Shed Type, Roof Size
We were impressed by the sheer scale of this building upon first sight, and it’s good to see that such a large storage facility is available for under a thousand pounds. It’s very versatile as well, because it could be used to store garden equipment, bicycles or even motorcycles, or used as a good sized workshop for a hobby or work activity.
The apex roof on the top of this workshop doesn’t only carry rainwater away from the interior, it also gives it a lot of height, so whilst the eaves themselves are relatively small, there’s lots of space away from the edges and towards the middle of the building. This is shown by the ridge height of 2.26m compared to the eaves height of 1.57m. The overall width of the shed is 3.09m and the overall depth is 6.03m, which demonstrates just how much storage space is available.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The cladding on this shed is modular, which makes it quicker to fit together, and overlap in style. Whilst this is more cost effective to produce than tongue and groove cladding, and is partly the reason this workshop is so affordable, it’s not as thick or as tough and we would have liked to see both the cladding, at 7mm, and frame, at 28 X 28mm be thicker. Nevertheless the overlap design is effective at channeling water away.
Again, we would have liked to see tongue and groove flooring used on a garden building at this price, although we appreciate this could have added to the cost given the size of the flooring area. Solid sheet material has been used, and is also the roofing substrate underneath the felt, so if you are going to keep heavy machinery inside then the floor is likely to need reinforcing. One good point, however, was the inclusion of pressure treated floor joists which elevates the floor and helps the fight against moisture from the ground.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Whilst we would have liked to see the timbers given a deep reaching and long lasting pressure treatment by the manufacturer, rather than the one coat dip treatment that has been applied, it was good to see that a 10 year warranty against rot has been provided, which is much more than is provided on some sheds and workshops we review. It’s important to note, however, that this is dependent upon the building being retreated six weeks after its installation, and annually thereafter. This can take significant time and expense on a structure of this size.
Doors and Windows
The doors and windows were both features that caught our eye. The hinged double doors are very wide opening, which is ideal for a workshop where it’s possible that heavy or wide equipment could be taken in or out. This process will be made easy by the door width of 1.33m and the door height of 1.78m.
A workshop is dependent upon natural light if people are going to be spending extended lengths of time in it, which is why we were pleased to see that eight fixed windows were included. They’re all ranged along one side, and this side itself is interchangeable. This means that you can position the windows to give the best view of your surroundings, or so that they’re not visible from the road thus enhancing the security.
Security and Privacy
We were glad to find that styrene had been used for the windows, as whilst it’s clear and easy to see through, it’s much tougher than standard glass and thus makes it harder for people to gain access through the windows. We would really have liked to see a padlock included as a security measure as well, but unfortunately the pad bolt which can be used to fix the doors in place is supplied padlock free.
Customisation Options and Extras
A padlock and alarm is a purchase we strongly recommend, but they’ll have to be sourced separately rather than being bought with the shed. One item that is available with the shed, however, is an assembly tool kit consisting of a good quality saw, hammer, and screwdrivers. There’s also a choice of four shades of timber paint available, which again we’d recommend as a means of preventing the silvering which unpainted timber is prone to.
The overlap cladding is effective at preventing water ingress, but we would have preferred to see tongue and groove used on the walls and especially on the floor.
Longevity Of materials
It was pleasing to see that a 10 year warranty period is provided, but added durability could have been achieved with thicker cladding and a pre-delivery pressure treatment.
This is a very large workshop for this price, and there’s lots of vertical space available as well.
Ease of installation
We expected a structure as large as this, and with so many windows, to take a lot of assembling, but in fact it’s easier than expected thanks to its modular construction. Read the instructions carefully, and then with a friend’s assistance you can complete the installation in approximately six hours.
Higher quality cladding and a tougher floor would have been welcome at this price, yet we have to say that this is still good value for money for such a well sized workshop.
Final Thoughts: Have you often thought about the advantages of having a large workshop of your own, but thought it was out of your price range? If so, you might find this one surprisingly affordable. We liked the overall rustic appearance, its height, and the fact that eight windows provide more than adequate illumination during daylight hours. Inevitably at this price the manufacturer has had to make some compromises, as shown in the use of solid sheet material for the floor and roof, and overlap cladding for the walls, yet at the price it can still prove a very useful and flexible storage and workspace.
Prices around: £999.99
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