The 6×6 Purton Summerhouse is one very classic looking small summer house. Those who have a garden where space is limited will love this summerhouse as it takes up very little space. The low price also makes it ideal for those who are on a tighter budget or who just do not want to spend a lot of money on a summerhouse. It has a lot of personality and the front of the summerhouse has a great set of windows to help natural light get into the structure. A very smart looking overhang finishes of the front of the summerhouse perfectly. While it may be compact sized, you can still fit in chairs, a table and a few other bits and bobs as well.
Even with the low price this is still a very well made summerhouse. Overlap cladding has been used for the walls which is what gives the structure its classic look. Backing this up is a frame that is 28 mm x 28 mm so the structure is going to stay strong for many years. To help keep the costs down some robust, 8 mm thick solid sheet boarding has been used for the floor and the roof. Speaking of the roof, this apex style roof is going to do an amazing job at ensuring the rain always runs off it and does not just sit on the top.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
Ease Of Installation9/10
Value For Money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Summerhouse Type And Roof Size
The 6×6 Purton Summerhouse is a fantastic small summer house that is ideal for those with a garden that lacks space and thanks to the low price it is also a good summerhouse for those who do not want to spend a whole lot of money. This is one of the more compact summerhouses we have seen, but that is a huge part of its charm. The width is 5 feet 8 inches and the depth 5 feet 10 inches, so there is not a whole lot of space in here, but with the right amount of planning, you can actually make this space go alot further than you would think. Along the ridge there is 6 feet 11 inches of headroom which is great, the eaves height is a more modest 5 feet 9 inches, but as this is a smaller sized summerhouse that is right around what we would expect. You are not going to be throwing any wild parties in here with ten guests, but as a space to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book or just a nice meal with your significant other, the kind of space this offers is just what you need.
The apex roof they have used on here is very smart. It slopes away from the front of the summerhouse so the rain will not stay on the roof. There is also a small overhang which we really like from a style point of view and also because it will offer the front of the summerhouse, especially the door, a little bit of protection from the rain. The roof is made with solid sheet boarding that is 8 mm thick. To be fair this is what we would expect at this price range. The boarding is covered with some black sand felt which is going to do a great job protecting the boarding underneath.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The 6×6 Purton Summerhouse has a very classic looking kind of style and that is because they have gone for overlap cladding. Now in an ideal world all summerhouses would use tongue and groove shiplap cladding as overlap cladding does have a somewhat shed look to it, but at this price range that was always going to be hard to have. Still this overlap cladding they have used is thick enough and well made so you will not have any issues with rain getting inside.
This is a small summer house, but it is actually quite a secure structure thanks to the 28 mm x 28 mm frame that is inside. This is the kind of frame that we would expect a summerhouse like this to have and we are confident that it is going to ensure this summerhouse stays strong for many years.
The flooring is made with the same kind of 8 mm solid sheet boarding that the roof is and while at this price range we can totally get why they used this kind of flooring, we must admit that we do kind of wish they could have used tongue and groove flooring just to give the inside a little bit more style. Still from a practical point of view, this kind of boarding is going to be strong enough to take a couple of chairs, a table and some shelving as well.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The 6×6 Purton Summerhouse is a low priced and small summer house so we were very impressed to see that the timber is actually pressure treated. At this price range, pressure treated timber is very rare so this is a nice bonus to see. It also means that you do not have to worry about treating the wood once you have installed it.
As the timber has been pressure treated, you get a very generous 15 year guarantee. This is a fantastic guarantee and one of the longer ones we have seen.
Doors And Windows
There is a single door right in the middle of the summerhouse and even with the modest price they have put a lot of effort into this door and we really appreciate that. The door has some very smart looking vertical cladding along the bottom and then has two good sized windows on the top. To be fair they really have done an amazing job with this door, especially when you consider the price.
To go along with the windows on the door there are four other windows on the front. This means that there is going to be a lot of natural light getting into this small summer house. The windows are made with styrene and not glass, but at this price range that is what we expected.
Security And Privacy
There is no actual locking mechanism on the door, but the 6×6 Purton Summerhouse does come with a pad bolt. So when you are not using the summerhouse you can ensure the door is securely close. As it does come with a pad bolt adding a padlock for some extra security would be very easy to do.
While there are a large amount of windows on the front of the summerhouse, you do actually have quite a bit of privacy with this. That is because all of the windows are located on one side. So if privacy is something that concerns you then you could just position the summerhouse so the front is facing away from where people can see it.
Customisation Options And Extras
This small summer house does not actually come with any customisation options, but you could always give it a coating of paint if you did want to change things up a little bit. While the wood is pressure treated and wood treatment is not necessary, you could always use a coloured wood treatment instead of regular paint to give the wood just that little bit more protection.
The 6×6 Purton Summerhouse does have a couple of extras that you may be interested in. First of all they have an installation service which to be fair is priced quite fairly at £149.99. But as this is not all that difficult a DIY job, we would recommend you keep that money in your pocket and just install it yourself. They also have a shed solar light for £10.56 which is a great price and well worth considering if you want a little bit of light inside the summerhouse.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is a budget priced small summer house, but to be fair we feel that they have used the best materials they could at this price range.
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
The pressure treated wood means that you are not just going to get a lot of use out of this, but also you will not have to keep treating it every year.
This is one of the smaller summerhouses you can get, but that is sure to be a huge selling point for many of you. Just be sure to plan things out before you put them in here and you will find that the space it offers can go further than you think.
Ease Of Installation9/10
With the help of a friend who will work for tea, biscuits and your stimulating conversation, you should have this installed in just a few hours. This is not going to cause you any major problems and should be a pretty straightforward job for even a DIY novice.
Value For Money9/10
While this is not made with the most high end materials, we feel they have done the best they could to keep this so affordable. This is a great price and will give you many years of use.
Final Thoughts: While the 6x6 Purton Summerhouse is not one a high end summerhouse, this is still a great small summer house that you are going to have a lot of fun with. We see this as the perfect summerhouse for those of you who just want a little space to be able to sit and relax in your garden and those of you who do not want to spend close to or over a thousand pounds on something you are going to use once or twice a week. As far as budget priced and compact sized summerhouses go, we are actually very impressed with this and if you want something cheap and cheerful, you are going to really like this.