The Taylors Journey May 2012 – May 2015.

It is now just over three years since we took over the running of this company.

The previous owners of the business had changed their focus, wishing to explore new avenues and made the heart wrenching decision to sell Taylors Garden Buildings on. We purchased the website in May 2012 and immediately set about catching up on deliveries which had unfortunately been set back by a few days due to the handover.

The early days were very fraught to say the least, the phones were literally ringing off of the hook with customers chasing orders (news of the change over had spread very quickly and many people were now panicking that they had lost their money and would not be getting the items they ordered). The first thing we had to do was to contact all of our customers to inform them of the situation and give them some peace of mind. Some people requested to have their money refunded while a vast majority were happy to continue with the order they had made and wait just a little longer for the delivery to take place.

It was a stressful time for all in the Taylors office, starting a brand new job is never easy but to literally hit the ground running is even less so. Gradually we began to make progress and get ourselves caught up. We are pleased to say that all orders got sorted out  and, thanks to all of the patience and support from our customer base, we were soon able to move forward and begin doing what we had aimed at doing in the first place – selling garden buildings.

This was where it started getting exciting, with the old orders sorted and completed we could now focus on moving the business forward and start to repair the Taylors name in the marketplace.

Ready Built Shed Range

Ready Built Shed Range

 

One of the first big moves we made was securing a contract with a very large shed manufacturer who would deliver and install their garden buildings all for one price. This is of course UK Garden Buildings, they are the suppliers of our Ready Built range which has gone from strength to strength and is now one of our biggest selling lines.

 

 

The second major step we took was to purchase a local garden centre. Woodmeadow had been trading since the early 1970s and the previous owner had decided to move on to a new chapter in life. This came at a perfect time for us, it was obviously meant to be! With the purchase of Woodmeadow we now had a display site to showcase some of the buildings, this not only made us a more physical presence but it also enabled us to offer a more personal service by allowing us to meet our customers face to face.

Since those early days Taylors has continued to grow and now, three years later, we have revived the Taylors name and once again become a more prominent force on the internet.  We have a much bigger team  now too, some people have come and gone down the years, some have moved to different areas of the business while others have decided on a different career path, but we now have a team that is bigger and better than it has ever been!

Due to the increase in staff we re-located our sales office to bigger premises, this was our third big step in the growth of our business and happened in July 2013.

Thanks to our social media platforms (Facebook in particular) we have had a lot of positive feedback from our customers – some of those customers by the way were with us in the beginning and have stuck by us since then.

A huge thank you to them for giving us the chance to grow and standing by us!

In the past three years we have managed successfully to breathe fresh new life in to an ailing business and restore it to former glories, we have done the same to a local garden centre which has seen a dramatic increase in sales and now has a solid loyal customer base.

Movember 2012

Movember 2012

 

We even managed to do our bit for charity too, long term followers of our blog will remember that we did Movember in 2012 and raised over £1600.00!!

 

 

 

We have many plans for the future which will be mentioned on here as and when they happen – there are still exciting times ahead so watch this space!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Just For Grown-ups……

It’s not just the grown-ups who can find something at Taylors.

As well as a vast range of Summerhouses, Sheds, Garages and Storage Solutions we also have a range of Playhouses, Games and Vehicles for your little ones. It may well be the ideal time to start looking for something for the summer to keep your little ones amused, especially as the dreaded summer holidays are rapidly approaching!

My KIngdom

My kingdom

One of my favourite things when I was little was my wendy house, it was  very flimsy looking back (it was basically just a push together plastic framework affair with a cover over the top). It wasn’t the grandest of houses but it did have a plastic window and pair of flaps acting as a doorway (it was very similar to the one pictured on the right except mine was vinyl – with the added luxury of a real chimney I might add!). I loved it and spent a lot of time in it with my action figures recreating key scenes from the latest Doctor Who episode or Star Wars movie (that little yellow house was everything from the TARDIS to Jabbas Palace on the inside at various times!).

How times have changed!

We have “Wendy” houses on our site but long gone is the need to weigh them down with rocks and stones on a windy day, also long gone is that searing temperature inside that shot up in the summertime as the hot sun penetrated the plastic covering. The houses available nowadays are often made of wood and have all the luxuries such as real doors and windows, felt roofing and even, in some cases, stairways leading up to a second level (oh to be a child again!).

