BillyOh 5000 Gardeners Retreat Premium Tongue & Groove Single and Double Door Apex

Prices Around: £575
Size: 2.97 X 1.96m
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This is an apex workshop that has some excellent features. Chief among these is the tongue and groove work throughout, as well as the fact that you also have two high quality opening windows. The building also benefits from thicker than average framing.

What we rate

  • Interesting options, like guttering
  • Two excellent opening windows
  • Tongue and groove work brings stability

What we slate

  • Just one roof covering available
How We Rate It
8
Ease of assembly 7.9/10
79% Complete
Affordability 8/10
80% Complete
Longevity of material 8/10
80% Complete
Storage size 7.6/10
76% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed type and roof and size

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat Front ViewHere you have a very good-looking workshop style building. It measures up at 238.8 cm in width and 195.7 cm in depth. Internally, things change somewhat, with the width being 234.4 cm and the depth converting to 181.4 cm. It is a 10’ x 6’ building and it has an apex roof.

That apex roof makes a huge difference to the quality of the building. It works very effectively at preventing rainwater from hanging around and causing a problem. If rainwater is allowed to settle you have a huge problem, and that is no issue here. Instead, it simply flies off. It looks good too, and this counts for a lot. While it is already an attractive workshop shed, we think the apex roof adds that little bit more.

And the apex roof also adds one extra very important feature. It allows you to have some excellent headroom inside.

With this building you are limited to a green mineral felt for roof covering. This is not necessarily a problem, but it certainly isn’t a roof covering that will last forever. Of course, you have the option to change the roof covering yourself in the future, but mineral felt is a little limiting in our eyes. Call us picky on this, but we expect some options here.

Cladding and frame and floor

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat Inside ViewThankfully, the manufacturer comes up trumps with the cladding included in the build. It is tongue and groove, and with this you have a building that is stronger and thicker than others in it’s class. The tongue and groove work on the timber means that the panels literally lock together. This means you get a smoother and more robust surface. When it comes to those harsher weather types, it will withstand the pressure very well. But more importantly, the strength that tongue and groove work brings to the building means that you have something that will last for a very long time.

There is also thicker framing included as standard. What this means in plain language is that you simply have a more robust building. You will notice the sturdiness once you are inside it, and there is none of the slightly flimsy feel you get with some sheds. This is perfect for a heavy duty workshop.

You have three options in flooring. We like the fact that three options are there, because it leads to flexibility for the customer. The building does come with the option of having no floor, which might sound a bit of a silly situation to be in if you are new to shed buying. But the potential is there, because you can then simply add whatever flooring you would like.

Solid sheet flooring is the next option up. This is good, strong stuff, but it doesn’t really come anywhere close to the next option the manufacturer gives you, which is tongue and groove flooring. This has all been done in a made to measure framework, which means you get a tough and durable floor.

The floor isn’t a big issue when it comes to protection against damp (the bearers see to that), but it does make a big difference with heavy traffic and footfall. If you are intending to use this as a workshop, then we fully recommend that you take the option of a tongue and groove flooring.

Treatment requirement and warranty

The building has been pre-treated at the factory. This gives you a great benefit in that you do not then have to subsequently treat it on an annual basis. This is a really positive aspect of the purchase because it is a major issue to have to keep treating the building year after year.

Doors and windows

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat WindowsYou get a lot of value here, and there are two opening windows that are glazed with styrene. This means that you have plenty of ventilation in the building, and also that added benefit that comes with having styrene glazing. It’s better than glass simply because it is tougher and shatterproof. It is a great choice for glazing and should prove to be a very durable material. It’s a great aspect of the building, and it means you generally have a safer building.

There are smart double doors, and these open up to give you a width of 72.8 cm. This gives plenty of access space, and it means that you have a very practical building.

Security and privacy

Nothing is standard on the locking front, but you can purchase locks and lock protectors. We think there is plenty of security in the styrene glazing though, and we recommend this building because if it. That styrene goes a long way towards providing you with a very safe building.

Customisation options

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat OverallAside from the flooring, there are some other aspects where you get some choices. Interestingly, the manufacturer has offered the opportunity to choose to have guttering fitted. This means you get a yes or no choice, and the guttering option costs £44.99 for one side of guttering to be fitted. It’s a good option, but it is an apex roof shed, which means that you get plenty of rain protection anyway. So we reckon the jury is out on whether guttering as an option is worth it.

Then we get to the colours you can have the building in. There are many colours here, and this customisation alone is a very attractive aspect of the purchase. Most of the colours are not expensive at £15.90 and you can easily have any combination on the trim and the wall if you like.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
79% Complete
7.9/10
Affordability
80% Complete
8/10
Longevity of material
80% Complete
8/10
Storage size
76% Complete
7.6/10
8
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: This is a good quality building with some very strong features. The windows are a key highlight because we think it’s quite generous to have two strong styrene windows in a building of this size and at this cost.We also like the tongue and groove aspect, it makes up for a lot because we weren't too impressed with the lack of options in roof covering. So you get a nice, good standard building, with a couple of flaws but plenty to recommend it.

Prices around: £575
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