This is a village hall style log cabin that is spacious enough to be used as a home gym or an extra living space. There are six windows that open, and a Dorma window as a key feature. Strong cladding is included and you have a building that has excellent options in roof covering as well. Spacious and durable, it is a great choice for a larger garden.
What we rate
Constructed out of tongue and groove interlocking boards
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly8/10
Quality of construction10/10
Longevity of material8.4/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a log cabin in the village hall style, which means you get a large building with a Dorma window at the top of it. The unusual shape makes for a great-looking building.
The width of the building is a healthy 445.2 cm. There is easily ample space inside, and the width isn’t that badly affected by the usual trade-off that you experience when going from outer to inner specifications. Usually, when you look at the external specifications of a building, it is easy to get a little disheartened when you realise that the thickness of walls and other factors leads to a steep change in dimensions inside.
We were pleasantly surprised with this building. The internal width is hardly affected by the materials, coming out at a very respectable 413.4 cm. This means you get a very healthy amount of interior room width-wise.
The trade-off is a little more evident in the depth. External depth is 443.7 cm and this converts to 383.4 cm internally. So you get a little more depth cut out there but it still is no real disappointment.
As you would probably expect on a building with this price tag, you have a very strong and sturdy roof. It is made from tongue and groove, and comes in two sizes, 11 mm and 19 mm for thickness.
We wholeheartedly recommend that you pay for the thicker roof covering in this instance, simply because you have a building here that does cost a significant amount of money. The thicker roof covering will provide you with more security and safety against the wet, and also add years to the life of the building. It makes absolutely perfect sense to pay that little extra for the premium roof.
The premium roof also gives you extra scope for customisation. The building looks fantastic anyway, but you add shingles roof covering in a variety of colours. You will have built the roof to it’s optimum spec then, because the shingles will act as strong barriers against rain, as well as a very string surface when it comes to UV protection. And the standard roof that is offered simply cannot adequately bear that shingles protection.
That said, you also have complete freedom with the covering, and can opt for no covering if you like, and just find your own.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
There is good news here. Perhaps it is a little too obvious considering the price, but the manufacturer has gone for giving customers a premium level of cladding as standard. This cladding is tongue and groove (like the roof) and is therefore tough and durable. But the key thing here is the fact that it is 35 mm thick. This cladding is 25% thicker than what the manufacturer usually offers as standard, and is a great benefit.
Ramp it up a little further and pay just £105 extra for the Ultimate cladding. There is plenty more thickness here, with 44m timber being used. This massively affects the life of the building, and befits the strong and impressive nature of the large building.
Our choice? Definitely spend that extra bit of money for the Ultimate. It gives you a building that will last for many years.
Then we get the flooring. The manufacturers have allowed you to have the basic ‘just bearers’ option, but then taken away the standard flooring and offered the premium only at over £300. There is sound reasoning behind this. Obviously it is an added investment, but the size of the building has dictated the choice here. If you didn’t have this premium flooring, there could be a real danger of you having a weakened, damaged floor within months. The larger the building, the stronger the floor needs to be. And that of course means that if you choose just bearers due to the free aspect, be prepared to pay for quality when shopping for a floor.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We think they dropped the ball here. If you consider the cost of the building, you would most definitely expect (we think, anyway) to have a pre-treated building. But that isn’t what you get. For this significant investment you have to apply your own treatment. And that means annually. Pressure treatment at the factory would have helped, and added greatly to the end product. But instead you are left to get out the brushes and treat it yourself.
It’s not the end of the world by any means. It’s a great building. It’s just huge, and we would have appreciated a time-saving consideration with some pre-treatment. We don’t understand this decision and we think it affects the end result somewhat.
Doors and Windows
Plenty of value here. We know it’s a large building, but you get a very generous size opening windows here. And the manufacturer has added even more value by making the windows come double glazed. So you get the best you can have with this purchase. The building is in the Georgian style, so the end result is very attractive and we think it looks great. But six opening windows with toughened double glazing is certainly a key benefit of this huge building.
Security and Privacy
The strong and double glazed windows are very tough and bring you plenty of security.
Customisation Options and Extras
It’s interesting that the manufacturer has done a lot of good work in this regard and even supplied some options that could have been classed as extras on other buildings, but are seen as standard here. We think the double glazing is a key example.
The cladding is good place to look at regarding customisation. We would go for the 44 mm, simply because it isn’t that much more of an expense, and it allows you to be safe in the knowledge that you have the strongest cladding you can get.
The shingle covering for the roof allows for plenty of customisation. You can choose from a variety of colours, and this brings you a personal building in your garden. If you think of the possibilities here, there is plenty of fun to be had. If you’re into making a home gym or a fun place for your teenagers to hang out, you can allow them to make their mark with the colour of the covering. It’s a nice touch and can be a lot of fun.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
Quality of construction
Longevity of material
Final Thoughts: There isn’t a lot to dislike here. It’s a big building, and we thought there had been a lot of effort put into making it unique. The roof with the Dorma is a nice part of the overall package, and the look of the building is unique.
But not having a pre-treated building at this investment level is a major dampener. The building is huge, and having to treat it every year is a problem. We suppose you could of course factor it in costs-wise and see it as upkeep. But still, we can’t imagine it was difficult to pressure treat at source.