Our new Gazebo!

NFF’s new Gazebo

If you go down to our Merriments Display Centre you will find the latest addition to our already huge range of garden buildings. Our Gazebo offers the best of both worlds – two solid walls acting as a wind break and providing a nice shady spot. The two frame sections allow a nice summer breeze to flow and a place to sit in the sun. It all depends on the choice of position in your garden: a north facing spot will provide a cool shady sanctuary – while a west facing spot will give you a place to enjoy splendid sunsets.

 

Measuring 3.5m x 3.5m, this gives you a huge space for garden furniture. There is plenty of room for a table and chairs, enough to seat a large barbecue party. If you would rather just have a quiet place for a sun bed, there’s room for two and a table.

 

The Gazebo is built using the same 44mm thick logs found on our Log Cabins offering the same high level of durability and longevity.  As with our Log Cabins, the Gazebo comes with free roofing felt and free wood preserver, included in the price.

 

Prices

£1750 – 3.5m x 3.5m Gazebo

Optional

£650 – Install

£370 – Shingle Roofing Felt

£600 – Timber Base

 

Don’t forget to have a look at our other gazebo – The Wentworth. This octagonal gazebo can be built using fully boarded sections to act as a windbreak. The placement of these sides are fully customisable, allowing you to order the perfect building for your garden. The Wentworth is a smaller building, in either 8′ x 8′ (2.4m x 2.4m) or 10′ x 10′ (3m x 3m).

Wentworth Summerhouse

As with all of our buildings, it is always best to get in contact us or call (01435 813 535), if you have any questions. Our experienced team will be able to advise you on the best possibilities for your garden.

Poplar Log Cabin

Top Ten uses for a Log Cabin

Our Log Cabins make fantastic guest rooms but there are a huge range of possibilities that a Log Cabin can offer. Below are ten of our favourite uses for a Log Cabin!

1. Animal House

A Log Cabin can make an ideal place for pets, providing an indoor space without having to be in the house, making a mess. A cat-flap can be installed making it a great place to pop a bowl of milk and some cat food for your fluffy felines, or a place for your dog to play with its toys. For smaller animals, a Log Cabin gives plenty of space for hutches and cages while providing the warmth that rabbits and guinea pigs need. Some have even built an aviary inside a Cherry!

2. Library

You might be thinking this can be achieved with a trip to Ikea and purchasing a few Billy bookcases, which is true.. but why not fit it with something a bit more classy. Then install a nice comfy old leather reading chair and an ornate end table – giving you the ultimate cosy sanctuary to ‘read’ in with a nice big glass of wine!

3. Private Bar

In some of our larger models it can indeed be feasible to install a bar area, complete with stools, a music system and of course an area to mix your favourite drinks! There is plenty of space in a 5m x 5m Birch for a table or two, allowing you to create that ‘down the pub’ night in your garden!

4. Games Room

Ever wanted to set up your own poker night with the lads (or lasses) but a late night in the kitchen is less than ideal? Or a place to practice some darts into the evening? A log cabin can provide the space you need to have a few mates over to play as late as you like, without waking up kids/wife/hubby!

5. Teenager Hangout

Of course you would never stop your child/grandchild from spending time with their friends, however: teenage boys can be smelly – teenage girls can be noisy. Why not give them a small ‘home’ of their own? A log cabin is a great solution as it allows teenagers to have the freedom and privacy they crave… but it allows you, the parent, to keep an eye on them and make sure they stay out of trouble!

6. Artists Studio

With plenty of light and space, a Log Cabin is ideal for setting up an easel and pursuing your artistic passion for painting. Perhaps you’ve been putting it off for years but now you have the time and space to finally pursue that long lost hobby!

7. Barbecue Buffet

Barbecues are great, however a common problem is with the huge amount of dishes: green/rice/potato/pasta salads, bread, sauces, and that’s even before the myriad of meats has started sizzling! A log cabin can provide a buffet space for guests to serve themselves, and act as a makeshift kitchen to cut up rolls, toss salads and marinade meat.

8. Music Room

A log cabin can be sound-proofed to provide a place to practice a new instrument in peace or jam with a few friends. You could even go all out, filling it with the latest recording gear and turning it into the ultimate home studio!

9. The Study

If you have a child in school or college, you will probably know that it can be difficult to get them to focus and get on with their homework. With so many distractions in the house, such as phones, iPads, computers or games, it’s no wonder they get distracted. A log cabin can be a great place for a quiet area in which to study, not just for kids but adults too! Why not learn a new language or a new skill to help your career go in a more exciting direction!

