This is a very big, solid log cabin garage which is suitable for storing one large size family vehicle. It doesn’t come with a floor so it could also be used as a large home gym or workshop. It is suitable for very heavy storage and has a very spacious interior. It also offers a unique and stylish split level roof and has excellent insulation, making it comfortable to be used all year round.
- Roof height – 3.12m
- Eaves height – 2.05m
- Door height – 2.01m
- Door width – 2.40m
- Depth – 5.40m
- Width – 3.80m
There’s a few very notable differences between this and other similar sized garages. The roof height is one of the biggest differences. As it comes with a split level design, the height of the roof on this cabin is a lot taller than most other comparable buildings. This is especially true considering it has a pent style roof. It isn’t just the roof that’s taller however. The doors also benefit from a very tall, ultra-wide design. No matter how tall you are, you’ll be able to walk into this garage with ease.
The width and depth are also pretty huge so it’s important to make sure you have the space available before buying. It truly is one of the largest garages available.
Roof and Floor
The roof is one of this cabins stand out features thanks to its unusual yet attractive split level design. Each level benefits from a pent roof and they run in opposite directions. The smaller roof leans to the left of the building, whilst the larger roof leans to the right. Both roofs cause water to run downwards onto the floor without allowing it to collect on top. They are also protected with heavy duty felt, though customisation options are available to improve its style and durability. Created with 19mm tongue and groove, it boasts an exceptionally strong style.
There is no floor with this building which is what makes it so suitable for vehicle storage. However, what this also means is that you do absolutely need to install the garage on a solid, firm base such as concrete. As it is a very large building, this could be a problem if you don’t have a concrete area big enough in the garden. You would have to install a concrete base yourself which would not only take a lot of effort, but it will also cost a lot too.
Cladding and Frame
Log cabins famously tend to come with numerous cladding options. This one however is sold with 44mm thick timber construction. There are no thicker options available and to be honest, you don’t need thicker walls. If you compare several log cabins in the Waltons collection, you’ll see they come with standard 19mm-28mm thick walls. You are then given the option to upgrade to thicker cladding, including 44mm timber, at a high additional cost. This is one of the few cabins that comes with the thickest cladding as standard which is why its initial purchase price is so high.
The thick logs have a tongue and groove construction, helping to form a very solid and tight water-seal. It also helps to protect against drafts and insulates the building. One of the leading benefits of this cladding is that it isn’t prone to warping. So you won’t have to worry about the temperature and moisture changes that occur throughout the seasons. In order to support such thick cladding, Waltons have built the interior with a very thick, planed wooden frame.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
You’d think a building of this superior quality wouldn’t require treatment. However, like all wooden outdoor buildings we highly advise you to treat the garage after construction. After all, you are paying a lot of money for the cabin, so it is vital you maintain it. However, the good news is you won’t need to treat it as frequently as thinner clad cabins. If you use a spirit based preservative, you can treat it every couple of years. Some treatments may even allow you to minimise the treatments to every 3 years. However, you will have to double check the frequency of applications with the treatment manufacturer.
There is a 10 year anti rot warranty included with this garage so that does give you great reassurance.
Doors and Windows
The doors of this garage are one of our favourite features. They come with a much wider design than a lot of other log cabins and they also have a very strong braced design. They also have a unique lock and key fitted which is unusual for a garage. You can feel just how sturdy these doors are and you definitely don’t get the impression that they will ever have an issue with sagging. No matter how large your vehicle, the doors open out wide enough so you can comfortably drive in and out.
The windows are also unique in the fact they are installed high up on the split level roof. Located on a panel between the top roof and the bottom roof, it is impossible for anyone to see inside unless they use a ladder. So you get the natural lighting benefits, without risking the buildings privacy. There are two windows in total and another great feature is that they are double glazed as standard. This increases the buildings insulation, as well as reducing noise and benefitting from being a lot more difficult to break than single glazing.
