhouses suitable for every space and requirement, whether you want to set up a creative studio or simply add an extra space to relax to your home. To view our summerhouses, visit our website.

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