 

Swiss Cottage Playhouse

Swiss Cottage Playhouse

We have many Playhouses available on our site starting from as little as £200, we have designs that range from the classic apex style with forward facing window and door all the way up to Swiss Cottages and Dutch Barns. Many of our playhouses can be painted a colour of your choice (quite often more than one colour if need be). We have playhouses that are raised up on a platform with balustrades and ladders which provide safety and are ideal for wannabe pirates or space invaders!

 

The Jailhouse 8x8

The Jailhouse 8×8

We have a very nice range of Ready Built Playhouses which are very popular, for a set price you can have your building delivered and installed all in one go (depending on your location). This takes all the stress out of frantically trying to build the house while being hassled by a mini Darth Vader who is desperate to get inside his new kingdom to plot universal domination!

These buildings are long lasting , durable and guaranteed to give many years of fun and excitement for your children. Buying one of these can be  a real investment but not just in financial terms, money can increase and decrease in value all the time.

Childhood memories? They are always priceless!!

Childhood memories

Childhood memories

Have A Sheltered Life With A Kiosk Gazebo

The Kiosk Gazebo Range.

One of our most popular sellers in the past few months is without a doubt our Kiosk Gazebo range.

Gazebos are excellent additions to any garden as they protect against rain and snow while allowing you to enjoy your garden whatever the weather. They are particularly useful if you are hosting a party with many guests where indoor space may be at a premium, another good idea for these structures is to place a dining table underneath to eat your meals outdoors (particularly nice on a pleasant summers evening).

Solid Kiosk Gazebo 2.80m x 2.80m (9'2 x 9'2)

Solid Kiosk Gazebo 2.80m x 2.80m (9’2 x 9’2)

A nice feature on the square / rectangular models is the pyramid style roof which comes with the option of different colour shingles (choose from grey, green or red). The supporting posts are manufactured with sturdy wood sourced from a sustainable FSC approved sites and comes pressure treated to protect against rot.

 

Octagonal Gazebo

Octagonal Gazebo

As well as the standard square / rectangular variety we also have hexagonal and octagonal versions available. The hexagonal and octagonal models each come with attractive diamond lattice work and  a  distinctive slatted roof which creates a decorative centre piece for your garden (not to mention a real talking point too)

Smoking Area

Smoking Shelter

 

One popular use for the Kiosks is as a smoking shelter for pubs and restaurants, you may see a few of these on your travels if you like to socialise and eat out regularly.

 

 

Wooden Bench

Wooden Bench

 

Whether you are buying for your home garden or business you might be tempted to buy a bench to go under it. We have a vast range of wooden benches on our site, some of which are made by the same manufacturers as the gazebos above.

 

Garden Lighting at Taylors

Illuminated!

 

Maybe you could go one step further and buy some attractive lights to illuminate your gazebo at night or possibly even buy a selection of plants to decorate it further?  The possibilities for these wonderful structures is almost limitless.

 

Whatever you decide please feel more than welcome to send us your pictures of your new decorated gazebo in place!

We look forward to seeing them!!

Ready Built Range

One of the most popular ranges on the Taylors website is our Ready Built Shed Range. With 34 categories and over 530 individual items available, this is also our largest with buildings ranging in sizes right up to 24’x14′.

All of the buildings in this range, which also includes Summerhouses and  Pet Houses are manufactured to the highest standard using redwood pine and can be painted a colour of your choice to suit your environment and personality.

Security Apex

Security Apex 6×4

There is a variety of optional extras available to help you personalise your building and make it more secure if need be. If security may be an issue where your shed is to be located, toughened glass is a definite must as it can help deter criminals and other undesirables.

There are also padlocks available with this range to increase security even more.

 

Heavy Duty Wooden Garage

Heavy Duty Wooden Garage

If you intend using your building for storage of heavier items such as ride on mowers or other such machinery then how about a heavy duty floor? The standard floor that is supplied with these buildings is 12mm which is upgradable to the heavy duty version of 18mm.  Heavy duty felt is another option if your shed / garage is to be located in a position where the elements can be extreme (i.e. windy areas).