Security and Privacy
Both the security and privacy of the garage is really impressive. As highlighted earlier, the door comes with a secure lock and key. It is a mortice lock which means that it is built into the actual door, rather than just attached to the surface. This means a thief will not be able to just take the lock off. As the doors and the rest of the building are created with super-thick cladding, they are also going to prove virtually impossible to break through.
Usually to recommend a building for privacy, we tend to look for a windowless design. However, as the two windows are situated high up on the building, they still provide a good level of privacy, whilst letting in natural lighting at the same time. It’s a unique feature that we really like and it prevents you from having to invest in expensive electrical packs just to add light to the building.
Customisation Options and Extras
You have just one customisation option available with this cabin. The roof comes with a heavy duty sand felt, but you do have the option to upgrade to superior duty felt or shingles. The superior felt is developed with fibreglass, so it provides a much tougher defence against rainwater. The glass particles are also naturally resistant against wear and tear and will not perish like the sand felt. So if you upgrade to this option, it will supply the roof with much longer-lasting protection. You can also opt for an olive green colour which helps to give the cabin a subtle style change.
The ArmourShield shingles are an even tougher type of roof covering you can upgrade to. These outstanding tiles offer a really stylish finish, providing a beautiful textured design. Again, they come in a green or charcoal colour and like the superior felt, they are totally self-adhesive. As the cabin’s roof is so large, you are provided with 13 packs of shingles. The tiles have an appealing honeycomb effect and are technologically advanced to provide maximum weather resistance. They are the most expensive type of roof covering available, but their benefits far outweigh the costs.
Waltons also provide an additional two ways to upgrade the garage. The first is Eco-Quilt insulation. Now unless you’re planning on using the cabin as a workshop or home gym, we feel this isn’t really required. Whether you opt for the 30 metre square or the 60 metre square insulation pack, it is still an expensive extra. It mainly helps to make the garage warmer and more comfortable in the colder months. So unless you will be spending a lot of time in the building, there’s no real need to insulate it.
The second upgrade on offer is the solar panels. These are the most expensive extras available and again, if using the cabin as a garage, they aren’t really required. They are used to add power to the building which is useful if you’re turning it into a workshop. They also add light which you could argue is a useful addition even if using it purely as a garage. However, weighing up the overall cost that these panels would add on, we feel they would only be worth it if you’re using the cabin as a workshop and not just a garage.
This is one of the highest quality garages we’ve reviewed and we really can’t recommend it high enough. It has an extremely solid and very secure design.
Longevity Of materials 10/10
With 44mm thick timber, this is one durable building. If you treat it after assembly, you can be sure it will withstand anything the British weather has to throw at it. With strong interior framing too, you’ll never have to worry about the stability of the garage.
Designed as a single garage, this cabin offers an exceptional amount of space. You can comfortably store a large family car, with plenty of space to drive it in and out thanks to the incredibly wide double doors.
Ease of installation 6/10
The reason we’ve given this a lower than average installation rating is due to both the sheer weight of the thick panels and the slight complication that the split roof design provides. We would highly recommend making use of the Waltons installation service. It may be expensive, but that cost is worthwhile.
Provided you have the budget available, this garage supplies extraordinary value for money. You don’t need to spend a fortune on upgrades as it already benefits from double glazing and exceptionally thick walls. So if you’re looking for a building you don’t necessarily have to do anything to, this is a fantastic choice.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a garage that will keep your vehicle protected from both thieves and the unpredictable British weather, this is a brilliant choice. It benefits from an incredibly thick design that is bound to last for many years. With ultra-wide double doors, access into the garage couldn’t be easier. They are also secured with a lock and key. One of the features we are most impressed with is the double glazed windows placed on the split level roof. They provide the garage with great natural light, whilst also maintaining a high level of privacy. It does need to be treated, but you are rewarded with a great 10 year anti-rot warranty.
Prices around: £2699.95
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