Workshops can sometimes be a little tricky, and this mainly comes down to the interior. You need to have an inside that is spacious and useful. This building manages it on both fronts, with an 8 x 10 size and the option to purchase shelving, for example.
In addition to this, you also have a very strong building. It has thicker than normal framing, which really gives you a sense of solidity as soon as you enter. That framing will help the building withstand high winds, and will ensure the shed is durable and tough for years to come.
There is also tongue and groove cladding. This is smooth and seamless, and involves two timber planks being interlocked. This structure continues along the outer shell of the building, and provides maximum strength, as well as a watertight exterior.
The reverse apex style of the shed also means that you have a little more choice in positioning, which could benefit anyone who has an unconventional shape to his or her garden.
There are plenty of customisation options to round out your purchase, including that shelving, guttering and a choice in flooring. It’s a great building that is strong and reliable.
What we rate
A spacious building that is perfect for a workshop
Thicker than usual framing for added strength
The building has tongue and groove cladding
What we slate
It would have been nice to have at least one opening window.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Ease Of Installation7/10
Value For Money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof and Size
Workshop buildings are built for moving around in, and this particular workshop is a good size, with a width of 294.7 cm and a depth of 251.8 cm.
The building comes in the reverse apex style. This means you get a classic apex roof with its ‘peak’ in the middle. Down the length of the centre of the building you naturally get enhanced head height due to this roof. Inside, it feels great, and very spacious.
The reverse apex style means that the doors and the windows in the building run down the sides, rather than at the front. This gives you a little extra with regards to positioning. You may have a certain shape to your garden, and find that the reverse apex style fits better with your space. It is a useful aspect, and can mean that it is a good solution in certain gardens.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
With cladding being so important to the longevity of the building, it is nice to see that BillyOh has decided to include tongue and groove with this building. Smooth and flawless, it involves locking timber panels together and therefore providing the outer edge of the building with a strong, tough skin.
The tongue and groove is also 100% watertight, so this means you have an excellent level of defence against rain. It’s the perfect cladding to have for a larger building, because it is heavier. You’ll notice how solid it feels when you step inside for the first time.
A lot of that solidity comes through the enhanced framing the manufacturer has supplied. The framing is solid and reinforced. It just feels more solid and strong, and the end result is that you get a shed that can easily withstand high winds, as well as other troublesome weather.
We think you should go straight for the tongue and groove option in the flooring. This will enhance the overall durability in the build, and it means you have that continuity with the cladding. It is a little more money to pay, but it guarantees that you don’t get any issues with ‘bendy’ flooring or creaks in the future.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It would have been great to see a permanent pressure treatment being applied at this price, but you do get a factory basecoat. What this means is that you will have to treat it annually with an oil-based treatment (or any other recommended timber treatment) or you will void the 10-year warranty.
Doors and Windows
On the side of the building are 4 fixed windows, They are all of a good size and do provide ample light. Bear in mind they are fixed and that you will have to use the door for ventilation. They could have included one opening window at least, we think, but they are good windows that are glazed with styrene, which is a real advantage.
Styrene is clearer than conventional glass, so you do get an enhanced level of light. The styrene is also very tough, and shatterproof, so you’re getting a lot for your money here.
Security and Privacy
You get a turn button, which is more for keeping the doors closed than anything else, so we recommend that you purchase the deluxe padlock and hasp set. This way you get the security you need.
Customisation Options and Extras
You get the option to choose shelving for the building, and this really adds a lot to the overall value. You can choose a little or a lot when it comes to the shelving, and it has enough depth to allow you to store toolboxes, as well as garden equipment.
Guttering is also offered as an optional extra. This makes sense too, as guttering helps to reduce the chance of rainwater lingering. Some people choose to collect the water in butts, or you can always drain it away.
A final option is colour. You can choose paint for the trim and the walls, and this is a nice little extra choice (as well as an inexpensive one).
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
A good size means that you get plenty of room for those projects you need to get done. And there is serious quality here in the tongue and groove cladding. It’s tough and it’s durable, and it means you have a more robust building.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
The thicker framing means you simply have a stronger building. This, alongside the tongue and groove, provides a robust shell that will give your shed a long life. Keep it treated annually and you’re looking at full enjoyment of that 10-year guarantee.
We like the size of this building. It fits the requirements of a good workshop, and if you need more storage buy the shelving to add more space.
Ease Of Installation7/10
This is a larger than average building, and there are certain aspects, including that heavy framing, that require more than one person. If you have 2-3 people in total you should be able to get it up and ready for work in a couple of days.
Value For Money9/10
As workshops go, this one has a lot of value built in. A good, solid structure and an excellent amount of space inside means that the building provides all you need for your projects. While it would have been nice to have an opening window, the quality of the windows makes up for this. We recommend spending a little more on extras like shelving to get the most out of the building.
Final Thoughts: We can’t praise the tongue and groove enough here. It’s lovely and solid, and it works well with that thicker framing that the manufacturer has provided. What this means is that you can look forward to years of service and a good, strong building that will bring plenty of value for money. We could gripe a little about having to pay for flooring when this building costs as much as it does, but you do get two very strong options here and it’s nice to be able to choose. Include guttering and shelving in your purchase, and you have a very useful building indeed.