This is a great workshop that provides that perfect option between a standard shed and a full blown brick building. It is strong and very solid, and benefits mainly from having quality tongue and groove work throughout (with the option to make this even thicker and more durable as part of the customisation choices). If you like DIY, or need a spacious ‘shed’ to get on with your projects (garden-related or not), this is a good choice.
The window is a high quality inclusion, and we liked the fact that it opened (not always a given in these buildings). But the door is a real highlight, because it is taller than the average sized-door on buildings of this kind and price point. It makes it easy to carry in taller tools and equipment.
This is a great building for anyone who wants a solid workshop that is strong enough to handle serious tools. We recommend that you buy the thicker floor, and then you can work on those huge projects without worrying about damaging the surface under your feet.
With plenty of light inside it’s a pleasant place to work too. This is a high quality workshop that should be a great addition to any garden.
What we rate
There is plenty of space inside for a good-sized workshop area
Tongue and groove is used throughout, and brings in plenty of strength
What we slate
No pre-treatment means more work for you prior to installation
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Ease Of Installation8/10
Value For Money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof and Size
A great ‘halfway house’ between the standard shed and a brick building, this high quality workshop has plenty of scope, whether you’re the type to potter about or a full-blown DIY enthusiast. It’s 353 cm wide, which means you won’t be struggling for space. The building will easily manage a full workbench and large tools. The depth is similarly impressive, measuring up at 247 cm.
The roof is apex, but it also has a traditional style overhang that offers a little more in the looks department. Inside the roof you have some real quality, with a tongue and groove construction bringing plenty of longevity as well as solid protection against the rain. If you’re unaware of what tongue and groove is, it’s basically sheets of timber being locked together. This makes for a smoother, and more solid, covering for your building. This roof is 11mm thick too, so it’s nice and heavy.
You are a little spoilt for choice when it comes to the covering on that roof. BillyOh has provided you with a range of options. The standard covering is mineral felt, which is much more effective than the traditional sand felt anyway, and has multiple layers inside that all combine to help keep that rain out.
If you want to splash out and buy something a little stronger, you can opt for shingles roof covering. This is as tough as it gets, and it provides you with full UV protection too. This means that the roof won’t suffer any fading in the sunlight, or any cracking and warping.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
You have tongue and groove interlocking timbers here, and this immediately increases the value of the building. Traditional methods of cladding have usually involved panels, but these timber pieces interlock, bringing additional strength and a watertight exterior. For you, this means a solid, dry building all year round.
That cladding also brings in considerable insulation too. So it’s a good-looking exterior that is not only watertight, but naturally insulating. You can choose to have up to 44mm in wall thickness. This costs a bit, but the benefits outweigh that price.
With the floor, there is a great opportunity to build in plenty of stability. For this size of building, it is always important to have a strong floor that can manage the heavy equipment and footfall that is bound to be present. If you take advantage of the 19 mm tongue and groove floorboards that are offered as an optional extra, you have a stronger building all round, and enough durability to last for years.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
This cabin comes untreated, so we recommend that you purchase some treatment at the DIY store and treat it as soon as the kit arrives. We would have liked to see pre-treatment here, just as an extra labour-saving measure.
Doors and Windows
There is one opening window here, but it is a tall one, at 125 cm in height. It opens smoothly, and wide enough to bring in plenty of air. The glazing options are good, with the choice of either toughened glass or single glazing. It would be a good idea to add to the cladding, which insulates, by purchasing double glazing for the chance to have a warm and comfortable workshop in the winter months.
The doors are extra high, measuring up at 187.6 cm. This helps if you are bringing in taller tools.
Security and Privacy
Nothing is supplied here, so you will have to make your own arrangements in regards to security. Due to you storing tools and equipment in there, it makes sense to buy a lock set and handle, so that you can keep things secure.
Customisation Options and Extras
There are many options here. If you know your stuff and you know exactly what you want, it should be easy to pick out the choices for you. We recommend that you definitely consider buying the 19mm tongue and groove roof option for starters, so that you have that extra durable covering for the building.
A nice feature is the option to choose your glazing style. You can have a modern style, or a Georgian option. Both look amazing, and this is down to personal taste. But if you want to customise the cabin, and you have a preference, it makes a difference.
You can also colour your building. Some of the options here are a little unexpected, and there are some really striking colours to choose from. It all helps to bring a modern and fresh look to the building.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Well, it has certainly been crafted with care. Tongue and groove work makes it solid, especially in the roof. And it’s nice to see some thought going into the door and window too, particularly in the taller access point to the entrance. Robust and strong, this is a high quality log cabin.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
You can’t beat tongue and groove for staying power, and it will continue to provide you with durability for years to come. The lack of pre-treatment does reduce the score a little however. Once it is treated you can look forward to a durable, extremely solid building.
There is plenty of space here for storing all of your tools and equipment, as well as installing a large workbench.
Ease Of Installation8/10
We reckon that it would take a full day to get it installed. The instructions are clear, but two people who have experience of woodworking would be best suited to the job.
Value For Money9/10
It’s a solid building, and the standard features such as tongue and groove and the taller door make it a good value purchase.
Final Thoughts: We really like this building and we think that it has plenty to offer the casual DIY enthusiast as well as the serious project fanatic. It's also a very good-looking building, and will add an attractive aspect to the garden. There is tongue and groove throughout, and we especially liked the tongue and groove in the roof, which we think really adds to the solid feel of the building. It obviously helps with rain protection too. Other great features include the window and door. The door is a pleasant surprise, being taller than average, and making the use of the building a little more comfortable. The building is good value for money, and you have the options to customize that make it even more fun and individual.