13′ x 12′ Palmako Florence 34mm Log Cabin

Prices Around: £2819
Size: 4.10 X 3.80m
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This large log cabin is beautifully made, and although it’s supplied untreated this means that the customer has the chance to customise it by adding colours of their choice. This means that they can have a beautiful garden feature that’s also extremely practical and versatile.

Being so large, and with an apex roof giving added height, this can be used for either business or leisure. We can easily imagine this log cabin being used as a home office or workshop, or alternatively as guest quarters, or a games room. Thanks to the profusion of glazing there’s lots of light inside on a sunny day, making it a pleasant environment to spend time in. With wide double doors, it’s easy to move even bulky objects such as furniture in and out, and extra assurance is provided by the key operated lock on the doors.

Further reassurance comes from the thick interlocking log cladding used on the walls, which means that even at this size the building feels very stable and solid once assembled. It’s also excellent at stopping rain penetration, a function that’s also carried out by the felt covered tongue and groove roof. The floor is also very tough, and it’s protected by integrated joists.

What we rate

  • Lots of room to move around in
  • Overhanging apex roof
  • Thick log cladding
  • Tongue and groove roof and floor
  • Secure lock

What we slate

  • No preservative added
  • Requires regular treatment
How We Rate It
8.5
Quality 10/10
100% Complete
Longevity of Materials 7/10
70% Complete
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
Ease of Installation 8/10
80% Complete
Value for Money 8/10
80% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type, Roof Size

13' x 12' Palmako Florence 34mm Log Cabin UnpaintedThis 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.

Security Features

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.

Optional Extras

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.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 10/10
100% Complete
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 7/10
70% Complete
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.
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
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 8/10
80% Complete
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.
Value for Money 8/10
80% Complete
This is a very attractive and useful log cabin, but the price may put it beyond the budget of some people.
8.5
Overall Score
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.

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