If you are looking for a shed that has a classic and rustic charm to it, then one of the very best you can get right now is the Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Reverse Overlap Apex Shed. This is a shed that has a fantastic reverse design, meaning it is going to easily blend into any garden and actually not take up a whole lot of space in the process. The shed has a single door that is high and wide to make getting in and out an easy process. One fixed window is included and this is going to allow plenty of light to enter the shed.
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You can tell from the first picture that this is a shed which has a very smart and strong design. Keeping the whole shed together is a 28 mm x 28 mm frame that is securely connected to the watertight overlap cladding. The apex roof is high so you have plenty of headroom, but as well as this, the roof has been very well made. So that you can store lots and lots of items in the shed a set of strong floor joists and a floor made from solid sheet boarding has been used.
What we rate
Shed has a very strong and long lasting design
Reverse design is very clever
Offers plenty of storage space
The flooring is very strong so you can store heavy items in here
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The reverse design of the Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Reverse Overlap Apex Shed makes this a shed that can fit into a garden in a few different ways. So if you do have a garden that is something of an awkward shape. Before you throw in the towel and yell obscenities at the top of your voice how no shed will ever fit in your garden, come and take a closer look at this shed with us. This is a what we could class as a good mid sized shed. The depth is 6 feet 8 inches and the with 7 feet 11 so you are getting a very nice amount of room here. The height of this shed is very impressive and at 7 feet 8 inches along the ridge, it is one of the higher sheds that we have had the pleasure of looking at.
We always like the way that an apex roof looks on a reverse style shed and this one here really does capture your eye. Of course the reverse nature of this shed does mean that the rain will run down the front of it, but we are willing to forgive it for this. The roof is made to a very high standard with the boarding being solid sheet material and the felt a stylish green mineral felt that will not tear in the wind.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This is a very rustic, some might actually even say rough looking kind of shed and that is because of the 8 mm thick, overlap cladding that has been cut in a very interesting way. We really love what they have done with this cladding and are sure that you are going to really like the way it looks as the shed stands in your garden.
At 28 mm x 28 mm, the frame on its own merit is very robust and something that will keep the shed sturdy for a couple of decades easily. However the frame and the cladding come together to create a watertight structure that is equipped to deal with whatever Mother Nature can throw its way, included your rubbish bins if the wind gets real bad.
Before we get to the actual floor, we must tell you about the very well made and laid out floor joists that give the floor that little bit extra backbone and also make sure it does not sit right on the ground. On top of these floor joists is a floor that is made from solid sheet boarding, we know that this is far from the most pretty or exciting boarding, but it is certainly strong enough to take the weight of a vast amount of items.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
Wood treatment is something that has to be applied to the Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Reverse Overlap Apex Shed and rather shortly after construction. The shed will have a basecoat treatment applied to the wood so it is not like you have to treat it the instant that last nail is hammered in, but we do suggest doing it sooner than later. Once a year a fresh coating needs to be applied in order to keep the shed rot free.
Not only does giving the shed a fresh coating of treatment once a year protect it from rot, it also will validate the ten year anti rot guarantee.
Doors And Windows
Even though it is only a single door on this shed, we still really like the way they have gone about it. To start with this is a good size, so good that even getting your mower in the shed will not cause you any trouble. The door comes with a hasp and staple and also a set of black hinges that add a little bit of character to the front of the shed.
On the front of the shed is a single fixed styrene window that is 1.25 mm thick. This window is shatterproof so if you have kids messing around in the garden with balls, golf clubs and those annoying helicopters they all seem to have these days, the windows are not going to shatter into a million little pieces when there is an accident.
Security And Privacy
We do wish that they included a pad bolt or even just a cheap padlock to go with the shed, as that way you could securely lock your belongings up. As it is, you are going to have to purchase their Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock, which costs £19.99. If this is a little pricy for your tastes then you can always just get a padlock from a pound store.
With just the one window this shed does offer quite a bit of privacy so you do not have any worries about your expensive mountain bike or awesome lawn mower being on display.
Customisation Options And Extras
We feel that adding a little bit of colour to the shed would be a great idea and with the vast amount of coloured wood treatments on the market there is bound to be a colour that is just perfect for you. You need to give the shed a coating of wood treatment anyway, so why not have a little bit of fun when you do?
That hasp and padlock is not the only extra that they have on offer for you. They also have a plastic shed base for a cost of £119.99. This is not an extra that we see as essential, but if you do have a few concerns about the surface you will be installing the shed on then this base would take care of that for you.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
With its 8 mm thick cladding and strong frame this is one very high quality shed that is evident from the first moment you see it.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Even though this is a shed that is well under £500, you are going to get over 20 years of use out of this shed. While structurally the shed is fine, you will always have to remember that keeping it safe from rot is down to you.
The shed is actually a little bigger than the 8 x 7 it is billed at so that is just awesome. You are getting a decent amount of storage space here and by using shelving and even with some think before you throw item placement, you can make this storage space go a very long way.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
This is a two person job and it is going to take you 4-6 hours. It is not one of the harder sheds to install so even DIY novices should be fine.
Value for Money8/10
We know that £369.99 is no small chunk of change, but we do consider this shed to truly be very good value for money as it is a good size and made with some impressive and long lasting materials.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood 8' x 6' FSC Reverse Overlap Apex Shed is a structure that pretty much does everything right. It has a great look, does not take up a whole lot of space and is going to give you many years of use. There are a couple of little things we would have changed, but honestly for the most part we are very impressed. The asking price we feel is very fair considering the materials used and the design of the shed. Even those of you who have a garden that is not exactly the size of a football pitch will find that this shed does not take up a lot of room, but somehow it is providing you with lots of storage space. This is one very well made, mid sized shed and something that could not be any easier for us to recommend.