Shed Type and Roof Size
The first thing that caught our eye is the reverse apex of this playhouse, which means that the roof orientation is slightly wider than it is deep. This makes it useful for people who have relatively small or shallow gardens, and yet still want a secure and fun play area that their children or grandchildren can enjoy. At its peak the building has a height of 1.30m, and it has an eaves height of 0.98m. The overall width of the building is 1.26m and the overall depth is 1.30m. In effect, this gives the interior a uniform cube like play area.
Of course, the kids won’t care about the dimensions, but they will love having a part of the garden that’s just for them. There’s enough room inside to fit their favourite board games, or they can relax on beanbags and read comics or books. It’s a great area to let young people utilise their sense of imagination and creativity, and we feel that the double opening door helps open up even more possibilities for play and creates a more versatile space.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
This is one of the least expensive playhouses we’ve reviewed, but we were pleased to see that didn’t mean that any corners had been cut when it came to the cladding. In fact, tongue and groove cladding had been used for the walls which is very good at keeping rain and wind out, and at 12mm thick it’s as tough as strong as we see on many large garden sheds or workshops. This means that it feels stable and rigid once assembled, so you won’t need to worry even if your garden is in an area that’s exposed to the elements. We were a little disappointed to find that no floor is supplied with the playhouse, although it can be bought as an optional extra.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Even though we always prefer to see a long lasting pressure treatment used to force wood preserver into the timbers, we weren’t surprised to see a less long lasting dip treatment used on a playhouse of this price. What was a pleasant surprise, however, was the inclusion of a 10 year warranty against rot. This is dependent upon the owner carrying out a yearly preservative treatment, but at this size and with a straightforward design, this shouldn’t be too time consuming a task.
Doors and Windows
The door is, for us, a stand out feature of this playhouse. Size wise it’s much as we’d expect, meaning that children of primary school age will have no problems getting in and out, but where it differs from most we review is that it has a stable design with separately opening top and bottom halves. This opens up lots of possibilities, for example the top half could be opened and used as an extra window, or it could be used to hide behind as part of a game. Both sections fasten via a magnetic catch, which we found to be another neat touch.
To the side of the door is a large square window, which lets light flood into the playhouse even when both halves of the door are closed. What we liked most about it, is that it’s made of perspex which is a very safe glazing material to use in areas where young people will be playing.
Safety and Security
The perspex window is itself a useful safety feature as it’s not liable to crack, shatter or smash even if a ball or a toy somehow ends up hitting it. The biggest reassurance of all however, is the EN71 mark which shows that it meets the latest European safety standards, so we were glad to see it included on this playhouse.
Customisation Options and Extras
Although we found it unusual that a floor wasn’t included as standard on this timber playhouse, we’re glad to see that it can be bought at the same time as an optional extra, and at the reasonable price of £19.99. It’s made of solid sheet material and is 9mm thick, but what we liked most about is that it includes pressure treated floor joists. This raises the floor above ground level and thus gives it vital protection against the high moisture content that is typically found there and the rot that can cause.
Despite its price, this playhouse was still made to a very high quality as shown by the tongue and groove cladding, and the magnetic catches on the door.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
As long as the annual preservative treatment kept up, this playhouse should last for ten years and longer.
This is very much a compact playing area, but there’s still enough room for little ones to have fun in with a friend or sibling.
Ease of Installation 9/10
This is one of the easiest playhouses to assemble that we’ve seen, and so with a team of two you can have the installation completed in around two hours.
Taking the quality of materials into account, and the long warranty period, this represents a very good value purchase.
Final Thoughts: If you have children, or grandchildren, aged three and above you can see their faces light up by installing this playhouse in your garden, and the best thing is that it won’t take up too much space or cost you too much money. We would recommend painting it in a bright colour, as this not only protects it from damage potentially caused by UV rays, it will also transform it into a lively and attractive garden feature. Of course you can even get your little ones to help you choose a colour and then paint it, but don’t let them do it in their best clothes.
Prices around: £129.99
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