Shed Type, Roof Size
Considering its price, we were very impressed by the scale of this workshop. It’s large enough to use for small commercial enterprises, such as a company making handcrafts, yet affordable enough for domestic use as a large garden shed. We liked the traditional rustic appearance it displays, and yet by adapting shiplap cladding rather than overlap cladding it offers much more resilient and effective weather defences.
The apex roof at the summit plays a part in this. It’s made of 12mm tongue and groove cladding, which is thicker than most roofs we see on the wooden sheds we review, and then covered in tough mineral felt. It not only performs well against rain and snow, it also adds extra vertical space, as demonstrated by the ridge height of 2.47m, over 8 feet tall, and the eaves height of 1.77m. When choosing a site on which to position the workshop, keep in mind the outer width of 2.46m and the outer depth of 3.68, both measurements excluding the overhang.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Large timber sheds such as this are dependent upon the strength of the frame for stability, which is why we were pleased to see that heavy duty framing was used. With a profile of 45 X 45mm it’s noticeably thicker than many frames we see. On top of this sits 12mm tongue and groove cladding; it’s easy to construct and yet very effective at keeping rain out and the contents within dry.
We would have liked to see the floor made of the same tongue and groove material as the walls and roof, but the manufacturers have opted for the more cost effective solution of solid sheet material. Nevertheless, it’s thickness of 16mm is considerably more than many that we see, so it should only need reinforcing if you plan to install heavy machinery in the workshop. We were pleased to see that floor joists had been included as standard, and that they had been pressure treated as this gives long lasting protection from ground moisture, one of the major causes of rot in sheds.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
One thing we really appreciated about this shed is the 10 year warranty against rot supplied by the manufacturer. This is far more than that given on some sheds we review in this price bracket, and shows the confidence they have in the workshop’s waterproof properties. With an apex roof, pressure treated joists, and strong cladding, we feel they’re right to have this confidence.
It’s a pity, however, that pressure treatment wasn’t used on the whole of the structure as the cladding itself has been dip treated. This gives a basic level of initial protection, as well as the golden colour that we liked, but it means that annual treatment with a spirit or water based wood preserver will be required by the customer, as well as an immediate treatment following installation.
Doors and Windows
The accommodating double doors were another feature that stood out for us. Hinged and braced, they form a solid barrier to those seeking to gain unauthorised access. When open, they give a width of 1.46m and a height of 1.75m, which is more than enough to move wide or tall objects in and out without having to stoop.
To use a garden building as a workshop it has to have lots of light, preferably natural light as that puts less strain on the eyes. We were glad to see that this workshop had a generous six fixed windows, and equally glad to see that 1.5mm thick styrene had been used. Whilst this isn’t the thickest glazing that we see, styrene is naturally tough and shatter resistant and gives superior performance when compared to glass.
Security and Privacy
If you’re keeping valuable equipment in this workshop then you may want to consider installing blinds or shutters, as the plethora of windows make it easy to see inside. One security feature that we really welcomed, however, was the key operated RIM lock. With two button catches as well, it provides both security and peace of mind.
Customisation Options and Extras
Whilst we were impressed by the locking system included as standard, we appreciate that some workshop owners will feel the need to add even more security. That’s why it’s good to see that padlock and alarm systems can be added as optional extras. A security kit made by Yale, a big name in this field, contains a hasp, padlock and alarm, and costs just £24.99.
Another optional extra we would highly recommend is DIY wood stain in either dark brown or harvest gold. This gives the timber added protection against the sun, and can help to prevent splits and warms, as well as the silvering that wood can be prone to if left unpainted.
We were very pleased with the thickness and quality of all the components used, although at this price tongue and groove timbers could also have been used on the floor.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
Shiplap cladding, as found here, is very effective at keeping rain at bay, so this should be a very rot resistant shed.
It was good to see that this workshop has a good height, as well as an accommodating depth and width, meaning you can fit more inside than you might imagine.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
The assembly instructions provided aren’t the clearest we’ve seen, so read through them twice before starting the assembly process. With a friend to help, expect it to take around six hours.
This is a large shed that is well illuminated, so we feel it represents very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a well proportioned garden workshop, but are working to a strict budget, then this has to be worth your consideration. It looked impressive from the moment we saw it, and because of the tall ridge and eaves height you can fit a lot inside, especially if shelving or racking units are added. We can imagine it being used as anything from a playhouse for children or grandchildren, to a workshop on which to carry out repairs on motorcycles. We were pleased to see a good quality locking system included, too often left out by manufacturers, and also pleased at the lengthy warranty period against rot. These two factors should give owners of this workshop added peace of mind.
Prices around: £829.99
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