Home Reviews


Additional Customer Detailed / Picture reviews as well as Independent reviews can be seen here: Tuin Detailed Reviews

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars: 
1 stars

Jun 4, 2021
"Deluxe"? In my opinion, most certainly not.

There are certainly some good things about this shepherds hut but it is really let down by the fact that a) only one window opens, b) the window opens inwards, and c) by the quality of the doors and fittings. I have also been very unimpressed by Tuin customer service.

a) Only one of the three main windows opens, so you have to open a whole door to get any kind of through draught - and you can only open the door fully. As I use the hut as an office, I am constantly opening/closing the door to stop it being stuffy and to regulate the temperature.

b) Even though it’s a small building, the one opening window opens inwards!!! It either tilts - thereby letting almost no air in - or opens fully - nothing in between. And because it opens inwards, it fouls up blinds and curtains making it far from ideal for our guests who stay in it overnight.

c) The quality of the doors is also very poor - they feel very flimsy indeed - as are the door and window fittings. The fittings on the window corroded within a matter of weeks.

So, all-in-all, I am pretty disappointed overall. I raised my concerns with Tuin and asked why they do not offer more opening windows as optional extras like other companies do, and why the windows open inwards etc. And the responses I have received suggest that they are completely uninterested in any feedback. They just say that this is how they are supplied.

I am using the hut as an all-year-round office and I am now getting quotes for replacing two of the windows and the doors with ones fit for purpose, thereby increasing the overall cost of the hut substantially. It’s also far from ideal to have to retrofit things which could have been offered as options to start off with.
Mar 19, 2021
This had so much potential as a feature to finish off my cabin (an Emma in my case), unfortunately it fell short. It's a cheap piece of metal folded into a pyramid shape but it's not folded straight.
The brass ball again was a nice finishing touch, but given that the folds in the finial are not straight, the screw which the ball sits upon is at an angle. This took a lot of manipulation to get straight and wasn't 100% successful.

It also doesn't sit neatly on top of the roof. I have a 4 sided pyramid and it doesn't sit flush with the pitch.

I'd recommend finding something elsewhere which is a shame.
Jan 28, 2021
Good products let down by quality control. I had to glue 4 lengths as the wood was split. 1 rear length is nearly 2 inches shorter than the others and i had to borrow a router as one length had not been done and would not fit. I paid someone to help me so could not send it back as it was half way up when we realised. Should have taken a day but took a day and a half due to the messing around. Would i recommend it, probably not.
Mr. Greg Caseley :  Ultimo Gazebo 4.44 x 6.94m:
Jan 25, 2021
The instructions that come with the gazebo are adequate but not great.
Once built, the gazebo looks impressive.
The roof boards were all about 2 inches too short even though the roof was perfectly positioned. I called a local builder to check just in case I had made a mistake but he confirmed the boards were too short. I had to buy some extra wood in order to secure the roof boards to each corner of the frame.
I also had to buy additional screws and roof racks. The gazebo feels pretty flimsy until it’s all built and the roof is on.
I purchased the height adjustable feet which sounded good but I would probably sit the gazebo on the floor, they seem to allow plenty of sway and I intend to build up around these to try and make it feel more secure.
Derek Thomas :  Inglund Log Cabin 3.8x3.2m:
Jul 8, 2020
This is a mixed review. First of all, delivery was fine, quality of material is excellent, the instructions leave a lot to be desired and are quite vague at times. However, using common sense and logic and having an engineering background helps no end.
My issue: The pair of doors were not a match, with the hardware being at least 45mm out across both doors. I took pictures, forwarded them and Ben agreed that they were not compatible, ordered a new set from Holland, and advised it would be a few weeks. That was one month ago. How long does it take to get doors sent over.? Its frustrating when all correspondance is by e mail, and usually takes at least two days to get a reply. The latest e mail exchange just advised that they are still on order. Not that they are on there way, no date for delivery etc. I have a constructed cabin with doors that cannot lock which really makes the cabin not fit for purpose.
I would have thought that completing outstanding issues may have been a priority, but seemingly not. Hopefully the replacement doors may arrive in time for me to enjoy the cabin during the summer.
Tuin reply: Thank you for your review, we do apologise about your door furniture. New doors are on order with Holland and will be with us soon. Things are taking longer during to the pandemic.
Jul 6, 2020
Gazebo was delivered as planned but as an incomplete order. Specifically the Post Holders were missing and also the T&G Cladding. Therefore, construction of the Gazebo couldn't even begin without the Post Holders.

A call to TUIN, when i finally got through to talk to someone, and the Post Holders were delivered next day, which was good, but the Post Holders are very very cheap and you are probably better sourcing these elsewhere.

It is now a month later and the T&G Cladding has still not materialised, so the Gazebo sits unfinished.