10. Workshop

Our Log Cabins provide a nice retreat within the garden to work on a project or repair bikes, electronics, broken pottery etc… Being out of the house means being away from typical distractions such as the phone or emails. Plus you can let the kids know that it is your space, and your space alone!

Our log cabin range offers one crucial benefit compared to a standard shed or workshop: 44mm walls. This means that the building benefits from greater strength and rigidity when compared to perhaps a standard timber workshop.We supply various different designs, which can provide plenty of daylight to help with those fiddly little jobs!

New Timber Buildings Coming Soon

Timeless Pod

We are really excited by our new range of Timber Buildings from Timeless Timber, with some very exciting models on their way to us. Pictured above is the Pod shed, based on the fashionable ‘glamping’ pods featuring the trademark, distinctive domed roof. The Pod continues the interesting aesthetic theme with a unique design on the door providing light through its three glass panels and via a small fixed Perspex window on the rear of the building. The building will be available in the following sizes:

  • 1.8 x 2.4m (6′ x 8′) 2.5m high
  • 1.8 x 3.0m (6′ x 10′) 2.5m high
  • 1.8 x 3.6m (6′ x 12′) 2.5m high
  • 2.45 x 3.0m (8′ x 10′) 2.7m high
  • 2.45 x 3.6m (8′ x 12′) 2.7m high
  • 3.0 x 3.6m (10′ x 12′) 2.7m high

 

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The Georgian in contrast to the Pod is a much more traditional garden building. Pictured here in a subtle light green, the design was inspired by the symmetry and straight lines of the Georgian period and this is carried through with brass ironmongery and the side window. The building is available in three sizes:

  • 1.8 x 2.4m (6′ x 8′) 2.7m high
  • 2.4 x 2.4m (8′ x 8′) 3.1m high
  • 3 x 2.4m (10′ x 8′) 3.35m high

 

Gothic Shed

Perhaps the Gothic shed will definitely add character to your garden. With its distinctive arched doors and windows, this shed captures the style of the period. The style is continued with black Gothic ironmongery and finished with a light brown stain as standard. There are an additional range of colours, to make this building suit the aesthetic needs of your garden.

Available in the following sizes:

  • 1.8 x 2.4m (6′ x 8′) 2.7m high
  • 2.4 x 2.4m (8′ x 8′) 3.1m high
  • 3 x 2.4m (10′ x 8′) 3.35m high

Watch this space for more updates!

Events Season!

We are attending a whole raft of events this season. So far we have been to a few local business events (yawn) such as the Crowborough Business Expo, the Lewes District Enterprise Expo and the recent Let’s Do Business Brighton. More interestingly we have been to the Ardingly Spring Show and the Plumpton College Open Day with our three display buildings. We had lots of visitors check out our latest range of timber buildings including a pint sized Cherry and an Acorn Wendy-House.

Holly Log Cabin

Looking ahead: we have the Heathfield Show coming up this weekend (23rd May) which includes tractor displays and quad bikes performing outrageous stunts! A great day out for the family and make sure to pop by and see us with our range of cabins and as usual we will be giving away treats to all our visitors.

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For the more mature reader, we will be attending the Eastbourne Over 50s Lifestyle Show (30th and 31st May). I am told that the event will be welcoming to over 40s and over 30s too! For this event we will be constructing and taking down one of our Log Cabins inside the historic Winter Gardens. Make sure to visit and see one of our exclusive 44mm log cabins which provide superior strength and longevity.

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We will be attending the South of England show at Ardingly (11th til the 13th of June) for the very first time this year, and we are very excited about it. Come and visit us while enjoying the displays of showjumping, award-winning farm animals and a range of other fun activities!

Heathfield works

We are proud to help Heathfield Works!

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Tomorrow’s People is a national employment charity that works with those facing the greatest barriers to employment and helps them to get and keep a job. The charity’s vision is to break the cycle of unemployment and dependency in deprived communities throughout the UK by aiding both young people and adults to build up their confidence and their CVs. Tomorrow’s People has been changing lives for 30 years and has helped over 470,000 people on their journey into work since it was set up in 1984.

 

The causes for long-term unemployment are often complicated and multi-faceted, ranging from turbulent family life or mental health issues to social barriers or physical disability. Tomorrow’s People views each of its clients as an individual and works with them to develop a bespoke route into sustainable employment.

 

The Works! is a ten-week programme that helps unemployed young people in isolated rural areas find new opportunities and work. Newton & Frost Fencing works closely with Heathfield Works!, providing work experience for young people on the programme. In a week they get to understand the fundamentals of being in the work place, such as team work, adherence to Health and Safety rules and how to conduct themselves in the workplace.

