A delightful and very attractive playhouse for children to explore and have fun in. Comes pre-treated for durability, and even has tongue and groove work throughout. This is a fantastic buy, and at a low cost.
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly8.1/10
Quality of construction10/10
Longevity of material8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed type and roof and size
This is a ground playhouse for young children. It has a solid sheet roof that provides solid protection against the rain. This protection is further enhanced by felt material as the covering.
The width of the unit is 161.1 cm, and the depth is 172.8 cm. Internally, due to the materials, the width reduces to 152.1 cm, and the depth is reduced to 146.5 cm.
Cladding and frame and floor
Throughout this bright and smart building there is tongue and groove cladding. This is high quality cladding, and it is a credit to the manufacturer that they have included it in this low price building. On the other hand, it kind of makes sense. Children will play with this, and it is nice to think that the building will truly stand the test of time. The cladding locks together to form a solid wall against the elements,and the nature of that interlocking ensures that there is plenty of weight there too.
Things become a little less than ideal with the flooring. Like the roof, this is solid sheet flooring. And like the roof, it isnt the worst material to have. But it isn’t quite as good as the stronger materials available. This includes tongue and groove, which is offered as an optional extra.
We know children, and we recommend that you go for the tongue and groove addition, simply due to the nature of the footfall. It’s only £22 more, and this will make a huge difference to the floor, which won’t show signs of bending and buckling because of it.
Treatment requirement and warranty
Amazingly, and as a sign of the real quality available here, there is a pre-treatment at the factory. You want your child’s playhouse to look great, and the pre-treatment takes care of that. What’s more, you don’t have to spend time every year treating it.
Doors and windows
There is a cute little stable door included as part of the playhouse. This is a great addition, because it allows children to really make use of their imaginations. It’s a sturdy door too, so should help to prevent any accidents.
The real quality here though comes with the 4 fixed windows. They are all glazed with styrene, which is shatterproof and therefore perfect for children. These 4 windows really help to bring in plenty of light, creating a comfortable and fun place to play inside.
Security and privacy
There is also a magnetic safety catch included in the build, and while this is not really a security matter, it is a nice touch. It also ensures that children are safer when they are playing with the playhouse.
There are two picket fence options, which, while being incredibly charming, are also great for safety purposes. The options allow for real customisation, and differ in size and depth of the fencing.
Like many BillyOh products, you can choose the colours of the trim and the walls. The pots are not expensive, and allow you to truly customise the colour of the unit for your children.
A final nice touch is the ability to purchase wooden shapes that can be fixed to the building to add even more charm.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
Quality of construction
Longevity of material
Final Thoughts: We think this is a great playhouse for your children to explore, and we like the fact that there are one or two aspects that surprised us around the quality. For example, this is a low price unit, that still comes with a pre-treatment. And the four windows really add a lot of comfort and light to the interior. Perfect for hours of play.