BillyOh 5000 Gardeners Retreat Premium Tongue & Groove Single Door Apex

Prices Around: £555
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, with some great choices in colours for example
  • Two strong windows, both of them opening
  • Tongue and groove work
  • Pretreated

What we slate

  • One roof covering only
How We Rate It
8.5
Ease of assembly 8.3/10
83% Complete
Affordability 8/10
80% Complete
Quality of construction 10/10
100% 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 with Single Door InsideThis is a workshop style building and it comes in the traditional garden building style. It measures up at having 238.8 cm in width and 195.7 cm in depth. Internally, this means 234.4 cm in width and 181.4 cm in depth. This is due to the outer walls and the thickness of materials.

The building has an attractive apex roof. These roof types are important for two reasons. The first focuses on the aesthetics. This type of roof looks very attractive, and it really helps to convey a sense of the traditional garden building. The roof style also means that there is enhanced head height down the middle of the roof. This means more room to move and a generally higher level of comfort.

Then we get to the fact that the apex style also adds plenty of water protection, because rainwater flows off the roof quickly.

Cladding and frame and floor

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat with Single Door Side ViewTongue and groove cladding is included in the building. This is very durable and high quality cladding, and it does a very good job of protecting the interior. The key aspect of tongue and groove that you should understand as a consumer is that it interlocks very solidly. The planks used in tongue and groove cladding simply cannot bend, so you get the benefit of a strong and very durable surface. There;s not as great a water resistance a steer may be with other cladding, but this stuff is on the outer walls, and this therefore no real problem.

Another great feature is the thicker framing that has been included as part of the building. The framing thickness means you have a stronger building, and you’ll feel this when you are inside the building. Tough and rigid, it will withstand all weathers, and we think there is plenty of added value there for this price.

If you are able to manage the work (and have the expertise) you can opt to have the ‘no flooring’ choice that the manufacturer supplies. This literally means you have to source and install your own floor. If this fills you with dread, you can go for solid sheet, which is the reasonable strong plain flooring that should withstand most weights.

If you want to up the quality of the building significantly, we recommend the third option that BillyOh is offering here with the tongue and groove flooring. This will last a lifetime, and with the same level of quality as the outer walls (through the cladding) you’re looking at a robust flooring that won’t buckle or tie, and therefore makes of r jauch longer lasting shed. In our opinion, you’d be best advised to go for the tongue and groove..

Treatment requirement and warranty

Some excellent news here. The entire unit has been treated at the factory so you don’t have to worry about treating it every year.

Doors and windows

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat with Single Door WindowsThere are two opening windows. They are a good size and they opened on. This is good value at this price point, In add it, you also have the considerable benefit of styrene glazing in the windows. This glazing is tougher than glass and it is also shatterproof. So it’s safer and it will last longer.

A single door gives you ample access to the interior, and door measure up at 72.8 cm wide, which is plenty of space.

Security and privacy

As with a lot of the BillyOh buildings, you can purchase a deluxe padlock and padlock protectors. These do a very good job of securing the building. But we reckon that the styrene windows should not be overlooked in this regard, because they are shatterproof and therefore an excellent addition to security.

Customisation options

BillyOh Gardeners Retreat with Single Door Overall ViewThere isn’t a wealth of extras here for you to choose from, but you can opt for a couple of smaller options for starters. We recommend going for the padlock and padlock protector set, if only for having the peace of mind that comes with knowing your building is secure.

You can also choose the colours from the trim and the walls of your building, and we recommend having a good look here, because it isn’t expensive by any means, and can really lead to a very individual building.

there is a guttering option as an extra, and while the apex roof and the general build of the unit protects against damp and other issues, having guttering will, naturally, add that extra bit of protection.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
83% Complete
8.3/10
Affordability
80% Complete
8/10
Quality of construction
100% Complete
10/10
Longevity of material
80% Complete
8/10
Storage size
76% Complete
7.6/10
8.5
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: There is a lot to like here, and the price is definitely one of those things to like. You effectively gain a building that is pre-treated and built to last, and has two solid windows as well as plenty of space inside.There is also tongue and groove work here, which in itself isn't cheap. This is a quality build, and we recommend it if you are looking for a good gardeners building that will last for years.

Prices around: £555
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