 

We are proud that several of our current full time staff have come through the Heathfield Works! programme. We provide them with the necessary skills and experience to help bridge the gap between education and employment. Some use it as purely a stepping stone to a new career, or further education, while others have found Newton and Frost a place in which they are happy to stay!

 

For more information please visit www.tomorrows-people.co.uk

Classroom

Classrooms & Educational buildings

As the cost of building a typical ‘brick and mortar’ classroom is somewhat expensive, local schools have approached us to build affordable additional classrooms. Whilst working with them, we have developed an understanding of the needs of creating additional teaching space. Our range of interlocking log cabins have proven very popular as they can be bespoke to a school’s individual requirements in both size and with extras such as windows or insulation. Built using 44mm thick logs and double glazed as standard, our log cabins are built to be durable and to last for years to come. Unlike traditional timber buildings that are constructed using a frame and cladding system, our log cabins are built using interlocking timbers which makes a more rigid and robust building.

As schools need to adhere to budgets, we realise that energy efficiency is key in the design of such classrooms. Based on this we have developed a ‘twin-skin’ system which creates a cavity between the exterior and an interior wall. This allows for additional insulation to be installed within the building ensuring it can be used throughout the year. The cavity area can be used for cabling for electrical purposes or even computer networking.

Watch the video below to see the construction of a classroom we recently built for a local school. Measuring 6.3×8.3m, this building was bespoke to include a storage area at the rear and for several additional windows. With a build time of just five working days, this enabled us to erect the building with the minimum level of disruption to normal classes. The building included floor, roof and wall insulation in the form of Celotex boards. This ensures the building will be kept warm the whole year round while being as energy efficient as possible.

As many schools are looking to teach outside the classroom, we can also provide solutions to supplying and installing undercover areas, such as gazebos available in both octagonal and square shapes. Pergolas can be supplied on request.

For a free quote for your classroom, contact us today. We are happy to advise on the correct building for your school’s needs, whether it is a classroom, offices, or just additional storage space. We understand that cost is an essential consideration and our bespoke building services offers some of the most competitive prices in the South East. A range of our buildings can be seen at Merriments Garden Centre, Hurst Green, East Sussex TN19 7RA

Picnic Bench

Picnic Benches now available

Picnic Pench

 

This picnic bench is a perfect addition to a patio or garden area. With seats that fold up, moving this bench is a breeze and easy to store. The overall length is 1.8m (roughly six foot) and the table top is 750mm (2’6″) wide giving you plenty of room for nibbles and drinks. The additional brace along the centre of the table provides greater stability and makes for a more robust product than found elsewhere.

 

Price: £118.20

Contact us today to place your order

Royston Apex Shed

How to Pick the Best Shed for You

With so many different types of sheds available it can be difficult to decide what shed will be right for you. Generally the deciding factors are size, shape and most importantly: cost. Here at NFF we focus on the higher end of sheds, as we believe cheap sheds are a false economy. Purchasing a shed for £200 might seem like a great idea, even if you don’t mind replacing it every five years. However the reality is that these sheds are built to inferior standards and once they begin to fall apart, your tools, lawnmower and garden furniture will be exposed to the elements. This means it isn’t the simple cost of replacing the shed, but it is the actual cost of replacing the contents which can be vastly more expensive than purchasing a quality shed in the first place. Our philosophy is: Why buy a shed that will last five years, when you can buy one that can last a lifetime? This is one of the central consideration we have when we design, procure and supply sheds.

 

This guide will provide you with the information you need to help pick the best shed for you, in terms of design and features. Some sheds do look identical, but there are key differences in terms of function and purpose. We will first look at the two main types of roofs: Pent and Apex.

 

Pent Sheds

Popular Pent Shed

The pent-roofed sheds feature a single sloping surface for a roof. The door typically sits on the shorter side end, which then leaves the front panel tall with just the windows. A pent shed in this configuration is ideal to sit parallel to an end wall or fence, so that the glazed front faces the garden. The Popular Pent (pictured above) is our entry level pent-roofed shed and allows for the placement of the door to be configured to either the short ends, or either the left-hand side or right-hand side on the front. Sizes range from 6 ‘x 4′ up to 10′ x 8’ with a good few choices in between. This pent shed is ideal when space is at a premium.

