Shire Mammoth – Our first thoughts
We’re impressed, basically. The name fits the product perfectly, you’ll be hard pressed to find a similar size workshop. And with that size comes an impressive depth, all of 6.03 m. This is definitely a workshop that is all about space.
And then there is the strength aspect. The building is tough, and has been created using 44 x 70mm framing. There’s real solidity here, and a reassuring sound when you tap the walls. This building is strong and sturdy, and that becomes obvious when you walk in the door.
Not that you get just one door. There are two, and this makes for a more practical experience. Of course, the building demands two doors, but they’re reassuringly solid and strong, so the second one definitely hasn’t been added as an afterthought. You get the feeling there is a quality approach to the construction being used here.
We liked the timber too. It’s European softwood, so you have that sustainable aspect (softwood comes from trees that are immediately replaced) and that nice planed look that comes with this particular approach to timber. Overall, it looks great,and you have that sustainable promise that makes for a more positive experience.
There is also a loglap exterior. This kind of cladding is becoming increasingly popular, and looking at this workshop it is easy to see why. The rounded, smooth look that the loglap gives adds much to the overall visual appeal of the workshop. It’s also perfect for getting rid of rainwater and giving you a timber that simply dries quicker.
The tongue and groove door is sturdy and resilient to attacks by rain. We felt the entire building is about durability, and it’s features like the effective use of tongue and groove, the framing, and the loglap that really make it a strong construction. Three opening windows allow you to air out the building if you need to, or just to bring in a cool breeze during the hot summer.
Shire Mammoth: Some questions you may have
Is it self assembly?
Believe it or not, you can construct this building yourself. And it isn’t as hard as you might think it is. You’ll need basic tools like a hammer, nails and screwdriver, as well as other pieces of equipment like a strong stepladder and safety goggles. The key, like with most installations, is to ensure the base is well prepared and laid. You have to ensure it is on solid, flat ground, and that it either sits on a wooden shed base or on flat, clean concrete. Full instructions are given, and it take two people to make it.
All fixings are supplied as well, so you don’t have to worry about anything. All you have to do is get stuck in with the instructions and get the workshop up and ready to be used. You should expect a good few hours construction time, not including the base.
Is there a guarantee?
There is a 10 year manufacturer’s anti-rot guarantee. A word of caution here though. LIke all outdoor buildings, certain levels of care have to be followed. While this building is extremely resilient and capable of handling all kinds of weather conditions, it is advisable that you pay attention to the care instructions the manufacturer provides. Not only are they essential for looking after your workshop, but not following these instructions will affect your chances of making use of the guarantee.
Has it been treated?
It comes with a dipped basecoat. This means that you are advised to give it an annual treatment if you want to keep the workshop’s good looks as well as protect it from damp and wear and tear.
Shire Mammoth: So what’s the quality like?
The quality is incredible. Its big, and that size demands a certain level of quality. This building does not disappoint. You have a timber that is strong and hard-wearing, and the solidity when you walk around the building is second to none. The tongue and groove work screams quality, and it also works hard to protect the building as well when it comes to water resistance.
And then you have that loglap cladding. It’s true that this is very popular at the moment, but it really adds to the looks of the building. There’s something about that rounded look that makes outdoor buildings look charming and attractive, even traditional. And that’s bearing in mind that loglap is relatively new in the field of cladding technology.
Shire Mammoth: Technical details Height:
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Shire Mammoth: Our final thoughts
For such a big and spacious building, there is a lot here to be enjoyed when it comes to detail. The timber is strong and reliable, and this makes a big difference. But that timber has been crafted carefully, so you have a building that has a loglap exterior, and this means that care and attention have been paid to durability aspects. You’re looking at a long lifetime, and this is backed up by that 10 year guarantee.
We think it’s a great place to set up a project or just to relax. The windows give plenty of light and ventilation, and the overall look of the building is smart and attractive.
However, you’re buying this for size and strength. And there is plenty of that here. This is big and strong, and if you need a workshop that will provide enough space and solidity to handle a production line, you’re looking at the solution.
Quality of construction 8.1/10 Longevity of material 8.3/10
Prices around: £2180
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