Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
Forest, the UK’s largest manufacturer and distributor of garden timber products, have an impressive collection of excellently designed, sustainably sourced, log cabins that Nathan James Dodd finds are suitable for many and varied uses.
The Forest log cabins range starts off with a trio of affordable and practical versions – ‘Bradnor’, ‘Harwood’ and ‘Clifton’. All have with 28mm machined logs with chalet cut corners together with 19mm tongue and groove floor and roof construction. These cabins are compact and will fit into the most modest garden.
The ‘Abberley’ and ‘Alderney’ are completely different designs, built with 34mm interlocking logs and designed to let in masses of light. The former can be described as a chalet with full length glazing across practically all of its width and an imposing overhanging roof. The latter has an interesting dormer roof feature, again with an impressive amount of glass at the front and side allowing a great deal of light into its spacious interior.
‘Wenlock’ is a Forest log cabin that is neat and tidy cabin that fits snugly into a corner, with double doors located across the cut off corner creating a small overhanging porch. Perfect as an artist’s studio, there’s two further opening windows and the timber used can be either 28mm or 44mm smooth planed logs.
Larger, with a floor area of nearly 140 sq ft, the ‘Malvern’ is a square cabin that has a pretty integral porch where a chair can be placed on a sunny evening and a roomy interior to enjoy after the sun has set.
The ‘Buxton’ with one opening window and ‘Nevis’ with two, are similar designs with full frontal overhanging roofs, large enough for a sheltered terrace with perhaps a small table and container plants. You can choose between 28mm and 34mm timber for these classic cabins that will prove to be exceptionally pleasant areas in which to relax or work.
Both ‘Pennine’ versions at 4mtrs, or 5mtrs wide when using 44mm timber, have bold roof overhangs creating a broad sheltered retreat and an interior accessed through full length glazed double doors. The larger cabin boasts over 240 sq ft of floor space, with two large windows letting in additional light.
An abundance of light is also a feature of the simpler Forest log cabin, the square ‘Bredon’ design (shown below) with its stylish gently sloping hipped roof and full length glazing. An excellent place to exercise or relax in while enjoying an uninterrupted view of the outside world.
Departing from the rectagular or square shape of other cabins, the distinctive T Shaped ‘Kington’ makes a design statement, with Georgian style windows and a smart apex roof. At the same time as enhancing the garden, this large cabin will provide an extremely useful 200 sq ft of extra space.
The stylish and pent roofed ‘Melbury’ not only has 44mm cladding but 28mm flooring providing extra strength and durability. Double glazing is also standard with a large expanse of glass, including double doors and full length panes at the front and an opening side window illuminating this high spec cabin.
Larger, and appealingly spruce clad, the ‘Wrekin’ has a overhanging apex roof sheltering not only a large living area but a separate lockable storage space. After leaving your cycle or lawn mower in the storage compartment you access the roomy cabin via Georgian glazed double doors.
The ‘Mendip’ is the largest of the Forest contemporary cabins. With a pent roof and 44mm smooth planed interlocking logs, there is double glazed full length lift and turn windows and double doors. This is an impressively modern structure built to high specifications.
Resembling a rural pavilion, the 18ft wide ‘Cheviot’ has a large interior (234 sq ft) and no less than eight double glazed windows, due its size planning permission will be required.
Top of the range is the ‘Snowden’ with an enormous 270 sq ft footprint and a 6ft deep covered verandah. Half glazed double doors and two opening windows make this a particularly imposing building that wouldn’t look out of place in Scandinavia or the deepest Canadian forest.
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