The Cambridge Summer House Side Shed is an impressive outdoor building that could be used for many different purposes, from a garden relaxation room to an office. The pent roof design gives a contemporary feel whilst the Baltic sourced pine enables the summer house to look at home within a natural garden setting.
What we rate
Constructed out of 12 mm shiplap tongue and groove cladding
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly8/10
Quality of construction10/10
Longevity of material8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed – Our first impressions
This Summer House is perfect for those lazy summer afternoons and evenings when you have guests over, or even just for you to relax in any time. Measuring ’12 x ‘8, it is perfectly capable of taking care of a party. The summerhouse is made from Baltic sourced pine, which immediately makes it sturdier than most garden constructions.
Interlocking 12 mm shiplap tongue and groove cladding coats the frame, adding to the all-weather protection. Concertina doors with a 170 cm opening mean you can move furniture in and out with ease. The side shed is a unique and excellent way of combining a summer house and storage solution into a single, multi-function garden building. With the ability to store all of your outdoor and garden equipment in an organised way, the side shed means that the main summer house may be kept tidy and clutter free. A superb building for smaller gardens or simply those wishing to only accommodate one garden building within their garden.
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed: Questions you may have
The Cambridge Summer House is a unique combination summer house and shed building. It gives the purchaser the best of both worlds without the need (and expense) for two separate garden buildings in their garden. In this section we take a more detailed look at the fantastic features this summerhouse and shed combo has to offer.
Exterior: The exterior of the summer house and side shed is constructed from a Baltic sourced pine that is dense and gives extra strength to the structure. The 12mm tongue and groove cladding gives it an attractive and traditional appearance that will look great in natural surroundings. A wood treatment in a variety of colours is available free of charge with your purchase should you wish to paint your summer house.
Summer house: The summer house forms the main part of this garden building. There are two full length windows, one to the front and one to the side, as well as fully glazed double doors that concertina to open the building to the garden. An incredible amount of light is let into the interior whilst also providing wonderful views out to the garden. This summer house is multi-use and could be used for anything, from a home office to a hobby room.
Side Shed: The side shed occupies about a fifth of the space of the building overall. Although on the smaller side for a garden shed, it is a great addition to the summer house and would allow you to neatly store some smaller equipment such as tools and the like. There is a single door access to the front of the building, meaning that the shed can be accessed separately to the main building, despite being directly attached.
Security: A lock with a key is installed into the summer house to provide the ultimate security for your items whilst not in use.
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed: How easy to build?
The Cambridge Summer House will be delivered to your door in a flat-packed package with all of the panels, glazing, roofing, fixtures and fittings required for assembly. As the summer house is on the larger side for a garden building, with many different components; as such we recommend that two people work on assembly together. Overall, the assembly process is made to be as straight-forward as possible, however, if DIY is not your cup of tea, or you simply do not have the time, a home installation is available at an extra cost as an optional extra.
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed: What is the overall quality like?
The summer house and side shed have a solid construction with a 12mm tongue and groove pine cladding combined with an aluminium and galvanised steel frame. The Baltic sourced pine is used for its density and strength, whilst being FSC approved. The manufacturer also provides a 10-year anti-rot guarantee for this building, giving you peace of mind that you are purchasing a quality summer house that will last for many years to come. The shed should be placed on a level base to provide it with the support it needs. We think that the natural pine that the summer house is provided in blends in wonderfully with the garden surroundings, however there is the option to choose a free wood treatment as part of your package in a colour of your choosing. Paint your summer house to make a feature or to match existing garden pieces.
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed: Technical Information
Size when assembled: W = 3.65m (11ft11) D = 2.43m(7ft11) H = 2.10m (6ft11)
12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed: Our final thoughts
The 12 x 8 Cambridge Summer House Side Shed is a fantastic and uniquely designed summer house and shed combination building for your garden. In a modern pent-roofed design yet with Baltic sourced pine, this superb summer house gives you the best of both worlds and a lot of living and storage space for your money. Despite the high price, the Cambridge summer house offers so many different options for garden storage and living that we definitely recommend it for those looking for an all-in-one garden building.