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6 Reasons Why You Need a Log Cabin this Autumn/Winter

Log-cabin

1. Granny’s room

Having Christmas at yours this year but not sure if there’s enough room for granny? What you need is a log cabin which can double as an annex for situations just like this!

Kit your log cabin out with a bed, a chest of drawers and tons of blankets & pillows and suddenly you’ve got a space for any guests to stay the night.

Log Cabin - Granny’s room

2. Easy Installation

When the ground is clear, our installers can take as little as 2 hours to put up your much anticipated log cabin. It’s a good idea to install your log cabin now, before the leaves start to fall and your garden is completely covered.

Easy Installation

3. Personal Spa

Imagine this – it’s cold out, you can see your breath as you walk down the garden path to your magnificent and fully insulated log cabin. Dressed in your finest white robe, swimwear and some slippers, you open the door to your personal spa. A jacuzzi, candles, incense and spa music playing in the background: pure indulgence. You deserve this.

Personal Spa

4. BBQ hut for winter BBQ’s – needs a chimney fitted!

Do you hate winter? Detest the cold? Wish it was summer already? Sounds like you need to turn your log cabin into a barbecue hut.

Rain, hail or snow, invite some friends over to stick some steaks on your barbeque and then sit back, relax around the fire and drink some mulled wine as your dinner sizzles away.

BBQ hut

5. Relaxation pad

You definitely need a relaxation pad. Think of a wall to wall mattress, a mini fridge packed with beers and a smart TV. This is a great one if you need to escape the Christmas madness in your home, to watch the game in peace, or to Netflix and chill… with the cat.

Relaxation pad

6. Ball pit

Ok, bear with us on this one – what if you turned your log cabin into a giant ball pit? It’s easy enough, just build an enclosure on one side of your log cabin and then fill it with colourful plastic balls! Appease your inner kid and also have a place to send the kids when they get too cooped up in the house.

Ball pit

Our log cabins are even more affordable now with our NEW 0% finance deal. For more information, give one of our expert team members a call on 01483 808005.

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Exploring Tobias’ new family friendly log cabin

Tobias’ new family friendly log cabin

“I just wanted to say how happy we are with the log cabin from Titan. We will certainly recommend you guys”

We were pretty chuffed when this email arrived out of the blue from Surrey-based technology chip designer Tobias, a new customer who has just purchased his first log cabin. It’s no secret that we love feedback (just check out the 100+ testimonials we have on our website)

However when we discovered Tobias lives just around the corner from our Cobham HQ, we couldn’t resist asking if it was ok to call in and explore his new garden masterpiece!

perfect playroom
It makes a perfect playroom for the kids when empty, and sometimes it’s just right for sleepovers.

Tobias Log CabinWhat does Tobias use his log cabin for?

A technology chip designer originally from Germany, Tobias & his young family now live in a stunning property overlooking a lake. He told us he often fishes and goes diving in the lake and together with his swimming pool, he needed somewhere to store equipment (and an impressive collection of inflatable pool toys)

How did Tobias buy his log cabin?

After an initial search online, he visited our Ripley display site. He saw a cabin very similar to what he had in mind and discussed his plans with Branch Manager, Chris Greenwood.

Detailed design plans soon followed, and it was after Tobias mentioned that the cabin would be visible from the rear bedrooms of his house that we suggested adding our optional Western Red Cedar Single tiles. Tobias also really liked the light blue with contrasting windows and doors of one of our display cabins, so this was also added to the order. Easy.

A few weeks later and the log cabin was ready to be installed by our own team. On our advice, Tobias had arranged for a concrete base to be built whilst the cabin was being manufactured and all that was left was to agree a date.

How to buy your own log cabin

If you’ve been inspired to investigate by Tobias’ story to invest in a log cabin yourself, why not pop into our branch on Portsmouth Road, Ripley. Our super knowledgeable cabin gurus will give you all the advice you need on the best options, and how to prepare a space for your new pride and joy.

Special offer – Spread the cost of a log cabin with 0% finance over 12 months!

Spread the cost of your new log cabin over 12 months with our new 0% instant finance offer.

Contact us for more information, or just come along to our branch and speak to the team.

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7 Ways to Change Your Life with a Log Cabin

working from home

1. Home office

Working from home is a luxury that not all can afford – so if you’re going to do it, do it in style! A log cabin is the answer to all of your working-from-home dreams, trust us.

Transform your log cabin into your ideal working environment, a hideaway which is completely detached from your house but still only a 1-minute commute back down the garden path!

If you’re worried about leaving important documents about, don’t be. The cabin boasts a three-point locking system, double glazed windows and durable seals. We’ve got you covered.

