Style and Design
A nicely proportioned corner summerhouse in a traditional design, this 7x7 model has the added benefit of pressure treated timber. The large windows in the walls and door afford a panoramic view of the garden, while the building provides a fantastic facility to enhance your outdoor living.
The summerhouse is manufactured in 11mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding mounted on 27 x 27mm timber framing. The windows are glazed in virtually unbreakable styrene while the floor and roof comprise solid sheet OSB. The roof is finished in weatherproof roofing felt. A press lock and securing bolt are supplied for the doors to give your building added security.
The building measures 7' x 7' (2.13 x 2.13m) externally. The height is 5'9'' (1.82m) at the eaves increasing to an accommodating 6'7'' (2.06m) at the highest point of the roof. The door opening measures up at 5'6'' x 3'1''.
The summerhouse is delivered pressure treated with a 15 year manufacturer's warranty. If desired, a decorative finish may be applied at the time of assembly.
Optional OSB shelving is available at additional cost.
The summerhouse is delivered flat packed to the kerbside ready for DIY home assembly.
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At the time of review (June 2021), there's a national shortage of affordable budget level corner summerhouses and it's difficult to find much choice priced at under £1000. This entry level model from Project Timber creeps in at under that threshold and we think that makes it decent value in the current climate - especially with the bonus of pressure treatment.
It's a traditionally designed five sided model, designed to fit snugly into a garden corner (but remember to think about space around the sides for maintenance when choosing your site). The internal dimensions will be a little under the specified 7'x7' but should still give you plenty outdoor living space. The tongue and groove cladding should give a good level of weatherproofing although the summerhouse does feature budget style solid sheet OSB (oriented strand board) roofing and flooring. In our experience this type of material can be more susceptible to damage by moisture than real wood so you will need to make sure that the building is sited in an area where water won't collect and that you carefully apply the roofing felt supplied to minimise any water ingress. Take a look at our feature on Corner Summerhouse Bases for some ideas on a suitable foundation to reduce the risk of moisture damage to the building's floor.
The pressure treated finish to the wood is something you don't often find in a budget level summerhouse. In this case it's underwritten by a 15 year manufacturer's warranty which suggests the manufacturer has some faith in the treatment. Most budget models come with only a dip treatment which is really designed to protect the timber only up to the point of delivery. This means that a further preservative finish needs to be applied at the time of construction and renewed on a regular basis after that. With pressure treatment this isn't strictly necessary - but we'd still recommend that you apply at least a decorative finish to your building. Even pressure treated wood will quite quickly take on a worn and weathered appearance when exposed to the elements and the application of a decoration finish (and its subsequent maintenance) will keep your summerhouse looking good.
And on the issue of decoration, the best time to apply this for the first time is before you assemble the building. We know you'll be keen to get your new purchase up and running, but it's worth taking the time to apply the finish to the components first. That way you can make sure you reach all the parts of the building, including those that might be difficult to get to once it's put together. A useful tip is to turn the tongue and groove wall panels upside down during the process to make sure the finish penetrates right into the joints.
The summerhouse arrives with full instructions and all the necessary fixings and fittings. You shouldn't have too much difficulty putting it together with a few basic DIY tools and skills. Note though that it's a two person job and we'd recommend that you allow a day for assembly in addition to decoration time. If you're installing a base, best to allow an additional day for that too.
The construction looks more or less par for the course in a budget building. We've already mentioned the tongue and groove cladding and OSB floor and roof. You also get styrene glazing in the windows. Styrene is more or less unbreakable and is good from a security point of view. It's more susceptible to scuffs and scratches than glass but it's probably unrealistic to expect glass, especially toughened glass, in this level of building - and from a safety point of view styrene is certainly preferable to agricultural glass. The windows are fixed, which means you won't be able to open them on a hot day, but that's not necessarily a problem as the likelihood is that you will have a door open in any event. A little bonus is the press lock supplied for the summerhouse doors. Often you'll find budget models aren't supplied with a key operated lock, meaning additional costs in fitting suitable door security so it's pleasing to see this has already been attended to here.
One additional point we'd mention is that with this grade of specification you may find one or two small knotholes or rough edges which have escaped the manufacturing process. With wood being a natural material, this is to be expected in wooden buildings and we don't see it as an issue. Just be prepared to carry out a little additional smoothing off work prior to decoration in case you find any minor blemishes of this type.
So, overall we see this as a no frills 7x7 corner building in a fairly basic design with a couple of pleasant surprises in the form of a supplied door locking system and pressure treated timbers. Pricing will undoubtedly vary over time but at the time of review it was certainly priced competitively in the market. Subject to availability, there are one or two similarly designed models around. It's worth taking a look at the Standard and Premier 7x7 (no pressure treatment but you may find an optional wooden floor), the BillyOh Picton (wooden floor and roof, pressure treatment optional) or the Tiger Vista (wooden floor and roof and toughened glass but no pressure treatment. We think the Vista is probably the pick of these but it usually comes at a premium and certainly at the time of review, it had a long delivery lead time. All in all this Project Timber 7x7 model should, properly installed and looked after, serve you well for the price. We've awarded it 4 stars.