Style and Design
We're delighted to introduce for the first time in 2018 this well built, attractive octagonal summerhouse which is ideal for the corner of the garden - or elsewhere for that matter. There are large windows in four of the walls and the door which make sure of a light and bright interior while the door also features some appealing antique styled metalwork.
The building is completed in 12mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding mounted on a 28 x 28mm internal frame. The windows are glazed in virtually unbreakable styrene while the roof is finished in felt for additional weatherproofing. The floor and roof too are constructed in tongue and groove boarding on wooden framing.
The overall footprint is 6'2" x 6'2" (1.88 x 1.88m) delivering an internal area of 5'9'' x 5'9'' (1.75 x 1.75m). Roof height is 6'4'' (1.93m) at the eaves rising to 8'8'' (2.64m) at the apex. The doorway measures 5'10'' x 2' (1.78 x 0.61m).
The summerhouse is treated with a factory dip finish prior to delivery. A final decorative/preservative treatment will require to be applied at the time of construction and maintained on a regular basis. The manufacturer offers a 10 year anti rot guarantee conditional upon the application of a suitable treatment annually. Otherwise a one year guarantee applies.
An installation option is available at additional cost as are roof and floor upgrading choices.
The playhouse is delivered free to most areas ready for diy home assembly.
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This Waltons 6'x6' octagonal summerhouse, which you may also find branded as the Mercia has now largely superseded the older and more expensive Buttermere 6'x6' which we review here. It's an attractive design of quite compact dimensions which still manages to deliver a good sized internal space with plenty of headroom. The windows are large which will allow plenty of light to enter - but they are also fixed, meaning they can't be opened for ventilation on a hot day. You'll have to leave the door open for that. The antique style door furniture is a nice touch but you should note that unlike the Buttermere, the Waltons doesn't come with a fitted lock. If you're concerned about security you could fit a padlock although we'd recommend spending a little time fitting a simple mortice lock such as you might find at, say B&Q or Wickes. It's not a particularly big job and we think a mortice lock is far more aesthetically pleasing than a padlock. It will add a few pounds to the price though.
We're a little disappointed it's not possible to get a preview of the instructions for assembly before you order but we don't in all honesty think that putting the summerhouse together will be a particularly taxing job for someone with average diy skills and some basic tools. We'd recommend these include a power drill and power screwdriver to minimise effort. We think the Shed Boot Floor Kit upgrade is worth considering as it could potentially increase the life of your summerhouse quite significantly. If you haven't come across a shed boot floor before there's a useful video available which explains all (opens in a new window).
The construction standard looks just about what you'd expect in this price range. The 12mm tongue and groove cladding and mix of 28 x 28 and 44 x 28mm framing should give you a rigid robust structure able to withstand the elements. Styrene windows are virtually unbreakable but can be more susceptible to scuffs and scratches than glass so we're pleased to see that the windows of this model come protected with plastic film which should minimise the risk of any defect occurring during storage and delivery.
The timbers of the summerhouse are factory treated at the time of manufacture but you should be aware that this is only designed to provide protection up to the point the summerhouse arrives on your doorstep. After that you're responsible for applying a suitable final preservative and if you wish decorative finish which you'll need to maintain on a regular basis. Nominally there's a 10 year anti rot guarantee but this is conditional upon a treatment being applied annually. We're not convinced that it's necessary to reapply the finish quite as frequently as that in real life but if you want the benefit of the guarantee you'll have to stick to this and, we would suggest, keep some evidence of this having been done. For this reason we're inclined to treat the guarantee with something of a pinch of salt - but the building does carry a basic one year warranty.
In general we think the Waltons Octagonal 6x6 is a decent quality summerhouse with an attractive appearance which can be a great asset to the garden once its properly installed, treated and decorated. We like the large windows and the wooden floor - and also the reasonably priced floor kit upgrade. It has one or two drawbacks you need to be aware of though, principally the lack of an integral door lock and the fixed windows. But if these aren't dealbreakers for you the Waltons is potentially a good buy. We used to recommend you have a look at the Buttermere 6x6 too but it's now largely been replaced by this model and where you do find it, it will probably be significantly more expensive. We would suggest you check out the Gazebo Hexagonal though. Similar idea but a different design (and usually a lower price). Taking everything into account we've awarded the Waltons Octagonal 6x6 four corner summerhouse stars.