Animal Housing

Animal Housing for our Pets

We animal owners have the right to be fussy when it comes to housing for our pets. 

It is important we ensure there is plenty of space for our animals to move around with good airflow but not draughts.  Natural sunlight is important for good health.

Depending upon whether the animals are to be kept in the housing for short or long periods, there should be an adequate exercise/day area and a smaller, cosier night time space for sleeping.

Keeping happy chickens

If housing poultry, it is imperative that the mesh is fox proof.  The building needs to be robust to ensure good protection from the weather.  For chickens, a sloping egg laying compartment is a useful addition as it helps to prevent the chickens pecking the eggs and makes collection easy from the outside of the shed.

Rabbit runs

Smaller domestic animals have unique their requirements.  Rabbits are renowned for digging so their runs should have a mesh base to prevent this.  Remember to allow enough height for the rabbits to leap around and have their inquisitive moments when they stand on their hind legs with the ears in the air.  They also love to run so try to allow as much space as you can for them.

Best locations for animal housing 

Give some thought to where you will be positioning your building as you don’t want to face it into the prevailing wind nor do you want it in full sun.  Damp areas can breed disease so need to be avoided too.

Bear in mind you will need to get inside the building yourself for cleaning purposes.  You may choose to have a separate access door and enough height to save hitting your head.

If you are concerned about the animal escaping, an outer and an inner door would be worth considering.  This concept of an inner ‘porch’ would be recommended for catteries and aviaries.

Everyone has their own ideas on what size and shape of building is ideal for them and how they would like to look.  An attractive building is something to be proud of as well as something functional.

Give us a call and our friendly team will be happy to advise.

10 Reasons to persuade your boss to let you work from home

1.Train strikes

In the UK, 269,000 man days were lost between January and October 2016 due to train strikes. What will the statistics be for 2017 and beyond?

2. Roadworks

33% of drivers are late for work because of roadworks. With an increased number of government road projects this will only get worse.

3. Hire top talent

Steal the best employees from your competitors and entice them with home working. They will jump at the chance and you won’t need to offer them an inflated wage.

4. No geographical limits

How many times have you missed out on the best employees because of where they live? Tools like GoToMeeting and Skype means that is no longer a problem. Relocation costs can be expensive and are disruptive to families.

5. Happy employees don’t quit

Nearly everyone who has the chance to work from home wouldn’t dream of giving it up. By allowing your employees this opportunity will increase loyalty.

6. Increased efficiency

Working from home is believed to be 13% more productive compared with their in-office counterparts.

7. Time wasted at work

43% of time wasted at work is spent socialising with colleagues.

8. Stress related illness

Long hours of commuting, especially if you’re driving, is associated with high blood pressure, Musculoskeletal disorders, increased anger and resentment at work, absenteeism, lateness, and an ability to concentrate and perform to the same standards as those who live in much closer proximity to the workplace. Long commutes can also increase the risk of heart attacks, flu, depression etc.
25.9 million days were lost to work-related illness in 2015/16.
Employees who are mildly sick can still get their work done and won’t be spreading their illness.

9. Family pressures

Long hours spent travelling to and from work can strain family life to the point of breaking with children’s bedtimes regularly missed and relationships breaking down.

10. Save money on office space

Employees working from home means less office space is needed. Stagger the days’ employees work from home if you need them in the office if full time telecommuting isn’t an option.


David Cameron should have bought a ‘shed’ from NFF!

David’s new ‘shed’ will be a great space for him to work in or relax in and I am sure the kids’ would love to sneak in a sleepover there too.

So many possibilities….

They come in many different guises and can been utilised in lots of ways.  Mr. Cameron has chosen to write in his.  Away from the distractions of the house, he should be able to work undisturbed whilst keeping snug with his wood burner and probably full insulation and double-glazing throughout.

Top spec building…

Had Mr. Cameron come to the friendly NFF Ltd.  team, he might have considered buying one of our contemporary garden offices with house-grade double glazing, a full electrics pack and a rubber roof (with a 50-year life expectancy).  None of that noisy tin on the roof when it rains!  We would have designed the building to suit his requirements, even giving him a choice of UPVC window frame colour.   We would have suggested he consider a remote-control heater panel which he could have had made with a picture of his family etc. on it.  Wood burners are an option many of our customer enjoy but not everyone wants the mess.  It is nice to flick on your heating remotely to warm the building up ready for use.

Size (& price) matters…

It is reported that Mr. C paid £25,000 for his 16ft x 7ft building.  He could have bought a fully insulated 16ft x 8ft stunner from us for just £8,950.

We look forward to seeing you next time Mr. Cameron!

Timeless Pod

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


Timeless Georgian Shed 3-4viewrsz

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!


Sycamore Log Cabin

Top Ten Ideas 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!

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.



£1750 – 3.5m x 3.5m Gazebo


£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.