Workshop Type And Roof Size
With the Hartwood 10′ x 8′ FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Workshop, you have a truly amazing place to use as a workshop. It is a very private building so all of your awesome projects, art and possibly plans for world domination will be kept hidden from people’s peepers. While not huge, this is a very good mid sized workshop that is offering you plenty of space to make use of. The depth is 8 feet 8 inches and the width 10 feet 2 inches, so while not a monster of structure, you will still need to have a reasonably sized garden to install this. Spending time inside here is going to be a comfortable experience as there is plenty of headroom. Right down the middle of the workshop along the ridge, the height is a very impressive 7 feet. The eaves height is 5 feet 6, but that is fine as we feel that having some tables, shelving or even a good worktop would be great along the sides of the workshop.
Oriented strand board or if you are cool and in the know, OSB, is what they have made the roof from and we are fine with this as it is some strong boarding that is able to stand up to the elements, even a heavy snowfall will be no problem. Covering this we have some very stylish mineral felt that has a green colour to it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The pressure treated overlap cladding really does look incredible. We feel that it gives the workshop a rustic type of look and that is something that we really do like. The cladding has been very well made and with the pressure treatment process the wood has gone through, you will have no worries about it suffering from any kind of decay or letting in any water.
They have gone for a 28 mm x 28 mm frame with a bit more of a thicker section right in the middle, and honestly we are fine with this as it is one very robust frame. Not only that, but the way the cladding is securely connected to the frame is very clever and makes the whole workshop extra strong and long lasting. We love the way that this will prevent the workshop from getting flimsy as the years go by.
That same oriented strand board that is used for the roof is what will be under your feet and more than happy to take the weight of all your items. This boarding is very strong so you will not have any concerns about really loading this workshop up with tables, supplies and anything that is on the heavy side. This is great if you were to use this as a storage shed as it will be able to handle many heavy items.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
There is not much in the way of maintenance that you have to worry about with this workshop. That is because the wood has been pressure treated so it is going to last for many years and not have any trouble with rot or decay. Not having to give the workshop a coating of wood treatment on an annual basis, we are sure is going to be something many of you will be happy about.
Your workshop will have a 15 year warranty that will cover it against rot. This is a very fair and actually quite generous guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The Hartwood 10′ x 8′ FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Workshop comes with a set of large double doors. We love these doors as it makes getting in and out with larger items easy. Nothing worse than having to twist and turn an item to get it in a shed, only to still end up scraping your hand of the door frame anyway. That is an issue you will not have with these doors. If you look at the pictures, you can see that on the back of each door is a ‘z’ brace. We love to see this on a door as it makes it much more stronger. Add to this the heavy duty hinges they have used and you really do have a great set of doors.
There are no windows at all on this workshop, which before you start accusing the designer of forgetting, we must tell you that this is all part of the design of the workshop and while we do love to see some nice windows on sheds, workshops and summerhouses. Sometimes the fully boarded look works very well, as is the case here.
Security And Privacy
As this is a workshop, chances are you will want to make sure what you have in here is kept well locked away. Well while this does come with a strong pad bolt, it does not actually come with any kind of lock which is a bit of a disappointment. So it will be down to you to purchase some kind of lock if you want to be sure your belongings are kept safe at night from thieves.
This is one very private workshop as there are no windows at all. This means that you can work on some super secret stuff in here and no one will have a clue. Also if you are using this as a general storage shed then you will be pleased that none of your items such as bikes and expensive tools are out on display.
Customisation Options And Extras
We love the way that the pressure treated wood looks, but if you do want change things up then have a think about giving the workshop a lick of paint to perhaps brighten it up a little bit.
Remember how we just told you that there was no lock included with this? Well it turns out they do have a couple of locking options that you can add as an extra. First of all is a very smart looking, Yale hasp and padlock set. This costs £19.99 and would really lock your items away safely. If you want to kick the security up a few notches, then for £29.99 they have a very cool, Yale Super Durable Deluxe Shed Alarm Security Kit which will sound off if anyone dares mess with your belongings. The last extra they have is a plastic shed base which is made for you to install the workshop on top of. While the idea of this is great, at £199.99 it is a very expensive extra.
We really like this workshop and feel that from the bottom all the way to the ridge of the apex roof, it is great quality.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This is the kind of workshop that is going to give you 20 or more years of use easily. The pressure treated timber and the overall design is just amazing, long lasting and will not need much TLC from you either which is a nice bonus.
This is a mid sized workshop, but it is still offering you lots of space. We like how even with the decent amount of room it has, it is not only something that only larger gardens can enjoy.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
With there being no windows to worry about this is actually a pretty simple DIY job. There may be the odd section that will make you scratch your head, but as long as you and the person helping take your time and follow the instructions, then you will not have too much trouble.
This is one of the better under £500 workshops that we have seen. They have managed to offer plenty of space and also keep the quality high so we are very happy with the value for money this provides.
Final Thoughts: The fully boarded and rustic looking Hartwood 10' x 8' FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Workshop, is something that really has impressed us. For under £500, you are getting a very cleverly designed workshop that is offering you plenty of space, has a great look and is also going to last a very long time. We really like the way that they have used pressure treated timber for this workshop as it makes not able to keep away rot and it also makes for a workshop that is very low maintenance. We are very impressed with this and it is a workshop that even if you were buying it as a general storage shed, you would be very happy with.
Prices around: £459.99
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