Notton ShedThe Notton Pent has a few upgrades over the Popular Pent, which aren’t necessarily clear at first glance. Firstly the building features diagonal bracing which improves rigidity and security. This is an ideal feature if the shed is to be sited in an area where strong winds are frequent, such as coastal areas or on top of hills. Secondly the floor is strengthened using thicker 50x50mm floor joists, allowing for the storage of heavier items and overall durability. Thirdly the building comes with much more customisation options. The door has a total of eight different placements, including the centre on the high-side face. The window can also be moved to the read low-side of the building. The range of sizes on this model spans from 6′ x 4′ to a huge 20′ x 8′.

Premier Pent Shed

The Premier is our top-tier model of pent shed, featuring strong 50x50mm framing throughout the floors and walls. Stronger 75x50mm timbers are used in the roof framing providing an ever greater level of rigidity. Double doors allow the storage of larger items and can be placed on either of the shorter sides or the larger facing side, depending on the design of the garden. The opening window means that this shed can be used as a workshop, even during the warmer summer months. Sizes range from 8′ x 8′ to 20′ x10′.

Apex Sheds

Popular Apex Shed

Apex sheds feature a classic pitched roof in which the two sloped surfaces meet at a central apex. A garden favourite due to its symmetrical shape and it makes more of a statement than its understated sibling, the pent shed. Similarly to the pent shed, there are several types increasing in quality and the changes aren’t noticeable at first glance. The Popular Apex (pictured) is the entry level of this variety of shed. The position of the door and windows can be switched to the side of your preference. As with all of our sheds, there are a good range of sizes available, with this particular model starting at 6′ x 4′ ranging to 12′ x 8′.

Ultra Shed

The Ultra is a slightly different design than a typical apex shed. Typically the gable runs parallel to the longer side, however in this design it is along the shorter side. This then gives the front of the building a wide face, which allows for the door to be positioned on the left, right or centre. This shed features diagonal bracing improvements to the structure along with 50x50mm tanalised floor joists. This gives a shed that is not only pleasing to the eye, but functional and durable as well.

Supreme Shed

The Supreme features a full 50x50mm framing providing a strong structure to withstand even more adverse weather conditions. The shed is designed with function in mind, which can be seen with the double doors and opening windows. This provides a great working space for DIY projects, or perhaps starting ones own business. The height of this shed is up to 2.7m which allows for the storage of larger items than in smaller sheds. There is even the option to have shelves built in! sizes range from 8′ x 8′ up to a huge 20′ x 10′.

Potting Sheds

Suntrap ShedPotter ShedPotting sheds are perfect for the gardening enthusiast. With large glass fronts with shelves as standard, this provides a great place to start the seasons seeds off in a greenhouse-like environment. There’s plenty of room on the rear wall to hang spades and garden forks, with additional storage on the lower shelves for smaller items such as trowels, bulbs or buckets. The Suntrap (pictured top) and the Potter are identical in specification, with 50x50mm tanalised floor joists and diagonal bracing to provide a strong structure. The only difference between these two models is their appearance, so it’s up to you to decide which fits your garden.

Corner Sheds

Popular Corner Shed

These sheds don’t need a lot of explaining. They are a cross between a space-saving and aesthetic design. The roof slopes off the rear corner out of sight. The two models available from us are the Popular Corner Shed and the Clayton. The Popular Corner (pictured) is the entry level corner shed with fixed windows and basic frame-work. The Clayton features the diagonal bracing and the 50x50mm floor joists for a superior structure. The Clayton also features a wider opening door for easier access for garden furniture, lawnmowers or the important barbecue. Both models are available in either 6′ x 6′, 7′ x 7′ or 8′ x 8′.

Timeless Sheds

Timeless Georgian Shed

The Timeless line of sheds are our upmarket or ‘posh’ line of sheds. As official retailers of these sheds, you won’t find designs like these available anywhere else in Kent, Sussex or the surrounding South East. Built using a superior strength frame and metal composite tiles the Georgian (pictured above) is an apex shed, but with a superior appearance and top of the line structure.

Timeless Pod Shed

The Pod takes its design from the ever fashionable glamping pods. With its domed roof the appearance of this shed is much more eye-catching than the standard line of sheds. The frame of this shed provides an incredibly robust structure. The roof can be extended to provide a small canopy at the front and rear. The inside can be insulated and lined to provide both an attractive finish and the possibility of using this stunning structure as a place to sleep. If you are concerned about planning, the building can be ordered at a height of 2.5m which typically is planning friendly.

Post and Beam

The Post & Beam features a Douglas Fir frame and is planed feather edge cladding. This cladding is painted in a rich cream that contrasts with the frame. The roof is tiled using a metal composite, which is far more durable than standard roofing felt. With the overhang at the front this shed can be use as a great place to relax and enjoy the sun. Sizes range from 6′ x 11′ to 12′ x 12′.

