Style and Design
The perfect outdoor combination - a stylish pentagonal summerhouse with an integrated garden shed. Ideal for both outdoor living and storage of garden tools and equipment. With the Penton you effectively get two buildings in one - and one which fits nicely into the corner of the garden. Its appearance is attractive and the large windows in the doors and walls ensure the interior of the summerhouse has a bright airy feel. The store features double doors to allow entry to the largest garden items - and the building is available in both right and left hand versions for added flexibility.
The Penton is constructed throughout in 11mm tongue and groove cladding on wooden framing. The windows are of virtually unbreakable 1.8mm styrene and the building can be nicely finished off with an optional felt roof covering.
There's no shortage of headroom with a 2.09m (6'10'') clearance at the highest point. Overall the building measures 11' x 7' (3.36 x 2.15) which encompasses a 7' x 7' (2.15 x 2.15m) summerhouse section plus 7' x 4' (2.15 x 1.25m) of additional storage accommodation.
The Penton is treated with a factory base coat to protect the timbers in transit. A final decorative/protective finish will require to be added at the time of assembly and maintained on a regular basis throughout the life of the building.
A choice of sand felt or green mineral felt roof covering is available as an option together with a choice of trim colours and diy applied paint finishes. You can also buy a padlock and hasp, padlock protector, silicone and gun set and a value assembly kit.
The Penton is delivered as pre-formed panels ready for diy home assembly.
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The BillOh Penton is a value shed/summerhouse combination which compares favourably with its competitors, mainly on the grounds of price and economy. It's basically a Picton corner summerhouse with storage accommodation tagged on and our comments on the Picton are equally relevant to the Penton.
You get a decent sized summerhouse with large single sheet windows in the walls and the double doors. As you'd expect with a budget model, these are glazed in styrene which, while more prone than glass to scuffing and scratches, is virtually unbreakable. We see this as an advantage from both a security and safety point of view. The build quality is largely what you would expect to find in this type of model. 11mm cladding, while not particularly heavy duty, is perfectly adequate and the building should come together in a strong, robust manner as the pre-formed wall, roof and floor panels are assembled. The tongue and groove roof and flooring is an improvement on the solid sheet osb often found in cheaper models, tongue and groove being more resistant to damage from the elements.
And on the subject of the elements, you should note that a felt roof covering is classed as an optional extra and available only at additional cost. In our opinion roofing felt should not be classed as an extra in a building of this nature and should really be included in the price as standard. In any event, we would strongly recommend that you order this particular 'extra' along with the summerhouse to ensure a nice wind and watertight finish.
Our only other real comment of any consequence on the build is that 11mm cladding is really the minimum standard suitable for this type of building and can be more prone than heavier duty finishes to splits and cracking. Wood is a natural material after all. So although your building may be free of such minor issues, be prepared to carry out a little filling and smoothing off of rough edges if necessary while putting the Penton together.
The summerhouse comes factory treated with a red cedar water based base coat only and you should be aware that this is intended to protect the wood only up to the point at which you take delivery. It is essential that the building be treated with a suitable decorative/preservative finish at the time of construction to ensure a long and useful life. We'd suggest you apply this to the external surfaces and the inside edges of the joins before putting the pre-formed panels together. That way it's easier to make sure that all the parts susceptible to water damage are property treated/finished, including any that might be hard to reach once the building is assembled. You'll probably get the option to order a suitable paint finish at the same time as the building. If you wish you can find some more infomation and alternative ideas in our article on preserving your corner summerhouse.
The Penton gives you a decent amount of accommodation for the price. The headroom is useful although you should note that the headline figure of 6'10'' includes the floor joists of the building. Internally the maximum head clearance is closer to 6'6''. Still a respectable enough figure in our point of view though. The Storage accommodation, at 7' x 4' will hold a good selection of basic garden equipment, including a good sized lawnmower. It feature large double doors to enable you to get almost anything in. It's also ideal for storing outdoor toys during the winter or bicycles all year round. Properly organised, you can fit a lot into 28 square feet! Security doesn't come as standard though. To protect against unwanted intruders you will have to fit suitable locks to both the summerhouse and storage doors and you'll probably find hasps and padlocks as optional extras when ordering the Penton. These are fine but a little unsightly. If you have some basic diy skills you might consider fitting something a little less basic. B&Q offer a good selection of security options for outdoor buildings.
Although we've mentioned one or two concerns above, this shouldn't detract from the Penton as a sturdy, hard wearing, stylish and above all economical corner summerhouse with integral storage and the only model that comes anywhere close in terms of price is the Mercia Corner Summerhouse with Side Shed which we've also reviewed. There's not much to choose between the two models but we think the Penton just edges it on style. You'll probably find the Mercia comes in a little cheaper though - and the summerhouse section has a fitted lock - so it's definitely worth a look too. And if there's a huge price difference we don't really think the Penton justifies too much extra expenditure. There are some slightly larger, higher spec models such as the Pickering around but nothing as compact as the Penton, and certainly not at the Penton's price. We've awarded it 4.5 stars to take account of the fact that it is a budget model and has some items classed as extras which we think should be included. Really, though, there's no reason not to buy it.