Shed Type And Roof Size
For those of you looking for a good mid sized shed that is going to provide you with plenty of storage space, look great and also not take up your whole garden, then the 8′ x 8′ Traditional 8′ Cabin Shed could be the shed for you. As you can see from the look, Treetops Traditional have clearly gone for a cabin like style with this shed that actually, we feel makes it look like the kind of place you would actually like to put a chair inside and make it your own little private cabin. With both the depth and the width being around 8 feet, you have just the ideal amount of room without it being overwhelming. The height is something that did impress us as the ridge height is 7 feet 5 inches which is actually a couple inches higher than we would have expected. The lowest part of the shed is the eaves of course and that is the standard, 5 feet 6 inches high.
The apex roof really does look fantastic and if you do take them up on their veranda option as you can see from the pictures, then it really does look quite spectacular. This roof is covered with roofing felt to protect the wood. The actually boards under the felt are those 12 mm tongue and groove boards that Treetops Traditional love to use and we are actually very glad they do as they are such strong and reliable boards.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The cabin look that this shed has is down to the tongue and groove shiplap cladding which has been used to make the walls. We just absolutely love this as it really does look amazing, but at 12 mm thick it is also very strong. You will have no worries of the children are playing football near this thing as the walls can take a bit of punishment. Not only are these impressive from a strength point of view, but they are very well connected to each other in order to keep the rain out.
One thing we always know about a shed from Treetops Traditional is that inside the shed there is always going to be one incredible frame. That is because, Treetops Traditional use a 44 mm x 27 mm frame which has had the edges rounded which we feel looks great and does help aid the strength of the shed. It is this frame that you have to thank for this being something you are going to be able to use and enjoy for many years.
The floor inside this shed is made with 12 mm tongue and groove boarding which we really do like because of how strong it is and the vast amount of weight it can take, but also it looks nice. A good looking floor may not seem like something that matters in a shed, but actually if you were to use this as a little cabin or just a place to sit and relax then you will appreciate having an attractive floor under your feet.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
There is a free treatment applied to this shed, but it is just a basecoat treatment and you really will want to treat the wood once you have built it. Some people like to put this off a few weeks, but we always suggest doing it as soon as you can. The treatment process should be done once a year to ensure the wood stays free from rot.
Treetops Traditional give you a one year warranty with this shed like they do their others. This is not the longest warranty we have ever seen, but as long as you take care of the shed the right way then you will never have any need to use the warranty, but it is there just in case there is an issue with any of the materials during delivery.
Doors And Windows
The door on here is large enough to fit things easily through it. The height of the door is 5 feet 9 inches and the width 2 feet 6 inches. The door has a great look and those large hinges will ensure that it stays put. One cool thing that you can do is request the door to be in a barn style which is fun. Also if you are willing to pay a little extra, an extra, £53.99 to be exact, you can get a large double door added.
The 8′ x 8′ Traditional 8′ Cabin Shed has some lovely windows with two on the front and two on the sides. Made with actual glass these windows do help give the shed the cabin look, Treetops Traditional were going for. These windows are fixed, but for £31.99 they will make a window one that can be opened.
Security And Privacy
One thing that we really like about this shed is how on the door there is a lock and they even give you a key. In a day and age when most sheds do not even come with a padlock this is something we really appreciate. Being able to lock your stuff up when you are away from home or at night is something all sheds should offer.
Those windows do make it very easy to look inside and the design of the shed makes you want to take a closer look so this is not what we would call a private shed. However we do feel a set of curtains or blinds would look great on here and actually they do offer you the option to have no windows at all, but we do feel that would take away from the overall look of the shed, but hey the option is there if you want it.
Customisation Options And Extras
We have already touched on how you can make changes to the windows and the door and that is something which we love about the sheds from Treetops Traditional. Also as you are going to need to treat the shed anyway in order to protect the wood then have a think about using a coloured treatment to perhaps give it a little touch of your own personality.
As you can see from the pictures there is a gorgeous veranda on the shed, this is not included as standard and to be honest with you, Treetops Traditional do not exactly make this clear, but you will have to inquire about it when you order and they will give you the price of adding this. As well as this they have wooden floor bearers which cost, £43.99 and an installation service for £104.99.
Treetops Traditional always do an incredible job when it comes to making sheds that are high quality and this one certainly did not disappoint us.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
While you must treat this pretty much right away, doing so will allow you to use the shed for a very long time.
8 x 8 is what we would class as the average size for a shed this will fit into most gardens and it should provide you with enough storage space. You may have to get a little creative with how you store things, but for most people this will be just the right amount of space.
Ease of installation 8/10
The shed will come with a set of instructions and to be honest you are looking at about 4-6 hours for installation. You will need the help of a friend so be sure to have the snack tin well stocked to keep them happy and most importantly, motivated to help you build.
Now there are much larger sheds for similar or lower prices, but this one has a style all of its own and it is made with very high quality materials so we do think it is good value for money.
Final Thoughts: The 8' x 8' Traditional 8' Cabin Shed is a very attractive structure that with or without the veranda has a style that really does make it stand out. The 8 x 8 storage space you get with this while not huge is just the ideal amount for most people. The price may seem a little high to some considering the size, but we feel as the shed is made with such high quality materials and it does have such a great design that it is worth the price tag. We think that this is another smash hit for Treetops Traditional and if you want something that looks awesome and is not just a wooden box standing in your garden where you throw stuff in then we highly recommend you consider this.
Prices around: £749.95
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