Shed Type and Roof Size
BillyOh Dorset range is large. There are a number of options here when it comes to this building around width and depth, and this is a strong feature of the range. This excellent level of customer choice means that you can get the building that fits your needs best. The Dorset I has the smallest width measurement in the range at 4m (it goes all the way up to 5.5 m if you need this size).
This is the Dorset that has 3.5 m in depth, which means it benefits from having a window on the side. All the Dorset buildings have excellent amounts of light due to the windows on the front, but that extra window on the side adds a little more. It makes it feel more airy inside and we found this to be a welcome addition to the Dorset experience. We’re fond of this range as it is, but that extra window (which is large enough to cover much of the height of the wall it sits in) brings more value.
Customers will need to think about how they want to use the building when they are considering their glazing options. The Dorset here (like all the other Dorsets in the range we have reviewed) has single glazing as standard. This is toughened plastic and not glass. This makes a big difference if you anticipate spending some time in the building in the winter. The extra level of insulation that solid double glazing brings is important, and here you will need to spend an extra £255 to get it. We think it’s important to highlight this, because, quite understandably, some customers would think that ‘single glazing’ would mean a single pane of glass. But it means plastic here. It’s shatter-proof and UV resistant, but it makes the building a seasonal one.
This is a big deal and warrants some real thought. We are big believers in getting the very best out of a garden building, because they can have so much potential. We see this building as a great home office, for example, but you wouldn’t necessarily find it very comfortable in February without the glass element.
And let’s not forget that you have great window potential here anyway. The two at the front give an excellent amount of light, but the extra one down the side really makes this a building with a very attractive interior. Have double glazing installed and you get a wonderfully bright and comfortable building, with some real insulation and soundproofing. It’s just what we would expect, really, on a building that otherwise has an excellent level of quality.
This seasonal approach is present in the cladding too. The 28mm tongue and groove is solid and thick, but is also arguably a seasonal thickness. In a rough winter you may want to have 35mm or 44mm thick cladding. Both these options are available, and we recommend either of them (they’re both thick enough) if you are going to use this building as a gym, for example, in the colder months.
A neat feature here is the option to choose modern or traditional glazing. We like this because it makes a big difference if you have a definite look for the building. A contemporary entertaining space would do well with the modern glazing option, for example.
This Dorset has bearers only in the floor as standard. If a customer wants to fit his or her own floor this is fine, but there are two other options. We preferred the 19mm tongue and groove choice because this gives the building more strength, and guarantees the weight required if you are going to install that home gym. The 11mm option is still tongue and groove and is therefore tough and durable. But if you’re going to have heavy furniture and you’re looking at all year round use, it’s best to have the strongest floor you can.
Up above is some real quality
BillyOh has provided the building with a smart and tough 11mm tongue and groove roof. This impressed us, and it shows that there is some real investment in quality here. It’s heavy and strong enough to manage the roof shingle covering you can purchase as an extra.
Would we buy the shingles? We would. This is simply because they add more strength and solidity, with enhanced water protection and a tougher covering for your roof.
Bear in mind that the roof does not come with a covering, and that you have that shingles option, alongside a solid mineral felt choice too. Some customers may not know that they could potentially take delivery of a building that has timber on top and nothing else.
We liked the mineral felt, but if we were pushed to choose, we would opt for shingles to top it all off with some great colour choices and enhanced protection against the elements.
Like many of the BillyOh buildings we have reviewed on this site, you have a choice of finishes that you can apply, and buy direct from BillyOh. There are four standard finishes that you can apply and these look great, as well as providing protection against mould. For a wider choice, Billyoh has nine extra premium colours that they say bring you extra protection against the elements. There is also a varnish option too.
The cladding makes a big difference here and we feel it is a real selling point of the building. It’s thick and the options you have for making it thicker are even more attractive.
Longevity Of Materials
This is a durable building and a lot of this is down to that cladding. You have a long lasting building as long as you bear in mind it needs annual treating.
Large and spacious, it can easily manage a gathering or two, as well as having scope for a home office.
Ease Of Installation
Three people should be able to get this up in a couple of days. Instructions are simple and clear, and easy to read.
We can’t fault the value here. You can add more value with extras, but the base product is solid value.
Final Thoughts: We liked the window on the side for starters, and we’re fond of the Dorset range as it is, so this is a bit of a no-brainer as far as we are concerned. If only the BillyOh people would realise that we would rather see double glazing on everything they do, simply because it means we can see the potential of a building being truly realised.
Otherwise, like with a lot of BillyOh products, the tongue and groove comes into full effect, making for a stronger building all round and plenty of solidity. You can dress it up with a lot of options and we think that overall, it is a great value building with a little more potential in it too.
Prices around: £1549
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