It’s arrived! I have been waiting an absolute age for this, and after weeks of internal self debate, I finally took the plunge and purchased the bird house and it arrived yesterday.
Of course, knowing my luck the delivery was twice delayed by the worse delivery service known to, well everyone, but still I’m so happy that my brand new, half price bird house has finally arrived.
It may not be the colour I wanted, sage green, but that was snapped up by faster shoppers, so I’m for the moment happy to make do with the grey.
Setting up the flat packed bird house wasn’t so challenging, the instruction sheet wasn’t the best, but I managed to muddle through the DIY process in about 40 minutes, only slowed down by taking photographs and the ridiculous lack of pilot holes. Honestly for an item that was originally priced as the best part of £40, you would have thought they could have drilled in the pilot holes. For the DIY novice, who may be a little heavy handed or over enthusiastic with a screw driver, this could prove disastrous. The wood used isn’t very dense, I suppose to ensure a lower end cost, however it means that it is quite easy to split the pieces, rendering the entire bird house unusable.
That said, the top is very heavy once assembled, and I wonder if the design could be further improved with a quadrapod rather than a tripod base – we shall see.
For the sale price of just under £20, I think I may have made a good deal. I certainly wasn’t going to purchase it for the original sale price of around £40, it simply isn’t worth it, considering the rather poor standard of the pieces. I’m glad that they included a couple of spare screws – at least I hope they are spare – but the paint finish looks like it will need retouching in only a matter of weeks. I have a sample pot of Wilko English sage green in standby.
The over all look of the bird house is pleasing, and which initially led me to this item. I’ve compared other bird houses in a few major DIY and garden stores, and shape wise, this is my favourite. Selling from £40 upwards, the quality varied from cheap and tacky to fairly robust but over priced. So for £20, I’m pleased with the end item, but it’s just a pity that more attention to detail and quality control, this could have been so much more.
Rating 3 out of 5
Bird House purchased from QVCUK.com – https://www.qvcuk.com/Garden-Reflections-Wooden-Bird-House.product.518199.html?sc=SRCH
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