When it comes to building climbing frames in gardens, the biggest 4 complaints we hear are these:
And, that’s almost certainly right. Those who order online are left with a palette, or several boxes, of unconstructed pieces, (occasionally with crucial pieces missing) on their drive or lawn.
Then they have to get the tools and, in most cases, find at least one other friend to help, and then construct it over a number of days. Many succumb to getting someone to do it for them, and yet the workmen they choose can vary wildly in terms of experience and quality of finished product.
We supply and build, we’re responsible to not just supply the right climbing frame for you, but also to complete the job. With one supplier, you don’t get finger-pointing, tut-tutting, or head scratching. You just get the job done!
Once it is ‘unboxed’, a climbing frame is just about the most difficult thing to ‘return’. Once constructed, it’s too late to try to switch it for something else. All too often we speak to owners who regret a hurried or pressurised decision. Common problems are:
The last thing you want is a long-term permanent ‘regret’ sitting in your back garden!
Our first visit is the most important visit, in it we discuss the space, where to pitch it, measure up ourselves to make sure it will fit as well as ensuring that swings and slides have adequate space around them.
We will ask you about the children who will use them – some frames are more ‘boyish’ and others more suitable for girls, as well as the larger modular ones being more suitable for the bigger kid: they grow and grow! We will make sure what we recommend to you is the best for your garden, family, budget and space.
Some parents are very capable and are able to get the job done to a good standard, others recognise that they don’t have the skills. The ones who really get into trouble are those who have no real experience of construction or working with wood, but believe they are capable.
It’s generally about half-way through the process that it all unravels. Perhaps the footings were not concreted property, maybe the spirit level went missing, perhaps they fit the wrong piece and have to drill fresh holes, or worse end up with a number of pieces with no idea about where they should go.
These frames need fixing as quickly as possible, as a poorly constructed frame will not only have a short life, but is dangerous. We can help in situations like this, but If we need to reverse most of the way back, or fit ‘new’ parts, then it will take more time (and cost more) than building it from scratch.
Photos can be deceptive and often when someone is looking at a photo online there is little reference point to the actual size of the frame. Something that seems supersize in a picture can look like a miniature in real life. And that’s a problem. Why? Because a good climbing frame should last years, not just in terms of time elapsed, but also ages of children.
A small frames means as soon as they start getting towards double figures in age, they will outgrow the climbing frame. This is not the desired outcome and certainly one we recommend you avoid.
We have all the experience and skills to build the perfect climbing frame or treehouse. So, when we build it we have all the right tools, we use concrete for foundations, we use a spirit level, we take detailed measures every step of the way. In the end we care about your experience, not just of our help today, but for the years ahead.
So, why not contact us today, and discuss what you’re looking for in your garden. We’d love to help you get a ‘proper job’ done!
Updated, 14 November 2018.
Thank you so much for turning an unloved tree house into an adventurous play area for our children. We got fantastic advice and had a lovely considerate build team. We are delighted and our children love it.- A. Freeland
The younger of our two grandsons had his 8th birthday party. The tree house had a thorough test by 16 children between aged 7 and 11. It has survived with no ill effects, being agreed to be ‘cool’ and a good thing.- D. Potter
Thanks for an amazing job.- S. Kirk
Great job building our climbing frame – friendly people, easy to deal with and flexible on the design. Highly recommend!- B. Mitchell
It looks fantastic and we are really pleased. The boys spent the whole day on it yesterday and refused to stop even for the rain. The big question now is whether we can ever persuade them to leave the garden to do something else.- P. Crofts
That looks amazing!- The Daughter of R Slade
Thank you for making the most of our small, sloping garden. The design makes the most of the space available, is great for all kinds of play, we even use it for homework now!- F. Haig
The climbing frame and swings are great and we are really pleased with it. It is getting good use already.- C. Evans
Thanks for a great, professional job. The kids are delighted. We’re very pleased, thank you.- J. Jaggard