I have emailed and left several phone messages (you can never get through) but no response from TUIN. The level of customer service at this company is terrible and cannot be recommended.

This is a shame because the Gazebo looks generally ok in its partially finished state. I would rate the quality of the Gazebo at 4 stars, Post Holders 2 stars because they are Galvanised. Customer service is only a 1 star at best... because its shocking...

Makes an Overall Average Star Rating of 2.3 sadly
Tuin reply: We agree, our level of service during this pandemic has not been to our usual standards. We are indeed struggling but we are doing our best with limited staff and the restrictions upon us all.

The T&G cladding will be with you shortly.

We hope you will enjoy your building for years to come and we apologise we are not up to our usual high standards. Unfortunately these are not usual times for us.
Jun 15, 2020
We bought the metal cap but not the finial. We just wanted something to finish off the roof and ensure it was waterproof. What we received was a cheap piece of folded and welded sheet steel. Never worth what we paid for it and it doesn’t really sit correctly on the apex.
CG :  Roofing Felt:
May 6, 2019
Happy with the cabin itself, and aware that Tuin don't recommend felt but a couple of comments on this one

1: Roofing felt is never very nice to work with, and tears easily, but this stuff seems more tear-prone than average

2: given how strongly Tuin recommend their premium roof membranes/EDPM/Easy-roof over this felt, if its a near-required upgrade then the sticker-price of the cabins is almost misleading...

3: on the positive side, Tuin are very generous with the clouts (felt nails) provided with the felt so you will not run out!
Mr. David Clarkson :  Felt Shingle Glue 310ml:
Feb 2, 2018
Not great to use in cold weather. It tended to be hard to apply from the gun and did not stick very well unless repeated pressure applied to the tiles which had been glued. I found a less viscous roofers glue at our local builders merchant which was easier to use and stuck the tiles quickly and more effectively
mark Tovey :  Britt Log Cabin 3x2.5m:
Nov 29, 2017
after much research decided to buy from tuin due to reviews of excellent service and products.
I am afraid that I am very disappointed in both aspects.

I have built a number of log cabins in the past, I am not a novice. This was the worst ever to construct.
I had numerous warped logs, and I dont just mean bowed, these were banana shaped along the groove side. Almost impossible to fit.Even the tanalised bearers that the " shed" (and thats its best description) fits on were warped.
I had trouble getting the gables to fit so that I could get the roof fitted. Tried to ring, no one available , tried again, all on site, told to email and wait for a reply. In the end had to bodge it all.
when I did eventally get an email answer , it was no help at all. It left me frustrated - why oh why couldnt I have spoken to someone?
Door frame doesnt come assembled on this model, that was ok, but what I didnt realise was that the frame was also warped, so when I came to fit the doors later , massive gaps. But cant take the door frame out now.

When I complained , I entered into a long email debate. I asked to speak to someone on the phone, so rather than the original person (who I believe was the boss) that I was speaking to, I get a call from someone completely new that has no idea of what my issues were. To his credit he was probably the most helpful person I spoke to. The solution to to the door, well they sent me some sticky draught excluder and another bit of wood. Yet another bodge.

Maybe I just got a bad "shed" . I am sure all the other reviews arent wrong.

My advice. Check absolutely everything first.
dont just allow a day for construction, because if there are any issues you wont get them resolved right away.

Dont get involved in lengthy email debates, they will drive you mad.Make sure you speak to someone. Dont buy a "shed" that doesnt have the door frame and door already assembled.It will save you a great deal of hassle and disappointment

Do I think the "shed" was good value ? NO
Is it any better than competitors, I doubt it, but then again its probably no worse.
Would I buy again from Tuin? The Jury is still out on that one.

summary - warped logs (plenty of them) warped door frame - rubbish finish on doors as well. Door hinge security poor (screws outside) Poor communication - email complaints only. Reluctance to discuss things on phone. Delivered on time, nice driver, very nice final after sales guy.

