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Log Cabins Buying Guide

04 November 2019

Lillevilla Liinmaa Log Cabin

There is a lot of romanticism surrounding log cabins, it allows you to bring some of the natural world into your garden through emulating a ski chalet or a Scandinavian forest. The timber used for our range of log cabins is sourced from the forests of Northern Scandinavia; the harsh climate in the forests gives the timber dense grain which results in great long-term stability. The great thing about a log cabin is that they are suitable for use all year round due to their double-glazed windows and optional floor and roof insulation. You can use them to cosy up at Christmas as well as unwind in the summer.

Features of a Log Cabin

Log cabins make a great space for relaxation and are versatile, attractive and practical garden additions. Log cabins make an attractive garden feature and are a great alternative to a conservatory, extension or garage conversion. You can position your log cabin wherever you please based on whether you want to have it easily accessible from the house or a secluded space away from the main house. There are many potential uses for a log cabin, all depending on your personal requirements. Many people choose to use their log cabin as a home office, in which case there would be some decisions to be made related to this. The best log cabin for you is one that would be fit for the required purpose and suit the style of your home and garden.

Choosing your Log Cabin

When choosing your perfect log cabin, the first step is to decide on its purpose. There are many different ways to use your log cabin and many of your choices on style and design will be based on how you intend to use it.

Home Office

A home office is a fairly common use for a log cabin. Remote working is becoming a lot more popular as it allows for flexibility with working hours and helps address the all-important work life balance that everyone craves. Nowadays, there are so many jobs which allow for remote working, more and more people are opting for this way of life. For those who do work from home, it is helpful to have a home office to allow for a proper working space which is motivating and private. A log cabin or garden building is therefore a great choice for a home office as it is private and secluded. If you intend to use your log cabin as an office there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing; is it spacious enough for a desk and other office necessities? Does the Wi-Fi reach? Are there electrical outputs for computers? These considerations are why it is important to decide on purpose before anything else.

Workshop

Similar to using the space for a home office, some may choose to use it as a workshop or studio; either for work purposes or as a hobby. A log cabin provides the perfect, private space to focus on your craft whether that be painting or woodworking. It gives you space to work and store your tools, in a space that is all your own. As with a home office, there are specific considerations you should make if you intend to use the log cabin as a workshop or studio. If your tools are electrical, you need to make sure electricity can reach the cabin and if you plan to store valuable tools, that it is secure. In addition to this you need to make sure you have enough room to be able to work efficiently and store the necessary tools.

Home Gym

Getting to the gym can be difficult, either due to time constraints or lack of motivation. Having a home gym can help to tackle this problem and help to get active. Many people don’t have spare room in their home to install a home gym, so a log cabin can be the perfect solution. As all our log cabins have double glazed windows and have the option of added insulation, the temperature can be controlled making it a great environment for a gym. Make sure to consider the types of equipment you would be looking to have in your gym and choose your log cabin accordingly.

Social Space

One of the best things about a log cabin is how they look so good as a garden feature; they can really bring your garden to life and there is something so magical about them. As such as an attractive feature, you may want to save your log cabin for social gatherings or a relaxation space. There are so many ways to decorate your log cabin to be the ideal space for both entertaining and relaxing. You can put some furniture in there such as a sofa, a table and chairs; even a bed for guests. This way you can use the log cabin as you please and show it off to your guests. The double glazing means you can entertain guests all year round, throughout the summer BBQ’s and then even turn it into Santa’s grotto in winter.

Lillevilla Sibbesborg Log Cabin

Styles of Log Cabin

There are various styles of log cabins to choose from, all are made from the finest Scandinavian timber but have a slightly different style. The style you choose will likely be based on your existing home and garden design and the purpose of your log cabin.

Traditional

The traditional log cabin has a magical feel to it and will really be a feature piece in your garden. The traditional style emulates a swiss chalet and looks beautiful in the garden. The traditional style would be great for a variety of uses; particularly as a social space as it would be a real talking point for guests. The traditional style offers features such as Georgian windows and apex pitched roofs.

Contemporary

An alternative to the traditional log cabin, the contemporary style is very practical and could complement a modern home design. Contemporary log cabins are great for home offices as they are spaces and simple; something which is likely a priority for an office. The contemporary style offers floor to ceiling windows and pent sloping roofs, allowing you to see a full garden view.

