The Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Apex Heavy Duty Shed is one very stylish and well made shed that would also work incredibly well as a workshop. You can clearly see that this is a shed that has a lot of style so it is going to look fantastic in any kind of garden. You are going to love making use of this shed as it has a set of large double doors which make getting in and out easy. As well as this you can always have plenty of fresh air in the shed as one of the three windows can actually be opened. This will come in very handy if you are spending some serious time working in the shed.
A lot of effort has gone into making sure this is a very long lasting shed which is going to give you many years of enjoyment. The whole structure is kept very strong thanks to the impressive framing that is inside the shed. The cladding is not your normal overlap cladding. Instead they have used thick, gorgeous and watertight tongue and groove shiplap cladding that will certainly keep the water out. With a strong floor and a high apex roof this really is a shed that is high quality from top to bottom.
What we rate
Smooth and sleek tongue and groove cladding
Offers a surprising amount of room
Frame will keep the shed standing strong for many years
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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...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Apex Heavy Duty Shed is a shed which at first glance may not seem like it is offering anything new, but actually this really is one fantastic mid sized shed that would work incredibly well as a place for general storage or even as some kind of workshop. You do actually have a decent amount of room in the shed with the depth being 8 feet and the width 6 feet 6 inches. So while it does not need a large garden to be installed in, the shed does still offer you more than enough room. The headroom is one of the things that makes this shed ideal as a workshop as along the ridge it is just a hair under 7 feet high and along the eaves the height is five feet which makes it perfect for things like shelving, tables and workbenches.
The high apex roof is going to keep the rain rolling off at the sides so there is no chance of rain sitting on the top trying to make its way inside the shed. Made with solid sheet boarding this is a very strong roof which has a great look to it as those boards are covered with green mineral felt.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This is one very nice looking shed due to the smooth and classy looking tongue and groove shiplap cladding that has been used. With how great this looks it is very easy to overlook just how strong this type of cladding is. For starters it is 12 mm thick so it is very robust, but as well as this, tongue and groove shiplap cladding is formed together so tightly that it makes it impossible for rain to get inside.
While the cladding is robust, it is the frame that is going to be the main reason as to why this shed will still be standing strong 20 years from now. The frame and the cladding are tightly connected which is something that really impressed us.
As far as the floor goes they have used the same type of solid sheet boarding which makes up the roof. We like how durable this flooring and with the help of the floor joists underneath it, you are going to be able to fit many heavy items inside here so if you do have some heavy duty tools or want to have a few benches in here for a workshop then the floor is able to handle it.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
To keep that lovely looking tongue and groove shiplap cladding smooth, you will have to treat the shed on an annual basis. The first coating should be applied shortly after construction as there will only be a basecoat treatment applied to the wood before it is sent your way.
By looking after the Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Apex Heavy Duty Shed properly and giving it a regular coating of treatment, you will also be validating the 10 year warranty that they give you.
Doors And Windows
The most surprising thing about this shed is the large double doors. Not because they have actually put double doors on a shed of this size, but because of the fact that they have made these doors with ‘z’ braces and used three heavy duty hinges to keep each door in its place. When you have both doors open there is a vast amount of space to get things in and out.
Another fantastic surprise about this shed was the fact that they actually have an opening window. For those of you who are planning on using this as a workshop this is fantastic, as it does mean that you will be able to have a good flow of fresh air in the shed. The opening window is accompanied by another two windows, one each side of it. These are fixed windows and they will make sure plenty of light gets into the shed. Made from 1.2 mm shatterproof styrene, you will have no concerns over shattered glass being all over the place when one of the kids kicks a ball at the window.
Security And Privacy
A very cool looking and high quality pad bolt is used to keep the doors closed. This is one very heavy duty pad bolt, but it does have a great look to it as well as it is silver coated. If you do want to add some security to the shed then they offer a Yale hasp and padlock set for £19.99 and a more advanced and pretty awesome, electronic alarm kit which costs £29.99.
As all three windows are along one side of the shed, you get more privacy than you would think with this shed. If you do plan on using it as a workshop or if you are going to be keeping some expensive items inside here, then you may want to add a set of curtains or blinds.
Customisation Options And Extras
One of the benefits to having to treat the shed is that you can use this as an opportunity to change the colour of the shed. It is pretty mind blowing how many different colours of wood treatment there are these days, so get a little creative and wild when selecting a colour. Or if you want something a little more traditional then you could always go for a clear or just a light or dark brown.
Those security options are not the only extras that are on offer. They also have a 8′ x 6′ Ecobase Plastic Shed Base, which is priced at £119.99. This gives you a more secure base to build your shed on, but it is not what we would call an essential or necessary purchase.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is one very smart looking and strong shed and we are very impressed with the overall quality of the shed.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Structurally the shed is strong so it is going to last many years. You just need to make sure that you treat the wood so that it stays looking good and free from rot.
You can have plenty of room inside here and it can go even further if you are smart with how you organise things.
Ease of Installation8/10
With two people this should take around 4-6 hours to install. We do not really see you having any major issues that will lead to you breaking down crying on the lawn while you are building this. Just do what the instructions tell you and you will be finished quicker than you would think.
Value for Money8/10
This is one of the more pricy 8 x 6 sheds and the reason for this is because of the high quality materials and the overall design of it. So while there are cheaper sheds, due to the overall quality we do not think this one is overpriced at all.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood 8' x 6' FSC Apex Heavy Duty Shed is one very attractive looking shed and we have no doubt that it is going to be a major feature in any garden that it is installed in. The price may seem a little bit high, but we do feel that with the high quality of the cladding, the opening window and those large ‘z’ braced doors, this is a shed that does actually justify its asking price very well. If you are looking for a shed that is not just going to give you a place to store things or work, but also be a stand out feature in your garden. Then this one right here should certainly be considered.