This is a real beauty, a corner summerhouse which will turn heads of anyone who comes into your garden. Constructed out of tongue and groove cladding to ensure that it is strong, durable and will last for years is just one of many smart design choices. It has plenty of windows and large double doors complete with glass panes so there is plenty of light and air inside. You’ll be hard pressed to leave this gorgeous summerhouse as it’s the ideal place to relax after a hard day’s work. This comes with a 10 year anti rot guarantee and is home delivered.
To go along with that lovely, tongue and groove shiplap cladding, tongue and groove roofing and flooring has been used to ensure the structure is strong, but as well as this it gives it a very classy type of look. Everything about this summerhouse is kept together thanks to a very impressive, 44 mm x 44 mm frame which is solid and will make sure this stays strong for a couple of decades at least. For those of you who have kids, you will be pleased to know that those lovely doors and windows are made from extra strong, toughened glass to give them extra strength.
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Summerhouse Type And Roof Size
Thanks to the awesome Hampton 10X10 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse, the days of having to spend thousands of pounds on a space to relax and enjoy a nice glass of wine or even a place to watch the big match in private is over. This is one large, impressively made and just down right gorgeous summerhouse that would be perfect as a place to relax, a man cave or even as a workshop. With its very eye catching design, you will be very pleased with this as it stands in your garden. It has a look which we feel will allow it to blend into any kind of garden. The width and the depth are roughly 9 feet 8 inches, because of the interesting shape, you do have plenty of floor space. We are very happy with the height of the summerhouse as it is just over 7 feet tall so unless you plan on having the starting line up for the Chicago Bulls over for tea, this height is going to be perfect.
The pent roof is very well made and by using tongue and groove boarding we feel that not only is it very strong, it is also very good looking. We love it when a summerhouse goes that extra mile by using attractive boarding for the roof as we feel that it really does make the overall design better. The pent roof slopes to the back so there is no worrying about all the rain running off onto you are you try to get inside on a wet October night with a glass of wine and the food from the take out in your hands.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Made with some gorgeous tongue and groove shiplap cladding that is made from some very high quality, European softwood. We just love the look of this cladding and its smooth, elegant and just generally lovely design made us fall in love the moment we saw the first picture. While the cladding is clearly very attractive, we are also happy in how durable and long lasting it is. As well as keeping the rain out, the cladding is also going to last for many years.
A 44 mm x 44 mm frame is used inside the summerhouse and that is something which did impress us quite a bit. The framing is going to make this one very robust structure and when you give it a little tap, you are going to be very impressed at just how sturdy this feels. Structures with weaker frames can start to get a little flimsy as the years go by, but that is not going to be an issue with this one.
Tongue and groove flooring is used in here and this is one of the design choices which we really like. This floor is first of all very strong and can handle a whole lot of stuff from a large table, entertainment unit to just you and a few friends hanging around having some drinks. The floor really does look fantastic and we are just so pleased they went for this instead of solid sheet boarding which is fine for sheds, but is not the kind of boarding you want in a summerhouse.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A coating of treatment will need to be applied shortly after construction. The summerhouse will be given a basecoat treatment so it is going to be protected during installation and even for a week or two after construction, but we would highly recommend that you treat this sooner than later.
As long as you treat the playhouse as the instructions suggest then you will be given a very fair ten year guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The Hampton 10X10 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse has a set of fantastic looking doors. These are joinery made doors that are mainly made up with windows which gives them a very nice look. With both doors open, you can get something as large as a sofa in here without any trouble. Plus if you are sitting in here with a good book on a hot afternoon in July then you can open these doors up and let some fresh air flow into the summerhouse.
Along with the windows on the doors there is a window on each side of the summerhouse. These windows are made with toughened glass and they really do stand out. They are going to allow in lots of natural light, but we do wish that they were opening windows instead of being fixed.
Security And Privacy
The door has a very classic looking door handle that is going to keep them securely closed. There is no way to lock the doors which is a bit of a shame as we feel something like this will most likely see you want to put in a TV, stereo or something else that is expensive. You could always add your own padlock to keep it secure which would not cost all that much to be honest.
It is fair to say that the majority of summerhouses have a decent amount of windows and this one is the same. This is just the way summerhouse are they are designed to let in lots of sunlight and as a result they do not offer much in the way of privacy. As the windows are fixed we think that a set of blinds would look very attractive and also give you plenty of privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
They are not offering any customisation options with this summerhouse, but as it comes unpainted you can actually flex your creative muscles and paint it in your own unique style. Then of course there is the inside where, you are going to have a very fun time planning out where things are going to be placed.
Apart from the furniture, a locking mechanism is the only extra that you need to think about. We always appreciate it when a manufacturer does not try and hustle a few extra pounds out of you here and there with various extras so we applaud them for this.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Shire really have done an amazing job with this and they really have made sure that everything about this summerhouse is high quality.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Because of the materials, you are going to get many years out of this summerhouse. While it is always going to be structurally sound, you really must remember to treat it to keep that cladding rot free and silky smooth.
This is a very good size and quite large actually. One thing that we really like about this is that at 10 x 10, you get a lot of space, but even more modest sized gardens should be able to enjoy this.
Ease of Installation8/10
Tell a friend you have cake and then when they come over get them to help you with the installation. A couple of people who are not to skilled when it comes to DIY will take around 6 hours to build this. Instructions are included and to be fair it is not something that is overly complex.
Value for Money8/10
We know that this is very close to the £1000 mark which tends to make people a little more nervous, but we can assure you that while the price may be a little high, this summerhouse is just excellent quality through and through.
Final Thoughts: The Hampton 10X10 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse is just a gorgeous looking place where you can sit with a glass of wine as you take in the night. Or even sit with a few of your more rowdy friends as you watch some sport. The generous size of this summerhouse really does allow you to use it in many different ways and this kind of versatility is something that we really like about it. We really like what they have done with this and while the price is certainly up there we do feel that due to the quality and the way it looks that this is worth the asking price. So before you go and buy that cheaper summerhouse have a think about saving up a little longer and purchasing this beauty.