Style and Design
A real gem, the visually attractive, traditionally designed Lincoln corner model features quality construction, nice clean lines, a contemporary design and the flexibility of three size options. There are large windows to ensure a bright, sunny interior, a pent style roof design and large double doors to the front. Overall it's a stunningly attractive model finished in superior materials - a real asset to any garden.
The Lincoln is constructed throughout, including the floor and roof in 15mm (finished specification) timber tongue and groove shiplap cladding mounted on a robust 45x34mm frame. The windows are glazed in toughened glass while the roof is finished in polyester roofing felt. The double doors and opening windows comprise joinery quality hardwood for added strength and durability, the doors being secured by a key operated mortice lock and chrome plated door handle.
The Lincoln is available as a 6'x6', 7'x7' or 8'x8' model. The internal heights in each case are 5'11 (1.8m) at the eaves and 6'7'' (2.0m) at the apex of the roof.
The Lincoln is delivered with a water based Albany Brown wood base coat pre-applied. It is recommended that the purchase applies a further decorative/preservative treatment at the time of construction to prolong the life of the building.
The summerhouse is delivered with full instructions and all necessary fittings ready for DIY home assembly. You can download a preview of the full assembly manual here (opens in a new window) so you can see exactly what's involved before you order.
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The Albany Lincoln used to retail at a premium price - but following Brexit and the worst of the pandemic, garden building prices have undergone something of a transformation, which means that at the time of writing, the Lincoln was priced quite competitively next to some of its closest rivals. And at that you get some decent quality for your money. Toughened glass is included as standard for a start (according to the manufacturer's specification) - and the overall construction comprises 15mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding. 15mm is the finished specification and this compares well with the 12mm found in budget models - and indeed in many summerhouses in a similar price range to the Lincoln. The building's 45 x 34mm timber frame is a step up from most budget models too and you have the bonus of the door and window woodwork completed in joinery quality hardwood. This will not only give you extra durability but should help to minimise the warping issues which can bedevil the softwood doors and windows of cheaper buildings.
The door furniture looks more than adequate too with the door secured by a key operated mortice lock and held in place by a chrome plated lever handle. And to round everything off, the wooden roof is finished in polyester roofing felt for a superior weather resistant finish.
The Lincoln is delivered with a manufacturer applied water based basecoat in "Albany Brown". This gives the timber a brownish appearance and will protect it up to the point of delivery and a little beyond. The manufacturer recommends that the building is re-treated with a suitable 'shed treatment' within a period of six months and annually thereafter but you should note that this applies only to the softwood elements of the building. The hardwood doors require a quality external door and window woodstain for protection. We'd actually recommend you treat the softwood walls, roof and floor immediately following delivery and prior to assembling the building. That way you can be sure you reach all the parts you need to and it will allow you to turn the panels upside down during the process to allow the treatment to penetrate fully into the tongue and groove joints. Remember to apply plenty preservative to the underside of the floor and the supports as that's not an area you'll be treating again!
With one exception, assembly of the Lincoln is relatively straightforward for this type of building. The walls, roof and floor are largely pre-formed which simplifies matters and the instructions are clearly worded in plain English. You'll need a few basic DIY tools tp put everything together but there's nothing too drastic involved. We'd suggest that you take a good look at the assembly instructions which you can view here (link opens in a new window). They let you know exactly what you'll need. The manufacturer's estimate of the assembly time is half a day for two people. In our opinion (and experience!) we'd suggest you double that and remember to allow time for applying the final preservative/decorative finish as well. One negative we can see from the assembly point of view is that the window glass is supplied separately and you will need to install each pane yourself. This involves removing the supplied beading, applying the glass and nailing the beading back into place using panel pins. Apart from the fact that this does require a fair degree of care to avoid the risk of the glass breaking, it's a potentially time consuming process - particularly if you have purchased a version with Georgian style windows.
One point you should carefully consider, especially with the larger versions of the Lincoln, is the provision of a suitable base. To ensure the doors and window frames sit square you'll need to have a base which is level and flat. You can find some ideas in our feature on corner summerhouse bases (opens in a new window). We think a building like the Lincoln lends itself well to one of the pre-formed recycled plastic bases you can find on the market these days. They're certainly less effort to lay than the more traditional concrete or concrete slabbed base.
So overall, although construction and finishing may take a little time, we can't fault the Lincoln in terms of quality. What about value for money? Well, these day's the price of a Lincoln is still a good bit more than budget models like, say, the Hampton, or the Barclay - but we don't think these entry level summerhouses are really a true comparison. Where we see the Lincoln's real competition is when you look at it against buildings in a similar price range such as the Stowe, Stowe Traditional, Coniston or A1 Kirton. We think that provided you can source it at a comparable price, the Lincoln offers more and better value than these with its 15mm cladding, toughened glass and hardwood doors and window framing all as standard. If you're looking for a real alternative, the best around at the moment in our view is probably the loglap upgraded version of either the Tiger Georgian or the Tiger Vista. The design is slightly different, but these models offer quality and durability too - particularly in their loglap versions - and we see them as a realistic and potentially better value alternative to the Lincoln depending on pricing at the time you buy. At the time of review, Tiger Sheds was offering the Vista with complimentary toughened glass in its large panoramic windows.
When it comes down to it though, we've found it hard to fault the Lincoln on anything much. We've trimmed half a star for the construction process and (generally) the overall price, but prices will vary over time and if you do choose the Lincoln for the corner of your garden, it should serve you well for many years to come.
(review updated February 2022)