Shed Type, Roof Size
This large apex roofed versatile is incredibly flexible thanks to its generous dimensions, and yet we still found its look attractive rather than unwieldy. It adheres to the traditional design of a garden shed with its wooden door and two windows, and its felt covered roof, and yet it’s all done on a grand scale which means that it could easily be used as a workshop for either leisure purposes, or even for a small scale business operation.
We were pleased to see that the apex roof itself was made of tough tongue and groove cladding, which in conjunction with the felt covering should mean that it’s very durable whatever the weather brings. It’s also taller than many roofs we see, and creates a ridge height of 2.31m and an eaves height of 1.73m. The overall width is 2.44m and the overall depth is 4.85m, so ensure that you have a level area of at least these dimensions on which to site it.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We’re used to seeing 12mm tongue and groove cladding used on the large sheds and workshops we review, as it is here, but we were glad to see that it was used for all the surfaces and not only the walls. The tightly interlocking timbers create a very stable structure, even though we do feel that the frame could have been a bit thicker than the 34 X 34mm frame supplied.
The floor should be thick and strong enough for most purposes, although you may want to strengthen it if you plan on keeping heavy machinery or vehicles inside. We were pleased to see that it comes with integrated floor joists, as although raising flooring above ground level is essential in the fight against moisture and rot, joists are not always included as standard.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The pre-treatment used by the manufacturer is, in our opinion, one of the stand out features. All the timber has had preservative forced into it via a pressure treatment, which gives a very long lasting protection. It not only means that a 15 year warranty can be provided, thanks also the effectiveness of the cladding of course, but also that there is no requirement for the owner to treat it themselves on an annual basis. With a building of this size that can save a lot of time and money, although we would still recommend checking the cladding every year to see if wood preserver is required.
Doors and Windows
We always like to see wide doors on workshops, as that makes it easier to get machinery or equipment in and out. That normally means that we want double doors, but on this occasion we found the hinged single door unusually accommodating. It has a width of 0.89m, which is almost as wide as some double doors we review, and a height of 1.80m. We feel this should be more than enough for most purposes, and we were glad to find that it had added strength from its bracing.
There are two windows which being well sized let lots of light into the interior. They’re also fully opening, so can be used for ventilation purposes. The end result is that it’s easy to create a pleasant atmosphere to pass the hours in.
The tough safety glass used on the windows adds security, as it means that it would take a concerted effort to break them. The security feature we liked most of all, however, was the integrated locking system. It’s operated by key and looks and operates like the lock on your front door.
This alone can work as a deterrent for opportune shed thieves who are looking for a soft and seemingly unprotected target.
We were pleased to see than an optional installation service is available for this workshop, and we feel it’s quite good value at the price of £169. We know that many people have busy lives and find it hard to spare the hours required for this installation, while others will feel daunted at assembling such a large timber building. The professional assembly option will allow those people to relax, while ensuring a perfect installation. Other optional extras include a workbench and a slatted roof, although at a price of £499 we feel it makes more sense to stay with the standard offering.
For such a large workshop, it was good to see that no corners had been cut. High quality components are used throughout.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
The cladding was of a standard thickness, but we would have liked to see it and the frame a little thicker. Nonetheless, the pressure treatment helps to create a very durable substrate.
There’s lots of room to work in or store items in, and this is helped by the relatively tall eaves and ridge heights.
Ease of installation 8/10
The sheer size of this building means that it can take a full day for two people to assemble it, although the instructions are clear and an optional assembly service is available.
The price tag may put this beyond the reach of some, but it still offers reasonable value for such a versatile and large scale garden building.
Final Thoughts: Having a workshop of this size can transform your garden, and possibly your life. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, possibly involving crafts or mechanical repairs, then this can be an idea, and good looking,l base for it. The interior remains dry and it’s very comfortable even in hot weather, thanks to the opening doors. A sturdy lock can also help to keep your contents safe, although it would make sense to add an alarm as well if you’re going to keep items of value inside. The only extra we think is really essential is a paint or stain, as otherwise the timber can fade to a silvery colour, but otherwise everything you need is included as standard.
Prices around: £1390.62
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