Shed Type And Roof Size
We just adore the look of the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse, it really does have a charm and a style that just makes you smile and will make the kids fall in love with it the moment they see it. We think that this one here is clearly aimed at little girls as it does have a kind of Wendy House design to it, which we are sure will make little girls feel like they are living in their own Barbie House. It is a decent size inside with the width being, 4 feet 8 inches and the depth being right around the same. We like how much height is provided as along the ridge there is just over 5 feet of headroom so the children will be able to play in this even as they grow.
We really like what they have done with the roof. Using an apex style roof is always the right way to go for a playhouse as it will ensure no rain is going to get inside. This one is made with some high quality boarding which is then covered with strong and durable felt. While the roof is fantastic from a practical point of view it also adds to the charm of the playhouse as it has a veranda that sticks out a little bit at the front and there is this lovely, wavy decoration along the front which we really like.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
To keep the water out and also make sure that this is up to the task of taking a bit of abuse from the kids, Kitty have used some very impressive shiplap cladding for the walls. At 12 mm thick, these walls are very strong and offer no little hidden crack, nooks or crannies for water to sneak its way inside. It also has a very smooth and attractive look to it which we just love.
While they have not given out the exact specs of the frame that is inside this playhouse, we have seen from pictures that this is clearly a solid and robust frame which has double framed corners which will greatly enhance its durability. Kids, even little girls, tend to not be too careful when it comes to playtime so with that in mind they have made sure to make this one very strong and long lasting playhouse and that starts with this incredibly strong frame. Little girls are kind of odd in that a nice and friendly tea party can turn into some kind of wild dance party in mere seconds, this frame makes sure the playhouse can handle it.
A solid flooring is used so when they are pretending they are Elsa and Anna from Frozen and doing all kinds of fun dancing, singing and jumping, they will be safe and the floor will not buckle. This floor is easily going to be able to handle a few kids, a whole lot of toys and just a ton of fun.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
While the playhouse pictured is pink and we do think that for a little girl this is just the best colour, the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse will actually be sent to you unpainted so you will need to give it a good coating of wood treatment to make sure that smooth wood stays rot free. Kitty do give the wood a basecoat treatment, but a proper coating should be applied within a couple of weeks at the most after it has been installed.
A one year anti rot guarantee is provided as long as you treat the playhouse properly. To be honest, we have seen other playhouses offer anti rot guarantees that last ten times longer than this so it is a little disappointing to see the only offer a year. Still with how well made this is and as long as you treat the wood, we do not see you having any problems.
Doors And Windows
Because of the huge window on it, the door is one of the most noticeable things about this playhouse. It really is something that we love and it certainly does give the playhouse a lot of personality. There is a fantastic, old school style door handle which will make opening the door very easy. Solid hinges will keep this in place and as you can see from the pictures, the size of the door is very impressive for a single door.
Along with the window on the door there is another large window on the front of the playhouse. We love how large they have made this as they are going to let in a lot of natural light. To make sure there is no chance of broken glass everywhere, strong styrene has been used. Not only is this a practical design choice for a kids playhouse, but it does also help keep the cost down a little bit.
Security And Privacy
No lock comes with this playhouse, but to be fair this is the case for pretty much every playhouse that is on the market. Still the door does close securely and as long as they get into the habit of closing the door once they are done playing no wild animals, rubbish or even backpackers looking for a place to crash in between summer festivals will get inside.
Now when it comes to privacy with this playhouse it really all depends on where you install this in your garden. Those two awesome and large windows on the front let you look right inside, but as there are no windows on the sides or back, you could position the playhouse so that the windows are not in plain sight of people walking past your garden.
Customisation Options And Extras
We were really not surprised to learn that there are no customisation options available with this playhouse. As we said earlier though, the playhouse will be sent to you unpainted so you can change the look of it with a coloured wood treatment or even a bright paint like the pink in the pictures.
They are not offering any extras with this playhouse, actually that is not entirely true, you see this playhouse comes with an assembly service which is why we are sure it is priced the way it is. While on one hand we feel this extra price of an installation service is fair, we would still have preferred they knocked £100 off the price and let the customer decide if they want the service.
We are impressed with the overall quality of this playhouse and feel that for the price, the quality of the materials is just fantastic.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
A kids playhouse is certainly going to take a bit of abuse over its life and we feel that this one here is up to the task. Just be sure to give it a coating of treatment to keep the wood rot free and your children will be having fun with this for years.
This is one of the smallest playhouses we have seen so for older kids this would not be ideal, but as a first playhouse it really is a good size.
Ease of Installation 10/10
While we may not be too keen on the fact the assembly service is part of this no matter if you want it or not, there is no denying it is convenient to have people build this for you while you just sit back and listen to the kids ask 3000 times if it is built yet?
This is a well made and lovely little playhouse, but it is on the small size so your kids may outgrow it sooner than you would like. Still as long as they can fit inside it they will get a lot of enjoyment out of this.
Final Thoughts: We really do like the Kitty Shiplap Wooden Playhouse and feel that it is great for a child’s first playhouse or even for those of you who do not have a whole lot of space. While the price may seem a little high, we do feel that as you are getting this assembled for you as well as delivered that the price really is not all that out of line. We were very impressed with the materials used to make this and are sure it will last many years and also as you can clearly see this really is one very adorable playhouse which is just tailor made for little girls.
Prices around: £493
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