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Having built dozens of greenhouses over the years this must rate as the worst product ever. The instructions are at best awful and the quality of the product leaves a lot to be desired. after buying the most expensive Ultimate range 12 ft greenhouse after 2 days of trying to put it up it was obvious the instructions are wrongly printed and totally unclear.
This was bought as an emergency shelter for some plants as I own a nursery and have many greenhouses but this one rates as the worst I have ever seen.
The steel is low grade and the nuts and bolts are the cheapest quality I have ever seen.
You end up taking half of it apart again as the instructions have told you to join one piece when further along it tells you it should not be there, i would not recommend this to anyone unless you are a member of Mensa and have an awful lot of spare time.
If you love a challenge then this flat pack is for you. Please make sure you have a very strong relationship or you are single when completing this. This took me all in all 20 hours to 99% complete. The reason it's only 99% complete is, I am 28 screws and 35 nut/bolt's short. Instructions are very unclear and difficult to follow. Some part's don't fit others you have to modify. As this cost £180 I was disappointed with the door handle (it's an L shaped bracket) which is held onto the door with a nut/bolt. I'm guessing the designer's when completing this wanted to get home early! Ok it's just a minor detail, but why bother going to all the trouble of designing a green house with so many nuts, bolt's, screw's, trim's etc etc and shove on a piece of metal to act as a door handle. Now it's up yes ok it looks quite good but getting there has been the biggest headache I've ever experienced. My advice would be find one that comes ready assembled and dose not have over 200+ screw's to fit. My hand ache's!
Product arrived with three damaged sheets. Eventually replaced, a week after speaking to a seemingly unconcerned and unapologetic receptionist. This held up assembly but not as much as the 'instructions' which are, without doubt, the most inept I have ever come across. Actual assembly took three days and although I consider myself to be reasonably competent in the area of 'self assembly' it has to be said that the completion of this structure owes more to the patience of my partner than my own, by now, thoroughly bad tempered efforts. Far more drilling and trimming than one might have imagined necessary. Quality really isn't very good and the 'sliding' rear window, which appears to have bamboozled many, is particularly poorly designed. Now that it is finished the structure looks ok but nothing more than that, it appears somewhat flimsy but has yet to be tested by the weather. Final advice...don't attempt this at home...unless you have a strong marriage or an abundance of patience!
I took delivery of my shiny new Ultimate Greenhouse, from Norfolk Greenhouses earlier this year. I ordered it on the internet via their website www.norfolk-greenhouses.co.uk, which caught my eye after seeing an advert in a gardening magazine for their Budget Greenhouse at £69.00.
After some deliberation between the Budget, Standard and Ultimate greenhouse options, I plumped for the Ultimate Greenhouse at £179, which is more expensive than the one that got me interested, but due to the Ultimate having rigid plastic windows, as opposed to the plastic on a roll type that comes with the Budget version I thought it would be easier to assemble and much stronger.
I placed my order online, and was pleasantly surprised when it was delivered 2 days later, well packaged in 3 boxes. I am pleased to say that all of the listed parts were there, along with a set of instructions. All the pieces were numbered and coded which made it nice and easy to see what we had.
I found that the instructions were really unclear. Although there were written instructions and real photo's to show you what to do, the instruction sheet looked like it was a photocopy of a photocopy, which made it difficult to read and work out what went where. It took my husband and I about an hour to decide where to start, then about another hour to get the first two pieces screwed together. Once we got going it all seemed to slot into place quite easily and we got the frame up in one day, and were very pleased with ourselves, but we found out the next day that we had been too smug!
The next day, we had to fit the plastic glazing, which is where it got really difficult for us. The instructions are not very good at all for this part of the assembly, and we really struggled. It was difficult to see from the instructions and diagrams what went where and in what order, and we had to dis-assemble some of the frame we so carefully constructed. It took us around 8 hours to get all the glazing into place, and I am pretty sure even now that we put the doors on upside down, and I know that the window has been fitted wrong :)
The quality of the assembled greenhouse is quite good, but during some strong winds a few weeks ago, we lost one of the doors, which allowed the wind to rip through, pulling out 2 side panels and the window. A few modifications later and it is as good as new, and stronger than ever. I would recommend putting extra screws than provided in, as there are some spare screw holes available, this made it a lot stronger and I am confident that it will not blow apart again.
I am really pleased with my Norfolk Ultimate Greenhouse, it looks good (I chose the green version) and has double sliding doors to enable easy access. It does not come with a base, and I did not see one on their website for separate purchase, but we put flags down to stand it on. I would recommend this greenhouse if you are patient and quite handy with flat pack assembly, it took us a full weekend to put it up.
All in, a recommended greenhouse for the price, but a bit of a pain to assemble, thankfully no marriage guidance was necessary for us, but we did get a bit snappy with each other, so I can see how it can cause arguments!
UPDATE: Although it's not in the instructions I would recommend making good use of the extra screw holes in the framework to make sure your new greenhouse is extra tight. During some windy weather over Winter a couple of panels blew out. The good thing is that they didn't break, but it is a pain in the posterior trying to get them back in. Prevention is better than cure, so get some extra screws and tighten up the structure,
Equipped with double sliding doors. Size: 6 x 6 Ft