Summerhouse Type And Roof Size
We just love the design of the Avon 8′ x 8′ Chelsea Corner Summer House. It is the kind of summer house where we can picture some of the WhatShed crew kicking back with a few cold ones after a hard day’s work. It just has a very relaxing look with a modern style and we feel it will stand out in a very positive way in any garden. This is actually a very nice sized corner summer house as it is offering you 8 feet 1 inch of depth and 11 feet 9 inches of width. So while they are classing this as 8 x 8 and that is the kind of space it will need, due to its corner summer house nature, you get far more floor space than you would think. Just take a look at the pictures and you can see just how long this summer house is. The height of this summer house really did impress us as at its highest point it is 6 feet 10 inches and even at the lowest it is still just over 6 feet.
The roof is done in a pent style which slopes to the back and that is something we always like to see. The roof is made with solid sheet boarding which may not be the prettiest kind of boarding out there, but it does help keep the costs down. The boarding though is given a bit more personality thanks to the very smart looking framing they have used to support it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The Avon 8′ x 8′ Chelsea Corner Summer House is one very smooth looking summer house and the reason for that is that they have gone for tongue and groove shiplap cladding. This is some very well made cladding and it is made from natural wood and is an impressive 12 mm thick. So as well as being pretty much watertight, the cladding is very thick so the whole structure is going to have a very strong and solid feel to it. We also like the cladding as it is very easy on the eyes.
If you have a close look at the pictures then you will notice that the framing that is keeping this altogether is a very impressive thickness. It is actually 28 mm x 28 mm and that is more than enough for a summer house of this size. This frame along with the cladding is really going to make this feel like a very solid structure, which is great if you have kids running around the garden or if you like to break out the dance moves after a few drinks.
10 mm thick solid sheet boarding is what the floor is made with and before you turn your nose up at it, we must tell you that this floor is made extra strong thanks to the 28 mm x 28 mm floor bearers that are underneath them. So while they may not be the best looking floor boards, they at least are very strong and able to take a whole lot of weight. If like us you would like something a little more attractive on the floor, then you could always add a rug or some carpet like you can see in some of the pictures.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
That gorgeous looking 12 mm thick cladding will have been dip treated. This to be honest is what we expected. What this means is that in order for this wood to stay free from rot, you will have to give it a coating of wood treatment or try and sweet talk the other half into doing it. The first coating of wood treatments should be applied shortly after construction and then a new coating should be applied on an annual basis.
The Avon 8′ x 8′ Chelsea Corner Summer House comes with a ten year anti rot guarantee which is pretty much the standard these days. Just make sure you treat the summer house shortly after construction or else your warranty may not be valid.
Doors And Windows
The large double doors look fantastic. Before we talk about how roomy they are, we must tell you that the doors have a lot of personality to them. Most of the doors are taken up with the styrene windows, but the large old style door handles and those silver coloured hinges really do make the doors a stand out feature. As well as looking great the doors also offer you 4 feet of width and 5 feet 8 inches of height. This means that bringing in the large TV so you can watch the match in peace will be no trouble at all.
Each door has a large window and then there are also large styrene windows on each size. The windows on the side look really cool. They are just plain styrene with no pattern or anything to break them up, but we think this is what gives this summer house its very modern look. The windows are 2.5 mm thick so they are solid enough. They are fixed windows, but as the doors can open nice and wide to let in fresh air we do not see this as a big deal.
Security And Privacy
There is not included lock with the Avon 8′ x 8′ Chelsea Corner Summer House which is a little bit disappointing as it means you are either going to have to go for some kind of pad bolt and padlock combination or you can just go all zombie apocalypse and throw a large chain round those door handles. Ok so that may be a bit extreme, but adding a pad bolt and padlock is actually easy to do so that is probably your best and easiest bet to give the summer house some security.
This is a very open and welcoming summer house thanks to how large the windows are and their placement. There is really not any way you can position this to stop people from being able to look in, so make sure you have pants on at all times. If privacy is something that concerns you, then you could always put in some blinds or curtains.
Customisation Options And Extras
As you have to treat the Avon 8′ x 8′ Chelsea Corner Summer House, you may as well use this as your opportunity to customise it a little bit. They have a vast amount of colour treatments that you can add. They have a large range of 2.5 and 5 litre tubs starting at £14.99 and going up to £24.99. Blue, red, green, clear and pretty much every colour in between is here.
There are a number of extras for you to consider here. You can choose to upgrade the roofing felt by adding some superior roofing felt in olive green or charcoal which will add £39.99 to your total. You can also upgrade the flooring with some extra strength floor pack which costs £29.99. They do also have an installation service, but at £249.99, we feel it is very overpriced.
While they may have had to use solid sheet boarding for the roof and floor, the rest of the corner summer house is actually made with some very high quality materials.
Longevity Of Materials
As long as you look after this right then there is no reason as to why you cannot get 25 plus years out of this. It is made to last, but it will need help from you in a fresh coating of treatment once a year. You do this and you will be able to enjoy this for a very long time.
While this is classed as 8 x 8, it actually offers you far more floor space than you would think. The headroom on offer also is great and it all adds up to make this a summer house that is very comfortable to spend time in.
Ease Of Installation
This is a two person job so get a friend round, one with a tool box preferably, and you will be looking at around 8 hours at the very most to have this installed.
We are very happy with the asking price and feel that the price is very in line with summer houses of this size. We feel they have used as good materials as they possibly could have.
The Avon 8' x 8' Chelsea Corner Summer House is just a very smart looking summer house. We love the modern design and feel that those windows and the doors really do make this. The pictures do not do justice just how spacious this is. While this is not one of the larger summer houses, it is still offering you plenty of floor space to make use of. You will easily be able to fit in a few chairs, table and if you can get some power in here even a TV and little fridge. It just offers you so many possibilities that we see everyone who buys this having a lot of fun.
Prices around: £682.99
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