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Several years ago my mother in law asked if there was anything I'd really like but couldn't afford to buy and I said I'd love a little garden shed. To my delight and astonishment she told me go and choose the shed and she would pay for it. I chose the Apex shed from B & Q and I've never regretted my choice. The shed measures 6' x 4' and I had it delivered. The land that I wanted to put it on was a little way away so my husband and myself carried the sections down to the plot one by one. Then we tried to erect it. I think a couple of more competent people would have put the shed up in about 20 minutes but whenever I work with my husband we turn into Laurel and Hardy and we might as well be the latest comedy act. Suffice to say that it did take us all morning to put the shed up but when we'd done it we were very pleased with the result. We put some paving slabs down on the ground first for the bearers to rest on so that the shed wasn't sitting on bare earth. Once the shed was built I put up some shelves and hooks and moved my gardening tools and dog stuff inside. The shed had plenty of headroom for my husband and he is 6 foot tall. Several years later the shed is still standing and is still in daily use. I have stored so much in it from gardening tools to dog agility equipment. Over the years we have replaced the roofing felt and the shed has been painted a few times. We also had to replace the window as it got damaged but the basic structure is still there. The shed has sheltered me from the worst of the weather and also sheltered my dogs in sudden hailstorms. It's my little haven and I wouldn't be without it. It's still quite sturdy in spite of us living in an area where there are high winds and in spite of it being sited in a damp corner. It is still available from B and Q but this type is now dip treated and has a ten year anti rot guarantee. It is made from softwood. There is a base included and you can buy the shed with or without a window. If I was buying a shed again I would probably go for the model without the window. You wouldn't want to use the shed as a workshop or be in there with the door closed as it's too small. You can pay a lot of money for garden sheds of this size but if you don't have a lot to spend then I would certainly recommend this one. It definitely needs two people to erect it but even if you aren't experienced it can be done.
I never realised how much room a garden could take up. Not just out the back of your house, but inside it as well!!! When I moved in to my current flat I took on responsibility for the whole back garden, a monstrous 80ft affair that had't been touched for years. As part of my tennancy I had (foolishly) agreed to return the garden to some semblance of normality. And what a job that turned out to be, but that's another story. Suffice to say that 6 months worth of weekends (and no small amount of money) later, the garden was beginning to look half-way respectable. Unfortunately, the same could no longer be said for the flat itself. What with the lawnmowers, strimmers, spades, shears, forks, twine, weedkiller, watering cans and all the other bits and pieces that turn out to be essential for such a transformation, the flat was starting to look more like the local branch of B&Q than a home! Something had to be done, but I needed all the bits and pieces to keep the garden under control. A shed was the order of the day, and preferably one that didn't cost an arm and a leg, wasn't too big and that I could build myself. A short visit to B&Q later identified the beastie, an Apex Featheredge self-assembly garden shed. It could be all mine for the princely sum of £99.99. Measuring about 6ft x 4ft it fit the bill as closely as I could have wished for. Spoke to the B&Q man, he went to the warehouse and came back with a shed on a large trolley. I could either take it away with me or arrange for delivery. If I wanted delivery it would cost another £15 and I would have to wait a week (maybe two). What the heck, I only live a 10 minute walk from the store, can I borrow his trolley I'll be back in half an hour... Luckily my brother was there to help me, otherwise I don't think I'd have made it home in one piece! Trolleys are bad at the best of times, but when they are loaded up with a flat-pack shed they take on a mind of their o wn. Add to that the gusting side-winds, dodgey pavements, kids on skateboards and everything else, it was actually a miracle that we made it home at all! But make it home we did (and returned the trolley too!). So now I was left with a flat-packed shed leaning up against the wall of the house... where to start? I cut the bindings and a sheet of paper fluttered to the ground. Instructions! Brilliant! Even better, theyh are all pictures so it has to be simple. I started to go through all the separate parts to the shed, making sure that everything was there, floor, 2 side walls (one with perspex window), back wall, front wall (with door) and two roof panels (complete with roll of roofing felt). Everything looked to be in order. "What are you going to put it together with?" asked my brother. "Why nails of cour...." I started to reply. You guessed it, no nails.Ho-Hum. Off to B&Q, returning 20 minutes later with several packs of screws and nails of varying sizes (including roofing tacs) and start over again. And so we started building. After a solid hour of work, all that was left to do was put the two roof panels on and attach the felt. This proved easy enough and at just under 2 hours, we were standing admiring our handy-work At this point I will mention that we were building it pretty much in-situ, up against the garden wall, on the concrete patio. I would STRONGLY recommend you do the same. While they aren't actually heavy sheds, once built they are VERY awkward to move! What next? At last I could start reclaiming my flat! We started to move everything out from the flat and in to the shed. The move completed, I went to shut the shed door and realised that there wasn't a lock on it. What next? Another trip to B&Q of course, this time to buy a padlock and hasp to secure the door (all it came with was a little rotating catch). This was purchased and fitted in due course... don't spend too much on this as it's as much a token gesture as anything, the wood is so flimsy as to make forcing the door an easy task. So at last I could stand back and admire my shed. What a beauty. I started to clear up the rubbish and happened upon the instructions... "This shed is treated with a lightweight timber treatment suitable only for storage, treat with a proper timber preservative" or words to that effect. Noooo, was it never going to end?!?!? You guessed it... a trip to B&Q later and I was now armed with a tin of Ronseal wood preservative (Rustic Chestnut or some-such colour) and a pair of shed-painting brushes. 2 hours later and the shed was painted (with TWO coats, it's quick drying stuff this Ronseal) and looking a completely different colour. <Phew> Surely this was it, finally? Well, considering we'd bought, built and painted a shed in a single day it was enough for me! That is until I started moving more stuff out to it... The problem was that the shed was all floor-space. Nowhere to put anything. Shelves. It was lacking in shelf-space... I should buy shares in B&Q, I really should. One, final, trip later (not on the same day I hasten to add) I had shelves in my shed. And hooks, don't forget the hooks. So is it any good? Certainly it has let me reclaim a LOAD of space in the flat. It now happily houses the strimmer, lawnmower, spade, fork, chears, garden furniture, chemicals, hose and everything else garden related. And I don't need to worry about trapsing grass cuttings/mud/cat-doings into the house any more. It was even good fun building/painting it. But it was a LOT more expensive that the £99.99 purchase price I first budgeted for. Once you've added the padlock, screws/nails, shelves, paint and brushes it probably came closer to double the original price! So beware, shed ownership is more expensive than you think!
This garden shed comes in rustic featheredge cladding with lockable door and perspex glazing. With one fixed window