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12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 66 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: ASTE1208DL-1AA

Size: 12' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

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83
Good Ranked in the Top 48% of Garden Rooms.
Position 254 of 540 Garden Rooms - Up 254 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 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse

The 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse comes with a pent style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable bi-fold doors that use a lock and key locking system, is treated using a dip treated process [1], and makes use of made in the uk materials. The 2 windows used on this particular 12′ x 8′ use a styrene [2] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[3]

Our experts say this has 4 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. When looking at cladding material used on the top 10% of all garden rooms, shiplap tongue & groove is used on 78% of them.

2. The tongue & groove construction used for the roof is the same kind you’ll find used across 89% of the top 10% of garden rooms.

3. The tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 100% of the top 10% of garden rooms.

4. The mineral felt roof covering found on this garden room 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 garden room fairs across the market.

Cladding

The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for garden room walls out of the 3 types [4] we’ve identified on same-size garden rooms, that you’ll also see getting used on 43% (41 of 95) of all garden rooms analysed [5], as well as being used on 78% (7 of 9) of the top 10% of garden rooms [6]. Even though the Expert Score of this particular garden room is 1 point below that of the average shiplap tongue & groove clad 12′ x 8’s (they have an average Expert Score of 83), with it being on 78% of the top 10%, its use here is a reassuring sign of a high quality cladding. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 42% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (8 in total) [7].

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 9 found on same-size garden rooms [8]. It is used on 44% of all garden rooms [9] and is also used across 44% of the top 10% of garden rooms [10] we analysed. 42% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (8 in total) use 12mm thick walls [11], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (80), the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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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 2 types we’ve found on same-size garden rooms [12]. This roofing material is used on 48% of all garden rooms analysed, and 89% of the top 10% of garden rooms. Even though the Expert Score of this particular garden room is 2 points below the average of 84 for 12′ x 8’s using a tongue & groove roofing, with it being on 89% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 47% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (9 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 12.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this garden room which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 6 thicknesses identified on same-size garden rooms [13]. It’s used on 4% of all garden rooms with a further analysis of the top 10% of garden rooms (9 in total) showing us that none of them use a roof of this thickness. 11% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (2 in total) use a 12.0mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (81), the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size garden rooms [14], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 32% of garden rooms and used on 56% of the top 10% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms. 26% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (5 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (82), the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 82.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this garden room chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size garden rooms [15]. This type of floor construction is used on 51% of all garden rooms we analysed, and 100% of the top 10% of those garden rooms. Even though the Expert Score of this particular garden room is 2 points below the average of 84 for 12′ x 8’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 100% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 53% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (10 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 6 found on same-size garden rooms [16]. It’s found on 36% of all garden rooms and used on 56% of the top 10% of garden rooms. 37% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (7 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (81), the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this garden room. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 2 glazing types found on 12′ x 8′ garden rooms [17]. This particular type of glazing is used on 13% of all windowed garden rooms with a look at the top 10% of garden rooms showing us that none of them choose to install windows with this kind of glazing. 18% of 12′ x 8′ garden rooms with windows (3 in total) use styrene windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those styrene 12′ x 8′ garden rooms (79), the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Height

The height of this garden room is 2270mm (7′) which is 3% more than the average 12′ x 8′ garden room, giving you 68.0mm (0.2′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,810.00mm (6′) tall, which after analysing all 12′ x 8′ garden rooms, matches the average exactly.
The door width is 1,900.00mm (6′) wide, which when compared to all other 12′ x 8′ garden rooms is exactly average.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 18 12′ x 8′ garden rooms with comparable specifications. The 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse has an Expert Score that is 3% lower than average and is £156 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring garden rooms out of the 18 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 £2,090 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Shire 10′ x 10′ Double Door with Two Opening Windows Dip Treated Garden Studio Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £239, this is 876% less than this and has an Expert Score of 87, 5 points higher than the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 92 vs 82 for this product, the Redlands 16′ x 8′ Studio Summer House is the best 12′ x 8′ garden room with comparable specifications, and is priced at £5,474, that’s £3,145 more than the 12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary Summerhouse.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a garden room with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 garden rooms that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Redlands 16′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
Redlands 14′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
Shire 10 x 10ft Double Glazed Timber Apex Garden Office

