The BillyOh 4000 Lucia Summerhouse Range

Prices Around: £245
Size: 1.62 X 1.73m
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This is an excellent summerhouse that provides plenty of value for money. The quality is excellent, and the long life aspect really adds value. We liked the customisation too, as there is a lot you can add to it.

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What we rate

  • This building has thicker framing than usual
  • Plenty of customisation available here
  • Tongue and groove cladding

What we slate

  • Roof could be a tougher thing than it is
How We Rate It
9
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
Longevity Of Materials 9/10
90% Complete
Storage Size 7/10
70% Complete
Ease Of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
Value For Money 10/10
100% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed type and roof and size

BillyOh 5 x 5 Lucia Summerhouse Side ViewThis is an attractive summer house that has a width of 161.6 cm. Internally, that works out at 152.1 cm. As regards depth, the building is 172.8 cm, and internally that measures up as 146.5 cm. The building has an apex roof and is in the traditional summerhouse style.

There is a good quality roof that is made up of sheet materials. This means that you have very much a standard roof. There is nothing wrong with this, and the felt covering will give good protection against rainwater. But just remember that, over time, the felt may need replacing.

Cladding and frame and floor

BillyOh 5 x 5 Lucia Summerhouse Internal ViewWhere the panels join up the manufacturers have installed framing that is double the thickness of usual framing constructs.This gives you a stronger building. We stepped inside and could instantly appreciate that there is a stronger building here. It’s a nice touch at the price, and also ensures that your building will last for much longer. We were very pleased to see this, and hope it will be a trend among these entry level buildings to have framing that is of such a high standard.

In addition,the building has a very high standard when it comes to cladding. Tongue and groove cladding is included, and at this price there is considerable value to be had here. The tongue and groove locks together making an impenetrable outer shell. This high quality work is costly to develop, and the fact that BillyOh has included it in this price point is admirable. The cladding here will help by bringing even more strength and sturdiness to the building, and this is a real benefit.

There is no floor provided. This gives the DIY enthusiasts an immediate opportunity to customise the building to their own tastes. If you choose to have the no floor option you will have to ensure that a base is bought, or some other option that allows you to have that surface. You can opt for a solid sheet floor that BillyOh will sell to you. Or you can choose to have the tongue and groove flooring setup. We would immediately chose tongue and groove if it is within your budget.

There is a simple reason for this. Tongue and groove does give you an enhanced life for your building, and when it comes to the floor, it is perfect if you have the need for strength and sturdiness. The tongue and groove basically won’t bend or bow over the years.

Treatment requirement and warranty

The BillyOh 4000 Lucia Summerhouse Range WallA considerable level of value is supplied here with a pre-treatment at the factory. That means no costs incurred by you for manual treatment. It takes time too, so not having to do this instantly makes this a better value summerhouse.

Doors and windows

Eight windows are included in the building and these do an excellent job of bringing in light to the interior. The effect is considerably attractive, and we think it is a real feature of the building. They are styrene glazed too.

We felt mildly let down by a 40.8 cm door width, but this is a small niggle considering the benefits the building has for the price.

Security and privacy

Styrene glazing is good, because it is shatterproof. This makes for a stronger, safer and more secure building. You can purchase locks and protectors as part of the extras offering.

Customisation options

Padlocks and protectors are available as extras. You also get to choose the colour of the building in its trim and wall colour. There is plenty here to be excited about.

Shelving is also an option. We like this, but personally would not crowd what is quite a compact building with too much shelving. There is plenty of scope though, for adding a lot more utility to the building through this choice.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
We can't fault the build in the walls and the framing itself. That price for this build is unbeatable. The only problem is the roof, and we do think some extras could have been offered here for a clear choice at least.
Longevity Of Materials 9/10
90% Complete
Again, the roof is less than ideal. But the quality of the materials and the life they will bring to the building is considerable. Add to that the fact you get a pre-treatment, and it is all good stuff.
Storage Size 7/10
70% Complete
This is a summerhouse so storage may not be the first thing on your mind. But if you wanted to store a few things in there you are limited by the size to a degree.
Ease Of Installation 10/10
100% Complete
An absolute cinch to put together. It can be done by one person as well so there is no real issue here.
Value For Money 10/10
100% Complete
Even with the roof issue, this is an incredible buy for the price. You’re talking a long life building and plenty of options if you need them, all for under £300.
9
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: There is a lot here to be happy with and we think that BillyOh have crammed plenty of features into the price point. The cladding and framing are one great example for a start. But the option to have stronger flooring is essential, and we also like the fact that the only small niggle we can offer is the less than perfect roof.

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