hey Ho , lifes full of surprises
Tuin reply: Thank you for your review, I'm very sorry to hear you have had some problems, I will ask head of service to call you and run through these issues.
Carla-Marie Moore :  Wooden Pergola 3x3m:
Aug 8, 2017
Delivery was fast and the customer service was good.
Sadly the item is not good quality. The wood is twisted and warped. The screws provided are not appropriate for the job. Not worth the money.
Shaun Packham :  Metal Shed Bronze - 2.36 x 1.74m :
Jul 14, 2017
A nightmare to put together - very fiddly, holes do not line up and very sharp edges but there's no way you can wear gloves. There is no floor supplied so a couple of sheets of decent ply will add £80 to the cost. What are called foundation bars are not a foundation and you will need a perfectly level concrete base to put the shed on. Do not attempt it on earth or sand.
Once put together, after much cursing by two skilled shed builders, the shed is solid and I guess good value. But I will not be recommending it and will refuse to put another one up if asked.
Tuin reply: Thank you for your review, all metal sheds can be a awkward to install. Please see this article we wrote regarding this so customer's are aware of any metal shed before purchase: https://www.tuin.co.uk/blog/metal-shed-advice-and-fitting/
Dave Woodhouse :  Drainage Outlet for rubber Roofs:
Jun 8, 2017
Purchased this for a Barbara Gazebo. Whilst the product was fine and undamaged, application to a gazebo with a dished roof and only 100mm overhang is very tricky. I had to cut away a fair bit of the dishing to make space for the outlet.
It hasnt leaked at the moment but I have to say that I dont trust the seals.
Personally, I think you would be better off leaving an overhang at the back and installing guttering.
Mrs. Gillian Pyper :  Wooden Pergola 3x3m:
May 26, 2017
Canopy should have extra velcro strips to ensure a better fit. Collects rain and is very noisy when windy. This small adjustment to the design could make it 5 stars. Would not recommend this product for this reason.
Laura Walters :  Hexagonal Sandpit with Wooden Lid:
Apr 27, 2017
Really disappointed with our purchase. The sides didn't fit together properly and required a fair amount of purusation with a large hammer to connect. The lid is appalling quality and fell apart with first use. Overall I would definitely not recommend this product, terrible quality and waste of money.
Paul Yorke :  Post Holder Screw Down:
Apr 6, 2017
I bought this post holder the day after the Christoffer kit arrived as I could see no obvious way to secure the base of the corner post and I didn't want to be held up during assembly waiting for something to secure the post. Later I discovered that there is a post support/adjuster plate etc so this purchase was unnecessary. I explained in detail to your order handler what this purchase was for and we discussed the required size at some length. A better informed assistant could have advised me that the post holder wasn't necessary as the kit includes a fixing. Still, it is what it is. It's a beautiful post holder but completely inappropriate for the task and unnecessary anyway. If it didn't cost so much in postage I'd have returned it for a refund. This was the only small black cloud on an otherwise excellent purchasing experience as I am very pleased with the Christoffer summer house now it's finished.
Steve :  Roofing Felt:
Mar 28, 2017
Cabin is and has been great, proppa chuffed with the build and the quality but the roofing felt supplied very poor. Leaked badly, replaced with different brand and hasnt been an issue thus far
Mr. Emil R Martinov :  Storm Kit for Log Cabins:
Jan 16, 2017
Supplied with wrong size bolts . Thread on the long bolts wasn't enough so you can't tighten the L cleats up on my 34mm logs and the short bolts were too short . I had to get 4 mm bolts from else where
Mr. david noakes :  Aiste Log Cabin 5 x 3m:
Oct 15, 2016
Firstly there are a number of damaged timbers on the pallet that arrived, one of which is critical to the build and will have to be replaced. Secondly I ordered and paid extra for floor timbers (joists for the floor boards) and these have not been supplied. At this time I am quite disappointed with the quality of the cabin.
Ms. Lynn Harris :  Carefree Protectant Timber Treatment:
Aug 3, 2016
Disappointed with this product. We were originally going to paint the cabin with Carefree Protection Timber Treatment in clear but decided that we would prefer something darker. We decided to use the treatment on the floor inside the cabin as recommended on the website. We applied 2 thin coats and the floor is still sticky to walk on 2 weeks later. Hope that eventually the stickiness will go. Not sure what to do if it doesn't.
Tuin reply: Thank you for your review.

We do not 'recommend' carefree on the floor of your log cabin. BUT, we have used it with great success on decking but you must allow time for each coat to dry before reapplication. This treatment can feel sticky due to it's ability to expand and contract with the wood.

For a log cabin floor we only recommend a suitable floor varnish or treatment as you would use in a house environment.
Mr. Chris Bird :  Double Carport 6.0 x 5.0m:
Jun 15, 2015
Great communication. Prompt delivery and great wagon driver...nothing too much trouble. Unloaded and placed exactly were I wanted it. The packaging was great and all bits were present. So far a 5 star service. Unfortunately one of the 6m roof beams was very badly warped when I laid all the beams out yesterday so it will probably be unusable or cause puddling / unevenness in roof. Overall therefore 2 stars. I know that wood is a natural product but quality control should have rejected this particular beam as it is so bad and warped in two directions. However, an email was sent and replacements arrived the next day.
Gillian Grace :  Emma Corner Log Cabin 3m x 3m:
Jun 14, 2015
fell in love with this cabin SO dissapointed the finish is pore in so many ways qullity and finish leaves me cold.cheap window & door furniture.my friends is far better standard/quality supplyed by local company