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BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 49 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 19347

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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£355.00
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85
Good Ranked in the Top 43% of Playhouses.
Position 80 of 188 Playhouses - Up 80 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 BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse

The BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse holds a 10 Years guarantee and is treated using a pressure treated process [1]. The 4 windows used on this particular 4′ x 4′ use a 1mm styrene [2] material.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 3 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 styrene window installation is known to be a great choice, and our data shows us that 94% of the top 10% of playhouses make use of this kind of glazing.

2. The tongue & groove construction like the one used on the roof of this playhouse is rated one of the best by our panel of experts.

3. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this playhouse is one our experts are happy to say is one of the best around.

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

Cladding

The european softwood cladding(walls) used here is an about average form of construction for playhouse walls out of the 4 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 2% (4 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [4], and sadly not present at all on any of the 17 playhouses that make up the top 10% of playhouses [5]. In fact this is the only 4′ x 4′ playhouse you’ll find that uses a european softwood wall [6].

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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 playhouses [7]. This roofing material is used on 26% of all playhouses analysed, and 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. 26% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (6 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 4′ playhouses (83), the BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 85.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this playhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the best glazing types and is also the only type found on 4′ x 4′ playhouses [8]. This particular type of glazing is used on 77% of all windowed playhouses and 100% of the top 10% of playhouses with windows we analysed. 68% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses with windows (15 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 6% higher than the average.

The windows on this playhouse use a 1mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 2 different thicknesses found on same-size playhouses [9]. Glazing this thick is found on 2% of all the windowed playhouses we analysed and our analysis of the top 10% of playhouses shows us that none of those 16 playhouses that make up the top 10% come with a glazing this thick. Out of all windowed 4′ x 4′ playhouses this is the only playhouse to make use of 1mm windows.

The 412mm x 445mm windows on this playhouse are 39% smaller than the average 4′ x 4′ playhouse. The window height is 445.00mm (2′) tall which is 28% shorter than the average 4′ x 4′ with 123.75mm (0.4′) less height. The window width is 412.00mm (1′) wide which is 8% narrower than the average 4′ x 4′ with 33.75mm (0.1′) narrower width.

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Doors

The door height is 1,000.00mm (3′) tall which is 21% or 176.67mm (0.6′) taller than the average 4′ x 4′.
The door width is 560.00mm (2′) wide which is 23% or 130.00mm (0.4′) narrower than the average 4′ x 4′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 21 4′ x 4′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 9% higher than average and is £106 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 21 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 £125 with this 4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse. It is priced at £260, this is 48% less than this and has an Expert Score of 82, 2 points less than the BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 87 vs 85 for this product, the 4 x 4 Isabelle Snug Den Wooden Playhouse with Apex Roof, Single Door And Windows is the best 4′ x 4′ playhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £742, that’s £357 more than the BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a playhouse with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse

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 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse
BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse
4 x 4 Isabelle Snug Den Wooden Playhouse with Apex Roof, Single Door And Windows

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 playhouses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Hide Kids Wooden Playhouse

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.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 4 x 4ft Wooden Snug Playhouse with Assembly
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Playhouses, Small Wooden Playhouses, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
4' x 4'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
4
Cladding Type
european softwood
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Glazing Material
Styrene
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
1mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
1mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
3'7"
Depth At Base (Metric)
108cm
Door Height (Imperial)
3'
Door Height (Metric)
1000mm
Door Width (Imperial)
2'
Door Width (Metric)
560mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Width At Base (Imperial)
3'11"
Width At Base (Metric)
120cm
Internal Depth (Imperial)
3'7"
Internal Depth (Metric)
108cm
Internal Width (Imperial)
3'8"
Internal Width (Metric)
112cm
Door
1 x Single Full Door
Window Size (Imperial)
412mm x 445mm
Window Size (Metric)
412mm x 445mm
Eaves Height Including Floor (Imperial)
3'3"
Eaves Height Including Floor (Metric)
98cm
Ridge Height Including Floor (Imperial)
4'9"
Ridge Height Including Floor (Metric)
145cm
Door Size (Imperial)
560mm x 1000mm
Door Size (Metric)
560mm x 1000mm
Internal Eaves Height (Imperial)
3'4"
Internal Eaves Height (Metric)
101cm
Internal Ridge Height (Imperial)
4'7"
Internal Ridge Height (Metric)
140cm
Supplied With Fixtures And Fittings
Instructions, Felt & Fixings Supplied
Decking
No
Suitable Age Range:
Not suitable for children under 36 months
Max User Weight (Metric)
g
Billyoh Range:
300

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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 1 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.

Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 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.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Pressure Treated: Considered the most durable wood treatment, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), this is a unique combination of copper and organic biocide ingredients (it is the copper that gives the finished wood the slightly green colour). The wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank (the Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this) 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 BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) says “ penetration to either 6 mm (15 years) or 12mm (for 30 years) has to be achieved in any exposed surface in sawn material.”

It is also worth noting that if cross cutting, notching or boring treated timber during or after installation, ALWAYS apply an end grain solvent-based (or oil-based) wood preservative treatment to the freshly exposed areas, this will maintain the integrity of the protection. NEVER put cut ends in the ground, even if end grain coated. 

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. 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All european softwood playhouses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 17 european softwood playhouses 

6. 4′ x 4′ cladding data sourced from: 23 4′ x 4′ european softwood playhouses 

7. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

8. Glazing material types identified: styrene 

9. Glazing thickness types identified: 1mm, 2mm 

Product ID: SKU: 19347

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Garden Buildings Direct
£355.00
See Deal

Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.