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10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 25 Data Points Updated - 2 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: BLEN1008DSL-1AA

Size: 10' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

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80
Good Ranked in the Top 32% of Summer Houses.
Position 376 of 1188 Summer Houses - Down 177 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
Ease of construction
Value for money

See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse

The 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse comes with a reverse apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, fit with bi-fold doors, and is treated using a dip treated process [1]. The 4 windows used on this particular 10′ x 8′ use a styrene [2] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Our experts say this has 7 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. The 12mm thick cladding used is as thick as the walls found on 92% of the top 10% of summer houses.

2. The tongue & groove construction used for the roof is the same kind you’ll find used across 81% of the top 10% of summer houses.

3. The tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 86% of the top 10% of summer houses.

4. The 12mm thick floor boards are the same thickness we see being used on 82% of the top 10% of summer houses.

5. A dip treated treatment process lets us know that this summer house should be expected to last for a good few years, and is used on 70% of the top 10% of summer houses.

6. The shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this summer house is one the best available for summer houses rated by our experts.

7. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this summer house fairs across the market.

Cladding

Amazing, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for summer house walls out of the 3 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 50% (368 of 741) of all summer houses analysed [4], as well as being used on 49% (36 of 74) of the top 10% of summer houses [5]. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 56% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (71 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 10′ x 8′ summer houses (80), the 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 2 found on same-size summer houses [7]. It is used on 78% of all summer houses [8] and is also used across 92% of the top 10% of summer houses [9] we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 2 points below the average 12mm clad 10′ x 8’s score of 84, the fact that 92% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 88% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (112 in total) use 12mm thick walls [10].

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material out of the 3 types we’ve found on same-size summer houses [11]. This roofing material is used on 69% of all summer houses analysed, and 81% of the top 10% of summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 2 points below the average of 84 for 10′ x 8’s using a tongue & groove roofing, with it being on 81% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 83% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (106 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 12.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 4 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses [12]. It’s used on 2% of all summer houses with a further analysis of the top 10% of summer houses (74 in total) showing us that none of them use a roof of this thickness. 3% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (4 in total) use a 12.0mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 10′ x 8′ summer houses (80), the 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 4 types identified on same-size summer houses [13], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 26% of summer houses and used on 43% of the top 10% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses. 26% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (33 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 5% higher than the average.

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Flooring

Great, our experts say most of the flooring options used are among the best.

The manufactures of this summer house chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction and is the only type found on this size of summer house [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 78% of all summer houses we analysed, and 86% of the top 10% of those summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 1 point below the average of 83 for 10′ x 8’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 86% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 91% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (116 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.

A 12mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 2 found on same-size summer houses [15]. It’s found on 72% of all summer houses and used on 82% of the top 10% of summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is below the average 10′ x 8’s that use 12mm flooring (82 vs the average of 84), with it being on 82% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 84% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses (107 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 3 glazing types found on 10′ x 8′ summer houses [16]. This particular type of glazing is used on 15% of all windowed summer houses and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses with windows we analysed. 20% of 10′ x 8′ summer houses with windows (25 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 11% higher than the average.

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Height

The height of this summer house is 2750.0mm (9′) which is 13% more than the average 10′ x 8′ summer house, giving you 312.0mm (1′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,812.00mm (6′) tall which is 3% or 58.00mm (0.2′) taller than the average 10′ x 8′.
The door width is 1,992.00mm (6′) wide which is 34% or 501.33mm (2′) wider than the average 10′ x 8′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 124 10′ x 8′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse has an Expert Score that is 1% lower than average and is £141 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 124 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £1,428 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Highclere 10′ x 8′ Double Door with Four Windows Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £181, this is 789% less than this and has an Expert Score of 77, 5 points less than the 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 90 vs 82 for this product, the Oren 10′ x 8′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House is the best 10′ x 8′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £1,709, that’s £100 more than the 10’3 x 8’4 Shire Blenheim Wooden Summerhouse.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a summer house with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Oren 10′ x 8′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House
Shire Sandringham 10 x 8ft Double Door Apex Summer House with Bay Window
14’x6′ Tiger Pent Retreat Summerhouse

