Shed Type And Roof Size
Wow is what most people think the first time they lay their eyes on the lovely and charming, 7’1 x 8’11 Shire Casita including Veranda and we are right there with you as this is one of the most breathtaking summerhouses we have seen in a very long time. From the pictures you can tell right away just how great looking this is and that it would blend into any garden. The room you have to make use of inside makes this rather spacious as you have 6 feet 6 inches of width and 6 feet 3 inches of depth. This kind of space will allow you to fit in a couple of chairs, a table and maybe perhaps some kind of shelving. We are sure you will have a lot of fun planning the layout of the summerhouse. To make it comfortable to move around, Shire have made the roof rather high with the ridge being 6 feet 11 inches and the eaves being 5 feet 7 inches high.
A huge part of the charm of this summerhouse of course is that lovely veranda which will allow you on a nice summers day to have a chair outside as you sit and relax with a glass of wine or cup of tea and watch the world go by. The veranda looks fantastic, but one thing that really surprised was the flooring underneath the veranda. As you can see it is clearly very high quality and is going to be just as up to the job at dealing with rain, snow and other bad weather as the wall cladding is.
Shire know how to make a wonderful looking apex roof and it does really add to the charming look of the summerhouse. 12 mm thick solid sheet boarding is covered with roofing felt to not only look appealing, but also make this a structure that is not going to get ruined by having rain get inside.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding is of course more than up to the task of protecting what you have inside from the elements, but we cannot stress enough how amazing this looks. The pictures do a good job in showcasing what a lovely looking summerhouse this is, but when you see it in person your jaw really will drop. We have to give Shire all the credit in the world for the selection of this cladding as it really does look gorgeous.
Shire clearly want the 7’1 x 8’11 Shire Casita including Veranda to be something that is going to be enjoyed for many years. A huge part of what is going to allow this is the frame. A good frame is something that all long lasting sheds and summerhouses need to have and the one inside here is made from high quality timber and is a very thick and durable 34 mm x 34 mm in size. We have no doubts that this frame will allow you to have fun inside here for lots of years.
The flooring of this summerhouse is wonderful. While solid sheet boarding is ideal for a shed. For a summerhouse you want something that is a little more easy on the eyes. Well you do get a preview of what the flooring is like inside from what you can see under the veranda. The flooring used for this is not just regular solid sheet boarding, Shire have actually put a high quality timber floor in here with a tongue and groove design.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This is one very amazing looking shed and to make it stay this way you are going to have to give it a coating of treatment once a year. Shire will give it a basecoat treatment before it is delivered, but you will still want to give it another coat once you have built it.
Shire offer a very fair one year warranty with the shed which will keep you covered if something does happen to break which we must say is very unlikely to happen.
Doors And Windows
There is a single door right in the middle of the summerhouse which is 2 feet 4 inches wide. This is enough room to get things like a table and some chairs in without too much trouble. The door is kept securely in place with three top quality hinges. Using three instead of two will make this door never start to sag or move out of place. One thing we really love about the door is the design. The cladding is all horizontal, but the wood used for the doors is vertical which really makes it stand out well.
The 7’1 x 8’11 Shire Casita including Veranda has two good sized Georgian style windows with one on each side of the door. These not only allow plenty of natural light inside the summerhouse, but they also can open so you can get some fresh air inside. The windows are actually made from real glass which gives them a more high quality look than what you get with styrene.
Security And Privacy
This really is one very solid summerhouse, but the door does not come with anyway to lock it. It does have a hasp and staple, but you will need to provide your own padlock to keep things securely locked down when you are not using it.
Even with the two windows this is actually quite a private place to spend a few hours. You could add some curtains or even a set of blinds for each window if you were concerned about privacy, but for the most part this is not a structure that offers people the ability to peek inside easily.
Customisation Options And Extras
We already think this is one truly lovely looking summerhouse, but if you do want to give it your own little stamp then the most practical way to do this is by using coloured wood treatment. Thanks to the flooring under the veranda, you actually could put a couple of plants there or maybe even some kind of hanging basket if you want to give it a little bit more personality.
You get all you need when you buy the summerhouse. The only thing we would suggest is you perhaps buy a padlock, especially if you are going to be away from home for periods of time.
Shire never fail to impress is with just how high quality all their products are. Not many other manufacturers manage to walk the fine line of high quality and reasonably priced like they do.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
As long as you treat the wood annually then you will be able to enjoy many relaxing years inside this summerhouse.
We love how much room Shire give you with this, but it is all going to be down to how you lay everything out to make sure you have a relaxing and comfortable place to spend your time.
Ease of installation 7/10
Without a doubt this is a two person job that may take quite a while to build. Still as long as you follow the instructions, take tea breaks and try to enjoy it then this should be a rather stress free experience.
Honestly when we first saw this, we thought it was going to be over the £700 mark. But with it costing, £489.00, you really are getting a wonderful summerhouse that is certainly very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: No matter if you are spending time inside the 7'1 x 8'11 (2.2x2.7m) Shire Casita including Veranda during the day or the evening, you will have a very charming looking and well built summerhouse to spend your free time. This is what a summerhouse should be all about a fun, practical and pleasant structure that you actually want to spend time in and really make your own. The price of this is just incredible and if you want to have your own little private place to enjoy then this is a great way to do it at a very affordable price. We are sure that every person who puts this in their garden is going to have a big smile on their face every time they see it.
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