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 tends to retail at a premium price - but unlike some other models which we'd regard as overpriced - we think it offers good value for money. The first point that strikes us is the quality of the construction. Toughened glass is included as standard for a start - 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 avoid 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!
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. That said, we don't envisage any issues arising during construction for the average DIY'er.
One point you should carefully consider, particularly 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 we can't fault the Lincoln in terms of quality or ease of construction. What about value for money? Well, as we suggest above, we think this is one of the Lincoln's main assets. It's true it will set you back appreciably more than a budget model like, say, the Hampton, Barclay or Tiger Georgian - but we don't think these entry level summerhouses are really a true comparison. Where we see the Lincoln coming into its own 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. When it comes down to it we've found it hard to fault the Lincoln on anything much. It gets the full five star treatment from the Corner Summerhouse Guide. If it's a budget summerhouse you're looking for Lincoln's probably not for you - but if you're willing to spend a little more, we don't think you can do much better.