Shed Type, Roof Size
Whilst the main body of this timber apex shed itself is attractive, thanks to the smooth tongue and groove cladding under a felt covered roof, it’s the three foot wide lean to annexe that really caught our eye. It can be used to store logs, of course, but it’s also ideal for storing bags of soil or aggregate, or you could even put a chair or patio set there and use it as a space to relax and look out at the garden.
The apex roof itself covers both the main body of the shed, and the lean to which is supported by strong and thick 75mm square support posts. We were impressed by the headroom offered by this shed, and the ridge height is a very tall 2.54m, with an eaves height of 1.96m. The overall width of the building is 3.35m and the overall depth is 3.02m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
With a garden building of this size the cladding and frame are all important, so it was good to find that while the components are quite light during assembly the finished construction is solid and stable. This is thanks to the 12mm thick tongue and groove cladding which is used for roof and floor as well as the walls, and the frame of 34 X 34mm.
The floor, which is elevated by integrated joists, should be suitable for most domestic purposes but if you plan on installing heavy machinery then it will probably be worth adding reinforcement.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The initial preservative treatment added to timber is the most important, as wood can be particularly vulnerable to water in its freshly cut days. That’s why we were very pleased to see that a deep reaching pressure treatment had been applied by the manufacturer, which isn’t always the case even in workshops in this price range. Combined with the water repellency offered by the apex roof and the tongue and groove cladding, it gives excellent and long lasting protection against rot.
This is demonstrated by the generous and welcome 15 year warranty against rot and decay, which is a long as any that we see. Whilst there is no onus on the customer to retreat the timbers, we still advise owners to check the workshop on a yearly basis and add more wood preserver if necessary.
Doors and Windows
We liked both the size and strength of this single hinged door, which is fully braced and resistant to impact. At 0.89m, it’s as wide as some double doors we see which mean that you can easily bring objects of any size and shape in and out, especially given the very accommodating door height of 1.80m.
Thanks to its roomy nature this shed is ideal for use as a small scale workshop, and this usage is facilitated by two windows. It was good to see not only that they feature toughened glass, they are also fully opening which means that the workshop is easy to ventilate. It contributes to an interior that is very pleasant to walk around in.
Security And Privacy
The tough windows and door help to prevent unauthorised access but the security feature we welcomed most is the key operated lock. It looks to be a tough and high quality locking system, and this alone could be enough to deter opportune shed thieves. We often see workshops and sheds that have no locking system as standard, even ones at this price, so it was good to see that the manufacturer had thought of what we feel is an essential factor.
Customisation Options and Extras
The log store adds extra functionality to this workshop, but it also makes it a little harder and time consuming to assemble. That’s why we were pleased to see that a professional installation service is available as an optional extra. Despite its price of £169, we can imagine this being a popular choice. Other options available are a handy workbench, as well as an opportunity to upgrade to a slatted roof. At a cost of more than £400, however, it could be worth staying with the standard tongue and groove roof.
We were pleased to see that despite the scale and complexity of this garden building, there has been no compromise on quality.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
With all timbers being subjected to an initial pressure treatment process, and interlocking cladding keeping water out, this is a very durable workshop.
The base area of the shed puts it into the mid size bracket, even though the tall eaves give extra vertical storage space, but the lean to greatly increases the overall storage capacity.
Ease of installation 8/10
Even though the instructions are quite easy to follow, the sheer size of this structure means that it will take a minimum of six hour to assemble, and be prepared for it to take longer.
Even though it costs in excess of a thousand pounds, we still think this represents good value for money with all the features it has to offer.
Final Thoughts: We liked the look of this workshop from the moment we saw it, so we were delighted to find that its functionality is just as good as its looks. The log store is a particularly useful addition, and it was good to see that it’s protected from the elements thanks to an extra panel and the overhanging apex roof. The roof is just one of the excellent weather defences provided by the workshop, so we were glad to see that reflected in a very long lasting 15 year warranty. If you’re looking for a traditional timber workshop, and your budget will stretch to just a little over a thousand pounds, then we feel that this would be a good choice.
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