This is a beautiful outbuilding which is constructed from hard wearing and long lasting tongue and groove shiplap wood that really does have a very appealing look that goes with its high quality design. It has large double doors which have toughened glass windows and a smart Apex roof which is going to keep the rain out and look fantastic with a covering of snow in the winter. Enjoy the sunshine and escape for a few hours inside with your favourite book, a movie on the iPad or whatever it is you do to relax. This summerhouse is bound to turn a few heads and get you a whole host of compliments.
A huge part of what gives this summerhouse its lovely looks is the planed timber which makes up those solid, tongue and groove shiplap walls. These have a very strong frame which is 34 mm x 34 mm, standing behind them and that is going keep this summerhouse solid for many years. high quality flooring is going to allow you to put many items inside here, no matter how heavy they are and even the roof is made with impressive solid sheet boarding that is high quality, but not at the expense of increasing the price.
What we rate
Is a very reasonable price
Two impressively large doors
Made with very attractive tongue and groove shiplap cladding
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money9.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Summerhouse Type And Roof Size
Here we have the incredible Lumley 7X5 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse, which is proving that you do not need to have a garden the size of Wembley or even a bank account like one of the players who is on the pitch there. This is a very attractive, compact sized summerhouse that is ideal for giving you your own little space where you can enjoy a nice cold drink in the evening or just use it as a space where you can disappear and enjoy some quiet time. 6 feet 7 inches is the width which along with the 5 feet of depth give you not the largest floor space in the world, but enough room if you are smart with your item placement that you can actually fit in quite a lot of things. If you look at the picture you can see even though it may be on the small size, you can still fit in a comfy chair, table and a few other things as well. At its highest point the summerhouse is 6 feet 9 inches along the ridge, this is more than enough headroom for most people so this is going to be a comfortable place to stand up in.
A well made apex roof is what is going to keep the rain from dripping on your head. This roof goes very well with the design of the summerhouse and as it is made with solid sheet boarding and covered with high quality felt, you will find that water never makes it way in through the roof. It may be a little basic compared to what you get on some of the more high end summerhouses, but we do like the look of it and it is also great from a practical point of view.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The cladding is very nice to look at. They have really done a wonderful job here using thick, tongue and groove shiplap cladding that is very smooth due to the use of planed timber. This type of cladding is going to keep what you have inside safe from the elements due to the way it tightly slots together not allowing rain any cracks or little areas it can sneak in. The cladding they have used, we feel gives this the look of a summerhouse that you would easily believe is double the price.
The frame in here is the thing that really did surprise us as it is 34 mm x 34 mm and incredibly strong. So strong and thick that we are actually surprised that they were able to use a frame like this at this price. No matter how they were able to use a frame like this, we are very happy they did as it is going to ensure this is one very solid and long lasting summerhouse.
Tongue and groove flooring sits on top of some impressive floor joists which will prevent this from having to sit on the ground. While not ideal, this means even if you are going to be installing this on grass it will be ok as the bottom of the summerhouse is not in direct contact with the ground. This style of flooring is very strong and it is going to feel great under your feet as you sit there tapping your foot while you read the paper. It is going to be able to handle a lot of weight and it actually has a good look to it as well.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A dipped basecoat treatment will be applied to all of that lovely looking, European softwood which this is made from. This will not keep the summerhouse rot free and it is down to you to get the paint brush, roller or if you are lucky one of those awesome spray things to give this a coating of wood treatment to keep it rot free. A fresh coat of wood treatment should then be applied once a year, you do this and the summerhouse will remain rot free.
By treating the Lumley 7X5 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse you are not only making sure that it is going to stay rot free, you are also validating the ten year guarantee that comes with this. That is right you do get a ten year guarantee, but it is only valid as long as you treat the wood.
Doors And Windows
A set of large double doors are the first thing that catch your eye. They are very well made, have an amazing look and they are going to also make it very easy to bring your things in and out of the summerhouse. The doors have a classic style of handle which will keep the doors tightly closed and they will be prevented from sagging thanks to the strong hinges keeping them in their place.
Now here we are going to talk about the windows, which actually we could have added to our section about the doors as the only windows on this summerhouse are the ones which make up most of the doors. Now these are some very attractive windows that are made from thick toughened glass. In one way this is a little disappointing as we would have really liked to have seen a window on one of the sides, but at the same time this is a budget summerhouse so we understand the lack of another window. Also we think that it would be lovely to sit in here on a warm day with both those doors wide open so that in a small way does make up for the lack of windows elsewhere on the structure.
Security And Privacy
This is a very solid summerhouse, but there is no locking mechanism included. You do not have to worry about the doors blowing open in the wind, but there is no way to lock them. This means if you do plan on having something like TV in here, you will want to get a lock, something as simple and cheap as a padlock we feel would work very well.
With there being a lack of windows this is a very private summerhouse. Of course the doors with their large windows are easy to look into, but this is the only way to see inside of here.
Customisation Options And Extras
This will be sent to you unpainted, but as you can see from the picture a colour such as blue really can bring this to life. If something as bright as the blue which is pictured is not really your thing then you could always just use a lighter or darker wood treatment to change the look a little bit, but not in a way that is really in your face.
You have no worries about any extras with this summerhouse. A set of blind or curtains may be something to consider for the windows on the doors and a lock if you are worried about security, but this is all you need to think about when it comes to extras.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
They have still managed to make this a very high quality summerhouse, despite the low price which is something that really does amaze and impress us.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
You are going to be able to have fun inside here for many years thanks to the long lasting materials used. That great looking cladding will stay looking smooth for many years as long as you make sure to treat it.
This is one of the smallest summerhouses we have seen so you are going to have to think before you start dragging things inside here, but we feel there will be more than enough room for most people inside of here.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
This is the kind of DIY job that requires two people so be sure to suck up to a friend or family member before it is delivered. 6 hours at the most is what you are looking at as long as you do not take too many breaks.
Value for Money9.5/10
This is just an incredible price that makes it possible for people on a budget to be able to have a summerhouse in their garden which they can enjoy.
Final Thoughts: While it may not be as awe inspiring as some of the larger more expensive summerhouses, the Lumley 7X5 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse is just perfect for those of you on a budget or who simply do not have the space for something bigger. Even though this is what we would class as a budget summerhouse, it still as a very attractive look and is well made so you are going to be able to enjoy this for many years. This goes to show that you do not have to be rich or even spend a whole lot of money to be able to have a summerhouse that you can relax in. This is something which we are very happy to recommend and even though it may be basic, you are going to have many years of fun with this