2. Man cave 

Man caves. We all understand the desire for them. All men need to escape their family for a short time, and if it’s a place where you can watch the game in peace, play some pool or sit at your own bar, well… how could you say no?

Make your dreams a reality – quick and easy to build, our Game Room Log Cabin is big enough to fit a bar, a sofa, TV and even a pool table.

3. Home Gym

Brits waste an astonishing £558m on unused gym memberships – if you’re one of them, converting your log cabin into a gym could be the solution. Convenient and cost efficient, you can maintain your fitness regime in the privacy of your own home with no need to wait for equipment to be free! If you’re a bit of a germaphobe, this is a perfect alternative to potentially catching someone else’s germs or virus.

Best part is that if you decide that your home gym would be a better cinema room, your gym equipment won’t have lost its value and you can easily sell it on.

4. Hobby Room

Imagine a place where you can enjoy your hobby, somewhere where you’ll never need to clear the table for tea. A space where you can become fully immersed in your creativity with no distractions. Sounds perfect, right?

Our Sewing Room Log Cabin is a 3.5m x 3m building – perfect for tiny garden! The 44mm thick walls and double-glazed windows provide additional warmth for a comfortable living experience all year round. It will be your perfect escape.

5. Art Studio

Fed up of using a spare room as an art studio or shelling out big bucks to rent a studio? All you need is some space at the end of your garden and we’ve got the perfect solution for you. Bask in the tranquillity of your own Art Room Log Cabin, with windows and glazed doors; you’ll have all the natural light you need to paint the perfect portrait.

6. Storage

Need to turn the spare room into a nursery and don’t have enough space to store the build-up of stuff? Keep all of your precious items clean, dry and safe in the ultimate Storage Log Cabin! This 5.5m x 3.5m building has an indoor space (for endless boxes) and also a covered, outdoor area (great for bikes, lawn mowers and brooms/rakes).

7. Epic Storage

How do you like your eggs in the morning? If you like yours fresh, we suggest your fashion your log cabin into a chicken coop! Keep your chickens safe from the foxes, dry from the (endless) rain and nice and toasty in the winter months. Your chickens deserve the best, so give them with their own luxury home.

Visit titangardenbuildings.com to find out more about our log cabins or to start designing the log cabin of your dreams! You can now spread the cost of your new log cabin over 12 months with our new 0% instant finance offer! Call our expert sales team on 01483 808005 for more information.

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Changing Pavilion – Milbourne Lodge School

Milbourne Scholl Changing Pavilion Shed, Titan Garden Buildings, Ripley, Surrey

Bespoke Changing Pavilion – design & build

Milbourne Lodge school is a Pre-Prep and Prep School for boys and girls aged four to thirteen. Founded in 1912, the school has a proud tradition of preparing children for Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the country’s most prestigious and well known public schools. 

Milbourne Lodge school home page
Milbourne Lodge school Home Page

Located in Esher, Surrey, @milbournelodge is housed in a late Victorian building which is situated within a quiet, leafy suburb. The impressive grounds encourage enthusiastic participation in daily sports and it was to enhance these facilities that we were contacted by the school.

They school required a changing pavilion to be sited on the edge of the playing fields where pupils could change out of tracksuits and trainers into rugby and football kits. The building needed to be open pitch-side but incorporate privacy screens, benches and kit peg boards. 

Following a site visit to discuss some of the finer details, consider access, health & safety issues and the final location, we created an initial design for approval by the school.

 

Changing Pavilion shed on site sketch
Changing Pavilion shed on-site sketch
Milbourne Scholl Changing Pavilion Shed, Titan Garden Buildings, Ripley, Surrey
Milbourne Scholl Changing Pavilion Shed, Titan Garden Buildings, Ripley, Surrey

The building was specified to our high, Super Pent quality including 44mm framing, 12mm tongue and groove roofing and extended 15 year life expectancy, heavy duty roof felt. As with all our Garden Buildings, the timber used was pressure treated, giving up to 25 years life against decay and insect attack.

Following a number of design adjustments, we went into production, delivering the pavilion on site just 6 weeks after approval. Following a full health and safety induction, our own team of experienced installers completed installation in just 2 days.

The school is delighted with the changing pavilion which will give many years of reliable service.’

We approached Titan Garden Buildings because we were looking for a bespoke construction. With their helpful assistance, we designed the building and they manufactured the components in their Ripley factory and then constructed on site . The resulting building has been very well received by the games staff, parents and pupils, and we are sure it will give us many years of reliable service.’

