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The Thornbill will provide endless hours of fun and entertainment for your children or grandchildren. A solid handcrafted playhouse using 38mm x 50mm framing - standard features include: a 1ft deep overhang, window box and shutters, scalloped fascia boards, acrylic glazed Georgian windows, an integral garage with doors and an integral bunk bed. The bunk bed is accessed by a set of stairs with a hand rail - a safety rail is also included.
All of our Fort playhouses conform to trading standards BS5665 and are fitted with the CE mark. Safety features include: acrylic safety glass, non-toxic treatment, planed and rounded corners on all framing, staircases with horizontal tread and hand rails. Doors are fitted with an anti-trap plastic strip to prevent finger injury.
The Thornbill is available in four types of cladding - a choice of either 12mm deal shiplap, 18mm premier deal shiplap, 15mm deal Loglap or 15mm Tanalised E deal. The 12mm deal, 18mm premier deal shiplap and 15mm deal Loglap are pre-treated with a high quality, water-based wood preserver inside and out. The 15mm Tanalised E deal has a reputation for longevity, since the boards are placed in a pressure vessel and the preservative is forced deeper into the timber. The cladding has a green/yellow colour which is well liked but our recommendation is to re-treat it shortly after installation, and then annually afterwards - just as with the other cladding options to keep it in tip-top condition.
The Thornbill playhouse comes as standard with a choice of either red or green roof felt.
Eaves height: 1.44m to 1.79m
Ridge height: 2.43m
Window(s): 2 x Acrylic Georgian windows - 0.46m x 0.46m
Diamond single door - 1.41m x 0.60m
Double garage doors - 1.04m x 1.16m
This is a building full of surprises : the downstairs is divided in two to create separate play areas each with its own access. Upstairs you'll find an additional play zone with its front window allowing plenty of natural light into the upper area.
The Thornbill will provide hours of delight for your children or grandchildren with its carefully thought out design. Diagonal door peepholes, window shutters and window boxes add to the style of this superb Playhouse.
This Thornbill has a couple of different features to other pictures in this gallery : firstly it has green bitumen felt tiles, an optional extra, rather than standard roofing felt.
The second thing you may notice are the scalloped bargeboards, a standard feature now for 2017.
Please ask about our installation service carried out by the manufacturer's own bespoke fitting teams.
Showing the offset roof shape with red felt. Bitumen felt shingle tiles are also available for this building as an option. This building is constructed with the standard 12mm deal ( pine ) cladding. Other cladding options are available and are described in this photo gallery.
We offer an installation service provided by the manufacturer's expert fitting teams.
This is the standard external tongued and grooved cladding used on all of our Fort sheds, summerhouses and playhouses. The finished thickness after machining is 12mm. It is treated with a good quality preservative prior to leaving the factory but we do recommend that you re-coat within a few months and preferably in the late autumn each year. You can purchase the appropriate timber treatment from us if you wish.
If you wish, you can upgrade to 15mm thick tanalised external cladding. Tanalised, or pressure treated timber, has a reputation for longevity since the boards are placed in a pressure vessel and the preservative is forced deeper into the timber. The cladding has a green/yellow colour which is well liked but our recommendation is to re-treat it shortly after installation, and then annually afterwards just as with the other cladding options to keep it in tip-top condition.
Tanalised buildings include tanalised floors, roofs, doors, windows, and framing... in other words the whole building !
The picture shows the optional loglap cladding available with any of our Fort Original buildings. 15mm is measured at the widest point of the tongued and grooved board. The internal face is the normal smooth face you get on our standard cladding. This is a cladding that is chosen predominantly for its looks rather than any technical advantage. After care is the same as for our other cladding options described here.
Shown here on one of our summerhouses, this building has been painted with 'swiss blue' and white. If you choose a paint finish then you can have a maximum of two colours, generally used so that the highlights are one colour and the main body of the building another.
The paint is applied at the factory after the building has been preservative treated and therefore requires a couple of extra weeks on top of the normal delivery time. This means that the internal finish is the normal preservative colour rather than the external colour.
With 12 colours to choose from the possibilities are ( almost ) endless !
All of our Fort Original buildings are fitted with a sturdy tongued and grooved floor as you would expect from buildings of this quality ( rather than chipboard or fibre board ).
For additional strength you can upgrade to a heavy duty floor ( pictured on the LH ) which has 18mm thick floorboards on 45mm x 45mm joists. The standard floor has 12mm floorboards on 45mm x 30mm joists.
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We take pride in making sure that your building will arrive in perfect condition - that is why we use our own team of drivers and fitters. As with all of our garden buildings, we like to provide our customers with a suitable delivery time. We always give good notice of our arrival date allowing you to be sure it is the right time for you. We always appreciate any helpful information regarding access to your pre-prepared base area, plus any details you may need to share with us about reaching you - so that the delivery process can run as smoothly as possible.
Our Fort Original Playhouses all come with optional installation. If you are thinking about having your playhouse installed by our skilled team of fitters, please be aware that you will need to have a good, strong, level base, pre-prepared prior to your delivery date. We would normally recommend a base constructed from either slabs, concrete or heavy duty decking. We will always confirm these details with you at point of order and we will provide you with base plans if needed. These measures ensure that no detail is left out - ensuring that your new playhouse will be both delivered and installed without any inconvenience.
Our delivery times can vary from season to season, but typically, you should expect to receive your building around 3-4 weeks from when you order. All of our buildings are made to order, so during the busy spring to summer seasons, this may increase to 6-10 weeks dependent on the building that you have purchased. Please feel free to contact us on 0800 999 0123 to check our current delivery times.