Other extras to this range are different door positions and styles (you can go for double doors or stable doors on many models) and also windows that can either be fixed or opened. These doors and windows can also be supplied with decorative antique styled hinges.

Floor Bearers

Floor bearers are highly recommended

A very handy extra with all of these buildings are floor bearers. Floor bearers are basically a framework of wood which go under the building and physically lift it up off of the ground. This allows air to circulate underneath and prevent damp coming up through the floor of your building.  All of the extras are down to the choice of the buyer but we do heartily recommend these bearers as they protect the most vulnerable part of your building – the floor.

Ready Built Shed Range

Ready Built Delivery Zones

 

The Ready Built range are delivered and built for you on the same day, this is included in the price and applies to anyone living in the green area on the map which appears at the bottom of each listing. There will be an extra charge for anyone in the blue zone but this still represents great value for money.

 

 

We have a selection of these buildings on display at our garden centre so the next time you are in the area why not pop in and take a look?

 

 

 

The Results Are In!!

The Results Are In!!

 Over the past week or so the team at Taylors have been pondering, discussing and finally voting for our favourite buildings from three of our main categories. Out of our Summerhouses, Log Cabins and Sheds we have finally come to our top three.

Our candidates for the top garden shed were The Supreme Apex, The Rowlinson Potting Shed and The Supreme Workshop

Our Top Three

The candidates

These were all selected to be in the top three by measuring their value for money, customer feedback, quality and supplier relations and we are pleased to announce that our winner is….

 

The Supreme Workshop

Supreme Workshop

Our Winner!!

This building claims the best shed crown mainly due to its sturdy construction and versatility which is helped by the double doors which means that this building can be used to store larger items such as ride on mowers and other large garden machinery. That is assuming of course you are using it for storage, it could be used as a workshop or even a games room if you so wished.

 

Our top three summerhouses in the running for top spot were the Popular Summerhouse, Prima Fifth Avenue and The Denby Summerhouse

The Top Three Summerhouses

Our Top Three Summerhouses

By measuring their value for money, customer feedback, quality and supplier relations as before we are pleased to announce that our winner is….

 

The Denby Summerhouse

The Denby Summerhouse

The Denby is our champion!

 

The Denby was a clear winner for us by a substantial margin, this beast of a summerhouse is a real stand out among our range and some of the feedback we have had from our customers shows that you all feel the same about this magnificent building too!

 

 

Our final ballot was for our favourite Log Cabin, once again using the same format as the previous two polls, we came up with our winner. Our candidates were the Daniel Log Cabin, The Wolfgang Log Cabin and the Barbeque Hut.

Our Best Log Cabins

A hard choice to make

We struggled a bit with this as we could not reach an agreement straight away between two of them. After a few heated debates and a re-vote we concluded that our winner for best log cabin had to be…

The Daniel Log Cabin

The Daniel Log cabin

Our eventual winner

One of the best sellers in our entire range, not to mention all of our ranges full stop, The Daniel 
was chosen due to its sturdy construction. Another factor which influenced the choice was that we use one of these very buildings as an office in our garden centre, you can see it next to the tills by the exit. This cabin has given us many years of good service and we have always been very fond of it!

 

The final stage of our election was to decide between our three champions and select what we consider to be the best of the best!  We had the impossible task of selecting just one to be the Taylors Garden Buildings champion for summer 2015.

Yet again we deliberated, pondered and generally racked our brains to make the final big decision, after what seemed like an eternity we had to go with a coalition. It was either that or have a mini riot in our office.

Ladies and gentleman, our joint winners for best Taylors Garden Buildings product of summer 2015 are

The Denby and the Daniel

Our two worthy joint winners are, for the purposes of this vote, going to henceforth be known as The Danby-

THE DANBY

The winners!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our final vote……

In keeping with the election which has dominated the news over the past few weeks we have been casting votes of our own and electing the top three garden sheds and summerhouses that we sell on our website. Although meant as some light hearted fun, we have come up with three examples of each which have earned their place through factors such as value for money, customer feedback and our experience with the actual manufacturers /suppliers themselves. You can see the results for the summerhouses here and results for the sheds here.