2-Storey

If you’re really looking to make a statement or to use your log cabin as a guest house, a 2-storey log cabin would be perfect. These beautiful and spacious cabins offer a mezzanine floor which would be a great option for having guests to stay, or to use as storage with an office downstairs. A 2-storey log cabin offers great flexibility and looks stunning as a garden feature. It is important to consider rules about planning permission for 2 storey cabins as they likely exceed permitted development.

Lillevilla Stenberga Log Cabin

Advice for First Time Buyers

As with purchasing any garden building, there are a few considerations to make when purchasing your first log cabin in order to get the most out of it and to ensure you understand the relevant planning guidelines.

Positioning

How you choose to position your log cabin will have a great deal to do with how you intend to use it. a lot of the positioning will be based on things such as electricity and Wi-Fi, especially if you intend to use it as a home office space. The best idea is to place it close to the house to ensure the power supply and wi-fi can reach, otherwise you may face having to rewire your electrics. If you want privacy, you will likely want to position it away from the house; this can still work but be aware that you may need to rewire. For other purposes such as workshop or studio, things like power supply may not be a concern therefore you have the option to position the log cabin wherever is convenient for you.

Planning Permission

In general log cabins don’t require planning permission, as with all outbuildings they are considered under permitted development. It is important to check with your local council if you are unsure or what to double check as it could differ depending on region. Whether your log cabin requires planning permission or not will largely depend on its positioning and measurements. Generally, these are some of the rules regarding log cabins;

  • The log cabin’s overall height, including the roof cannot exceed 2.5 metres IF it is within 2 metres of the boundary of the property. However, if it is over 2 metres from the property boundary, the eaves height cannot exceed 2.5 metres; a pent roof log cabin can reach 3 metres in total and an apex roof can reach 4 metres.
  • The internal dimensions of the log cabin should not exceed 30m².
  • Garden structures must not inhabit over half of the land around the house.
  • The log cabin cannot be a self-contained accommodation such as a guest house.

If your log cabin is not in line with these rules, it doesn’t mean you cannot go ahead with it, but you may have to apply for planning permission. It is always best to contact your local council if you are unsure as this will help you avoid any nasty surprises.

Foundations

Before having your log cabin delivered you will need to ensure that you have a good, strong base for it to be installed. The base should be made out of concrete or slabs in order to be level and stable enough. If you have concerns about installing a base for your log cabin, GBC can advise you.

Product Care Information

Caring for and maintaining your log cabin is important to ensure it lives up to it’s potential and lasts as long as possible. There are various things you should do in order to keep your log cabin well-maintained and some signs to look out for which signal it may be time for an update.

The base is important for the longevity of your shed, a good solid base will stop water damage and leaks from rainfall which will in turn help prevent damp and damage such as warping from occurring. Without a solid base, water from the ground can seep into the structure; water damage can be detrimental to timber structures as it can cause warping; which is irreversible.

It is important to keep up to general cleaning and maintenance in your log cabin as often as you would your house, especially if you spend a lot of time in there. Keeping up to general maintenance helps to keep insects from infesting your log cabin, having an infestation can be extremely difficult to overcome and can result in having to replace your structure.

Lillevilla Kajaani Log Cabin

FAQ’s

How do I ensure my log cabin is secure?

Our range of Lillevilla log cabins have lockable doors so that your possessions are as safe as possible. For extra security you can add an alarm system, sometimes you can connect it to your existing home alarm system which would deter any thieves. Additionally, you could add lighting such as motion sensored lighting to act as a deterrent.

What is the longevity of a log cabin?

The longevity of your log cabin will generally depend on the quality of your foundation and how well you maintain it. With proper care, they can last up to and above 10 years.

How do I install my log cabin?

We know that it can be difficult to know how to install a log cabin yourself, therefore we offer optional installation as an extra on all our log cabins. So, you don’t need to worry about installation, we can help you out.

Will I need planning permission?

Usually with garden structures, planning permission is pretty straightforward however when it comes to log cabins there is a little more to think about. Generally, the rules surround planning permission for garden buildings are reliant on size and occupancy, so log cabins could need planning permission. If you intend to use your log cabin as a spare room or a guest house you will likely need planning permission, similarly if you opt for a 2-storey log cabin or larger log cabin it will likely exceed size allowances for permitted development.

It is important to liaise with your local council for exact guidelines as they will know what you can and can’t do under permitted development.

Log cabins make a really practical and versatile addition to any property and their style makes for an excellent and eye-catching garden feature. With such a wide variety of options in terms of size, style and purpose there will a perfect log cabin for everyone. If you’re looking to add some Scandinavian style to your garden, shop log cabins with GBC today.

Posted by Matt Jordan

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