Final Notes

Hopefully this guide has simplified the types of sheds we offer, however if you still have any questions please contact us. We also offer a comprehensive bespoke building service, so we can design a shed to match the individual character of your garden. We offer a shed-removal service and a base laying service, so if you require either we are always happy to quote. Site visits can be arranged on requests, so we can understand your individual needs.

 

Essential Log Cabin Maintenance Guide

If you have purchased or are thinking of purchasing a Log Cabin make sure you save this guide in your favourites! 

A useful guide to help preserve your Garden Log Cabin.

 

Our Log Cabins are built using 44mm thick logs, which provide greater natural insulation and strength compared to many of our competitors. However like most purchases they do require some basic maintenance to ensure they stay in good condition and ultimately last for a lifetime. With a car for example, they require their oil to be topped up occasionally and even changed from time-to-time. There are similar maintenance tasks that need to be performed on Log Cabins. We recommend you follow each and every one of these processes, as they will greatly increase the life-span of your garden building.

 

Treatment

The timber used in Log Cabins are untreated, this means they will IMAG1366be permeable and will absorb water. If the timbers are left without treatment, this absorbed water will become a breeding ground for mold. This mold will spread and cause the timber to rot, destroying the log cabin very rapidly. Your log cabin will look something like the model on the left without treatment. Although some people prefer this natural look, the cabin still needs treatment. Don’t worry, you can use clear treatments allowing you to preserve the natural look of the timber.

Step One

Every Log Cabin comes with a free can of Protek Wood Preserver, you must use this immediately after erection of the building. This step is vital as this preserver kills any traces of mold or fungus. It is a clear treatment that can be painted on using a brush, however we prefer using a pump sprayer as it’s a little more efficient.Wood Preserver

Step Two

We advise to cover hinges, locks, handles and edges of glazing with masking tape, similar to how one would prepare a room before decorating. Ground sheets are also advisable as splashes of treatment can be difficult to remove. Check your cabin is completely dry before beginning the treatment.

Step Three

Apply at least two coats of a proprietary Wood Stain & Protector, we recommend using Protek’s Wood Stain & Protector. Application should be performed on a dry day and the first coat should be left to thoroughly dry before the second. There is a huge range of colours to choose from and this step really allows you to make the cabin your own. Typically most customers pick two colours, one for the main wall sections and one for the trims. Obviously now remove all the masking tape and ground sheets!

Step Four

Every six months apply an extra coat of Wood Stain & Protector. Not only will this protect your building, it will also improve the appearance of the building.

Note: Water should bead and run off the treated surfaces. If this does not occur and the timber appears to absorb the water, apply another coat of Stain & Protector immediately.

 

Trees and Bushes

We always recommend situating a Log Cabin in an area free from overhanging branches and bushes. This is for several reasons. Firstly in a storm a tree branch will move around and potentially hit your log cabin. This might not cause much damage to the overall structure of the building, but rather it may tear roofing felt or damage felt shingles. Prevention is better than cure in this case, so make sure you prune trees adequately.

Secondly a bush or shrub may grow closer and closer to the building. This means that applying treatment will be difficult. Furthermore a shrub or bush will hold water in its foliage, even if the cabin has been treated, this is forcing water unnecessarily onto the building’s surfaces. Again, its just a case of ensuring the area is kept clear, and pruning shrubs & bushes when required.

 

Settling

After the building has been assembled it will go through a period of settling. This is where the timbers react to their new environment, shrinking or expanding depending on humidity. This is a normal and natural process which occurs with all timber products. During this period you may notice cracks in the timber or logs slightly moving apart. This is normal and natural, however it does need to be anticipated. Cracks in the logs can be filled in using a flexible sealant.

If you are installing an electrics pack, ensure that your electrician understands that the building will move slightly. Therefore its advisable to opt for conduit pipes that have a certain amount of flexibility in them rather than rigid ones.

 

Drainage

Although its preferable to place the cabin on the highest part of the garden, this is not always possible. If this is the case we recommend you opt for our heavy-duty timber base, which is a frame leveled onto 4″x4″ pressure-treated posts concreted into the ground. This provides an elevated frame, allowing water to pass underneath it.

If you are self-installing, do not place the cabin directly onto the earth under any circumstances. Although the floor bearers have been treated, they are not designed to be in direct contact with the ground. Our heavy-duty timber base uses pressure treated posts, which are used for that purpose.

 

If you are unsure on any of the maintenance procedures, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to provide advice to existing customers and even if you are unsure if a log cabin is right for you. We can also organise a site visit to your property to advise on individual requirements.