Shed Type, Roof Size
The first thing that stood out for us about this timber workshop is its sheer scale. It takes the traditional appearance of an apex garden shed and then extends it in all directions. This results in a garden building that is very versatile and can be used for gardening, work, or leisure activities but yet still fits in nicely with a traditional garden background.
The apex roof is made of solid sheet material, which we would have liked to see replaced by tougher tongue and groove timbers, but added protection is given by the mineral felt covering. It effectively channels water away, and also adds more vertical space, which is shown by the ridge height of 2.25m and the eaves height of 1.57m. The overall width of the shed is 3.09m and the overall depth is 4.53m, which are both significantly more than we usually find on a shed of this price.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
One of the reasons that this workshop can be offered at such a good value price is that overlap cladding is used rather than tongue and groove shiplap cladding. This is a cost effective substrate, and is effective at stopping water getting inside, but its thickness of 7mm is rather less than we see on a lot of other timber sheds and workshops we review. Nevertheless when affixed to 28 X 28mm frame it does feel solid.
The floor, like the roof, is made of solid sheet OSM, which is in effect a more resilient version of chipboard. We would definitely recommend strengthening this if anything weighty is going to be stored inside. Whilst we would have liked to see a stronger floor included, we did like the fact that the integral floor joists are pressure treated, which should help to reduce the likelihood of problems being caused by ground moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
With large sheds such as this, we always like to see long warranties given as this gives the customer peace of mind for what can be a significant expenditure. That’s why we were pleased to see the manufacturer provide a 10 year warranty against rot, although this is dependent upon the building being re-treated after installation and on a yearly basis afterwards. Because the workshop is sizeable this can involve quite a lot of wood preserver being used, so it was good to see a free tub of treatment being provided with every purchase.
Doors and Windows
The doors were another feature that we really appreciated. They have a very wide opening of 1.33m and an adequate height of 1.78m. It means that transporting objects in and out becomes simplicity itself, which is why we can easily see this being used to store items such as mobility scooters or even motorcycles.
A good worksop needs lots of light,preferably natural light, and that’s provided here by six fixed windows. We were glad to see that styrene had been used for the glazing, as this is much tougher than standard glass while still providing clarity of vision.
Security and Privacy
A workshop on this scale, especially one that allows people to see what’s inside, could potentially attract unwanted protection. The toughened glazing and braced doors offer some initial protection, but we would have liked to see a padlock and alarm system included as standard. The padbolt on the door is holed and ready for a lock, but unfortunately the padlock will have to be sourced and purchased separately.
Customisation Options and Extras
Although this shed looks an attractive golden brown colour in its natural state, this will quickly fade and look tired if left as it is. That’s why we recommend painting the timber, and so we welcomed the option to purchase a shed treatment in six colours. It keeps UV away, as well as allowing the customer to have a workshop in a colour of their choosing.
Another optional extra we feel will come in handy to many customers is an assembly tool kit. With all fixtures and fittings included in the standard flat pack kit, this means that you’ll have everything you need to carry out the perfect installation.
The components of this workshop were well machined and fitted together nicely, but we would have liked a tougher roof and floor.
Longevity Of materials
The 10 year warranty shows how effective the overlap cladding and apex roof are at keeping water out, but we would have preferred it to be thicker.
You’ll find a lot of storage space to utilise here, and the relatively low eaves height is compensated for by generous vertical space in the workshop’s central area.
Ease of installation
We were pleasantly surprised that such a large garden building is so easy to assemble, and that’s because it features modular components. With a friend to help, you can complete the installation within six hours.
Even though some components could have been upgraded in our view, this is still very good value for money for such a large and versatile storage space.
Final Thoughts: Having a workshop in your garden can bring huge benefits, whether you want to use it for leisure activities such as carpentry or storing gardening equipment, or even for small scale business activities. Increasing numbers of people are working from home, and if you’re one of them then this could be a good option for use as an office or warehousing space. You’ll need to reinforce the floor and add a good quality padlock if anything heavy or expensive is kept inside, but this is still well worth considering for people who want a good value workshop that has traditional good looks.
Prices around: £749.99
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