Shed Type And Roof Size
Here we are looking at something a little different. Do not get us wrong, the BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop would work very well as a storage shed, but clearly by the name, BillyOh have made this for those of you who are looking for a place to work. In all honesty, we feel this would work just as well as a storage space as it would a workshop, so if you like the look of it as a shed do not let the fact it is classed as a workshop put you off. It is actually a good size standing at 5 feet 9 inches at the ridge and 7 feet 6 inches along the ridge. The floor space on offer is great as it is 9 feet 5 inches wide and 7 feet 5 inches deep. The reverse apex nature of the shed will make it seem huge when you open up the doors and see all the space for the first time.
The standard roof that comes with this shed is a 8 mm thick solid sheet boarding roof. This is the standard kind of roof that we would expect to see in a shed of this size. We feel that for most people this roof will be fine, but if you do want to upgrade to something a little more fancy then there are some options. For £34.99 you can have a very smart looking 11 mm thick tongue and groove roof which looks fantastic. If you have a little bit more money burning a hole in your pocket, then for £54.99 you can upgrade to the tongue and groove heavy duty roof which looks great, but is also incredibly strong. You also have to add the roofing felt separately. For standard sand felt this costs £25.99, but for an extra ten pounds you can get green mineral felt. Make sure you factor this into your overall budget for the shed.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
What gives the BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop such a smart look is the 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding. This kind of cladding is very well made. So well made that it is tightly packed together not allowing the rain any kind of nook or cranny to get inside. The cladding also has a very smooth and classy kind of look which we really like.
One thing that most BillyOh sheds have in common is that they are not clear on the kind of frame that is inside. To most people this is not a big deal, but here at WhatShed we are self professed shed nerds and we like to know exactly what kind of frame is keeping a shed standing strong. From the pictures, we can see that this is quite a thick frame, at the very least is sure to be a 28 mm x 28 mm frame so we are sure this is going to be a very robust shed.
There is no floor included with this shed as standard. This is something that all BillyOh sheds and workshops do. They make you add the floor separately. The most basic kind of floor you can have is a 10 mm thick solid sheet boarding floor. This adds £79.99 to the overall price and to be honest even though that puts the shed over £500, we do not think the price is out of line. We just wish they included this floor as standard and then given you the option to upgrade to one of their stronger floors such as their 11 mm thick tongue and groove floor which is £99.99. To be honest with you, we feel that adding the extra £20 to get the tongue and groove floor is well worth it. This is a much stronger floor and it will look great with the tongue and groove cladding.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
To make sure the cladding stays looking nice and smooth even 20 years down the line, you will have to make sure that once you have installed the BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop you give it a good coating of wood treatment. Once a year a fresh coating will need to be applied. This is all the shed asks of you and the payoff is a shed that will be rot free for its whole life.
Like other BillyOh sheds and workshops, this one comes with a ten year anti rot guarantee. You will have to make sure that you treat the shed though, as the guarantee is dependent on this.
Doors And Windows
The large double doors on the front of the shed really do catch your eye. At 5 feet 5 inches high and 3 feet 8 inches wide, these double doors will make getting things in and out very easy. The doors are going to be extra strong thanks to the double z framing on the back. Add to this that each door is supported by three high quality hinges and you really do have some very well made and strong doors.
When it comes to windows this is a rather confusing shed/workshop. You see this particular model does not actually come with any windows at all. It is fully boarded and there appears to be no options to add them. Now this is stated in the product description, but we could easily see how someone might miss it. As this is marketed more as a workshop than a shed, we do feel they could have put at least one window on the front.
Security And Privacy
The BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshops double doors are kept closed with a turn button catch. This will keep the doors closed, even if it is really windy. But if you are planning on using this as a workshop and having some expensive items inside then you may want to consider adding some kind of security.
As this particular size of this workshop has no windows, you do actually have 100 percent privacy, so no matter what kind of crazy projects you are working on in here, they will be kept hidden away from peeping eyes.
Customisation Options And Extras
If you want to give the shed a bit of colour then they have 12 different colours to choose from. Now the workshop will not be delivered to you painted. Instead you will get a tub of paint, but there are a great selection of colours. Things like dark brown and evergreen will cost you £19.99, but more extravagant colours like spruce, American barn red and lilac will cost you £54.99. They even allow you to add some colour to the trim for the reasonable price of £14.99. You can choose between slate grey and black for the trim colour.
We have already talked about the floor and the roof when it comes to extras, but this BillyOh line is well known for its many extras. This includes things like guttering, shelving, security options and even a shed base. There is a whole lot to take in here and in all honesty while they can be very useful, we understand that for some this can be a little daunting. We suggest that you just look at the roof and floor first so you know exactly how much the shed is going to cost you. Then you can start to think about the many extras.
This is one very well made shed and we are basing that on if you took the most basic roof and flooring options. If you went for the tongue and groove roof and floor then you could easily bump this up to a 9.
Longevity Of Materials 8.5/10
This is a workshop that will give you many years of use. While it will take a little looking after on your part, we feel that the fact you can get a lifetime of use out of this shed if you look after it properly makes it well worth the effort.
This offers you plenty of space to make use of. We think that the reverse apex design of the shed will make it perfect if this is being bought as a workshop, but even for general storage there is a lot of space to play with here.
Ease Of Installation 8.5/10
As long as you have someone to help, some good music on the radio, a full flask and a tin of biscuits, then this can be quite a fun experience. Just note that as this is a rather large structure, you will be looking at around 6-8 hours for installation.
While the basic price is £458, the fact is you have to add in the floor and the felt means you are looking at over £500. Still, we feel for a workshop of this size and quality, that in all honesty this is not a bad price.
Final Thoughts: We were impressed with the BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop even if you take the most basic floor and roof options. This is a workshop or shed that we feel is a very high standard. Of course adding in the extra strong flooring and roof takes it to another level. But no matter what, we really like the overall design of this. If you want a work space or just a shed for general storage that has a bit more personality and has a good look, then we feel this is a shed that should be on your shortlist. Just make sure you factor in the roof and flooring to your budget before you go adding a whole bunch of extras.
Prices around: £425
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