Shed Type And Roof Size
The 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed is one very smart looking shed. If you want a shed that has a different look from all the rest, then this is the shed for you. Its barn design is really cool and as well as being a place for storage it will also be a real standout feature of your garden. This is actually quite a spacious shed with 9 feet 11 inches of depth and 8 feet of width. When you add in the impressive headroom which is 8 feet 7 inches at it highest point, you have a shed that is offering a whole lot of space for you to play with. It is offering so much space that we could actually see many people using this as some kind of workshop or studio.
Of course a huge part of what gives this shed its charm is the roof. The Dutch barn design means that the roof kind of looks like a dome and we love it. This is what gives you all that headroom. As well as looking fantastic, the roof is also very well made. It is constructed with very nice looking 12 mm thick tongue and groove boarding. These are thick and strong boards that are supported with a very cleverly made framing to offer even more support. Keeping these boards safe from the rain is some very smart looking roofing felt.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed really does have a great look and the main reason for that is the 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding that it is made with. This cladding is very thick so you will have no worries about this being a weak and flimsy shed. It is also not going to allow any rain at all inside the shed.
Thanks to the strong 27 mm x 45 mm frame that is backing up the cladding, this is one very robust shed. It is kind of like if The Terminator was backed up by Robocop – that is how strong and secure this shed is. A huge reason for this is that they have used such a thick and solid frame. The frame actually goes very well with the overall style of the shed and that is not something we say too often.
The floor is actually one of the strongest aspects of the shed. It is made with the same kind of 12 mm thick tongue and groove boards that the roof is, but under these are some extra strong, pressure treated floor joists. Now we know this may not sound all that exciting, but it makes for one very solid floor that is able to take a lot of weight. Heck this floor is so strong you and the other half could get the boom box out and have yourselves a real hoedown in this barn. Or you could just take advantage of the strong floor by storing heavy items on it.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed has a basecoat treatment applied to it. This is only there to protect the shed during transit and installation. We would recommend that shortly after construction, you give it a good coating of wood treatment. A new coating should be applied once a year after this. It would be a real shame for this great looking barn to start to show signs of rot. As of us writing this review they are actually giving a free tub of treatment with this shed, so be sure to look for that.
A generous ten year anti rot guarantee is what you get with this shed. This is a fair guarantee and like other sheds that have a basecoat treatment, the guarantee is dependent on you looking after the shed correctly.
Doors And Windows
We love how wide and high the double doors are on this shed. With 5 feet 10 inches of height and 4 feet 5 inches of width, you will have no trouble getting in and out of here. We also really like the design of the doors as they have a really friendly and welcoming look. The doors are also very secure as they are made with double z framing and each door is secured with three high quality hinges.
On the side of the shed are two windows. These are made with styrene so no worries of broken glass if you have kids kicking a ball around the garden. These windows can be opened so you can make sure there is fresh air in the shed. This can come in really handy if you plan on using the 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed as a workshop.
Security And Privacy
This is one very good looking shed, but it is also offering you a lot of security. To start with the overall design is very strong, but it also comes with an actual lock. This means that once you have finished storing your items or working in here, you can securely lock up those large double doors. This also saves you having to mess around adding your own lock.
While there are two good sized windows on this shed we do not think that a lack of privacy is an issue with this shed. The windows are on the side so you can always position the shed so they are a bit hidden from peeking eyes. Alternatively, you could always just add a set of blinds or curtains.
Customisation Options And Extras
We love the look of the 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed, but as you need to give it a coating of treatment anyway, think about using a coloured treatment. We like the natural wood look, but you can get wood treatment in all different colours these days. So if you want something a little more exciting like red or blue, then you can actually get wood treatment like that.
The main extra that they have on offer is an installation service. While in theory this sounds like a great idea, we feel that at £319.99, the installation service is rather expensive.
This is a rare example of a shed where not one single corner has been cut. Looking at the list of materials is just incredible as you realise that they have made this shed as good as they possibly could.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
We feel that this is a shed that is built to last. Last it will, but it will need to be looked after properly by you. You take care of this shed and it will reward you with a lifetime of use.
This is a 10 x 8 shed, but it is a very good size 10 x 8 shed if that makes any sense. We love the floor space this offers, but that extra headroom really is going to make a world of difference.
Ease of installation 8/10
As this is so high it may be a little tricky to install. But with the help of a friend or family member, a tool box and a steady supply of biscuits, you will find this can be quite a fun experience.
This is an expensive shed, but when you consider that this is high quality from top to bottom, then you realise that they really could not have priced this much lower.
Final Thoughts: The 10 x 8 Windsor Groundsman Dutch Barn Shed is a shed that impressed us from the moment we saw it. It is so good looking that we are sure some people will pull the trigger on this before even reading about how well made it is. There honestly is not anything bad we can say about this shed. They really have done a great job. The only sticking point for some people may be the price, but if this is a shed you do like the look of, rather than buy a cheaper 10 x 8 shed, have a think about saving up a little longer so you can get this. After all, it is essentially a dream shed.
Prices around: £969.99
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