The 12 x 6 Sarah Axi Playhouse is a large and impressive playhouse that has a truly fantastic look and offers a number of fun features for the children to make use of. The actual playhouse has plenty of room for all kinds of fun and games and the headroom means even as they grow they will not have to crouch over in order to fit inside. There is a superfast, long slide on one side of the playhouse that is going to get a whole lot of use. There is a large ladder that the kids are really going to enjoy climbing up and down and as this is high, they will really enjoy looking out over the railing on the decking. Under the playhouse is a fantastic sandpit where in the summer months they can have a blast making sandcastles and burying their toys.
Holding the playhouse together is an impressively thick 38 mm frame which along with the lovely looking, tongue and groove shiplap cladding make this a very strong structure that is along going to last for many years. the gorgeous apex roof is made to keep the rain out and protect the inside and the decking and the flooring also is impressively made.
What we rate
Has a sandpit under the playhouse
Slide is very long
Wooden apex roof looks incredible
Features plenty of well made window
There is a lot of headroom in the playhouse
What we slate
You will have to clean the sandpit
Ladder may be a little high for younger children
Treatment needs to be applied shortly after construction
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
Wow is this one playhouse where clearly kids having as much fun as possible was the main driving force behind its design. The 12 x 6 Sarah Axi Playhouse is a tower playhouse and as you can see from the pictures it is quite the impressive looking structure. This is quite a high playhouse and at the very top it actually stands at, 9 feet 6 inches. The actual playhouse is just under 4 feet off the ground and inside there is what we consider to be a generous amount of room. Width is 3 feet 10 inches and depth is 5 feet 7 inches so no matter if you have little girls wanting to play house or boys wanting to use this as some kind of Star Wars base there is more than enough space.
This is a feature packed playhouse offers lots of possibilities. To start with there is a ladder on one side that takes the kids up to the decking area. While this is quite high it is still very safe as there is a great looking safety railing. On the other side of the decking there is this awesome slide. This is quite a long slide so the kids will have a lot of fun as they will be able to go very fast. Many tower playhouses have an area underneath that they can play in and this one kicks things up a notch by having a sand pit in this underneath area. Sand pits are always a lot of fun, well they are until you get it in your underpants, but before that it is a blast to spend time in one. Now one thing that is not clear is if any sand comes with this, but we would say it is a safe bet that there is no sand included. Kids play sand is not expensive so it is not something that we are really going to criticise the playhouse for.
As we have come to expect from this line of playhouses, a wooden apex roof is what sits on top of the playhouse and it really does look just incredible. This does have a veranda so the decking gets a little protection from the rain and it also helps add to the amazing look of it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
As this is a playhouse that is going have kids climbing, jumping and sliding all over it a lot of effort has gone into making it strong. The walls of the playhouse are made with 15 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding. We really love the smooth and classic look of these walls and as they are 15 mm thick, we are sure they can take what the kids are going to throw its way.
To go along with the strong cladding is a frame that has planed smoothed edges and is 38 mm thick. We really like how they have made sure that this playhouse has one very strong and thick set of bones holding it all together. This will make certain that it can take a bit of abuse from the kids as they are having epic sword battles or when they are having some kind of dance party.
So that the playhouse is able to handle the weight of not only the kids, but a lot of toys as well, strong flooring has been used. While it may be hard to see, if you look closely at the pictures you can see tongue and groove boards on the decking and this flooring is very impressive and will be able to take them jumping on it for many years.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This playhouse will be sent to you unpainted, but the 12 x 6 Sarah Axi Playhouse looks so great that you really need to make sure you look after that Asian cedar by treating it soon after construction. A good coating will protect that smooth wood from rot and a fresh coat just once a year will really keep the rot away.
We feel that the five year guarantee you get is fine and it is there to protect you against rot, decay and any issues you may get as a result of insects.
Doors And Windows
Near the ladders is the door and let us tell you, this door really is just adorable. It has a very nice design with a thick framed window so they can see who is coming to play. As well as this there is even a letterbox which can be used to send them letters or even as a way to get rid of the junk mail that keeps coming to your house. Hey you may be sick of getting catalogues all the time, but the kids will love it. The door is a very good size and it is wide and high enough that even taller kids will be able to get in very easily.
Axi are very generous with the windows on this playhouse. All of the windows are made with this very impressive anti shatter acrylic so there is no broken glass to worry about here. the sides of the playhouse have a window that can be opened these have a great design and are easily closed and opened thanks to the magnets that are used. On the front of the playhouse there is a fixed window and a smaller circle window to go with the one on the door.
Security And Privacy
We were very surprised at how secure this playhouse is. This is down to the doors and the windows being able to close firmly and not just flapping open in the wind. So while there is no lock included, we still think this offers a decent amount of security for a child’s playhouse.
While there certainly are plenty windows, we feel that the design of these does not make them all that easy to look into. Each window has a cross design and the ones on the front are hidden a little bit behind the railing. No matter what, you can bet that the kids will insist anyone who comes over, comes outside to have a good look at their playhouse.
Customisation Options And Extras
There is not really anything that is offered that will radically change the look of the playhouse, but they do have a Plant & Flower Box which you could put on the decking area or even under one of the windows which would look nice. This does cost an extra £34.95, but we do think it would add a little more charm to the playhouse.
A few different extras are available with this playhouse – we just talked about the Plant & Flower Box, but they have a couple of other things as well. For £29.95 there is a chalkboard that can go inside the playhouse. This is done in the same type of style as the actual playhouse so it will fit in very well. If you want to give the kids a little bit of power so they can charge an iPad, listen to music or use electric toys, then a Solar Power Kit can be added for £74.95.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
We are very impressed with the quality of this playhouse. They have really done a great job from top to bottom and they have not cut any corners.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
We feel that with just a little looking after from you, this playhouse will be something that the kids can have lots of fun with as long as they are able to fit inside. Even then you could pass this onto a friend, family member or just yet one of your younger children use it.
While the actual playhouse is not the largest we have ever seen. There is the sandpit underneath and the decking area as well that they can use. So there is plenty of space all around this for them to make use of.
Ease of Installation8/10
This is a rather high playhouse that will take up to 6 hours for you and a friend to build. Be sure to follow the instructions, have a steady flow of coffee and you will be fine with this.
Value for Money8/10
This is a large playhouse that has many features, but it is still a little on the pricy side. Still there is no denying the fact that this is very well made and has been built with high end materials so in that regard they are offering good value of money with this.
Final Thoughts: The large, 12 x 6 Sarah Axi Playhouse with its slide, sandpit, ladders and of course the actual playhouse as well, has everything that a little boy or girl could want. In the summer months they can spend time on the decking, in the sandpit and making use of the slide and even in the winter months they can have a lot of fun in the actual playhouse. There are just so many possibilities with this playhouse that the only limit is their imagination. We really do like this playhouse and are sure the kids will too. Yes the price is on the high side, but you are getting a lot for your money here so if you are willing to save a little longer for a higher priced playhouse, we highly recommend this one.