Style and Design
Marketed under various names and occasionally with minor stylistic differences, this popular summerhouse is designed in an attractive traditional corner style with a pent roof, double doors and full length windows for maximum sunlight. The windows are styrene glazed for safety.
The summerhouse is solidly constructed in quality planed 12mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding on 28 x 28mm framing with a roof and floor of 10 mm and 12mm tongue and groove board. There was previously a budget model with a solid sheet roof and floor but this has not been available in recent years. The windows are styrene glazed for safety.
Height is 6' 4'' (1.93m) at the eaves rising to 6' 7'' (1.98m) at the highest point. The double door opening is 5' 8'' (1.73m) high and 3' 1'' (0.94m) wide.
The summerhouse is treated with a water based basecoat prior to delivery. A suitable finish will require to be applied at the time of construction and at regular intervals thereafter. This will be an essential condition of any guarantee offered.
Available options vary between suppliers but may include an "eco easy" base, wood treatments and assembly kit.
The building will be delivered flat, ready for assembly by the purchaser. Depending on the supplier an installation service may be available.
See the details of sellers and prices given above.
This premier summerhouse is a good examples of a simple, no frills corner building designed with functionality and economy in mind. The build is the quality you'd expect in this price range; 12mm shiplap on relatively lightweight 28 x 28mm framing. Although the components are not particularly heavy duty, when assembled properly they should all come together to form a sturdy, durable and reasonably weatherproof summerhouse. Note however that 12mm shiplap cladding is more prone to splits and knotholes than heavier grades so you may have to carry out some filling of knots and cracks before applying the final finish.
On which topic, note also that the summerhouse is dip treated only prior to delivery. While this will be sufficient to maintain the timbers up to the time of assembly you will need to apply a final decorative/preservative finish to protect the wood against attack by the rot and decay. Untreated timber will quickly take on a worn and weathered look if left exposed to the elements so you should be sure to apply the finish sooner rather than later.
The design of the building is quite straightforward. The pent roof will ensure that water runs off to the rear and you should make sure that the area behind the summerhouse drains adequately to prevent the building standing in water. The wooden tongue and groove floor and roof add to the strength of the construction and will be less susceptible to damage by moisture than the solid OSB sheet often found in budget models.
The windows are large and fixed meaning that the interior of the summerhouse should always be light and bright. The other side of this coin of course is that the windows can't be opened for ventilation and depending on the location of the summerhouse you may sacrifice some privacy with the larger windows - it's all a matter of personal preference. The styrene glazing is safe and should be virtually shatterproof - important in windows of this size - although styrene is more liable to scratches and scuffing than glass. We wouldn't advise plain glass windows of this size in this type of building though and it wouldn't be realistic to expect toughened glass in this price range.
We wouldn't envisage any difficulties with the hardware which should be adequate for its intended function - if not particularly decorative. We do like the integral key operated lock which is to be much preferred to the hasp and staple found on some models in this price range.
The manufacturer has produced a superb video illustrating the summerhouse and the assembly process which gives you a great idea of just what you get with the Premier 7x7. You can see it here (opens in a new window) - essential viewing for any prospective purchaser!
Comparing this particular summerhouse between sellers can be confusing as it is marketed under a number of names and badges, sometimes with minor stylistic differences. In our price guide above we've brought these together so you can make a valid comparison. There's probably not much to choose between the Premier 7x7 and similarly sized corner summerhouses such as the Barclay, the Hampton and the Picton. Have a look at these too. They'll give you an idea of what's available in slightly different styles in broadly the same price range. Note though that while the Hampton, Barclay offer timber flooring as standard, the roofing material is solid sheet - so there will be a difference in quality with these.
A more recent arrival on the market is the Project Timber 7x7 model, available exclusively via eBay. It's a serious rival to the Standard 7x7 and has the added bonus of pressure treatment to ensure longevity of the timber. Definitely worth a look!
We think this is a good quality economic workhorse of a corner summerhouse - 4 stars from us.