The 6′ x 6′ Shire Stork Platform Playhouse is just such an impressive structure that it really will become one of the main features of your garden. This is something that the kids are just going to go wild for and have years of fun playing with. There is lots and lots of space inside the playhouse for them to make use of, but as well as this there is also the added space of the little balcony and the area underneath the playhouse thanks to its raised designed. Even getting into the playhouse is a lot of fun thanks to the child safe ladder which is included and can be placed in a location of your choosing at the front or at the side of the playhouse.
Not only is this a very impressive playhouse from a looks point of view, it is also a structure that is going to be standing strong for many years thanks to the way it has been designed. Thick tongue and groove cladding and a strong frame keep the water out and provide a sturdy and safe place for the kids to play. The apex roof covers both the playhouse and the balcony area outside letting the kids have fun even if the rain is pouring down.
What we rate
Fantastic raised design
Balcony and underneath add extra space
Made with high quality materials throughout
Will last for many years
Very reasonably priced considering the high quality
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
Ease of installation7/10
Value for money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The 6′ x 6′ Shire Stork Platform Playhouse is a lovely looking playhouse that thanks to its raised platform, allows the kids to be just as tall if not taller than their parents. This is something that is going to provide them with years and years of fun and the size of the playhouse really does ensure that they can fit a lot of things inside here and even have a few friends over to play as well. From the floor to the ridge the playhouse stands at a very impressive, 8 feet 4 inches high which will make this a dominating feature of any garden. Inside the playhouse we have plenty of room for the kids to play with 5 feet 10 inches of width and depth giving them all the space they could need. One thing that Shire are taking great pride in with this playhouse is how it has been child safety approved which is always something we like to see.
As this is a raised playhouse there is some space underneath it which the kids can use to play as well. They could throw a blanket on the floor and have an outdoor tea party under here or perhaps use it as a space to keep their bikes or some other outdoor toys. One of the main features of this playhouse is the ladder and little balcony. The ladder is very safe, but what makes it so cool is that when you construct the playhouse, you can actually decide if you want the ladder right at the front or at either side.
We have a very strong, 11 m thick resin bonded board roof which is done in an apex design and covered with top quality felt. This roof protects the playhouse from rain, but it also covers the little balcony area as well which really does look very nice.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The 12 mm thick planed softwood, tongue and groove cladding makes this resemble a little house that you would expect to find deep in the woods. It really does look adorable and as well as offering some fantastic style the cladding is also very practical. This type of cladding is going to make it so no rain is ever going to get inside to spoil the kids fun. The cladding has been crafted so well that it looks gorgeous, but it is also very strong and durable.
Shire always do a wonderful job in making just solid as a rock frames for their playhouses and sheds and they have done that here. This is a 35 mm x 35 mm frame which is going to make this structure stand strong for many years. We are sure that this is going to be more than up to the job of handling years of playtime from the kids. One of the things we always love to see on a child’s playhouse is a good and solid frame, thankfully we were more than pleased with what is inside here.
The 6′ x 6′ Shire Stork Platform Playhouse because of its raised design needs a strong floor to be able to handle all the fun things that the kids are going to be doing inside of here. That is why they have used the same boards that are used for the roof. While these are the same style of boards they have been cut a little thicker at 12 mm to give them just that little extra bit of strength.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
As is the case with most wooden playhouses and sheds these days to make this something that is going to last, you are going to have to make sure you treat it on a yearly basis. Shire do give it a dip treatment and say this will last for around three months, but we always feel you are best giving it your own coat of treatment near enough as soon as you have built it.
With the playhouse you get a 1 year warranty which will cover you in the rare occurrence that something does go wrong with the materials.
Doors And Windows
There is a lovely little door which if you place the ladder in the front of the playhouse will be the very first thing the kids see when they climb up it. The door has been made so that a child will have no issues getting in and out even if they are carrying a whole bunch of things. The door has a good handle that is easy to grab and the hinges that have been used have been chosen because they will keep the door in place no matter how many times the door gets slammed shut or flung open.
The actual door has a very cute window with a cross design on it which we love as it lets the children see who is knocking at the door. This is joined by two other windows, one on each side of the door. Both of these windows open which lets in some fresh air as well as a lot of natural light. Shire know that glass and kids do not mix so they have used some very strong and shatter proof, styrene for the windows.
Security And Privacy
The raised design of the playhouse makes it so only kids are getting in here which does give it a lot of security. This means the dog, cat and any other pets you may have will struggle to get inside here and make a mess. In all this is one very secure and safe playhouse that once you see and feel how strong it is, you will have no worries about your kids spending many hours inside.
The three windows on the front do not really let the children have a lot of privacy, but we do not think they will mind. If they do though, you can have a little bit of extra fun by letting them pick out some blinds, curtains or even just a bit of fabric to cover the windows.
Customisation Options And Extras
If you want to put your own little touch on the 6′ x 6′ Shire Stork Platform Playhouse then one way that would allow you to do this and protect the structure at the same time is by selecting a coloured wood treatment. Another fun thing you could think about doing is adding some hanging baskets to the balcony.
You do get everything you need when you purchase the playhouse, but Shire do offer window boxes for £19.99. These are fun and can be easily installed by yourself and allow the kids to put some flowers in them.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
We are very impressed with how Shire have made this such high quality, but have also managed to keep it at just over £500.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
As long as you treat this once a year to protect the wood from rot. Then we see no reason at all as to why this playhouse will not be still standing strong and looking good once the kids are too big to fit inside.
The amount of room to play here is just incredible. First of all the actual play house offers right around 6 x 6 of room inside. But there is also the open space underneath and the balcony that they can make use of as well.
Ease of installation7/10
Any structure of this size is going to take a while to build and be a bit of a challenge. This is most certainly a two person job, but we feel as long as you take care and pay attention to what you are doing and also make sure to take regular breaks for snacks and drinks that building this should not drive you too crazy.
Value for money8.5/10
While you can get playhouses much cheaper than the £449.99, Shire are asking for here. We do feel that the amount of room and the overall quality of the playhouse make this something that is very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: As soon as we saw the 6' x 6' Shire Stork Platform Playhouse we knew that we were going to love it. The look of it is just so lovely that we feel it is going to be something everyone is going to enjoy having in their garden. Even when the kids are not using it, you will still smile when you see it out of your window. While this is a just gorgeous looking playhouse it also is very high quality, being made from top of the line materials to ensure it is not only providing a safe area for your kids to play, but also that it is going to be something they can use for a lot of fun filled years.