Shed Type, Roof Size
This is one of the most original looking log cabins we’ve reviewed, and it’s all the better for that as it’s sure to become a talking point with your friends and neighbours. It beautifully combines the traditional and rustic, as demonstrated by the clock tower style peak in the roof (no clock is included of course, but the addition of one would make it look even better), and the modern as demonstrated by the glass dominated front.
The roof itself is tough and durable, being made of tongue and groove that’s then covered in roofing felt, so it’s very effective at keeping rainwater out. It’s also imposingly tall, giving a ridge height of 2.54m and an eaves height of 2.14m. Just how accommodating this log cabin is can be seen by the overall width of the cabin, at 4.00m, and the overall depth of 3.00m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Log cabins are noted for their thick and durable cladding, but whereas we often see cabins utilising 28mm thick log cladding we were pleased to see that on this occasion 34mm thick cladding was provided. This means that once assembled the structure is strong and rigid, whatever the weather throws at it.
The floor is impressive too, thanks to the use of 19mm thick tongue and groove. The tightly interlocking boards are more than sturdy enough to be walked upon and to have electrical equipment or furniture placed upon them. We were glad to see that thick floor joists were also included, as this raises the floor above the threat that ground moisture brings.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
With such thick and durable cladding used, an initial pressure treatment would have created a very long lasting log cabin. Unfortunately while this is what we would like to see at this price, the manufacturer has not used any initial preservative treatment. Whilst this does allow the customer the opportunity to customise the colour of the cabin to their own liking it also means that they’ll have to apply their preservative immediately after completing installation. They’ll also have to keep re-applying wood preserver every year, and over time this can add up to a significant expense. One other result of the lack of an initial preservative treatment is that the log cabin comes with just a one year warranty against rot, rather than the ten or fifteen year cover we would have liked to see.
Doors and Windows
We were struck at first sight by how attractive the double doors are, as they feature full lengthy glazing in a Nordic Spruce frame. We were just as impressed by how generously proportioned they are, with a width of 1.40m and a height of 1.83m. Whether you’re moving furniture or machinery inside, you’ll be grateful for the extra room provided by this opening.
The doors aren’t the only glass feature here, as there are also three very well sized windows. They are all fully opening, which means you won’t have to worry about the build up of heat or condensation, and as they are almost as large as the doors themselves they create a very stylish and modern appearance. Thanks to all this glazing, the interior is bathed with light, and so it’s a pleasant environment to work in or simply to relax in as you lookout at the garden.
We were pleased to see that a key operated mortice lock is included as standard on this log cabin, as we sometimes review large and expensive garden buildings that come without any locking system at all. Whilst we feel that this is a reassuring feature, we would have liked to see thick double glazing used for the windows and doors as well rather than the vulnerable single glazing that has been used.
We found this cabin easier to construct than you might imagine, given its size, but we know that many people have neither the time nor the inclination to carry out a large self-assembly task themselves. That’s why it was good to see that a professional assembly option is available, even if it does come at a price of £599. There’s also an option to change the roof to one featuring felt shingles. The result is sure to be very attractive, but as it costs £322.99 we can imagine most people staying with the standard roof.
The undoubted aesthetic appeal of this log cabin is just one indication of the high attention to quality we found throughout.
Longevity of Materials 7/10
If regular preservative treatment is kept up by the customer then this should prove to be very durable, but it’s still disappointing that an effective treatment wasn’t used by the manufacturer.
There are larger log cabins on the market, but this still has more than enough room for a home office, games room, or even an extra bedroom.
Ease of Installation 8/10
Despite its size, the straightforward assembly instructions mean that with a friend’s help you should be able to complete the installation within a day.
The price of two and a half thousand pounds may put some potential buyers off, but this still represents reasonable value for a well built and designed log cabin.
Final Thoughts: Your house and garden is unique, so why shouldn’t your log cabin be as well. Thanks to this attractive Aldworth log cabin you can have one that looks like no other, and that you’ll be proud to have in your garden. It’s not only attractive it’s also very functional and flexible. Its size, and the inclusion of so much glazing, means that it could be an ideal environment to work in but it could just as easily be used as guest quarters or a place to relax. It’s very water resistant, although of course this factor is also dependant upon the customer carrying out preservative treatments. That’s the only downside we found in a cabin that has a lot to recommend it.
Prices around: £2499
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