Shed Type And Roof Size
Today we are looking at the very practical and good looking, 8′ x 8′ Traditional Heavy Pent Shed. Seriously if you are a little tight for space in your garden or just do not want a shed dominating your backyard, then this size of shed is just perfect for you and it still provides you with a decent amount of space. Both the depth and the width are around 8 feet, but of course if you plan carefully and use shelving then you really can get a lot of stuff inside here. Which if you are always tripping over the kids bikes that are left on the lawn is going to be something you are very thankful for. There is a nice amount of headroom inside here with the lowest section being 5 feet 9 inches and the highest 6 feet 7 inches.
For this shed, Treetops Traditional have gone with a pent roof and it works very well with the design. A pent roof looks great, but it is also a little easier to install than an apex roof. On the top we have felt that is of a high quality. This felt is protecting some very thick and long lasting, 12 mm thick tongue and groove boards.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The walls, along with the rest of the shed, are made from very smooth redwood. We love this kind of timber and it really does make the tongue and groove shiplap cladding standout very well. It also does a first rate job of keeping out the rain and making sure none of your items inside get wet. At 12 mm thick, the cladding is also very durable and has a solid feel to it as well as that lovely look.
A 44 mm x 44 mm frame is what is keeping this shed together, we are very impressed with this frame and it features those rounded edges which Treetops Traditional love to use in all their sheds. The framing in the shed is so incredibly solid that this is easily going to last you 20 or more years.
12 mm tongue and groove boarding is used for the floor and this is something which did surprise us a little bit, we have seen Treetops Traditional use this type of floor on their larger shed, but we thought they might use cheaper materials in this more compact model. So it is great to see that they do not cut corners just because this shed is a little smaller in stature. You are still getting that very strong floor you would with the larger models.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The 8′ x 8′ Traditional Heavy Pent Shed will be given a free basecoat treatment so the shed is good to go for the first couple of weeks. Treetops Traditional do say that you should treat the wood at around six weeks, but we always recommend doing it as soon as you can and then also once a year. A fresh coat every 12 months is going to keep that redwood looking smooth and rot free.
With the shed you will get a one year guarantee that covers you against rot and any issues that on the off chance may occur.
Doors And Windows
As you can see from the picture there is great looking single door on this shed. The dimensions of the door are quite impressive with the width being 2 feet 6 inches and the height 5 feet 9 inches. The door has three strong hinges that will ensure no sagging occurs and that it firmly closes. When ordering if you prefer, you can ask for the door to be a stable style door instead of the one pictured.
Three windows are on this shed with two of them being fixed and one that opens. So you get a good mix of natural light and fresh air with these windows. Rather than using some kind of cheap plastic for the windows, Treetops Traditional have made sure the windows look as awesome as the rest of the shed by using horticultural glass.
Security And Privacy
Those three hinges on the door do make it very secure, but the door also has a proper lock on it. This is a huge plus if you plan on keeping the children’s bikes or some expensive gardening gear inside of here. Adding more security would be very easy as a pad bolt with padlock could be attached for very little cost.
The windows do not allow for much privacy, but a set of curtains can take care of this problem with you. Also it is worth noting that, you can actually order this shed with no windows at all and have it fully boarded, which will stop people being able to see into the shed.
Customisation Options And Extras
We always like how Treetops Traditional offer a couple of customisation options. To start with they allow you to place the door in four different positions. This means you can have the door where it is most convenient for you. Moving the door though may result in you having to lose a window or change their placement. Of course there is also the colour of the shed, you may like the wood the way it is which in that case use a more clear wood treatment, but you can also get wood treatment in different colours so you can change the look of the shed this way and also have some fun doing it.
A few different extras are on offer with this shed. First of all, you can upgrade the door to a wide double door which is, 5 feet wide. This will cost you an extra £56.99 and is something to think about if you will be storing large items inside. The shed already comes with one window that opens, but for £31.99, you can have one of the other fixed windows be one that can open also. Wooden floor bearers will raise the floor just a tad and also give the floor a bit more backbone, these can be added for, £43.99. Last of all we have the installation service which will see them not just deliver, but build the shed as well. This is available at a cost of, £134.99.
We are pleased with how well this compact shed has turned out and are kind of surprised it is every bit as high quality as its bigger brothers.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This is the type of shed that does need a little help from you, but the materials selected if you look after them in the right way will last you a few decades at least.
This is the smallest size this shed is available in and as a result you will need to make the most of your space by sorting things smartly and thinking about how you lay out the shed. If you do this then you will be very surprised at how far the 8 x 8 dimensions of the shed can go.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
Instructions are included and you along with a friend should not have much trouble installing this. Treetops Traditional say that the average person will take 3-5 hours to install it.
We love the look, the quality and the overall clever design. But this is still a shed that is on the small side and at, £899.95 it is perhaps priced a little high.
Final Thoughts: While we do wish that the 8' x 8' Traditional Heavy Pent Shed was a little bit cheaper, we must admit this is one very well made shed that is strong, good looking and it is also going to be standing after 20 or more years of use. This would be a shed well worth considering if you do have a smaller garden and do not want a cheap shed that you are going to have to replace in a few years or keep making repairs on. So while the price may seem a little high, you must remember that this is a shed made from top of the line materials and it is also going to last for many years.
Prices around: £899.95
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