Rob Waite, Milbourne Lodge School

If you have a requirement for a particular wooden building, please do contact us. Unlike many of our competitors we make all our bespoke shed and garden building designs on site in Ripley, Surrey so can easily tailor it to your exact requirements. 

 

 

 

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Shed Display Clearance 2016

Ex Display 2016 Premium Shed Range

 

Shed Display Clearance between Christmas and New Year!

This Christmas our Ripley shed & log cabin sales office will be open on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th December between 9:30am to 4:00pm.

During this time, we will be offering a selection of our Premium 2016 Display sheds at a significant discount. But that’s not all, our ex shed display clearance package will also include;

  • Local delivery (within 10 miles) worth £20
  • Free existing bearers worth up to £200
  • Option to fix 2016 installation prices for ex display installation by our own installers in 2017 
  • New roofing felt on all ex Display sheds worth up to £83

The Titan Shed Range

The 2016 Premium ex display sheds feature;

  • Highest quality ironmongery including Stainless Steel nails
  • 25-year life expectancy against rot with pressure treated timber
  • Tongue and groove roof and floor for higher strength and warp resistance
  • Air vents (where applicable)
  • External paint treatment (where applicable)
  • Security pack (where applicable)
  • Internal lining upgrade option
  • Slow grown, Baltic circle timber for less knots, increased strength and longevity

We are 30 years old in 2017!

In previous years, our ex display sheds have always sold very quickly. So even if you can’t find your perfect shed, all visitors to our Ripley Display Village between 28th to 30th December 2016 will receive a 10% discount voucher to start our birthday celebrations in style.

Shed Display Clearance 10% discount voucher
10% discount voucher

This voucher can be applied across our full range of premium sheds and log cabins until 28th February 2017. Please see below for full terms of the voucher.

Imagine saving £ hundreds on your new log cabin!

Log Cabin
Log Cabin – ideal for a teenager!

We do hope you can come in and see us over the Christmas break and help us start our 30th Birthday celebrations in style!


10% Voucher Terms
1. The gift certificate entitles you 10% off the final total of any shed or log cabin order placed with Titan Garden Buildings before 28th February 2017.
2. The gift certificate is non-transferable and resale is prohibited.
3. If a gift certificate is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission, a replacement will not be provided in these circumstances.
4. The gift certificate is not to be combined with other vouchers and is not valid with other promos and offers.

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Working from a Home Office or Studio

Working from a Home Office or Studio is very much the in thing to do these days, it offers very low cost overheads for any business start up or long term venture.

A few benefits include no traveling to work, no being stuck in traffic jams which seem to get worse year after year.  You work your hours around your family life, you take holidays and breaks when they suit you and not your employer or clashing holidays with other employees. You get to do what you want to do, what makes you happy and live your life with the freedom of being your own boss.

The Home Office or Studio

Come what may, a simple Garden Shed or Log Cabin can soon become the answer to working for yourself at home. Providing that professional presentation of business in your own garden.

This is what Nicola did from ‘In The Shed’

Home Office - In The Shed

‘In The Shed’ is an inspiring space where ideas become real and beautiful things are designed. While it may look like an ordinary garden shed from the outside, the inside has evolved into a lovingly decorated workspace  (Home Office) with a charming atmosphere that can only really be sensed by stepping through the door…

‘In The Shed’ is home to me, Nicola Rust and my adorable chihuahua Boo, who joins me everyday and loves to keep me warm, curling up on my knee.

I am a graphic designer, a dreamer, believer, optimist and creator. I love the feeling of being inspired and will often wake up at 4am with a mind full of ideas waiting to be created. Inspiration creates dreams, dreams create vision and a vision can be brought to life. I truly believe that ‘if it can be imagined it can be created’ and my shed is proof that dreams really do come true.

And thats how it all began – with with a sudden burst of inspiration…

For the past 5 years, the shed has been home to my graphic design business, called of course ’In The Shed’. The shed itself was built some years before whilst I was at university, desperate for my own space to design in. After a sudden burst of inspiration, a shed was my genius solution. Some people thought I was crazy at the time and before I had even worked out the practicalities, I had visualised it, talked about it and was ready to make it happen… and I did!

The shed itself was a timely second hand find that cost me 200 pounds, which after a little help from family to put the panels together and wire the electrics, I insulated and boarded the inside myself during a very cold Christmas holiday ready for a new term.

Whilst setting up my business in 2009 after being made redundant, deciding on a name was obvious, I could always be found ’In The Shed’! The shed is now the perfect studio space, with a calm and inspiring interior of peaceful colours and up-cycled furniture, just how I imagined. What I didn’t anticipate when I had that sudden burst of inspiration, was that this amazing space, my simple little shed, would transform my life in such a wonderfully positive way… It is part of who I am and allows me to be me – a space to be inspired, create and be happy, it really is home.