We have now reached our third and final stage of our ballot and are now looking at our top three log cabins.

The three candidates are;

The Daniel Corner Log Cabin

The Wolfgang Log cabin

The BBQ Cabin

The Daniel Log Cabin has been a consistently popular model for us for a few years now. The quality of this cabin is of a very high standard and the feedback we have had from our customers regarding it has been very positive. One of the most striking danielfeatures of this model is the shape, the pentagonal design of the building is topped off with a very attractive pyramid roof  which includes an overhang on all sides. This is most prominent over the doorway where the corner has been cutaway allowing for a mini porch area over the door itself.  The cladding on the Daniel is 28mm thick conical tongue and groove topped off with 18mm tongue and groove roof boards. There are two opening windows on this cabin which are glazed with real glass, there is also real glass in the door itself. The Daniel is a firm favourite with the staff at Taylors too – we actually have one of these in our garden centre which we use as an office.

The Wolfgang is a striking cabin due to its immense size and the additional side annexe which could be used as a storage shed. The inside of the building is divided by an Wolfgang cabininternal wall and there is a separate single entrance to the storage area, this separate area also features its own window to let in the light. The main part of this cabin is accessible via double doors on the front which is also sheltered via a large integral canopy over the front. The 45mm thick wall logs are manufactured with Norwegian Pine and the roof is 18mm tongue and groove roof boards. We think the separate annexe section on this building is a real selling point which makes this building not only suitable for storage but also as a guest house if relatives come to stay!

The Barbeque Cabin is an outstanding building which, as the name suggests, features a barbeque in its centre. This ingenious idea means that you can have a barbeque all year round whatever the weather in comfort and style. The Scandinavian design of this cabin has a traditional feel to it and the quality timber cladding allows the occupants to remain cool in the summer months and warm in the winter. The extras that come with barbecue cabinthis building are also worthy of a mention,  everything that is pictured inside the cabin on our site is in the price. That includes, but is not limited to, the deerskins, cutlery, cups, clock and of course the barbeque itself. We even include the matches!  The cabin is raised slightly to allow for ventilation which sucks up air from underneath while blowing any smoke from cooking out through the chimney on top. This cabin is also suitable to sleep in as the benches fold out to create sleeping spaces for guests, yet another great idea by the manufacturers. We have always liked the design and look of this building which has always reminded us of a hobbit house and if any of us  decide that we might need extra space in our gardens then this building would be a very strong contender.

 

The voting goes on….

As we said the other day, it has been near enough impossible to avoid the general election and the constant stream of party political broadcasts these past few weeks. We decided to do our own fun vote as to which were our best garden buildings.

We picked our favourite 3 sheds based on factors such as features and benefits, supplier support, price value and lead time for delivery.

Now the ballot continues with our three favourite summerhouses.

Our choice for the three best summerhouses in our range are as follows;

1.Popular Summerhouse

2.Prima Fifth Avenue

3.Denby Summerhouse

 

Popular Summerhouse

This has been a real hit with our customers, the classic design  suits most english gardens and it is available with or popular summerhopusewithout a verandah. There are 6 sizes available in this model from the smaller 5×7 up to the largest at 8×10. The manufacturer of this range of summerhouses deliver and install their buildings to a majority of england and this is all included in the price. This is not only excellent value for money but eliminates the stress and hassle of having to arrange an independent party to assemble the building. It is also delivered and installed on the same day. The cladding on these summerhouses is whitewood tongue and groove boarding with a sturdy rounded and planed frame, this framing is also incorporated in to the roof which is finished off with barge boards and green mineral felt.  The many optional extras (including a generous selection of paint finishes) means that you can create a building to suit your garden decor and reflect your personality in its design.

Prima Fifth Avenue

One of the best features of this model is the pentagonal shape which means it can be placed in any part of your garden including the corner. If you prefer a more non-classic design of building for your garden this one is a real contender and its modern style can be adapted to suit your tastes, primathere is a selection of roof colours to choose from and a choice of chrome or brass fittings. Other options include different colour stains and a choice of three finials (a ball or one of two stylish weather vanes – a witch or cockerel). I have always been a fan of these buildings and the feedback we have received from our customers means that they are all fans too! If you come to our garden centre one of the first buildings you will see is a Prima, that proves just how highly we regard this model.

