Shed Type, Roof Size
This is one of the larger rectangular log cabins we’ve reviewed, and yet it still looks elegant and attractive. Two features that instantly caught our eye are the chalet connections on the corners, which give the building extra strength and protection against strong winds, and the large overhanging roof. It extends over the front for nearly a metre, creating a shaded area in summer and a natural porch that can be used for a barbecue or for dining al fresco.
The roof, which we were glad to see is made of thick tongue and groove that has then been covered in a strong mineral felt, also adds height, and creates a ridge height of 2.57m with an eaves height of 2.05m. That means there’s lots of space to move around in, especially with the overall width of 4.10m and the overall depth of 3.80m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were impressed by the log cladding used on the walls, as not only is it made of tightly interlocking Norwegian Spruce wood, it also has a thickness of 34mm. We often see 28mm logs used on the cabins we review, and once assembled this building is noticeably strong and stable.
The floor too was impressive, being made of the same 19mm tongue and groove as the roof. This makes it strong enough to have furniture placed upon it, and we were also pleased to find that it’s supported by integrated floor joists. This lifts it above ground level which often has a dangerously high moisture content.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Whilst the floor joists provide some protection against rot, we were disappointed to find that further precautions hadn’t been taken in the form of an initial preservative treatment by the manufacturer. This means that the customer themselves has to apply a preservative treatment immediately after assembly, and this process will need to be repeated every year. On a building of this size that can take a lot of wood preserver, and a lot of time too. It also means that there is no extended warranty against rot, which is something we would have expected to see at this price, although there is a five year structural guarantee provided.
Doors and Windows
We found the double doors very eye catching, as they’re both fully glazed and the frame is laminated which makes it stand out against the surroundings. They’re very practical too, as they open to a width of 1.14m and have a height of 1.87m. This makes it easy to get in and out, even if you’re carrying wide or tall objects such as a sofa or television.
There is also glazing to both sides of the doors and a large window on the side. All the windows are made of high quality glass, but we would prefer to have seen double rather than single glazing used. One thing we did like about them is that they open in a tilt and turn fashion, so it’s easy to ventilate the interior. The light and breezy nature makes this a very pleasant place to spend time in, which we think is vitally important if it’s going to be used as an office environment.
Whilst we liked the look of the glazing, we do feel that it would have been much more secure if double glazing had been utilised. One security feature that did impress us, however, was the key operated lock on the doors. It performs well and looks very strong and professional, and this alone can be enough to deter some opportune thieves who are in search of an easy target.
As mentioned above, a high quality preservative treatment will need to be purchased along with this log cabin, although it will need to be bought from a separate source. The one option that is offered at time of purchase is a professional installation service. Whilst we can imagine that this will prove popular with those who don’t feel they have the time or DIY experience to carry out a large self-assembly job, we do feel it’s extravagantly priced at £610.
From first sight it’s obvious that this is a high quality building, and the chalet connections are just one sign of this.
Longevity of Materials
The thick substrate used throughout this log cabin is potentially very durable, but it was a pity that a pressure treatment hadn’t been used to give an initial protection against the threat of rot.
This is one of the larger log cabins we’ve reviewed, and that means that it can be used as a stylish extension to the home itself or even as a place to base a business.
Ease of Installation
Despite its size, this is relatively easy to construct as long as the instructions are followed carefully. With a friend’s help the process can be completed within a day.
This is a very attractive and useful log cabin, but the price may put it beyond the budget of some people.
Final Thoughts: A large log cabin such as this can not only be a much loved and talked about garden feature, it can also effectively add another room to your house. What it’s used for is down to the customer, but it’s versatile enough for leisure or business purposes. Because of this, it could even add value to the property as a whole. The thing that really stands out is the large overhanging apex roof, and it’s a feature we liked as it creates an ideal space to entertain guests on a summer evening. This could also be a very durable building, although it is vital that regular preservative treatments are kept up.
Prices around: £2819
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