Shed Type And Roof Size
This is such a charming and lovely looking playhouse that is ideal for those of you who do not have a huge garden or who are not looking to spend a whole lot of money, but still want high quality. The 4’3 x 4’1 Play-Plus Strawberry Playhouse is 4 feet 3 inches wide and 4 feet 2 inches deep. This to an adult does not sound like a huge amount of space, but for a child this is more than enough room to host a tea party for their teddies or just have a lot of laughs with their little friends. The playhouse is made from some very high quality wood which will make it so it is up to the task of taking some rough play which we all know kids love to do.
To go with the gorgeous look of the shed, Play-Plus have made sure that the roof has just as much character as the rest of the building. This is an apex roof and this is just perfect for a playhouse as the last thing you want is an upset child whose toys have been ruined by a leaking roof. You will have no issues like that with this roof as the design forces the rain to always run off it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This may be a low cost playhouse, but Play-Plus has not cut any corners and that is evident with the excellent, high quality cladding that they have used. The tongue and groove cladding will keep this water tight and make it so there is no nooks or crannies that the water can get into. We were very impressed with the thickness of the cladding which is a solid 12 mm. This will be able to take all the kids can throw at it and we are very pleased with the overall quality despite the low price.
We have a really solid frame on this that will keep everything solid and together for many years. A strong frame is essential on a child’s playhouse and we feel that the frame Play-Plus have used will not give you any issues at all. It is a good thickness and it is made from the same kind of strong wood that the rest of the playhouse is.
There is no flooring including in the basic £148.49 price. The idea is that you would place the playhouse on a concrete surface or some flooring that you already have. This does help to keep the overall cost down. A flooring pack is available at an extra cost which we recommend looking into if you will be placing this on grass.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The natural wood finish will be protected during delivery as it will be dip treated. We think this is great of Play-Plus to do, but it will not protect the playhouse during the long run. You will be required to treat it yourself. We actually suggest you do this as soon as it is built and then give it a new coat once per year. This is not that much work and it will enable the kids to keep having fun with the playhouse for many years.
The warranty that you get with this is very impressive. You get a ten year anti rot guarantee which when you consider how cheap this is makes it a very generous addition.
Doors And Windows
For the door, Play-Plus have made sure that it fits in with the rest of the playhouse and the quality is just as high as it is made from the same kind of wood. We really love how pleasant this door looks and at 1 foot 7 inches wide, the kids will have no trouble putting things inside. The door has a two old style black hinges which have a very striking look to them, but best of all they are strong enough to handle the way kids like to slam doors.
There is one large window that looks great, but also allows for a lot of natural light inside the playhouse. With how rough kids can play, Play-Plus have made sure to use high quality styrene for the window which can take a bit of abuse and will not smash.
Security And Privacy
The door on the 4’3 x 4’1 Play-Plus Strawberry Playhouse clearly has a great look, but it is also very secure and with its magnetic catch will shut tightly. There is no lock included, but we feel a bolt or padlock would be very easy and cheap to add.
The large window pretty much stops there being any kind of privacy, but we see this as a good thing as it is a lot of fun for the adults to be able to look and see how much of a great time the kids are having inside. We all know what kids are like and if they do start to get sick of the grownups spying on them let them have a little more fun by choosing a curtain.
Customisation Options And Extras
This style of wood looks fantastic no matter what colour it is. So if you do want to put your own little spin on it then use some coloured wood treatment.
The main extra that is available for this playhouse is the Playhouse Floor Kit. This is actually very reasonably priced at £19.99 and with its pressure treated floor joists will give the kids a good floor to walk on. This would be an essential extra if you plan on building the playhouse on grass.
For this kind of price you would expect a cheaply made playhouse, but that is not the case at all as this is very high quality which considering the low price makes it even more of an attractive purchase.
Longevity Of Materials 8.5/10
We feel that these materials have been chosen because, Play-Plus know they will be able to take the kind of rough play that children love to do.
This is one of the more compact playhouses we have seen, but that does not mean kids can’t still have an amazing time inside here. It means they will have to be a bit more creative with how they organise things, but we are sure they will have a lot of fun doing that.
Ease Of Installation 8.5/10
While this would still be best installed with a friend helping, the compact size makes this a fairly easy DIY job and one that you will have done in no more than a couple of hours.
If you are on a budget then this is the playhouse for you. Even if you add the extra £19.99 for the flooring, you are still getting a very high quality playhouse for a very low price.
Final Thoughts: This really is an excellent child’s playhouse and one we feel is just perfect for people who lack a huge garden or who do not have a whole lot of money to spend on something like this. The 4'3 x 4'1 Play-Plus Strawberry Playhouse will be something that will last for a lot of years and, with the low price, we are sure that it is going to make the parents very happy as well as the kids. It has a very classy look so even if it is messy and full of toys on the inside it is still going to look lovely in your garden. This playhouse offers amazing value for money and will entertain the kids for many years.
Prices around: £149.99
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