Playhouse Type And Roof Size
Now here is a playhouse that is different from all the rest, we are sure when the grownups see the kids playing inside the amazing, Wigwam 7X6 Playhouse that they will be wondering why was there not a playhouse like this when they were a kid? We just love the design of this as it is one of the most fun looking playhouses we have ever seen. Its wigwam style is clearly aimed at kids who love to play cowboys and Indians, but we feel the unique and cool look of it will suit all children. With 7 x 6 of floor space this is actually far more spacious than the pictures suggest. Also at its peak it stands at over 7 feet tall so there is plenty of headroom inside of here.
The top of the playhouse goes into a peak that is protected by this very cool little decoration. It is clearly supposed to look like an old timey wigwam with sticks sticking out of the top. We really like this and are sure that it is going to stand up incredibly well against the bad weather, not letting any rain inside.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Incredibly, Shire have decided to use 12 mm thick tongue and groove cladding which we must say is some of the smoothest and sleekest looking cladding we have ever seen on any kind of structure. With the cladding being 12 mm thick it is also very strong so it can take a bit of roughhousing as well.
While you cannot see from the pictures there is actually a 34 mm x 34 mm frame inside of this playhouse. That along with the fantastic cladding makes this one very well made and robust playhouse that is going to be standing strong for many years. We are actually genuinely blown away at what a sturdy structure this is and we have the frame to thank for that.
So far everything we have talked about has been of a very high quality and that goes for the flooring as well. Shire have used 11 mm thick tongue and groove cladding for the floor boards so that it can take all the dancing, wrestling and other fun things your kids get up to inside.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A basecoat treatment will be applied to all of that lovely looking smooth timber, but a proper coating of wood treatment will need to be applied. Shire say that this should be done within three months, but that is far too long for us and we always recommend you treat the shed fairly soon after installation. A new coating of wood treatment should be applied once a year to keep the wood looking smooth and rot free.
Shire offer what we consider to be one of the most generous guarantees of any manufacturer. They are giving you ten years, but in order for this to be valid, the playhouse has to be treated and looked after properly. You cannot just neglect it for five years then complain that rot has appeared.
Doors And Windows
The door on the Wigwam 7X6 Playhouse Shire is just awesome. It is a single sized door and they have made it so that it blends into the rest of the playhouse very well. At a glance you may not even notice the door on here which we are sure is something the kids will really like as it will make them feel like they have a secret, hidden door. There is an impressive door handle on the door so they will be able to open it easily. The door is a decent size at 2 feet 10 inches high and 1 foot 6 inches wide, meaning that the children will have no trouble getting things in and out of the playhouse.
This playhouse has two adorable little diamond shaped windows on it. These are made with shatterproof styrene so they are 100 percent safe and also allow the kids to have a little look outside so they can see if mum and dad are coming to nag them about coming in for tea. The inclusion of these windows is something that we really like as we are sure than some other manufacturers would have not bothered, but Shire have clearly put a lot of effort and time into the design of this playhouse.
Security And Privacy
While there is not a lock on the door this is still one of the more secure playhouses that we have seen. The door is very solid and in general the playhouse is one very solid structure so it does offer a lot of security.
While there are those two lovely little windows this is still a very private playhouse. Those windows will let in natural light, but they are not so large that it is easy to look into them.
Customisation Options And Extras
The playhouse will be sent to you unpainted, but this is something that you could have a lot of fun with when it comes to painting it. We have actually seen some very impressive paint work done on this so maybe you could get the kids involved and have some fun giving it a bit of your own personal style.
This is one very well made playhouse and actually there is no need to purchase any extras. You may be tempted to purchase some kind of pad bolt so the door stays firmly shut in the winter, but that is all you need to think about.
While this clearly has one very cool and interesting design, this is actually one of the most solid and well made playhouses that we have seen in quite some time.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
Shire have designed this playhouse very well so the children are going to be able to make use of this for many years. Just a fresh coating of wood treatment once a year is required to keep it protected from rot.
While the wigwam design of course does affect the kind of space that this offers, there is still a very generous amount of space inside here and the headroom is just fantastic.
Ease of installation 8/10
This is a two person job and you are looking at around 6-8 hours, depending on your DIY skill level.
For the size this is one of the more expensive playhouses, but it is also one of the most high quality. With only the best materials being used here, we feel that you are getting excellent value for your money.
Final Thoughts: We are having a hard time thinking of when a playhouse impressed us as much as the Wigwam 7X6 Playhouse Shire has. Of course the design is just awesome and so unlike the other playhouses that are on the market, but this is not the only thing that makes this easy to recommend to you. The fact that Shire have done just such a great job in the design is a huge factor of why we love this playhouse so much. It is a decent size, can take a bit of a beating and it will last for many years. If you want to get your children a playhouse that is not like all the rest and is going to give them many years of enjoyment, then we highly recommend this one right here.
Prices around: £473
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