Style and Design
A classy hexagonal summerhouse of superior design and quality, Jagram's Victorian Summerhouse will enhance any garden with its attractive design and overall impression of style and sophistication. Large feature windows in the walls and doors ensure plenty of light reaches the interior while the side windows feature opening top panes to allow ventilation on a hot day. There are three sizes available meaning you should find no difficulty finding a version to fit the corner of your garden.
The summerhouse is completed in responsibly sourced tongue and groove northern European redwood with 4mm toughened glass windows and an asphalt felt tiled roof.
The building is available in three sizes; 6'11'' x 6' (2.1 x 1.82m), 7'10'' x 6'10'' (2.4 x 2.08m) and 8'10'' x 7'7'' (2.7 x 2.32) - measurements are width x depth. The height of the three models to the top of the roof finial are respectively; 9'2'', 9'7'' and 10'2'' (2.82, 2.95 and 3.1m).
The timbers of the Jagram Victorian are finished with an advanced formula pressure treatment and come with a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee.
As outlined above, three size options are available; compact, medium and large. Expect also to find a choice between green or black roof tiles (black tiles are illustrated) and an installation option in some areas at extra cost.
The summerhouse is delivered with full instructions and all necessary fixings for diy home assembly.
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Jagram produce a small range of hexagonal summerhouses suitable for the corner of the garden, the others being the Jagram Georgian and the Jagram Harrogate. All three come in a choice of sizes and feature similar design and the same high quality. In the case of the Victorian, the principal distinguishing characteristics are the larger feature style toughened glass windows in the walls and double doors of the summerhouse which allow uninterrupted views of the garden and permit the maximum light to enter the building. This ensures a bright interior even on a dull day - and you don't have to worry particularly about overheating or ventilation either as the side windows both feature a top pane which can be opened when the weather is warm.
We find the overall design with the asphalt tiled roof, wooden finial and general appearance highly attractive and can't find any fault with the summerhouse's overall visual appeal. The choice of sizes also means you should be able to find a model to fit the space you have available.
The quality of the construction is looking good too with toughened glass ideal for the windows from both a security and safety issue and the pressure treated timbers a boost if you're looking for a low maintenance time saving building. The pressure treatment has the added bonus that you'll be able to look at erecting the summerhouse immediately following delivery. With dip treated budget models we recommend applying a final decorative/preservative finish before assembly - but with the Jagram Victorian you avoid this chore. The wooden floor and roof too are to be preferred to the solid sheet osb often found in economy summerhouses on the grounds of both strength and durability. And you won't find anything lacking in the quality of the fittings either with British manufactured brass door and window furniture used throughout and useful stays to stop open doors swinging in the wind. There's an integral door lock too for easy security.
The hexagonal floor plan of the Victorian maximises the available internal space and should leave plenty of room for summerhouse furnishings while the vaulted ceiling provides generous headroom for when the occupants are not just sitting, relaxing and enjoying the view. All in all an ideal, quality building for outdoor living.
Although you can buy installation options for the Victorian these can be expensive and aren't always available in all areas. We don't see any particular difficulty in home assembly for the average diy'er but at the time of reviewing we do give Jagram a black mark for the inability to view the instruction manual in advance. They provide a download facility on their website but at the time of writing it was not functional. We've contacted them on this and you can check here (link opens in a new window) to see if the situation has been rectified. As we say, however, assembly should be reasonably straightforward as long as you have some basic diy skills, at least one assistant and some basic tools. Based on past experience we'd suggest as a minimum; a hammer, Stanley type knife, power drill and (preferably) power screwdriver, stepladder and a spirit level.
It's true that the Jagram Victorian, like its stablemates, isn't a budget model. But as ever you do tend to get what you pay for and with the Jagram this is quality construction, security, longevity, ease of maintenance and visual appeal. We think the Victorian sports all these qualities and offers decent value for the building you get. If you're in the market for a model in this price range the Victorian certainly looks like one of the best options around. The inability to download the manual is an irksome failing on the part of the manufacturer but not one which detracts from the building itself. We've awarded it the full five stars.