This is a great-looking summer house, and it has an unusual aspect in that the entire frontage of the building opens out, so you have a great level of access. This wide opening means that, on those especially balmy summer days, you get the full benefit of a breeze. Open and welcoming, it adds a lot to the overall look, as well as the ease of use. It means no access problems, and it also makes you feel like you’re getting the maximum amount of use out of the space the summerhouse has inside.
The wide opening helps to mask the fact that the summerhouse is a little more compact than others. This is no big deal, because the space you do have is still excellent, but it’s those doors that make it easier to get more out of what you have.
What we rate
Constructed out of long lasting and hard wearing wood
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly7.1/10
Quality of construction8.1/10
Longevity of material8.4/10
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Blenheim 10X8 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse – Our first thoughts
We like the fact that you have been given a very practical solution to the compact summerhouse. The doors are bi-fold, and they open up to the very edge of the building, so you literally get full access to that interior. This shows that the manufacturers have gone the extra mile to give you an open, comfortable experience. It also achieves one extra special trick in bringing the outdoors even closer to you. Sit with a drink and you’ll feel like you’re in the garden, while still enjoying the protection of the building.
The building has been created using shiplap cladding. This is high quality cladding, and it has a number of features that make it a real bonus on this construction. The shiplap has a small lip between each panel and this gives you an added level of protection against rainwater. So you’re getting a sturdy building.
And there is an excellent apex roof too. This looks attractive, and with this summerhouse it really adds to the overall visual appeal. We could spend hours talking about the benefits of apex roofs but you’re looking at a roof that protects against snow gathering (it really does make a difference) and gives you that extra quick run off when it comes to rainwater. You also get a nice amount of head height inside the Blenheim due to this roof, and with a compact building design, every little bit helps.
The planed timber that is used throughout the building makes a big difference. Smooth and attractively finished, it is safer as regards splinters and just longer lasting.
In addition to the smart sliding doors you also have two large fixed windows in the structure. This works really well, because once the doors are closed, you get a huge amount of light through the combination of doors and windows. It’s a great effect. It really has to be experienced, and it shows how much the manufacturers have thought about the product. They could have simply allowed the doors to do the work when it comes to light, but they chose to add the two large side windows to bring even more to the experience.
Blenheim 10X8 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse: Some questions you may have
Is it self-assembly? It can be. We would recommend that, if you have any doubts as regards your ability, that you let professionals erect this building. On the other hand, it isn’t that difficult, and as long as you have basic tools and two people to do the job, it should be up within a few hours. All instructions are provided, as are all the fixings you need to get the job done.
Is there a guarantee? Yes, and it’s a healthy one too. The manufacturers have obviously thought long and hard about their construction, and have attached a guarantee that shows their confidence. As long as you follow the care instructions supplied with the unit (and these are basic common sense measures) you can enjoy a 10 year guarantee against rot and fungal decay. There is plenty of defence in the building against the wet, including the cladding, and it’s nice to see a strong and protective guarantee in place.
Do I need to use a base? You need to follow the clear instructions the manufacturer has supplied about laying the summerhouse. It states that the summerhouse has to be laid on flat concrete or a wooden shed base. This is quite clear, and if you do not follow these instructions your summerhouse will be damaged, as well as possibly proving to be a danger.
What is the summerhouse made out of? It is created using European softwoods. These could be spruce or pine, and while they may not be the most robust choice for a summer house, they work well with the cladding provided. The wood is strong, and when backed up by the shiplap, it’s even stronger. It’s a robust building.
Blenheim 10X8 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse: So what’s the quality like?
The building is solid. The shiplap cladding does a lot to make it durable too. We like the planed timber effect, and we also like the fact that the floor has a tongue and groove structure to build in strength. There is a lot of solidity here, and it’s more to do with a combination of cladding and timber than having a particularly solid timber to start with. But it all works well together. And the craftsmanship that has gone into the doors and windows and their position is a sure sign of quality.
Blenheim 10X8 Shiplap Timber Summerhouse: Our final thoughts
This building wins on style and practicality. It’s not everyday that you see a summer house that is literally ‘open to the elements’ and it works well with this compact building. It’s not the biggest in the world, but it has safety and durability in all the right places, and a commitment to usefulness that makes it a worthy addition to any garden.