Shed Type, Roof Size
This deep timber shed with an apex roof combines the traditional look that so many people love with the best in modern shed design. The result is a garden building that is perfect for storing garden tools and equipment, or that can be used as a space in which to relax and enjoy a hobby, and it should last for years to come.
We were pleased to see the taller than average apex roof at the summit because this creates extra storage space for tall items such as hoes and rakes, as well as giving an incline that rain will slide down and then away.The ridge height is 2.15m and the eaves height is 1.67m. Other important dimensions to note are the overall width of 1.83m and the overall depth of 3.66m. The manufacturer recommends that you site the shed in an area that has at least one foot more on each side, making it easier to carry out retreatments.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
One thing that we especially liked is the shiplap cladding. Made of sustainable redwood it’s 12mm thick. This is a standard thickness on many sheds we review, but what differentiates it in this instance is that the cladding is PAR rather than rough sawn. This planed all round finish gives it extra strength and resilience, in effect making it the equivalent to standard cladding of a 16mm thickness. We were also pleased to see that the same cladding had been used on the roof and the floor, and that the thick 44 X 27mm frame had chamfered edges to give it extra strength.
As stated, the floor is made of tongue and groove cladding which gives a strong surface to walk upon. At this price we would have liked to see integral floor joists to protect it from moisture in the ground, but a series of floor bearers are available as optional extras.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
This shed impressed us in many ways, but one area where it could have performed much better is in the warranty. With an apex roof and high quality tongue and groove cladding, this shed should be excellent at keeping water out, and yet the manufacturer has provided no extended warranty other than the statutory one year protection. It was also disappointing to find that only a basic dip coating of preservative had been applied. This means that the owner has to treat their shed with wood preserver just six weeks after installing it, as well as every year after that.
Doors and Windows
We were impressed by the amount of natural light that gets into this shed, thanks to the six fixed windows. It’s always easier to work by natural light than artificial light so this makes it a much pleasanter environment to spend time in. With horticultural glass used, you won’t need to be worried about stones being thrown up by lawn mowers and causing chips and cracks as you might with standard glass.
We often review sheds whose doors have us stooping down to enter, so we were pleased to find plentiful headroom here. The single hinged door has an opening height of 1.75m and an opening width of 0.76m, or 2’4. This is itself wider than most single doors we find on timber sheds, but if you would like even more room there is an option to upgrade to double doors with a 4 foot wide opening.
Security and Privacy
If you use this shed for storage purposes then you’ll need a good quality lock, particularly as the large number of windows potentially allow people to see inside. We were therefore glad to see that the manufacturer had recognised this and provided a lock and key as standard. This contrasts with most sheds we review, who put the onus on the customer to provide their own locking system.
Customisation Options and Extras
We like sheds that can be customised to give a bespoke solution for the customer, so we were glad that this shed comes with a selection of extras, including the floor bearers and double doors mentioned earlier. Other options relate to the windows. In the standard package, the windows are fixed in place but these can be upgraded to opening windows, on anything from one to all six of them. This can prove particularly useful in summer, as it helps prevent the build up of heat or condensation. Alternatively, there is an option to have all the windows boarded up which will create a more private and therefore secure storage facility.
This timber shed displayed exemplary quality, as shown by the PAR cladding, tongue and groove flooring, and chamfered frame.
Longevity Of materials
We feel that this shed has very good weatherproof qualities, so it’s a pity that the ,manufacturer didn’t acknowledge this by providing an extended warranty.
The long depth and average width make this an ideal storage solution for narrower gardens, and there’s lots of vertical room available as well.
Ease of installation
With a friend to help, you should be able to install this shed in approximately five hours. If it’s hard to find an extra pair of hands, however, or if time is at a premium then you can pay for an optional professional installation service.
The shed as a whole represents very good value for money, but we’ve docked a point because of the failure to provide an extended warranty period.
Final Thoughts: Despite all society’s technological advances, there’s still nothing as attractive as a traditional wooden shed in our eyes. This is an excellent example of the genre, and its generous amount of headroom and suffusion of natural light mean that this could quickly become your favourite part of the garden. The key and lock system means that you won’t have to worry about the security of whatever is kept inside, and rain is kept out just as effectively as potential intruders are thanks to the superior quality of the tongue and groove cladding used on the roof, where it’s covered by roofing felt, and floor as well as the walls.
Prices around: £819
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