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Log Cabin Buying Guide
There is a great trend to extend your time in the garden or to add that extra living space by adding a log cabin or garden room. They come in a variety of sizes to suit space and budget, mostly with feature glazed windows and doors to allow for maximum light and garden views. Fully fitted garden home offices or studios can be create, with options for double-glazing for added warmth during the cooler months. Garden Buildings used for entertaining, with added bar areas, decked verandas and even cabins with additional storage attached, are all choices available. Adding a log Cabin to your garden can often feel like a cost-effective way to extend your home.
Do I need planning permission?
When considering siting a garden building its always important to check with your local authority to confirm that Planning Permission and Building Regulations are required. Generally, the maximum height of the 'eaves' of the building will be limited to 2500 mm. The height of the building must not exceed 2500 mm within 2 metres of a boundary, Regulations do vary according to local regulations such a conservation area etc.
What size Log cabin do I need?
This will usually be determined by the outside space available, however, a log cabin will be used far more than you can imagine, so try and buy the largest you and fit and afford. You perhaps need to understand how the building is going to be used, as it will become an extension of your home. Is it going to be used for dining and entertaining, lounging and relaxing, is it an art studio? How is it going to be furnished? as it really determines the size needed, for example, do you want to add a dining set, or for relaxing you may require a sofa. These are all considerations before buying.
Where is best to site my log cabin?
When positioning these buildings, you need to think about the aspect the windows face, the view from the cabin especially if it's to be used as a garden room, the proximity to the boundary, the space around the building to allow for future maintenance, and most importantly take account of any overhang on the roof.
What type of base do I need?
A substantial base is required before the cabin is built and must be slightly larger than the foot print of the building. It is recommended for large styles to have a concrete base laid, however for smaller buildings paving slabs can be sufficient. The key to success here is to ensure the base is true and level, especially when checked across the diagonal, as this will ensure the build remains level. Most Log Cabin manufacturers provide a foot print layout to guide you in the right direction.
How will the log cabin be delivered?
The manufacturers, Forest Garden, Mercia, Palmako or Rowlinson are all experts in the delivery process and will always arrange the delivery directly with you and so it's important to leave mobile contact numbers. It will arrive on a large lorry and so access to your property needs to be considered. Some deliveries are craned off and some are hand lifted off and will be left either on the drive or verge. The logs will be wrapped in polyethene for protection. Once the packs are opened the individual components can be easily moved. Some cabins can be assembled by a specialist installation team, usually on the same day as delivery. Please note the installation teams do not install the base, this must be prepared beforehand.Shop all Forest Garden log cabins >>
How can I customise my garden building?
Insulation is a popular request, and this can be done retrospectively, however our installers do not offer this as an option. The thicker the logs the more insulation is naturally provided and so a 19mm log cabin will not be as warm as a 44mm version.
Electricity can be fitted in accordance with the regulations and BS by a qualified electrician.
The roof covering can be roll roofing felt or tile felt shingles in three colour choices, which when fitted can offer the appearance of a tiled roof. All log cabins required a treatment coat as soon as the product is erected, Microporous wood preservatives are recommended as this protects the timbers and allows the wood to breath.
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