This year we have been envolved with a couple of Santa’s Grottos, the first was the 2 storey play house from our standard wendy house range that we offer at Hallgate Timber. It was a 10 x 10 (3m x 3m) play house with an upstairs area. This was at the East of England Showground in November.
The second was for EELS who organise some great events for Long Sutton including the Long Sutton Christmas Market this weekend. For this we supplied a 12 x 13 (3.6m x 3.9m) 2 storey play house, this one had a few alterations to the standard design including a bay window to the top floor of the play house and turned colonial spindle to the verandah. The play house for Santa’s Grotto was requested to be in white to be in keeping with the snow theme this year. We also supplied there Santa’s Grotto play house for last year as well, you view details of that here
It is very important to treat your garden building regularly, we recommend at least once a year. You should use a good quality oil based preservative that will soak into the timber of the shed. Treating must take place whilst the building is dry, or else it can become patchy. Garden buildings can be treated inside as well as outside, but it will make it seem very dark and small if you use browns, or cedar red etc. Please use our simple guide to treat your garden building.
Start by using the floor brush to sweep away cobwebs, bird mess, grass and soil from the garden building.
Use the masking tape to protect the widows and hinges.
Remove the door furniture.
If you have a base around your garden building protect it with the ground sheets.
You are now ready to treat your building. Always start at the top of each panel, this way you can take out any runs in the stain as you go.
Do one panel at a time or else it might dry in patches.
Wait until the panels dry and then give them a second coat.
When the treatment has dried carefully remove the masking tape and sheets as the tape will stick fast to the windows if left for to long.
Remember to give it another coat next year.
Found a couple of old (but still ok) tins of Sikkens Supertech in the garage today and thought as it was a nice dry day i would use them on my own small cabin. Super Tech is a water born treatment (not something i would normally use on planned wood) it actually done a really good job. The log cabin has been treated previously 3 times this year (i only put it up in July) with a solvent based Sovereign wood preservative in straw colour. The solvent base soaks in really well which is great for treating the open end grain of interlocking buildings to ensure deep penetration. The Sikkens Supertech worked well to seal the timber more, leaving a thicker coat on the log cabin that is more water repellent now that it has dried on the log cabin boards. The colour was light pine and was not that much different from the straw preservative. I may have to change my views on water based products for use on planned timber after this.
Long Sutton Christmas Market 2012 asked Hallgate Timber to build a fun large childrens play house to use for Santa’s little helpers. We made a roof using Suffolk Cladding (heavy duty ex 36mm Feather Edge Boards) for the roof so that it could be built in single panels that are already water proof so as to save time on assembly of the playhouse.
The wall cladding is 15mm T+G Shiplap cladding.
The palyhouse walls are treated in straw preservative with light green for the window boxes and cappings. We have used a false chimney made from ply wood on top of the feather edge roof for effect.
Hallgate Timber offer a wide range of children’s playhouses and Wendy houses. From small buildnigs for toddlers up to big 2 storey cabins that can be used as teen escapes.
Special offer this building (without Christmas decorations) only £1200, that’s £300 off what it should be. 3m x 3m second floor level with ladder/stair, special rustic roof, perspex glazing, false shutters, window boxes, chimney. If you contact us quick we could still deliver it locally on Thursday. Perfect Christmas present.