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Looking for new hobby ideas? Love horses? Why not combine the two!

The recent lockdown and ongoing restrictions has left many of us with extra time on our hands to reflect and take stock of the things that are of upmost importance to us.  It has also forced us to try things that we previously may not have considered, or it may have sparked a desire for…

Equine preparation ahead of autumn and winter

In the coming weeks, we will begin to think about packing up the BBQ, dusting off our wellies, reaching for our autumn wardrobe, and commencing thermostat wars with the other members of our households!  For those of you caring for horses, there will be a few other jobs to add to your checklist in order…

Caring for your horse in the sun and heat

This year, the early summer weather is a little bit hit and miss.  One moment it’s sunny, and the next we’re donning our rain macs!  Hopefully, we’ll soon be slapping on the Factor 50 as the summer establishes.  However, as the heat begins to vamp up, it’s not just us humans that will need some…

The planning permission process for stables

If you would like to build a permanent equestrian construction – such as stables or field shelter – it is very likely that you will need planning permission.  The need for planning permission for stables will depend on whether the stables fit within the permitted development criteria for your local area.  We explore if planning…

Crafting a beautiful wooden home office

In recent years, we have seen an increased demand for wooden home offices as the opportunity to work from home (or WFH as the modern among us say) grows in popularity.  With more employers recognising the benefits that flexible and home working can have on the productivity of their employees (thanks to a reduced commute,…

Looking after your timber garden building

Our gardens and outdoor spaces have never been so important to us.  Improvements in technology mean the modern world can do more at a faster pace.  While this enables us to achieve greater things, it also means we often forfeit our time to unwind and relax as a result.   Our timber garden buildings are loved by…

Mobile field shelter – how often do you move yours?

While there are no set rules or requirements stating that you should move your field shelter once it is in place, there are lots of benefits associated in doing so. After all, you may as well utilise the fact that your shelter is indeed ‘mobile’ rather than just revelling in the fact that you didn’t need…

Constructing timber frame buildings becomes child’s play

Those of you that know us well will be clued-up about our skill set and will be well aware that it’s not just stables and barns that we specialise in.  We have earned a unique position in the market as one of the leading installers of timber buildings and one of our current projects in…

Alternative uses for mobile field shelters

We don’t need to tell you that mobile field shelters are used for sheltering horses, but did you know that mobile field shelters have lots of other potential uses too? Mobile field shelters are not just for horses During our 35 years of industry experience we have tailored field shelters for all kinds of purposes. …

Multi-purpose timber carports

Whether attached to your house or as a free-standing structure, there are so many possible designs for wooden carports depending on your budget and personal taste.  At this time of year, they are perfect for storing and protecting your car but that’s not the only thing they are great for.  We’ve built lots of carports,…

American Barn Build for an Unusual Customer

We love a challenge here at National Timber Buildings and our latest undertaking is exactly that.  We are very excited to be involved in such a unique community project that may prove a real second chance to those willing to grab it.  What’s the plan?  Well, we are currently building a ten stall American Barn…

Winter horse care tips

It’s that time of year again, when the clocks go back, the leaves change colour and the thermostat wars begin!  Now the nights are getting longer, and the weather is increasingly unpredictable, horses will need more shelter from the elements.  A full stable MOT now will ensure you are fully prepared for the harsh winter…

Cheap mobile field shelters for horses

Cheap mobile field shelters are the low-cost option for stabling horses. Cheaper than building a stable, these standalone structures are perfect for offering horses shelter when out in the paddock. Thanks to their design, they are easy to transport and can serve as an integral part of your horse care – without costing too much…

How to build stables – cheap options that won’t break the bank

Keeping a horse incurs certain expenses that you need to budget for, and whilst building a stable is one of these expenses, it also doesn’t need to break the bank. If you know where to look, you can find competitively priced stables that are the perfect first-time purchase. Buy cheap, buy twice – getting value…

Building a stable block

A stable block, or stable yard, will usually consist of multiple loose boxes as well as ancillary buildings used for horse care and general storage. Having the perfect stable block design and layout will make horse care much easier for you and will make your horses happier as well. Here, we help you to work…

Should your horse be stabled at night?

Whilst it’s good for horses to spend plenty of time pastured, many will need to be stabled at night for at least part of the year. The amount of time they will need to be stabled for will all depend on the breed of the horse, their general health and the weather conditions. You can…

What is the difference between a barn and a stable?

Generally speaking, a stable is a timber building that is used to house horses. A barn is also usually made of timber, but it is most often used to keep livestock, or to store machinery or equipment. There are instances where the two terms may be used interchangeably, so it is always worth specifying your…

What is permitted development? Will I need planning permission for a garage? Your planning consent questions answered.

Planning consent: This is something that our clients regularly ask us about with regard to timber buildings. It is a minefield of an area, with various planning rules and regulations that you need to be aware of ahead of going through the design and build process. To answer the vast majority of questions about the…

Do you need planning permission for a mobile field shelter?

A mobile field shelter is the perfect option for horse owners wanting a temporary, field-based solution for housing their animals. Perhaps you are currently waiting to have a new stable block completed or you want to give your horses more shelter during the day if they spend lots of time out of doors. Whatever your…

What’s the difference between a log cabin and a timber-frame home?

On the surface, it might seem like a log cabin is similar to a timber-frame building. Yet, whilst both are made of timber, this is largely where the similarities end as the two are structurally very different. If you are considering which type of timber building is going to be right for you, we have…