You’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and inviting summerhouse than the Sandringham. It looks attractive, and has a delightful log cabin appeal. As an indicator of just how much effort has been put into the aesthetics of this building, it even has a full bay window. You don’t normally see that kind of thing on a summer house.
In other words, it is very much an extra room. A real living space, the interior is smart and spacious, and you have plenty of other features that convince you that you’re in an outdoor building that has more than a touch of class about it.
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly7/10
Quality of construction5/10
Longevity of material6.5/10
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SHIRE SANDRINGHAM SUMMERHOUSE 10 X 6 – Our first thoughts
Looks are important if you’re trying to create a certain mood in your garden, and this building definitely fits the bill. We have mentioned the incredible bay window already, and this instantly makes you feel you have added an extra room onto your home. It is a stunning aspect of the building, and most definitely the key feature.
Then you have the door. Double glazed, it is an excellent double door that has been specially created by expert joiners. It adds massively to the visual feel of the building, and welcomes you into the summerhouse with a wide opening.
It really is all about the looks, as a wonderfully attractive apex roof with intricate detail adds the final aspect on the general structure. A delightful cabin feel, topped off with a beautifully finished roof.
SHIRE SANDRINGHAM SUMMERHOUSE 10 X 6: Questions you may have
Is it sturdy? Most summerhouses have a pretty standard frame, but this one goes the extra mile and comes complete with 44mm x 44mm framing. This is tough framing, and it gives the summerhouse an excellent foundation in strength and durability. The building is especially resilient against wind and other aspects of bad weather, so you have a unit that will protect whatever is inside it, and keep it’s shape.
Is it already treated? It has been treated, but it has been dipped only. This means the building will come to you with treatment and ready for installation, but after a year you will have to treat it again. Use only manufacturer’s recommended chemicals, and follow instructions. Any guarantees or warranties are usually voided if you don’t follow treatment guidelines.
What about the cladding? Is that strong? It’s true that cladding can be variable in quality at times, but this building has shiplap cladding on it. The shiplap will provide an extra layer of protection against rainwater, and it does this through having little ‘lips’ in between the panels. Rainwater won’t get through, so it is a tougher kind of cladding that builds in plenty of resilience.
How do I install it? Obviously, you can have some professionals in to lay the groundwork and erect the summerhouse, but if you want to do it yourself, ensure that you have at least one other person to help you.
Ensure that you have some good tools and that you follow the instructions carefully. The toughest part, arguably, is laying the base. You will have to ensure there is a flat concrete surface underneath the summerhouse, or arrange to purchase a wooden shed base. All fixings are supplied.
SHIRE SANDRINGHAM SUMMERHOUSE 10 X 6: Technical specifications
Height = 2.36m
Width = 2.99m
Depth = 1.79m
Material = European Softwoods
Treated = Dipped basecoat
Number of doors = 2
Number of fixed windows = 1
Glazing type = Glass
Roof Design = Apex
Made In = England
Surface Finish = Planed timber
Fixings supplied = Fixings supplied
SHIRE SANDRINGHAM SUMMERHOUSE 10 X 6: So what’s the quality like?
This is a good, solid building. The shiplap goes a long way towards making the building a durable and sturdy building simply because it literally keeps rainwater out. We also like the fact that you get a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee against damp and rot.
SHIRE SANDRINGHAM SUMMERHOUSE 10 X 6: Our final thoughts
The bay window is not a gimmick, it serves a good purpose by bringing in more light, as well as making you feel like you have a house extension rather than an outside building. We also like the style overall, and it’s a big enough building to make a real impact. Attractive and full of features that make it durable, it’s an excellent purchase.