As one of the larger and more impressive playhouses in this range, the 11 x 6 Stef Axi Playhouse certainly does have a fantastic look. This tower playhouse is not too high off the ground so even younger children will be able to safely climb up the ladder, walk along the decking and then zoom down the slide. They will have a lot of fun doing this and spending time inside the playhouse which has a very generous amount of floor space for them to play and keep all their favourite toys. You adults are really going to enjoy being able to watch the kids use their imagination as they play in here and due to the awesome design, you will also be happy to have this as part of your garden.
This playhouse has been made so that as well as offering fun it is also safe and strong. Safety features such as the railing and the shatterproof acrylic windows are a great design choice. Another smart design choice is the tongue and groove shiplap cladding and solid, 38 mm thick frame that make this such a robust playhouse. Your kids are going to be able to enjoy this for many years and even when they are grown up with kids of their own they are bound to still remember the fun they had with this playhouse.
What we rate
Perfect for younger children
Is not too high
Windows are made with shatterproof acrylic
Gets the kids playing outside
Using the ladder and slide will be a lot of fun
What we slate
Treatment needs to be applied to protect the wood
Older kids may find the slide to small
Trying to talk them into coming inside for tea is going to be hard
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money7.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The best word to describe the 11 x 6 Stef Axi Playhouse is adorable. We really cannot stress enough just how lovely this playhouse is. No matter if you have little girls having afternoon tea with their friends and Minnie Mouse, or if you have the boys planning an attack on The Joker And Lex Luthor, watching the children play with this is going to put as big a smile on your face as it does theirs. This is a very good size and the whole structure does take up a fair bit of space as the depth is 6 feet 6 inches and the width, 11 feet 4 inches. The inside of the playhouse is going to seem very large to children and we can only imagine the amount of stuff they are going to want to bring in here. Actually if you are sick of the clutter in their bedroom then this could be a way to thin it out a little bit.
Like the other playhouses in this line there is a slide and a ladder at either side of the decking. Speaking of the decking it is not that high of the ground and it is made safe thanks to this great looking railing that runs the whole way along it. Just be sure if the boys are playing superheroes that no one is trying to jump off it. On one side is the ladder, this is a smaller ladder that has some quite large rungs on it so smaller children will be able to get up and down here no problem. The slide is bound to get a lot of use from the kids themselves and the countless teddies and toy cars that they throw down it.
We always love an apex roof and one of the main features of this line of playhouses is that rather than use mineral or sand felt, actual wood is used to make the roof. Clearly this looks just absolutely fantastic and makes the playhouse look so much more high quality, but it also works well at keeping the rain from sitting on top so it is practical as well. The roof sticks out a little so you have a veranda that covers the decking which is supported by these two high quality beams.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We all know that even the loveliest kids can play a little rough, well the tongue and groove shiplap cladding used for the walls is able to take what your kids can throw at it. We are used to seeing 12 mm thick cladding on playhouse so the fact this one is 15 mm really did take us by surprise. These extra few millimetres will make sure that when it does get a whack with a toy spade, golf club or even a Barbie, that it will be able to deal with it.
Kids will be jumping, swinging, slamming and running all over this so in order to ensure it is able to deal with this, Axi have used a very robust frame. This frame is 38 mm thick which first of all gives it a nice chunky look, but its main benefit is that it is going to keep this playhouse standing strong for many years.
Flooring on a playhouse is where some manufactures tend to cut corners a little bit, but that is not the case here as the flooring is made with some very impressively thick wood. It is not just inside the playhouse where the floor is impressive. The decking area also has some very good flooring. This floor is tongue and groove boards and we love the way they go with the rest of the playhouse.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A playhouse that looks as lovely as this must be looked after and that starts with the first coating of wood treatment that you give it. This first coat should be applied shortly after you have built it as the treatment the Asian cedar wood has is just a short term, basic form of treatment meant to last a few weeks at most. Once a year a new coating should be applied, you do this and that wood will stay free from rot.
We feel that as long as you are treating the wood once a year then you will not have any issues with this playhouse, but on the off chance you do, you will be covered with a 5 year guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The 11 x 6 Stef Axi Playhouse has a really fun looking door that has a good sized window and even a little letterbox that you can send them mail through. The door is wide and high enough that they will not have any troubles getting their toys in and out of the playhouse.
The front of the playhouse has three windows with one of these being the one on the door. There is another fixed window and this interesting, smaller sized circle window very close to the roof. An opening window is located on both sides of the playhouse and these close thanks to the use of magnets which is a very interesting and practical way to close the windows. The windows are safe as they are made with shatterproof acrylic so there is no worries about broken glass being all over the place when they are swinging a lightsaber around in the playhouse.
Security And Privacy
When closed those magnets really do keep the windows securely shut, likewise the door when closed also stays pretty firmly closed. So as long as the kids close the windows and shut the door this is one secure playhouse. Of course most of the time it will be you who has to go out at 9 P.M. to make sure it is all closed up to stop a family of hedgehogs setting up home in here.
Privacy and playhouses are not something that normally go together. This playhouse though does offer more privacy than most due to the way the windows are designed, but we would still bet that the children will want everyone to come over and look at it.
Customisation Options And Extras
Axi do not have any customisation options for you, but you could always give this a coating of coloured wood treatment. For example if you want to make this a little bit more ideal for a boy, you could use a blue wood treatment.
Quite a few extras we available with this playhouse. If you want people to know who lives here then they do have a fun, name tag which costs £29.95. A fun chalk board that is designed to fit in with the style of the rest of the playhouse can be added for £29.95. If you are worried about a big gust of wind taking this playhouse to Kansas then they do have an anchor kit to secure it to the ground. This costs £54.95 and if you are worried about it blowing over is worth considering. Plants can always help the look of a playhouse and for £34.95 they have a Plant & Flower box. The last extra is their solar kit which sees a little solar panel added to the playhouse which can then be used to power things like iPads and stereos. This costs £74.95 and honestly as cool as it sounds, we are not sure if it is really necessary.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is one very well made playhouse and it is high quality through and through. It is so well made that we really cannot think of a bad thing to say about it.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Your kids are going to get many years out of this thanks to the high quality materials which have been chosen. The wood will need some treatment to keep it rot free, but that is all you need to do.
Younger kids are going to see this as some kind of mansion and it certainly does offer them a whole lot of space to make use of. This is one of the larger playhouses in the line so it will need a larger garden to be installed in.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
If you follow the instructions and of course do not take too many breaks for snacks and tea, then you will have this built in 4-6 hours.
Value for Money7.5/10
Hmm, this is a very well made playhouse that is also a very good size, but it is very close to a thousand pounds and we do think that many people will see this as too high a price to pay.
Final Thoughts: We really do like the whole style of the 11 x 6 Stef Axi Playhouse and the materials used and the way these are going to last such a long really is quite spectacular. Children really will have a great time with this, when they are not spending time playing inside the playhouse they will be going up and down that slide like yoyo. As much as we like the playhouse, we do feel that the price could be a little better, even at just £100 cheaper we would be saying this is a must buy. Still even with the high price, this is one gorgeous playhouse and if you want a playhouse that is not going to look ugly as it stands in your garden then you may want to pay the extra to get something that looks as fantastic as this.