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Log cabins for the garden are becoming must haves for those looking for a hobby room or somewhere just to escape. As a partner at GardenSite David Coton needs one to use as an office. So what should you know about these useful garden buildings.
There are several reasons that log cabins for the garden are an attractive option, not the least price. Building an extension can be a costly business, particularly if you have to have an architect to draw up plans. Sturdy and attractive log cabins can be bought for under £1000, there’s a huge choice and the plans are included!
Whatever your need is, you’ll find a size and specification that suits. From single door, one window models through to substantial structures suitable for both personal and commercial use. Most are manufactured from the highest quality Scandanavian softwood and sourced from sustainable forests.
Fixed or opening windows can range from perspex to toughened glass double glazing, wall thickness can also vary considerably with some robust cabins boasting 68mm timber. Some have overhanging roofs so that a sheltered verandah is possible, others include a patio and extensive external areas for entertaining or relaxation.
Many cabins have enough internal floor space to accommodate two or three rooms, so that using them as office space is very viable. There can be internal and external storage space for fairly large items and lofts can be used as a spare bedroom. There are also more specialist cabins that can act, for example, as changing rooms if you hare lucky enough to have a swimming pool.
Once you have a firm base made up of concrete or firmed gravel, construction is probably easier than you might think. Only a basic range of tools are required, nothing more specialist than a hammer and saw, and only limited DIY knowledge is demanded as the plans will be fully illustrated and customer friendly with helplines if there is any difficulty.
Another pair of hands will be very helpful and reduce the construction time, and of course there’s the other alternative of employing a builder or checking whether installation is offered as an optional extra.
Flooring is usually tongue and groove and roofing made up of shingles or mineral felt, wood is treated or untreated dependent on the make and model. But this is only the basis, you can lay laminate flooring, paint or stain the wood as you wish and decorate the interior to your liking.
Unless the log cabins are for residential use, planning permission isn’t normally required for structures under 2.5 meters high within 2 metres of a boundary and less than 30 square metres – although always check with the council either personally or use the local government online planning portal.
Heating costs can be reduced by installing insulation for the walls and roofs. There are several materials and systems available providing different levels of heat retention and your comfort can be further enhanced by fitting underfloor heating. Most of this heating and insulation can be installed without the expense of employing tradesmen.
Carefully designed and manufactured, there is no reason why cabins can’t be a cosy, draught free environment. Quality materials, fixtures and fittings are the equal of traditional bricks and mortar, timber is aesthetically more attractive and can be incorporated into some very bold designs.
A log cabin really is a proven versatile and cost effective solution if you have limited house space, need room and don’t want to move. Click here to view our extensive range with prices starting as low as £799.00
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