Shed Type, Roof Size
The reverse apex of this large timber shed was the first thing that caught our attention. It creates a very aesthetically pleasing appearance, and it’s also very useful if you have a garden that is relatively shallow and where space is limited. Thanks to this clever design, you don’t have to be without the advantages that a shed of this size can bring.
The next thing that we noticed is just how tall it is. The roof, which we were pleased to see was made of tongue and groove timber that had then been covered by a tough mineral felt, is one of the tallest we’ve seen on sheds of this size. The ridge height is 2.69m and this is backed up by an eaves height of 1.95m. When we turn to the base, overall width is 3.66m and the overall depth is 3.05m, so taking all these dimensions into account it’s easy to see just how much space is available.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We always like to see tongue and cladding used on larger garden buildings, as not only is it very effective at keeping rainwater out, it also creates a tough and durable structure. This is especially true in this instance, as whilst the cladding thickness of 12mm is similar to that we often see on the larger sheds we review, it’s backed up by heavy duty 44 X 44mm framing. The end result is a solid and stable building, and we wouldn’t have any worries about siting this in a position that’s exposed to the wind.
We were also pleased to see that the roof and floor were both made of exactly the same tongue and groove timbers as the walls, which isn’t always what we find. Even more pleasing, the floor is supported by pressure treated floor joists which give the shed added protection against rot which can otherwise be caused by the floor coming into contact with moisture in the ground.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The 15 year anti-rot warranty supplied with this shed is very welcome, as it’s as long as any that we see on a timber building. We sometimes, however, see long warranties that are reliant upon the customer carrying out annual preservative treatments themselves, which can turn into a costly and laborious process.
On this occasion however, there is no such requirement stipulated, which shows just how effective the initial pressure treatment is in the fight against wet rot. Although we would still recommend that the shed owner at least inspects their shed every year, this is still a value adding and time saving feature.
Doors and Windows
Whilst this shed features a single hinged door, we were still impressed by just how easy it was to move equipment in and out. That’s because of its width of 0.89m and its height of 1.80m which are both more accommodating than we usually see with single doors. Fully braced, they also feel reassuringly strong.
There are two windows included, and they allow natural light to reach all corners of the shed. This is very important for people who may want to use the shed as a workshop for either business or a hobby. Once inside, it feels very light and airy too, and that’s helped by the fact that the windows are opening rather than fixed. Again, this is a welcome feature that we don’t always see.
We were pleased to see that the windows are thicker than standard glazing, and that’s because they are made of toughened safety glass. It’s shatter-resistant which in itself can deter some opportune shed thieves.
The greatest deterrent of all, we feel, is the key operated locking system.It looks and feels strong, and it’s good to see it included as standard rather than the customer being expected to source their own lock.
There is an option to add a slatted roof, which is bitumen treated and very weather resistant. At a price of £449.99 however, it adds significantly to the overall cost, and for that reason we feel it makes sense to keep the standard roof. One option that may be more useful to many customers is the professional installation service. Costing a reasonable £169, it will mean that people with busy schedules won’t have to worry about finding the time to erect the shed.
The old saying that you get what you pay for rings true here, with the heavy duty frame and universal tongue and groove cladding showing very high quality components.
Longevity Of materials
We were pleased to see pressure treatment used by the manufacturer, and the effectiveness of this is shown by the 15 year guarantee against rot.
The width and depth create a spacious base area in their own right, but this is further helped by the tall roof and eaves.
Ease of installation
It’s good to see that all fixtures and fittings are included, as well as clear and comprehensive instructions, but due to its size it can still take two people six to eight hours to install it. For that reason, we can imagine the installation service proving popular.
We have seen even larger sheds and workshops at this price, yet added value is given on this occasion by the long guarantee and quality components.
Final Thoughts: We were impressed by this large scale shed at first sight, thanks to its traditional good looks and clever reverse apex styling, and as we reviewed it we became even more impressed. It’s feature packed, and one of the things we liked most was the tough and secure windows and the integrated key operated lock. This gives real peace of mind, and means that the owner won’t have to worry too much about storing valuable items and equipment inside. That’s just one of the reasons why this will make an ideal workshop, as well as being a spacious garden shed.
Prices around: £1,439
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