This Shire “Hampton” corner summerhouse is an elegant yet low cost garden building. It slots snugly into any corner to provide a great outdoor space for all occasions.
Excellent illumination provided by full length door windows and angled side windows.
|Summary Information – Shire Hampton Corner Summerhouse 7 x 7|
|Roof type||Pent (sloping)|
|Roof material||11mm OSB solid sheet. Felt covering|
|Walls||12mm tongue and groove cladding|
|Floor||12mm tongue and groove|
|Window panes||Horticultural glass|
|Door||Georgian style double door with latch|
|Width x depth||2.05m x 2.05m / 6’9″ x 6’9″|
|Footprint||3.4m² / 11’2″ ft²|
|Max height||2.20m / 7’3″|
|Guarantee||10 year anti-rot|
|Price||Click here for current price|
A more detailed review can be found below…
Layout and Tongue & Groove Cladding
This elegant 7×7 corner summerhouse is constructed with strong 12mm tongue and groove cladding.
The framework consists of sturdy 34mm x 34mm timber supports, as shown in the photo. You can also see the interlocking cladding and the high standards of manufacturing.
All of the wood is “dip treated” to ensure a superior product, such is the faith in the quality that it’s backed up by a 10 year anti-rot guarantee.
Sloping Roof To Prevent Standing Water
If you examine the photo below you should detect a gentle slope to the rear and sides which encourages water to run off.
The central ridge of the roof stands at over 7 foot high whilst the eaves are marginally lower with a height of 6 foot 7 and slightly protrude to ensure that water clears the walls of the summerhouse. This subtle detail prevents the ingress of water and prolongs the life of the building
The 11mm thick roof is a solid sheet topped with felt to provide protection against the elements.
Attractive Georgian Double Doors
The attractive Georgian style double doors are glazed and nicely complemented by matching side windows. These tall and wide windows combine to ensure fantastic levels of daylight within the summerhouse.
You can create an excellent sun-trap in a corner of your garden if you carefully consider where to place the 7×7 summerhouse.
Why not enjoy some breakfast in the garden? Just open the doors, add some freshly squeezed orange juice and croissants and you’ll be able to imagine you’ve been transported to the continent. The photo above is taken by someone who loves to do just that.
There’s nothing stopping you enjoying afternoon tea in the garden all year round.
The double doors are 5ft 4″ wide which allows ample ventilation and excellent views of your garden. The doors can be secured with a black ring latch which is provided as standard with the Shire Hampton.
If you’re partial to the occasional barbeque, your summer house can also serve as an outdoor dining area, it makes an excellent all purpose garden room.
Simple Accessories to Add Comfort
If you want a room for all seasons you could consider a portable gas heater or similar. There are also solar lighting kits available for a few hundred pounds which provide up to five hours of power each evening, meaning you will have enough usable light to stay outside during the evening.
With the addition of a simple table and chairs you have a perfect room in your back garden for all occasions.
Choosing a Colour for Your Shire Hampton Summerhouse
Lots of people stick to a classic brown coloured stain which preserves the traditional wooden effect. The 7×7 Shire Hampton summerhouse comes with a honey-brown treatment as standard, but it’s recommended that you apply a top coat within three months.
If you’re not certain whether you want a natural or coloured look you can buy the summer house and get acquainted whilst you mull your options over for a few weeks.
On the right is an example painted dark grey with contrasting white frames and gables, this is quite a contemporary look.
You may prefer to choose a more vibrant palette, or perhaps you’re drawn to pastels, light blues and greens have always been popular in the UK.
In summary there is no “correct” colour, whatever fits in with your garden and personal preferences is what you should go for. Take some time to popinto B&Q or Wickes for some colour charts. That should help you arrive at a suitable choice, then just buy a few tins of cuprinol and some brushes.
Putting up the Hampton is a one day job if you have passable DIY skills and a willing assistant. If that’s not your cup of tea, the folks at “shedstore” also provide an assembly service for a reasonable fee. This is handy if time is a commodity you’re short of.
This compact corner summerhouse is the perfect way to exploit a corner of your garden to maximum effect. Constructed to a high standard and available at a bargain price, you won’t be disappointed. Click here to visit the retailer