Not all gardens are the same, but just because a garden is shallow doesn’t mean that it has to forego the advantages of having a large shed, thanks to the double apex design of this capacious wooden workshop from the heavy duty Champion range. The double doors are so wide that it can be used for much more than just lawnmowers and garden tools, making it a useful addition for leisure or work activities.
The manufacturer has supplied a 15 year anti-rot guarantee, which is itself a sign of the quality of components used as well as the effectiveness of the pre-delivery pressure treatment used on all the timbers. We wouldn’t be surprised, however, to see the shed last for much longer than the period of the warranty as the water resistance offered by the reverse apex roof and interlocking cladding is excellent.
This shed doesn’t come cheap, and so we would have liked the manufacturer to offer a pre-painted finish or possibly a security alarm system. Even so, the standard lock itself is robust and is backed up by strong safety glass on the dual windows. For these reasons and more, this will be a much loved and highly useful shed for those who can afford it.
What we rate
Flexibility offered by the double apex design
Huge storage capacity
Weatherproofing helped by tongue and groove cladding
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials10/10
Ease of installation7/10
Value for money7.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
The reverse apex design of this shed not only makes it look strikingly different, with its wide frontage and shallower depth, it also makes it suitable for gardens of all shapes and sizes, and means that the owner can consider different positions and alignments for it. Because of its size it can double as a workshop as well as a garden shed, and it could be used for leisure activities such as carpentry or even as a place to carry out small scale commercial production.
The apex design of the roof means that rain and snow is channelled harmlessly away, and we were impressed by the strength and thickness of the roofing felt that is supplied to cover the tongue and groove boards. With a ridge height of 2.69m and an eaves height of 1.96m it was noticeable how much head room and storage room there was inside. The base dimensions of 3.66m wide and 3.05m deep, giving a base area of more than 11 square metres, show just how much can be kept inside this shed.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Tongue and groove cladding isn’t the cheapest to manufacture and supply, so we were impressed that it has been used on the roof and floor as well as the walls. The thickness of 12mm makes it knock resistant and able to stand up to storms, and shows that no corners have been cut in the desire give excellent weather resistance. This is also chosen in the choice of a framing size of 44 X 44m.
As the size of this shed means that it may be used as a workshop, we were interested to see just how strong the floor really was. Thanks to it using exactly the same tongue and groove boarding as the walls it felt very secure, and so should be suitable for even heavy machinery to stand upon.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We are always pleased to see sheds that are backed by long manufacturer’s warranties against rot, but sometimes the requirements for retreatment can create a significant further expense for the shed owner. Not on this occasion however, as the pressure treatment used on all the timbers gives long lasting protection, and there is no stipulated requirement for the owner to replenish the preservative treatment during the lifetime of the warranty. Most shed owners will still continue to inspect their shed after winter has ended, and we would still recommend this as best practice.
Doors and Windows
We liked the windows that are included with this shed. They are two in number, situated next to each other, and are sizeable enough to let a large amount of light into the shed. Obviously, however, the amount of light entering is dependent upon the shed’s positioning and the time of day, so an extra light source may be needed if you are going to spend a large amount of time inside. We were also happy that the windows could be opened and then locked into position, as this is an effective way to regulate temperature during the summer months.
The double doors, like the shed itself, are large and attractive. Based upon a classic style they provide wide access to the shed when fully opened, giving a maximum opening of 1.78m and a height of 1.80m. The timber used for the doors is strong and felt reassuringly heavy when in operation.
Security and Privacy
Only one side of this shed has windows, which we consider to be a clever touch as it makes it much harder for passers by to see inside. This not only boosts privacy levels, it can also help to deter break ins, especially as the windows themselves are made of strong safety glass. The integral lock and key system used here is in common with the Shed-Plus Champion range, but it always impresses us as a no-fuss secure fastening system.
Customisation Options and Extras
A 12’ X 10’ Champion slatted roof is available for the price of £449. This adds a significant cost to the standard price, and we found the standard reverse apex smooth roof to be more than adequate in itself. It has to be said, however, that slatted roofs do add a touch of style while still preventing rain from ingressing into the shed itself.
The other optional extra offered by the manufacturer is more practical, and available for £169. It’s a professional installation service that most people will find extremely useful and time saving unless they themselves have experience of erecting large sheds and are used to manual labour.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
If you want a shed that lasts, quality components are the key. The thick framing and tongue and groove cladding are two indications of the high quality materials used throughout. It’s a shed that looked and felt solid.
Longevity Of materials10/10
We are confident that the timbers should even outlast the 15 year anti-rot guarantee, thanks to the snug interlocking timbers and the pre-construction pressure treatment.
There is only one workshop by this manufacturer of a larger size, but thanks in part to the large eaves this offers more than enough storage to meet most people’s needs.
Ease of installation7/10
It took a while to construct this shed, but that was due to the size of the structure and the nature of tongue and groove rather than any fault with the shed itself. If you don’t feel confident with installing your own shed then take advantage of the professional installation service available.
Value for money7.5/10
This a large scale shed made from high quality components, so it’s inevitable that it will have a substantial price. We would, however, have liked to see an option to have it pre-stained or painted before delivery for this price.
Final Thoughts: There’s a lot to like about this shed, and we were particularly impressed by the features that gave it excellent protection against rain, such as the apex roof and pressure treated tongue and groove cladding, and the features that protect it from the threat of break ins, notably the strong windows and sturdy lock and key system. The combination of these features make this a great choice as a storage area for your garden or household equipment, or as a workshop. The reverse apex design not only looks good, it also means that it can fit into gardens of almost any shape.