Playhouse Type And Roof Size
The Woodbury 4X4 Playhouse could very well be one of the best my first playhouse type of playhouses we have ever seen. With a fun and just charming design, this compact size playhouse is ideal for younger children who love to play and use their own imagination. They can host tea parties, dance or even pretend it is some kind of secret ninja hideout. The possibilities really are endless with this. We like how both the depth and the width are just a little under the 4 foot mark, meaning that the children will have plenty of room to play inside the playhouse, but you do not have to worry about this taking up a whole lot of space in your garden. Anyway as this looks so lovely, we are sure you are going to be very happy with this as part of your garden. We must inform you that the size of this playhouse makes it suitable for younger children as older kids may find it a little cramped inside of here.
There is an adorable apex roof on top of the playhouse that is going to ensure your kids favourite teddies, action figures or even your iPad that they have snuck in there does not get ruined by the rain. It is a very well made roof as they have used solid sheet boards along with felt to give it a fairly strong construction and also a great look. The apex nature of this roof means that inside there is a nice amount of headroom for the kids so they will easily get a good few years out of this.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Some lovely whitewood pine is what is used to make the 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding. This really does make this one very charming little playhouse that the kids are going to really love. Of course looks aren’t everything, but that is alright as this type of cladding has been cleverly selected because of its ability to not allow rain inside and also for its durability as well.
A robust frame is used to ensure that even when their tea party gets a little out of hand that the playhouse can take it. To be honest a structure of this size does not need the world’s thickest and strongest frame, but we are very pleased with the framing that they have used and are sure it is going to keep this one very solid playhouse for many years.
There is some very good flooring used in here and that is supported with floor joists to stop the playhouse having to sit directly on the ground. This type of flooring is ideal for the age of children that will be playing inside it. They will be able to have a few friends over, lots of toys inside and play all kinds of games that will no doubt involve them jumping and screaming at the top of their voices and this floor will be able to handle it.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Woodbury 4X4 Playhouse will be given a dipped basecoat treatment which is fine for the short term, but the last thing you want is for this lovely playhouse to start showing signs of rot and decay. A generous application of wood treatment will stop this from happening and it should be applied soon after you have installed the playhouse. A new coat once a year is something we recommend to ensure no rot ever appears.
A one year guarantee is what you will get with this playhouse which to be fair is not all that bad, sure other manufacturers give longer, but we would bet that your kids will have had many years of use with this and outgrown it before it starts to show any kind of wear and tear.
Doors And Windows
There is a good sized single door on the playhouse that has a very plain look to it. We know that this is a low priced playhouse, but we really wish they put some kind of design on the door or even a small window to make it as attractive as the rest of the playhouse. Even the door handle is just a basic block of wood, we really would have liked to have seen something else here instead of that. They have used some impressive hinges on here to make sure it will not sag and that it can take the odd slam every now and again so from a practical point of view the door is fine, we just wish it was as pretty as the rest of the structure.
There is one large window with a lovely cross design in it right on the front of the playhouse. The window is made with anti shatter styrene so it is perfectly kid safe and it is also going to make sure plenty of natural light gets inside the playhouse.
Security And Privacy
That door does close very firmly so the playhouse is never going to be left wide open, well unless the kids prop the door open and then waltz back in the house of course. A lock is not something we would advise on a playhouse, but it could be easily added if you felt it was necessary.
There is that large window, but for the most part this is one of the more private playhouses we have seen. A charming little curtain or even just a piece of fabric would work as a way to give the children a little privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
This will be delivered to you unpainted and while we love the classic wood look of it, you could always give it a coating of paint to brighten it up a bit. We as sure that you will want to either paint or put some kind of decoration on the door to jazz it up a little bit. Even something as simple as a vinyl sticker we feel would make the door look more attractive.
You can put your money away as once you have bought the playhouse there is nothing else that you have to worry about. Well apart from all the furniture and toys that the kids want you to buy to go in here of course.
This is one very solid playhouse and while we know we said the door is plain looking, it is still very well made just like the rest of the structure.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
Your children or grandchildren are going to be able to have fun with this for many years thanks to the high quality materials which have been used. Just remember to coat it in wood treatment and it will stay looking adorable for lots of years.
We think that this may actually be one of the smallest playhouses on the market, but at the end of the day is meant for younger children to whom this will be more than large enough.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
This is a fairly straight forward DIY job. There is nothing really overly complex here. Get a friend to help, follow the instructions and be sure to have the kettle always on stand by.
At under £200, we feel this is offering, incredible value for money. It is a low cost way to get the kids having fun outside.
Final Thoughts: The Woodbury 4X4 Playhouse may be small in stature, but we can assure you it is big on fun. There is going to be a lot of happy faces around this playhouse. Not just from the kids, but from you as well when you see how much they love it. While it may be a little on the small size, we are sure the kids will not care and they will just have the time of their lives inside here. As a first playhouse, you really cannot go wrong with this. It is well made, has a good look and the price is very affordable.
Prices around: £176
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