Shed Type, Roof Size
If you’re lucky enough to have visited Jamaica then you’re sure to have seen the many sided timber cabins that are prevalent across the island. Shed experts Waltons have taken this classic Caribbean design and given it a refinement that makes it perfect for a British garden. We were very impressed by the results, as it was eye catching at first sight and uniquely different to most log cabins we reviews.
The main points of difference, appearance wise, are the eight equal sides, and the very tall apex roof. It means that rain is quickly channelled away and also creates an abundance of extra vertical space for moving around in or even for storage purposes. The ridge height is 10’3, far more than most that we see, and the eaves height is 6’11. It has a depth and width of 3.47m, so ensure that the site on which you wish to position this cabin is at least three and a half metres square.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The feature which most impressed us about this log cabin, aside from its striking appearance, was the tongue and groove cladding. Tightly interlocking, it means that there are no weak points for water to find its way through. On the walls, it has a thickness of 44mm which is considerably thicker than most timber cladding that we see, giving it excellent durability and helping to create a very stable structure when assembled.
We were also pleased to see that tongue and groove cladding had also been used for the roof, where it is then covered by tough mineral felt, and the floor. Although the cladding used in these areas is 19mm thick this is still more generous and therefore resilient than we find on many sheds and log cabins that we review.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
At this price, and with the high quality cladding providing excellent protection against water penetration, we expected to see a long warranty included, and this is just what we found on this occasion. The manufacturer has given a 15 year guarantee against rot, which is very generous in itself, but it is dependent upon the owner applying annual treatments of wood preserver. They also have to treat it immediately after construction, because the shed has neither been painted nor given any preservative treatment. We find this very surprising for a garden building of this price.
Doors and Windows
It’s impossible not to be impressed by the doors and windows of this building, as they’re attention grabbing for all the right reasons. The double doors are sturdy and feature strong hinges. They also have a wide opening of 3’3 and a tall height of 6’0, meaning that there’s no difficulty in carrying things in and out.
Whilst the double doors are half glazed themselves and take up one panel, the remaining seven panels are all fully glazed, meaning that a lot of light enters the log cabin from all directions. This is the brightest shed or log cabin interior that we’ve seen, which itself makes it an ideal environment to carry out a leisure activity such as carpentry in. The glazing used is 4mm thick, and we were pleased to see that all the windows were sash windows meaning they slide open to allow ventilation in.
Privacy and Security
With windows on every side, this couldn’t be called the most private or secure building unless blinds are installed. Security is, however, enhanced by the inclusion of a key operated locking system. We were pleased to see this, as we see many sheds and cabins where security has been an afterthought or left to the customer themselves to procure separately.
Customisation Options and Extras
There are two types of optional extra available for this summer house. The first is a shingle roof, although we feel that the standard roof more than does the job that’s asked of it. The second type of extra relates to solar panelling. It’s a great option if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, and there are five different kits to choose from, ranging from £699.95 to the rather more expensive £3,217.95.
From the moment we saw it assembled, we knew that we were looking at a very high quality shed, and it was good to see that the cladding interlocked perfectly.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
We have no doubts about the durability of the cladding if it’s given an annual treatment by the customer, as well as an initial treatment, but we would have liked to see the substrate pressure treated by the manufacturer.
Despite its octagonal design, there’s lots of room in the middle and there’s also a more than plentiful amount of vertical space available.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
Due to its rather complex design, you’ll need at least one and possibly two people to help during installation. Expect to take at least six hours on this process and allow for more.
We see less expensive log cabins and summer houses, but quality and design to this standard level do come with a price.
Final Thoughts: Your shed, log cabin or summer house is an integral part of your garden, so it’s important that it complements it and adds to its aesthetic appeal. We think that this eight sided building is one that anyone would be proud to have in your garden. It’s not only pleasant to look at, although it undoubtedly is, it’s also pleasant to spend time in thanks to all the light that’s allowed in by the all surrounding windows, and the ventilation that can be obtained by sliding open a sash. There’s also lots of space available thanks to the unusually tall apex roof which does a good job of keeping rainwater away and the interior dry as well.
Prices around: £3259.95
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