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The Forest Garden Arlington Corner Summerhouse

Size; 7' x 7' and 8' x 8' (1.98 x 1.98m and 2.34 x 2.35m)

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The Forest Garden Arlington Corner Summerhouse

Style and Design
Returning to the corner summerhouse market for spring 2022 after a long lockdown induced break (sound familiar?) is this classic corner design from Forest Garden.  The Arlington features a quality build overall with large fixed windows and double opening doors.  It's ideal for a garden corner and will provide you with a long lasting outdoor living area which you can use in all weathers.
Materials/Construction
The Arlington is constructed in robust sustainably sourced FSC approved 12mm tongue and groove cladding mounted on 28 x 28mm timber framing.  The floor is likewise formed in 12mm tongue and groove mounted on wooden bearers while the roof comprises solid sheet OSB finished in black mineral felt.  The windows are glazed in clear 2mm styrene which is virtually shatterproof while the door is secured by an internal bolt and external catch.
Dimensions
The building is available in two sizes, nominally 7' x 7' and 8' x 8' (1.98 x 1.98 and 2.34 x 2.35m).  The height is 6'7'' (2.00m) for each model and the door opening measures  5'9'' x 3'1'' (1.75 x 0.94m). 
Finish/Treatment
With the exception of the solid sheet roof, the timbers of the Arlington are pressure treated prior to delivery and the building carries a 15 year manufacturer's anti-rot guarantee.
Options
Depending on the seller, you will probably find the Arlington available with a home assembly service.
Delivery/Assembly
The summerhouse is delivered flat packed in pre-formed panels.  The package dimensions are 42 x 240 x 200 cm and the weight 240kg.  You can see a preview of the full assembly instructions here (link opens in a new window).
Availability
See the details of sellers and prices given above.
Our Verdict
We're impressed with a number of aspects of the Arlington. The rather understated design is simple but effective and will subtly highlight the corner of the garden without taking over - important in a smaller garden.  There's good internal space and the large windows will ensure plenty of light to the interior.  The windows are fixed so you won't be able to open them for ventilation on a hot day and that can sometimes be a drawback.  However, fixed windows are good for security and if it gets a little overheated inside it's easy enough to open one of the doors.

There's a pent roof which should ensure water run-off and in the main the building features a strong, robust and durable build with 12mm tongue and groove construction, wooden floor and pressure treated timbers.  All these are positive points: the tongue and groove boards interlock along their entire length for increased strength and weatherproofing and the wooden floor adds to the strength, stability and durability of the structure. However, the overall picture is slightly tarnished by the fact that the roof comprises solid sheet OSB, a compromise which we think is disappointing given the quality of the rest of the build.  Solid sheet is used widely enough as a roof and flooring material in the manufacture of budget summerhouses but while it does the job, it rather lacks the overall strength of interlocking tongue and groove and tends to be more susceptible to damage by moisture.  You will need to take care to carefully apply the supplied mineral roofing felt to minimise water penetration.  In our experience it's not a bad idea to add a little roof sealant  to the location of each roofing tack before tacking the felt down.  It's a little time consuming (and messy if you use too much) but it we have found this helps to increase moisture resistance.

Many summerhouses at this price will receive a dip treatment at the time of manufacture. This is usually sufficient to protect the wood up to the delivery date but you need to apply a further preservative at the time of assembly and to maintain this on a regular basis.  Pressure treatment - where the preservative is forced into the timber rather than just applied to the surface - avoids this requirement and will protect the wood for years.  In the case of the Arlington the manufacturer has the confidence to offer a 15 year anti-rot guarantee.  Nothing's perfect though - even pressure treated wood will eventually take on a worn and weathered look so we'd still recommend you consider applying a decorative finish when you put the summerhouse up to maintain the buildings appearance. The pressure treatment won't help with the OSB roof either so as we've said, take care with the roof covering and inspect it regularly for leaks.

Because the Arlington is essentially a budget model, we think one or two corners have been cut when it comes to door security.  The supplied bolt and catch will keep the door closed true enough but there's no lock and it's really the most basic of systems.  If you intend to keep anything remotely valuable in your Arlington we'd suggest you should think about fitting a suitable padlock system - this can be unsightly - or installing a rim lock.  That's not too difficult a job.  Have a look at B&Q or Wickes for some ideas.  A rim lock would we think finish the doors off nicely.

Assembly of the Arlington should be relatively straightforward.  The panels come pre formed and as long as at least two people are involved and you have some basic DIY tools: an electric drill, power screwdriver, hammer, spirit level and craft knife come immediately to mind, you shouldn't experience too much difficulty.  You can see a useful preview of the full assembly instructions here (opens in a new window) so you know exactly what's involved and the tools you'll need before you buy..  Remember to check the woodwork for splinters and any rough edges and remove or smooth these off before assembly.  As wood is a natural material it can be difficult to eradicate all of these during manufacture.  And if you have decided to add a decorative finish, it's often easier to apply this before you put the summerhouse together.

Depending on where you intend to site the Arlington you might have to give some consideration to a suitable base.  Have a look at our Corner Summerhouse Bases feature for some ideas (opens in a new window).  A pre-formed plastic base is often ideal for this type of pentagonal summerhouse and we take a look at some leading brands there.

If you're looking for comparable alternatives to the Arlington you might consider the Premier 7x7 and Premier 8x8 models you'll find widely available.  They'll give you a similar build - this time with a wooden roof - but at the expense of the Arlington's pressure treatment.  Be aware though that the exact specification of these models can sometimes vary between suppliers. In addition, BillyOh usually offer a pressure treated upgrade for their Penton model which we think makes it worth a look too - although the pressure treatment does hike the price up a little.  We'd suggest you take a look at the Project Timber 7x7 summerhouse too.  It's pressure treated with a build generally comparable to the Arlington although its availability can be patchy.

Taking account of everything, we see the Arlington as a decent buy overall.  It's true it skimps a little on door security and the solid sheet roof is something of a compromise but the quality generally look fine and we don't think you'll find too much on the market at a similar price which gives you the Arlington's overall style, quality and pressure treatment.  The other models we mention above are worth checking out too but bear in mind that the Premier summerhouses lack pressure treatment and the Penton's pressure treated option may make it a pricey alternative.  That depends on how pricing and availability looks at the time you buy of course and our price guides should make the job of price comparison a lot easier.  Taking everything into account we've given the Arlington four corner summerhouse stars.
Pros
  pressure treated

  wooden floor

  tongue and groove cladding

  ease of assembly
Cons
   door security

   solid sheet roof
Our Star Rating
(4 out of 5 stars
Review by the Corner Summerhouse Guide)

Note:
This review was first published in March 2019 on the basis of a specification which included a tongue and groove roof.  We have since been made aware that the Arlington is delivered with a solid sheet osb roof and the review has been updated to take account of this, together with customer feedback not available at the time of the original review.  The overall rating awarded in the original review was 4.5 stars

Customer Reviews

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