Style and Design
A quality corner summerhouse in a traditional five sided design with large fixed windows in the walls and door to ensure plenty of light. The Vista is aptly named, allowing panoramic views of the garden while you relax in the warm, sunny interior. There's a pent roof to allow water to easily run off and the Vista's clean, elegant styling will visually enhance your outdoor space in addition to providing a superb facility. As an added bonus it's available in three sizes to make sure there's a model to meet your needs. The 8'x8' model is pictured above. Both the 7'x7' and 8'x8' models feature two windows in each side wall. The 6'x6' model has one window in each.
Quality materials are used throughout the construction of the Tiger Vista. The walls comprise tongue and groove shiplap cladding mounted on a robust 28 x 44mm round edged framework. The floor and roof too are manufactured in 12mm tongue and groove board with the roof finished in mineral felt for added weatherproofing. There's toughened glazing for safety and security while the double doors are secured with a lock and key system.
Depending on the model chosen, the building measures 6' x 6', 7' x 7' or 8' x 8' (1.75 x 1.75, 2.05 x 2.05 or 2.35 x 2.35m). The roof height is 6'10'' (2.09m) at the highest point and 6'2'' (1.87m) at the eaves. The front door opening is an accommodating 3'7'' x 5'11'' (1.09 x 1.79m).
The Vista is delivered with a red cedar water based finish applied. The purchaser will require to apply a final decorative/preservative treatment after delivery and maintain this on a regular basis throughout the life of the summerhouse.
As mentioned above, the Tiger Vista is available in a choice of three sizes. You should also find an installation option available (in some areas at least), a choice of DIY decorative/preservative finishes, various security options, shelf kits, a sealant kit for the windows, window boxes and a loglap cladding upgrade.
The summerhouse is delivered flat packed ready for DIY installation by the purchaser.
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A good quality corner summerhouse which compares well with its competitors. We particularly like the wooden construction used throughout, including the floors and roof, and the 28 x 44mm framing which is a better specification than many of the Vista's rivals and should produce a strong, rigid structure when assembled. Something of a surprise is the toughened window glazing. On a model in this price range we'd really have expected styrene windows which, while adequate, are susceptible to scuffs and scratches - so the toughened glazing is a real bonus. The door locking system too is ideal and this, combined with the fixed glazed windows will give you a nice, secure garden structure. The tongue and groove nature of the cladding and the mineral felt roof covering will increase weather resistance so all in all the Vista is looking like a good, secure, durable buy.
Do note though that the building receives only a water based red cedar finish at the factory. While this will be sufficient to protect the timbers up to the point of delivery, you'll need to apply a final decorative/preservative finish as soon as possible after that. The manufacturer offers a ten year guarantee against timber rot, decay and insect infestation and to take advantage of this it is necessary to treat the building annually with a good quality preservative. Whether in the real world it's strictly necessary to apply an annual preservative finish is, we'd suggest, open to debate - but there you go. What's not in doubt is that a decorative/preservative finish will need to be applied as soon as you receive your Vista to preserve the timber and its appearance. This should be done before the summerhouse is assembled to enable you to reach all the areas, including those that will be difficult to reach once the building is up. Pay particular attention to the underside of the floor. It's also a good idea with a tongue and groove design to turn the panels upside down while applying the preservative. This makes sure it runs properly into the joins in the wood.
The need to apply such a finish is common with most outdoor wooden buildings so it's not really an issue. Occasionally however you'll find a summerhouse which has been pressure treated, the Arlington for example, and this does tend to remove the need to apply a further preservative. But even with a pressure treated building you'll still probably want to apply a decorative finish to prevent the timbers taking on a worn and weathered look so it's arguable just how much of an advantage pressure treatment actually is.
The building will be delivered flat packed with full instructions for DIY assembly and we don't really see that you'll have much of an issue putting it together with some basic DIY tools and an adult assistant. A couple of points arising out of customer feedback. In at least some cases, nails have been supplied for fixing the panels of the Vista together. These will do the job but we always feel that screws give a tighter, more professional finish. If you do find your summerhouse arrives supplied with nails we think it's worthwhile spending a few pounds on replacing these with screws. You may also have to pre-drill the screw holes but we think it's well worth the effort. Also, we've seen comments to the effect that the windows would benefit from some wooden beading which isn't supplied as standard. You can purchase a silicone sealant kit for the windows but we agree that beading makes for a nice neat finish around the glass. Again, it wouldn't be a big job to add some fine wooden beading which you'd be able to get your hands on at any DIY store if you're that way inclined. Note though that you'll still have to seal the windows to get the benefit of the 10 year guarantee.
There are some good options available for the Vista: a choice of three sizes, an installation option, loglap upgrade, some good added security features, a shelf kit, window boxes and a selection of preservative and decorative finishes for DIY application. These allow you to customise your summerhouse to your requirements and keep its contents safe and secure.
Looking at other similar corner summerhouses on the market at the time of review, we think the Vista has some distinct advantages over models such as the Standard 7x7 and 8x8 by virtue of its thick wooden floor and roof and toughened glazing - the Standard summerhouses feature thin 9mm solid sheet osb and styrene windows. Even the Premier 7x7 and 8x8 can't beat the Vista's toughened windows or the 28 x 44mm framing. If you must look for alternatives, we think the summerhouses that give the Vista a run for its money are probably the Larkspur, with its heavy duty framing or the pressure treated, all wood Arlington. BillyOh's Picton is a good budget alternative as well if you purchase the wooden floor upgrade.
When all's said and done we see the Tiger Vista as a solid, reliable model which you should be able to get at a reasonable price (see our price guide above) and which, properly installed and looked after, should pretty much last as long as you need it to. Yes, there are one or two minor quibbles with nail substitution and window beading but customer satisfaction is looking excellent so far and we can't see any good reason not to award the Tiger Vista the full five stars. And if your budget will stretch that far you might want to think about upgrading to the Vista's loglap finish. It does tend to hike the price up but it will increase the strength and durability of the building even further - and the loglap looks superb!