I love that something so ordinary can be transformed into something so magical and meaningful. You can take a simple shed, it doesn’t have to be a grand log cabin, an expensive summer house, or anything unusual and turn it into an amazing space where you can do and be anything you dream of! Remember, if it can be imagined it can be created!

 

Original ‘In The Shed’ Blog at Reader Sheds Website – http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2868

In The Shed Website – http://www.in-theshed.co.uk/

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Cinema Shed

Cinema Shed

Cinema Shed, this is a perfect example of making a shed your own. This can work for any shed or Log Cabin, all you need to do is use your imagination to create the space you want.

The Cinema Shed all began with an entirely unremarkable plan for a shed…

Shed Plans

Ashley soon began to start making the real thing

Timber Frame

He erected the walls

Put the roof in place

Roofing

And added some light fittings

Wiring

Some tiling and a porch gave the little shed a cute appearance

Untreated Shed

And finally it was ready!

Finished Shed Cinema

But it’s not all that it seems from the outside…

Wide Angle

…that’s right, it’s actually a mini movie theater! aka the Cinema Shed.

Stars in the ceiling

Complete with real cinema lighting and traditional velvet seats

Cinema Shed

And of course, plenty of candy and popcorn

Pick n Mix

Fancy playing a game after the film? There’s a whole shelf of options to choose from

DVD Collection

The only problem, of course, is that when your friends hear about it, they’ll probably want to move in with you!

I do like the detail of the pick n mix stand, I don’t think there would be much left in there after a film or two with me, I think replenishing that stand may work out more expensive than the shed in the long run! I also like the fact the games consoles are in there too, count me in for a gaming session on that big screen.

It looks simple enough outside, but inside creativity has sparked and in this case resulting in a pretty amazing Cinema Shed and it’s not so extravagant to be out of anybody’s price range either.

All Credit and Original Blog at Brightside.me

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Curious claim that garden sheds make men healthy

Allotment Shed

The Daily Mail has claimed that sheds make men healthy “could help men live longer.” The newspaper adds that the “therapeutic effects of pottering around relieves stress, which lowers blood pressure and even boosts self-esteem”.

There’s no proven link between garden sheds and male longevity.

This shed story has shaky foundations. It is loosely based on an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) about the need for policy, practice and research aimed specifically at men’s health in Europe. Sheds are only briefly mentioned in this article, and not in this particular context. The references to “Men’s sheds” relate to an Australian skills and wellbeing programme that provides a place for male-focused activities outside work, but not in a small building at the end of the garden. The BMJ article does not discuss the potential health benefits of sheds, but instead describes the growing “Men’s sheds” programme as being a way to target health promotion messages at a male audience.

The rather gimmicky coverage of sheds in the news should not distract from the important questions raised by the article of how European men’s health could be improved, perhaps by following the example of the Aussies.

What is the basis for these current reports that sheds make men healthy?

The news story has been prompted by an editorial in the BMJ on men’s health. In this article, the authors discuss the conclusions of a report published this year, called “The State of Men’s Health in Europe”, which was produced for the European Commission. This extensive report found that there are “marked differences” between the health of men and women, and that there is a “high level of preventable premature morbidity and mortality in men, which will only be addressed by targeted activity across the lifespan”. The average difference in life expectancy between men and women in the EU was found to be more than six years.

The BMJ editorial discusses the idea that some of these health discrepancies are due to lifestyles and behaviors traditionally considered as “masculine”, and summarises possible policy measures, practice and research directions aimed at improving men’s health.

Log-cabinsheds make men healthy

So, what does the article say about men’s sheds?

The “Men’s sheds” programme is one of several examples of new initiatives targeted at engaging men more effectively that the BMJarticle mentions, although these are not specifically mentioned in the report on men’s health for the European Commission.

The “Men’s sheds” programme provides spaces and workshops specifically devoted to men who want an activity outside home and work. The concept of providing these spaces was developed in Australia, and is now being trialled in Europe. The Age UK website reports that there is a pilot “Men in sheds” project operating for older men in the UK. The project aims to reduce feelings of isolation and improve health and well-being.

The BMJ article does not specifically discuss any potential benefits of the “Men’s sheds” programmes. It provides a reference to a small study in which just five older men who took part in these programmes in Australia were interviewed about their experiences. Their experiences were reported to be positive.

What about the benefits of other men’s health programmes?