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
8′ x 10′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House
13 x 6 Pressure Treated Tongue And Groove Apex Summerhouse Potting Shed Bench + Safety Toughened Glass + RIM Lock with Key + SUPER STRENGTH FRAMING
13 x 6 PENT Pressure Treated Tongue & Groove Pent Summerhouse with Higher Eaves and Ridge Height Toughened Safety Glass + Euro Lock with Key

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 summer houses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
14’x6′ Tiger Pent Retreat Summerhouse
12’x6′ Tiger Retreat Contemporary Summerhouse
12’x6′ Tiger Pent Retreat Summerhouse

More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
Oren 10′ x 8′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House
Shire Sandringham 10 x 8ft Double Door Apex Summer House with Bay Window
12’x6′ Tiger Pent Retreat Summerhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Large Summer Houses, Summer Houses, Wooden Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
10' x 8'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Reverse Apex
Number of Windows
4
Door Type
Bifold Door
Cladding Type
Shiplap Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Assembly Time (estimated)
6 hours
External Depth (Imperial)
8'
External Depth (Metric)
2390.0mm
External Width (Imperial)
10'
External Width (Metric)
2990.0mm
Finish
Smooth
Persons To Assemble
2 people
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2750.0mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2750.0mm
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
8'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
2546.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
10'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
3114.0mm
Framing Size
44x44mm
Door Height (Imperial)
1812.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1812.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
1992.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
1992.0mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Internal Depth (Imperial)
8'
Internal Depth (Metric)
2302.0mm
Internal Width (Imperial)
10'
Internal Width (Metric)
2902.0mm
Frame Type
34mm sq timber
Thickness (Imperial)
0.0'
Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Opening Windows
2 windows
Packaged Weight
280kg
Floor Joist Direction
44 x 44
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 6'
Door Size (Metric)
1812.0mm x 1992.0mm
Floor Joist Size
44 x 44

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Expert Score 8383808585
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Author

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 2 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Dip Treated: Dip treating is a temporary protective base coat treatment that is mainly designed to help protect the building during transit and for around one month after it is assembled. This water-based treatment is the least time-consuming and cheapest type of wood treatment. It involves dipping the wood in a protective water-based preservative and then leaving it to dry. The action of dipping is where ‘dip treatment’ comes from.

A dip-treated garden building is not considered fully treated with wood preservatives; it’s vital to re-treat your dip-treated building, preferably with a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment. Then re-treat it on an annual basis using a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment.

If you don’t want to treat something on an annual basis then a pressure treated wooden building might be a better option, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation (pressure treatment) during production. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), the wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank to draw out excess moisture and air and force in the preservatives. This deep penetration of the exterior wood protects it from the elements and all forms of insect attack. Wood treated this way can last many years without being re-treated. The Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this. 

2. Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) HIPS): Styrene as it is commonly known or High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a very versatile form of plastic. It has a very wide range of uses but for garden buildings styrene is typically used as a budget option for windows.

Styrene is a shatter-resistant material, which is why it is ideal for situations where safety needs to be considered, such as playhouses. This benefit can be offset by a few other drawbacks, unfortunately styrene has a tendency to yellow over time (the technical term is Photoyellowing and it is caused by prolonged exposure to UV Light), the degradation of its polymers over time also causes it to become more brittle.

Another drawback of styrene is its thermal coefficient of expansion (it is 80 x 10-6), this is higher than most other glazing options. This means that as the material heats up and cools it can contract and expand more than other glazing options. This cycle can lead to a loose fit of windows over time.

According to data from the British Plastics Fedaration the physical properties of Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) are that it is not very good when exposed to high heat with a maximum continuous use temperature of between 60 to 80 °C. This is coupled with the fairly low range the Notched Impact Strength data shows of 10.0 – 20.0 Kj/m². 

3. Cladding types identified: shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove, wood 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All shiplap tongue & groove summer houses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 74 shiplap tongue & groove summer houses 

6. 10′ x 8′ cladding data sourced from: 127 10′ x 8′ shiplap tongue & groove summer houses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 12mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 12mm summer houses 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 74 12mm summer houses 

10. 10′ x 8′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 112 10′ x 8′ 12mm summer houses 

11. Roof material types identified: osb, plywood, tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 12mm 

13. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, osb, polyester felt, sand felt 

14. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove 

15. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: single glazed, styrene, toughened glass 

Product ID: SKU: BLEN1008DSL-1AA

Size: 10' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 2

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