Shed Type and Roof Size
The Montana is one of our favorite cabins to review simply because it really looks like one of those traditional log cabins you would expect to find in some remote and idyllic mountainous area. It is smart and gorgeous, and this one in particular is a cut above the entry level model. While all the Montanas (see other reviews) came in at 4m in width, this one has a depth of 4 m too. This means you get a wonderfully spacious log cabin, and one that is bigger than the Montana I in depth by a whole metre. It’s easy to see this being used as a home office, with plenty of space for a desk and sofa, and with room to spare.
We felt a little confused by the thickness of the building though. It’s got thick walls, don’t get us wrong, but 28mm, while being excellent, may not provide all year round insulation. It could do, and it wouldn’t be uncomfortable, but we like to have all the options at
Cladding, Frame and Floor
WhatShed?, and we consider a 35mm upgrade to be the obvious choice here. Then again, this is not a flimsy building. And if you’re using it for the summer months, it couldn’t be better. We would have just liked to see the option to upgrade to thicker cladding so that we could make a warmer building. BillyOh often shower customers with options, and we were surprised to see a ‘one size fits all’ cladding.
But then again, the plan becomes a little clearer when we look at the glazing. BillyOh have kitted this out as a seasonal building, because the glazing that comes as standard is single glazing. This is toughened plastic and will not hold up against the colder weather when it comes to heat retention. Of course, BillyOh offers customisation and gives you double glazing as an option, but be careful to look at this closely when choosing your glazing. Single glazing does not mean glass. You can also choose between modern and Georgian styles of glazing.
Is this is a problem? Well, not really as long as you are not looking for that all year round experience with this building. We would, because it looks great and it’s size and shape (4 x 4) makes for a perfect and compact little home office.
Underneath, you are presented with bearers only as standard. This is no big problem, because you can easily have bearers and find your own floor if you want. Fill the bearers in with concrete to have that extra stability, and also add some drainage if you can.
The floor offerings are excellent, and BillyOh bring out the tongue and groove again. We totally appreciate this insistence on having tongue and groove in flooring, because floors can suffer damage if they aren’t tough enough, and as soon as you start using furniture, such as a desk, you need tongue and groove to get the best result. Choose the 19 mm for the toughest floor and you can do what you like to it. If you like, there is also an 11mm option for flooring too.
How to make a perfect home gym
Just like with the Montana I you can only have the 11mm roof as standard. No other options are supplied. We were a little puzzled (again) here because the company offers roof shingles as a covering. Roof shingles need a heavier roof, arguably with more than an 11mm thickness. We would have expected to see a 19mm roof offered as an option. Maybe BillyOh know something we don’t, but we would rather put shingles on a 19mm roof.
The 11mm is tough and strong, and will look great with some solid mineral felt (also offered as an extra) but we like the Montana as a tough building, with the very best in tongue and groove. It’s interesting that BillyOh haven’t offered more choices with the cladding either. It’s almost like the company wants you to keep this as a seasonal building. But if we wanted a home gym what would we do?
You can still have that home gym and use it in the winter, but get it kitted out with the double glazing and the thicker floor. Otherwise you’ll be looking at a building that is less than warm when you walk in.
And while we’re still on the roof, we have to point out that there is no covering supplied as standard. This means you need to make a choice as a customer, or have some felt, for example, ready. This is great if you know what you’re doing and you have a covering ready or have made a choice between the two that BillyOh offers. But if you are not in that position, you’re looking at having a timber finish on top until you have a covering fitted.
BillyOh always allows customers excellent colour and finish choices. This is no exception. LIke with the Montana I you can choose between the four finishes it offers as standard or a premium option on eight colours and a varnish.
Finally (and this is our favourite part), the windows do have one thing going for them compared to the Montana I. There are three of them rather than two. They can’t be underestimated either because they are large windows, providing plenty of light to the interior. They open too, and we love having plenty of ventilation in our garden buildings, so that is a definite plus point.
Another great entry in the Montana range then, albeit one slightly hampered with the issues the Montana I faces.
All in all, this is a great shed with a lot going for it. Plenty of quality in the build, especially with that tongue and groove. We see it as having a lot of quality built in.
Longevity Of Materials
It needs treating yearly, but the quality of the tongue and groove and the overall build means that you have a strong, long-lasting building.
This is a big building for the price and you will have no issues with entertaining in here or having a home office.
Ease Of Installation
We reckon three people would be best suited to this project. The instructions are clear but it’s a big building.
This is excellent value for money and the only reason why it doesn't get a ‘10’ is that single glazing issue.
Final Thoughts: A good size building and plenty of quality thrown in, especially with the tongue and groove. We can't exaggerate how good it is to have tongue and groove as standard and at a decent thickness at this price.
However, we do have concerns about that single glazing and reckon that most people would want to upgrade to double. It does seem a little bit of a mistake to not have the double glazing as standard.
BillyOh always give options, and there are lots here. So perhaps it is fitting that there is pretty much everything you need here to build an even better building than the good value unit you get for the price.
Prices around: £1519
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