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Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 42 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: BUNDLE-ASUM88HD

Size: 8' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

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Good Ranked in the Top 43% of Summer Houses.
Position 499 of 1188 Summer Houses - Up 499 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
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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 Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House

The Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, fit with double doors, is treated using a dip treated process [1], and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The 5 windows used on this particular 8′ x 8′ use a 2mm styrene [2] material.

Base material: european softwood

Our experts say this has 8 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 12mm thick roof construction is as thick as the roofing used on 81% of the top 10% of summer houses.

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

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

8. 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

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

The tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is the best form 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 38% (278 of 741) of all summer houses analysed [4], as well as being used on 51% (38 of 74) of the top 10% of summer houses [5]. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 7 points below that of the average tongue & groove clad 8′ x 8’s (they have an average Expert Score of 84), with it being on 51% of the top 10%, its use here is a reassuring sign of a high quality cladding. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 36% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (46 in total) [6].

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 5 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 6 points below the average 12mm clad 8′ x 8’s score of 83, the fact that 92% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 74% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (95 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 8 points below the average of 85 for 8′ 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. 60% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (77 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 12mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 7 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses [12]. It’s used on 66% of all summer houses and 81% of the top 10% of summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 7 points below that of the average for 8′ x 8’s that use 12mm roofing (77 vs the average of 84), with it being on 81% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 58% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (75 in total) use a 12mm thick roof boarding.

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 8′ x 8′ summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is below the average 8′ x 8’s cover their roofs with mineral felt (77 vs the average of 79), with it being on 43% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 30% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (39 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering.

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Flooring

Outstanding, 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 6 points below the average of 83 for 8′ 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. 72% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (93 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 4 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 8′ x 8’s that use 12mm flooring (77 vs the average of 84), with it being on 82% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 66% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (85 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 8′ 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. 23% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses with windows (25 in total) use styrene windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those styrene 8′ x 8′ summer houses (74), the Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House is just above the average with an Expert Score of 77.

The windows on this summer house use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 5 different thicknesses found on same-size summer houses [17]. Glazing this thick is found on 3% of all the windowed summer houses we analysed and used on 1% of the top 10% of windowed summer houses. 5% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (5 in total) use 2mm thick glazing.

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Height

The height of this summer house is 2290mm (8′) which is 6% more than the average 8′ x 8′ summer house, giving you 130.0mm (0.4′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,760.00mm (6′) tall which is 4% or 67.64mm (0.2′) taller than the average 8′ x 8′.
The door width is 1,140.00mm (4′) wide which is 1% or 3.22mm (0.0′) narrower than the average 8′ x 8′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 7 8′ x 8′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House has an Expert Score that is 12% lower than average and is £20 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 7 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 with this Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House. It is priced at £1,369, this is 10% more than this and has an Expert Score of 90, 12 points higher than the Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 90 vs 77 for this product, the Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House is the best 8′ x 8′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £1,369, that’s £120 more than the Hartwood 8′ x 8′ Chadbury Summer House.

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 8′ x 8′ Shiplap Henley Summer House
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside Summer House

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.
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse
10′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Pent Summer House
8′ x 8′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House

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.
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse
8’x8′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse
6’x10′ Tiger 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.
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside Summer House
Oren 10′ x 8′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside Summer House
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Small Summer Houses, Summer Houses, Summer Houses With Veranda, Wooden Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
8' x 8'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
5
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
2mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
2mm
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1650mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1650mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1760mm
Door Height (Metric)
1760mm
Door Width (Imperial)
1140mm
Door Width (Metric)
1140mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
12mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
12mm
Opening Windows
1 Opening Window
Height (Imperial)
2290mm
Height (Metric)
2290mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
1 3/8" x 1 1/8"
Framing Size (Metric)
35mmx28mm
Glazing Type
Single Glazed
Accreditations
Certified Sustainable
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 4'
Door Size (Metric)
1760mm x 1140mm

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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 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.

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B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
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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. 

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

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

6. 8′ x 8′ cladding data sourced from: 129 8′ x 8′ tongue & groove summer houses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 12mm, 19mm, 20mm, 34mm 

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

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

10. 8′ x 8′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 95 8′ x 8′ 12mm summer houses 

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

12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 9mm, 11mm, 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, 16mm 

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

17. Glazing thickness types identified: 2.5mm, 2mm, 3mm 

Product ID: SKU: BUNDLE-ASUM88HD

Size: 8' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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