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Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation – Aurora Green

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 10 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 598286

Size: 12' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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Average Ranked in the Top 69% of Greenhouses.
Position 571 of 836 Greenhouses - Down 318 places from previous update.
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See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation Aurora Green

The Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation Aurora Green holds a 10 Years guarantee and is fit with doors that are lockable through the pad bolt locking system. The 2 windows used on this particular 12′ x 6′ use a styrene [1] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[2]

Our experts say this has 2 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 shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this greenhouse is one the best available for greenhouses rated by our experts.

2. The mineral felt roof covering found on this greenhouse 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 greenhouse fairs across the market.

Cladding

The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for greenhouse walls out of the 2 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size greenhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 4% (32 of 787) of all greenhouses analysed [4], as well as being used on 5% (4 of 78) of the top 10% of greenhouses [5]. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this greenhouse is 3 points lower than the average for shiplap tongue & groove clad 12′ x 6’s (65 vs the average of 68) [6], you can be sure it’s not due to the cladding as this one of the highest scoring materials found on 12′ x 6′ greenhouses. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 9% of 12′ x 6′ greenhouses (3 in total).

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Roofing

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size greenhouses [7], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 1% of greenhouses and used on 1% of the top 10% of 12′ x 6′ greenhouses. According to the data we have on all greenhouses, out of the the 12′ x 6’s this is the only one to use a mineral felt roof covering.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this greenhouse chose osb for the floor construction, we rate this an about average form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size greenhouses [8]. This type of floor construction is used on 1% of all greenhouses we analysed, with none of the top 78 greenhouses making use of this kind of floor material. The data we have on all greenhouses shows us that this is the only 12′ x 6′ greenhouse that comes with an osb floor material.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this greenhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst glazing types and is also the only type found on 12′ x 6′ greenhouses [9]. This particular type of glazing is used on 9% of all windowed greenhouses and 12% of the top 10% of greenhouses with windows we analysed. 12% of 12′ x 6′ greenhouses with windows (3 in total) use styrene windows.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 3 12′ x 6′ greenhouses with comparable specifications. The Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation Aurora Green has an Expert Score that is 6% lower than average and is £19 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring greenhouses out of the 3 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 £1,035 with this Mercia 12x6ft Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi. It is priced at £1,905, this is 54% less than this and has an Expert Score of 62, 2 points less than the Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation Aurora Green.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 80 vs 65 for this product, the Marlborough Greenhouses 12′ x 6′ Wooden Greenhouse with 4 windows is the best 12′ x 6′ greenhouse with comparable specifications, and is priced at £5,644, that’s £2,704 more than the Country Living Grassthorpe 12 x 6 Traditional Apex Greenhouse Combi Shed Painted + Installation Aurora Green.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a greenhouse with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 1 greenhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Marlborough Greenhouses 12′ x 6′ Wooden Greenhouse with 4 windows

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 greenhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Palram Canopia 6′ x 14′ Nature Hybrid Silver Polycarbonate Greenhouse
6’x12′ Palram Canopia Rion EcoGrow Large Green Polycarbonate Greenhouse
Vitavia Venus 6 x 12ft Horticultural Glass Greenhouse

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 greenhouses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Palram Canopia 6′ x 14′ Nature Hybrid Silver Polycarbonate Greenhouse
12′ x 6′ Halls Cotswold Broadway 126 Green Lean-To Greenhouse
12′ x 6′ Halls Cotswold Broadway 126 Silver Lean-To Greenhouse

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.
Palram Canopia 6′ x 14′ Nature Hybrid Silver Polycarbonate Greenhouse
6’x12′ Palram Canopia Rion EcoGrow Large Green Polycarbonate Greenhouse
12′ x 6′ Halls Cotswold Broadway 126 Green Lean-To Greenhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Greenhouses, Large Greenhouses, Walk-in Greenhouses, Wooden Greenhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
12' x 6'
Material
Wooden
Number of Windows
2
Cladding Type
Shiplap Tongue & Groove
Treatment Type
Untreated
Guarantee
10 Years
Range
Country Living
External Dimensions
2061mm x 1972mm x 3689mm
Internal Dimensions
N/A
Industry Standards Certification
FSC Certified Timber
Additional Information
To comply with the 3 year paint promise, regular checks and maintenance is required. You will receive a small tin of paint for top ups when required. Country Living products require a suitable base ready for installation. We recommend a flat, level solid base such as concrete or slabs. We recommend a 2-foot clearance gap around all sides of the building for maintaining the upkeep of the timbers. Please note that this is a bespoke item, therefore once the building has been painted, we cannot accept a cancellation or a return of the order.
Additional Assembly Information
Our Country Living range is painted and installed by expert teams. Our supplier will be in touch once your order has been processed to arrange a date for delivery and installation.
Product Dimensions
12ft x 6ft
Assembly Options
Installation Service Included
Locking System
Pad Bolt
Number Of Doors
2
Effects And Finish
Opaque Topcoat
Floor Material
OSB
Base Included
Not Included
Glazing Material
Styrene
Additional Delivery Information
Please note that prior to the delivery and installation of your building you must prepare a suitable base.
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Expert Score 6370636873
Price £13,242.15£9,399.30£13,847.05£10,791.87£8,510.59
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Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 12mm12mm12mm12mm12mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years10 Years10 Years10 Years
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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.

Homebase – 35509 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.
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.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Untreated: Any wooden structure that is left untreated will have its lifespan dramatically shortened. This is especially the case with Douglas fir or European softwoods such as Whitewood (spruce) or Redwood (Pine), most garden buildings sold in the UK are made from such wood.

The Wood Protection Association says that “the risk of attack increases significantly if the moisture content of wood, for any reason, rises above 20%” they also talk about how more lower durability cuts of wood (known as sapwood) are getting used to build with than in years gone by. They also say that “sapwood on the other hand is a source of food for many species of fungi and insects and is always vulnerable to attack.” This risk is particularly prevalent with European softwoods.

The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) and BS EN 350:2016 (this advises on methods for determining and classifying the durability of wood and wood-based materials against biological wood-destroying agents) says the natural durability class of such European softwoods is between 3 and 5. With class 3 listed as moderately durable, class 4 listed as slightly durable and class 5 listed as not durable. All three classes have a service life of less than 15 years in a frequently wet environment (such as a UK garden). Yet the application of a preservative treatment or modification of lower durability species is designed according to BS8605 part1 (this is the British standards specifications for external timber cladding) to extend service life to 15/30 years or more.

Having a wooden garden structure supplied as untreated is relatively rare. The vast majority of wooden buildings are supplied with some form of basic treatment, usually a short term water based dip treatment. If you buy an untreated wooden building/structure then we strongly advise that you treat it annually with a solvent-based wood treatment. For full penetration it requires 2-3 coats. It is also recommended that you treat the inside of the structure as well.

If you are wanting something that will require much less maintenance throughout the products life cycle then we would strongly suggest looking at something that is pressure treated also known as tanalised timber.

By correctly treating timber you can take a sub 15 year service life for a not very durable European softwood and extend its service life to 15/30 years or more according to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association

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, tongue & groove 

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

6. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 78 shiplap tongue & groove greenhouses 

7. 12′ x 6′ cladding data sourced from: 32 12′ x 6′ shiplap tongue & groove greenhouses 

8. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, osb 

9. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

10. Glazing material types identified: styrene 

Product ID: SKU: 598286

Size: 12' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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