Denby Summerhouse

Another modern styled building, the Denby has a sturdy shiplap tongue and groove construction over a rounded and planed framework. The interior of this summerhouse is very spacious and the abundance of toughened SONY DSCglass to the front means that it will get a lot of light all through the daylight hours. This building is an outstanding garden feature and comes inclusive of joinery made doors and windows and redwood cladding. The manufacturers of this remarkable building offer a delivery and installation service which is included in the price for many parts of mainland england. This means that you can get the whole package at the click of a button – delivered and built all in one go!

Next time we will take a look at our three top Log Cabins – see you then!

 

 

Have you voted yet? We have…

So it might be difficult to avoid the general election and party political broadcasts and if you’re like us and still not sure which way to go with your vote, we thought we would change the subject completely and do our own vote (just for fun), so as we sell garden buildings we each decided which was our favourite.

The buildings were chosen on an all around best building so when making my choices I considered the shed quality, the standard features and benefits, the supplier support and aftersales, price, value and delivery lead time.

Sheds

Voted best sheds 2015

These are my choice of garden sheds.
1. Supreme Apex Shed
2. Rowlinson Potting Shed
3. Supreme Workshop

The Supreme Apex Shed – is a good quality shed which also includes assembly within the price so keep that in mind when comparing the prices. The shed comes as standard with two diagonal cross supports on each wall built into the frame work helping maintain the rigidity of the shed with a 3ft opening door fully framed, ledge and Supreme Apexbraced this will help prevent the door from twisting, warping and over time dropping out of shape. this range of garden buildings is made with shiplap tongue and grooved timber and has a tongue and grooved roof and floor so no chip board, sterling or OSB. I like this range of sheds as they are not just good quality and include assembly but they have a slightly larger than average eaves height as I am 6ft it is nice to be able to stand up straight all through the building.

Potting Shed

The Rowlinson Potting Shed – a nice alternative to the traditional looking shed with the integral wooden growing space it makes not only for an attractive feature but a completely functional space, why not grow your own and not everyone wants both a greenhouse and a shed or summerhouse so why not get all three in one with this stylish design potting shed.

                               The Supreme Workshop –  Supreme Workshop      This was an easy choice a larger and superior version of the supreme apex so all of the above but available in larger sizes and has a double door as standard so for those who need the larger garden storage space or a decent workshop even a place to store the ride on mower or garden machines.

We let our customers do the talking…

One of the more pleasurable parts of working for Taylors is hearing the positive feedback from our customers, it is always a pleasure and we always take on board what we are told and are always open to suggestions or ideas.

Here is a selection of some of the lovely comments we have received in the past couple of weeks…

 


 

Forest Easy Lift Cold Frame

  Love the colour they have painted the Cold Frame!

 

 


 

Supreme Apex Shed 8×6

The Supreme Apex model is one of our most successful lines, the feedback with these has always been extremely positive!

 


 

The Playhouse 6×6 with verandah

Suck kind words! Feedback such as this is very motivational for our sales team!

 


 

Double Wheelie Bin Chest 240ltr

Our Wheelie bin covers have really been a hit with our customers!!

 


 

Double Wheelie Bin and Recycling Chest

An ideal way to keep unsightly bins out of sight!

 

 All reviews are taken from our Feefo account on the internet.

Have a good bank holiday everybody!

 

 

 

 

New faces at Taylors.

Already we are on the verge of saying goodbye to April and summer is rapidly approaching!  In preparation for what will be our busiest period, we have introduced many new lines to our range and improved our site to make it easier to navigate around.

As many of you are no doubt already aware there are  some new faces amongst us at the Taylors office.  The success of our businesses has necessitated a growth in our workforce – the next time you call in with  an enquiry you might find a new voice at the end of the phone!

Our two new colleagues are Adam and Max, they joined a few weeks back and have already made a positive impression with many of our customers. Need advice or reassurance on a product? These guys are here to help!

All of our staff are fully trained to the Taylors standard so don’t be put off by an unfamiliar voice – our staff receive full comprehensive coaching to ensure they give you the first class service you have come to expect!

Here’s to a successful and profitable summer!!