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Our blog is the perfect place to explore stables, barns and timber buildings in more depth and discover some of the need-to-know information surrounding them. Have a look through and see what you can learn.

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Bespoke insulated garden offices

Bespoke insulated garden offices that are built to last In the UK, the amount of people working from home has steadily increased over the last twenty years, culminating in around 5.6 million people remote working during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Staring at the four walls of our living rooms for months on end during those…

Animal field shelters

Field shelter for animals is important whatever the season.  In summer, the priority is providing them with suitable shade and in winter it is all about keeping them protected from the extreme rain and wind. Field shelters are not just suitable for horses either, they are suitable for housing all sorts of livestock whether it…

Tips on buying a horse for the first time

Whether you are an experienced rider or completely new to the game, buying a horse is a big deal, particularly if you consider yourself a beginner and have never bought a horse before. If you fall into this category, worry not! We have put together the following golden nuggets of advice to help you choose…

Wooden garage planning permission explained

With so many homeowners choosing to improve rather than move, the demand for wooden garages and other outbuildings are on the up. The first thing our customers normally enquire about is whether or not they will require planning permission to build their dream garage or whether they can avoid it. The truth is, there are…

Does a barn increase property value?

If you are thinking of investing in a timber building, whether it be a barn, garage, garden room, home office or other useful building, you might be weighing up if the cost of constructing it is a savvy financial decision? At first thought, it may seem like a sizeable outlay, particularly if the idea is…

Ten poisonous plants for horses

Ten poisonous plants for horses For most equestrians, summertime means more time outdoors for their horses. After being cooped up in their stable over the winter months, a horse’s health and well-being will receive a massive boost from increased turnout in their pasture where they are happiest. Generally, horse owners will have an easier time…

Brick or timber garage: Which construction material is best?

Maybe you are thinking of building yourself a garden office, a workout area or new garage? Maybe you are just looking to add more living space? Whatever your reason for contemplating an outbuilding, you will undoubtedly what to maximise the return on your investment by adding as much value to your home in the process. …

Successful stable management tips

It is important to remember that genetically, domestic horses and wild horses are the same.  That means the instinct to be outside 24/7, graze on lush rich grasses and enjoy natural foraging is as strong in the horse living in your back yard or at your stables as it is in a horse living in…

How do I feng shui my home office?

With more people working from home than ever on a long-term basis, it’s important to get your home working set up right, to ensure you’re working as productively as possible, whilst enjoying it too! The basic principles of feng shui are all about harnessing energy to harmonise an individual with their environment. Unlike being in a…

Do garden rooms add value to a property?

As the Coronavirus driven stamp duty holiday draws to an end this spring (June 2021) we will no doubt see many homeowners, once again, opting to add value to their property rather than moving. A well planned and maintained garden is a great place to start, particularly with so many of us keen to enjoy…

Help stop unauthorised feeding of horses

The public feeding of horses has been an ongoing issue over the years, but with so many more people relishing the opportunity to enjoy a daily stroll during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has unfortunately meant a rise in lockdown walkers feeding horses.  For many horse owners, this is having some devastating consequences.  There are countless…

Virtual fundraising ideas

As we find ourselves fully immersed in what is turning out to be a somewhat disheartening winter, thoughts are with colleagues within the equine community, particularly the smaller charities and welfare organisations feeling the significant financial impacts that the coronavirus pandemic is racking up. During these colder months, caring for equines will be notably more…

Home office solution | Wave goodbye to your costly commute

If there is one thing that businesses excel at when facing turbulent times, it’s diversifying and adapting in order to survive – a skill that has was widely proved during the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 forced many business owners to enter the remote world of working for the first time or…

Seasons greetings from National Timber Buildings

What a history-making year we have found ourselves in.  2020 has certainly been taunted by its fair share of challenges.  The business world has witnessed many SMEs in particular, struggle to stay afloat and our hearts go out to colleagues within the equine community, especially the smaller charities and welfare organisations that are really suffering…

Toys for horses | Entertaining a stabled horse

Humans are not the only ones that will be spending a lot more time indoors over the next few months. Horses will also spend a great deal of time in the constraints of their stable as the temperature continues to drop during winter.  Like us, some horses can get bored!  Luckily, there are lots of…

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…