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 garden rooms that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Redlands 16′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
Redlands 14′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
10 x 10 FULLY INSULATED Pent COMBI Summerhouse 64mm Walls, Floor & Roof 12mm + 40mm Insulated EcoTherm + 12mm T&G)-Double Glazed Safety Toughened Windows +EPDM Roof+FREE INSTALL

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 garden rooms that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
12’x8′ Tiger Barn Retreat Summerhouse
Forest Xtend 3.0+ Insulated Garden Office 2.98m x 2.9m
12’x8′ Shire Aster Combination Wooden Contemporary 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.
Redlands 16′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
Redlands 14′ x 8′ Studio Summer House
Shire 10 x 10ft Double Glazed Timber Apex Garden Office

Product Details

Building Type
Garden Offices, Garden Room With Shed, Garden Rooms, Modern Garden Rooms, Modern Summer Houses, Summer House Shed Combos, Summer Houses, Wooden Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
12' x 8'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Pent
Number of Windows
2
Door Type
Bi-Fold Door
Cladding Type
Shiplap Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Roof Style
Flat
Environmental Certification
FSC
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Wood Species
Pine
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Eaves Height (Imperial)
2200.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
2200.0mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1810.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1810.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
1900.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
1900.0mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Internal Depth (Imperial)
7' 7"
Internal Depth (Metric)
230.2cm
Internal Width (Imperial)
8' 6"
Internal Width (Metric)
258.9cm
Opening Windows
None
Height (Imperial)
2270mm
Height (Metric)
2270mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
1 3/4"
Framing Size (Metric)
44mm
Accreditations
Made in the UK
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 6'
Door Size (Metric)
1810.0mm x 1900.0mm
Locking System
Lock and Key
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Construction Type
Shiplap
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
8'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
2570.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
12'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
3760.0mm
Framing Size
44x44mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
8'
Depth At Base (Metric)
2390.0mm
Height At Highest Point (Imperial)
7'
Height At Highest Point (Metric)
2260.0mm
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
12'
Width At Base (Metric)
3590.0mm
Packaged Weight
420kgs
Overall Depth (Imperial)
8'
Overall Depth (Metric)
2570.0mm
Overall Height (Imperial)
7'
Overall Height (Metric)
2260.0mm
Overall Width (Imperial)
12'
Overall Width (Metric)
3760.0mm

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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Profile

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 4 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.

ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found 1 match.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 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.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 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. FSC Certified Timber: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that is “dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.” When you see the FSC certification it means the forest where this wood was sourced from is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. FSC certified timber is comparable to Certified Timber

4. Cladding types identified: shiplap tongue & groove, timber, tongue & groove, wood 

5. Global cladding data sourced from: All shiplap tongue & groove garden rooms 

6. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 9 shiplap tongue & groove garden rooms 

7. 12′ x 8′ cladding data sourced from: 19 12′ x 8′ shiplap tongue & groove garden rooms 

8. Cladding thickness types identified: 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 44mm, 64mm, 70mm 

9. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 12mm garden rooms 

10. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 9 12mm garden rooms 

11. 12′ x 8′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 8 12′ x 8′ 12mm garden rooms 

12. Roof material types identified: structural insulated panels, tongue & groove 

13. Roof thickness types identified: 12mm, 16mm, 64mm, 122mm 

14. Roof covering types identified: epdm synthetic rubber, mineral felt 

15. Floor material types identified: structural insulated panels, tongue & groove 

16. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm, 16mm, 64mm, 108mm 

17. Glazing material types identified: double glazed, styrene, toughened glass 

Product ID: SKU: ASTE1208DL-1AA

Size: 12' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

Mano Mano
£2,617.68
See Deal
Sheds.co.uk
£2,334.00
See Deal
ShedStore
£2,329.00
See Deal
BuyShedsDirect
£2,329.00
See Deal

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