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Building an extension to your home is expensive and too much for many people's pockets. David Coton explains that this is one of several reasons why log cabins have grown in popularity over recent years and answers more of your frequently asked questions..
Log cabins are extremely versatile, they are ideal for a wide variety of activities. If you need an office away from domestic interference, a hobby room, gym or even a sauna, then log cabins are the ideal choice.
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 Scandinavian softwood and sourced from managed 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.
Small cabins could be a weekend project whilst larger buildings may take 4-7 days. Another pair of hands will be very helpful and reduce the construction time, and of course there’s the alternative of employing a builder or checking whether installation is offered as an optional extra.
For smaller cabins (under 30sq metres) a paving slab base should be adequate, while larger cabins demand a concrete base.
Only a basic range of tools are required for construction, nothing more specialist than a hammer and saw, and only limited DIY knowledge is needed as the plans will be fully illustrated and customer friendly with helplines if there is any difficulty.
Most cabins are supplied untreated except for the pressure impregnated foundation beams. The cabins must be treated as soon as possible after construction. Many forms of treatment are available from all good DIY stores. Ensure that the product chosen is suitable for use on smooth planed previously untreated timber.
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.
Most log cabins are made to order but you shouldn't have to wait long for delivery, perhaps a month to six weeks. Because stock and manufacturing capability fluctuates throughout the year it is always best to check if delivery time is critical.
You will need to check delivery details when ordering. Some manufacturers use specialist vehicles which off load the cabins as near as possible to where you want them within the constraints of the vehicle. Others deliver to your drive or the curb side and some may require two able bodied people to assist with off loading.
Some of our cabins are available with erection included, the majority however are not. We can normally put you in touch with an independent erector who will be pleased to provide a quote.
if you are interested in purchasing a Log Cabin call our specialist advisors on 0121 355 7701 or go to the Garden Buildings section on GardenSite.
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