The article gives some examples of programmes that have been reported to have been beneficial, including the Scottish Well Men Health Service pilots, the BT Workfit initiative and the Royal Mail’s health initiatives. These initiatives and their benefits included:

  • contacting men who had not seen their GP in the past two years
  • introducing changes in lifestyle
  • reductions in weight
  • reductions in work absences

So what is the main message of the BMJ editorial?

The BMJ editorial aimed to highlight that, in Europe, men still have poorer health than women and that there is a need to work with men in a focused and constructive way to remedy this.

Therefore, some news headlines have been misleading by suggesting that men can improve their health simply by tackling crosswords and DIY in a garden shed; the benefits of which are not discussed in theBMJ editorial.

Analysis by
logo-bazian

Edited by NHS Choices

 

Blog Source – https://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/11November/Pages/claim-sheds-make-men-healthy-and-happy.aspx

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Rise of the SHE shed

SheShed

the SHE shed – Is this the ultimate sanctuary?

Rise of the SHE shed, as more women demand an oasis of calm at the bottom of the garden away from the chaos of family life.

For years, the garden shed has been the domain of the man, but now women are demanding their own huts at the bottom of the garden. They come in an array of styles including beach huts and Tudor cottages

For decades, sheds have a been a place that men build at the bottom of the garden so they have a place to be alone. 

In the book ‘Men and Sheds,’ the author Gordon Thorburn called the wooden buildings a “male necessity” – somewhere were they could do some woodwork, pot some plants or even just read the newspaper in peace.

But now the female sex and demanding a place at the bottom of the garden to call their own – a she shed.

Rise of the SHE shed - The Gothic Retreat Shed from Wolverhampton

The Gothic Retreat Shed from Wolverhampton

More and more women are demanding their own ‘she sheds’, places at the bottom of the garden they can call their own.

As everyday life gets every more stressful and homes get smaller, women are also looking to the single-storey structures as a safe haven.

But while most men might be content with a leaky old shack made of rotting timber, female customers are looking for a home away from home.

They are commissioning sheds in a range of styles from beach huts and gypsy caravans to mock Tudor pavilions with tiled floors.

Instead of a few upturned apple boxes and an old wireless, the new she sheds are being decked out with Moroccan rugs, cushions, chandeliers and coffee tables.

Some have gone one step further and installed a diner in theirs, complete with working jukebox and fifties-style restaurant booths.

Fancy a ‘she shed’ of your own? Read on for some inspiration…

Seaside Shed - Beach Hut

The owner of this shed has taken inspiration from the seaside, creating a beach hut-type style

 

Extremely Spacious Hut

This ‘she shed’ is extremely spacious and could entertain a number of people without feeling cramped

 

This shed owner has added numerous grand touches to their abode, including ornamental lions, ornate curtains and a candelabra 

This shed owner has added numerous grand touches to their abode, including ornamental lions, ornate curtains and a candelabra

 

Gypsy-style Caravan

This quaint gypsy-style caravan has gone for the light and airy touch, with some bright furnishings inside

 

Renne and Alberts Shed from the Sutton

Renne and Alberts Shed from the Sutton, a finalist in the normal category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series. To be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.

With a jukebox, fridge, popcorn maker and bar… the owner of this shed never needs to go back into their main home.

 

Olde English Garden Shed

This she shed owner has gone for the Olde English Garden touch with their thatched rood and Union Jack bunting.

 

This pagoda-style shed has taken inspiration from The Orient

This pagoda-style shed has taken inspiration from The Orient.

 

kooky garden shed

This kooky garden shed appears to have taken inspiration from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 

This shed has more soft furnishings in it than a lot of living rooms in proper houses 

This shed has more soft furnishings in it than a lot of living rooms in proper houses.

 

This shed has brought a splash of Arabian colour to an English back garden 

This shed has brought a splash of Arabian colour to an English back garden.

 

Read the original article on the Rise of the SHE shed

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Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds

Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds

In the ‘Gardening Picture Galleries’ lies the ‘Christmas gift guide: the ultimate garden sheds’. Telegraph Christmas Garden Sheds, Our own Solar Potting Shed features on image 9 with the following Description;

Growzone

Raise seedlings as well as store tools securely in this solar potting shed, which has a workbench below the wall of windows and a stable door for ventilation.

The Telegraph – Christmas gift guide: the ultimate garden sheds

Solar Potting Shed 7 x 5

Buy a Solar Potting Shed this Christmas, perfect for any garden.  Enjoy the comforts of a nice warm potting shed, prepare you seedlings for the beginning of the year and give them a start they need.

View Our Range of Potting Sheds at Titan

Solar Potting Shed 10 x 6