Shed Type, Roof Size
We like to see traditional sheds that take the best of the classic design and incorporate modern innovations such as smooth planed cladding, so we really appreciated the good looks of this large and elegant timber apex shed. We also appreciated its combination design, meaning that the main area of the shed which can be used as a workshop or simply a place to relax is complemented by an extra storage facility to its rear.
The first thing we noticed about this shed is just how tall it is, thanks to its dominating apex roof that carries rain quickly away. The ridge height is 2.31m and the eaves height is 1.73m, so there’s lots of room to store tall items or to move around in. You’ll need a level area on which to site this shed, so look out for a suitable area that has a width of at least 2.44m and a depth of at least 3.63m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were very glad to find that superior tongue and groove cladding had been used for the walls, roof and floor. Tightly interlocking, it leaves no room for rainwater to squeeze through, and although its thickness of 12mm matches that which we see on many other large sheds that we review, when allied to the 34mm square frame it creates a very stable and reliable building.
It was good to see that the floor was made of tongue and groove cladding rather than cheaper options such as OSB, but at this price it would have been good if it had been a little thicker. What we did like, however, was the inclusion of integrated floor joists that had been pressure treated. By lifting the floor above ground level, it’s protected against the dangers of surface moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Pressure treatment, or tanalisation, wasn’t only used on the floor joists but across the timbers as a whole. This was very good to see, as it creates a highly rot resistant substrate. As the cladding and the roof also help in the fight against rot by keeping water at bay, the manufacturer has been able to provide a 15 year warranty. We feel this is an excellent value adding feature, as we often see sheds that feature warranties of 10 years or even just one year. The manufacturer also states that no retreatments are necessary, although we still think it makes sense to check the condition of the shed every year. We would also recommend painting or staining the timber, as if left in its unpainted state it can quickly fade to a less attractive silver colour.
Doors and Windows
A large shed or workshop can be compromised by a narrow door, which is why it was good to find that this shed’s doors were very accommodating. At the front is a set of fully braced double doors, with heavy duty hinges. They open to a width of 1.52m and have a height of 1.80m, which are both in excess of what we often find and allow tall and wide options to be brought in and out without any difficulties. There’s also a single door at the end of one side, allowing access to the rear area.
The shed features two windows adjacent to each other, and we liked the way that they allow a good supply of natural light into the interior of the building. They’re fully opening, so it was easy to ventilate the shed, which we feel will prove invaluable on a hot day. They’re also made of toughened glazing, which should withstand accidental impacts from stone chips and the like.
The rear portion of this combination shed is particularly secure because it has no windows. We welcome this feature as it means that there’s no way that passers by can see if you have anything valuable stored inside. The main body of the shed is also protected, but in this case by a key operated lock. We were pleased to see both doors featuring locks, especially as we often review sheds that place the onus on the customer to find and fit one.
If you want to add a slatted roof it’s available as an optional extra, although at a cost of £379.99 we would recommend sticking with the standard roof. One option which will be useful to lots of people however is the professional assembly service. We’re used to installing sheds, but we know that many people can find the thought of installing such a large shed intimidating. For those people, the £159 cost of the installation service will prove good value for money as well as saving them time.
We were glad to see that there was no compromise made on quality, as shown by the use of tongue and groove cladding for all surfaces.
Longevity Of materials
With the tongue and groove cladding being further protected by pressure treatment, it’s easy to see why the manufacturer can offer a 15 year guarantee against rot.
The extra storage room at the back, and the tall roof and eaves height, both ensure that you can fit a lot more into this shed than you may at first think.
Ease of installation
You’ll need a friend’s help, but if you read the instructions carefully before commencing the work you should be able to complete the installation within six hours or so.
This is a lot of money to pay for a timber shed, but if it falls within the scope of your budget you’ll find that it delivers on quality and storage space.
Final Thoughts: The two windows make this combination shed ideal for use as a workshop, as they bring in a plentiful supply of natural light and can also be opened to allow fresh air to circulate. One possible downside of having large windows, however, is that they allow prying eyes to see any valuable items that might be inside, which in turn can make it a potential target for thieves. The storage area at the back helps to combat this problem, as you’ll be able to keep anything of value out of sight and safely locked away. That’s why we rate the design of this shed so highly, and we also welcome its range of value adding features such as the 15 year anti-rot guarantee.
Prices around: £1289
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