Shed Type, Roof Size
This very smart looking log cabin takes a classic traditional design and gives it modern twists that make it even more useful and versatile. We liked its smooth wooden appearance from the moment we saw it, although we would have liked to see it darkened by an initial preservative treatment. We were also pleased to see the use of two compartments, although this didn’t compromise the spaciousness of the main area.
At the top sits an apex roof, which effectively stops rain from sitting on the surface. Made of tongue and groove cladding, and topped with a tough felt, it also adds extra vertical space, although we were glad to see that it still dipped under the 2.50m threshold for planning permission. The ridge height is 8’2, with an eaves height of 6’11. The overall width is 4.50m with an overall depth of 3.00m, so your positioning site on level concrete must at least match these dimensions.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The stand out feature for us was the thickness and strength of the cladding used. Put together in tongue and groove style, which is excellent at keeping rainwater out, the logs had a thickness of 44mm, which is considerably more than most that we see on the sheds and log cabins we review. It was good to see that tongue and groove timbers had also been used for both the roof and the floor, and whilst the thickness of the substrate in these areas is 19mm, once again this is thicker than we normally find. The result of this is a strong and stable structure that we feel offers excellent protection against the weather.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
With such thick and high quality tongue and groove cladding being used, especially when there’s also the natural rain repellency common to apex roofs to take into account, we would have expected a length warranty period to be provided by the manufacturer. Even so, we were impressed by the 15 year anti rot guarantee provided by Waltons as this is a long as any that we see on timber garden buildings. What we found less impressive, however, is that no preservative treatment at all has been applied by the manufacturer.
This means that the emphasis is on the customer not only to treat the shed with a high quality spirit based wood preserver every year, as required by the guarantee, but also immediately after its installation. This can involve a significant outlay of both time and money.
Doors and Windows
We were pleased to see that both single hinged doors were strong, sturdy and generously sized as well, meaning that however tall the cabin owner is they’ll have no problems moving in and out. This is especially important if the building is to be used in a workshop where machinery or other heavy items will be stored and retrieved. The two doors, one opening onto the main compartment and one on to the secure rear sections, are both of identical dimensions with a width of 2’8 and a generous and head saving height of 6’0.
Another feature we liked was the two well sized windows. They are double glazed, so they keep external noise out and heat in. We also liked the fact that they are both opening rather than fixed windows, as this means that it’s easy to regulate the temperature and provide ventilation.
Security and Privacy
Another welcome aspect of the windows is that they are both situated on the main body of the log cabin, meaning that the rear section is window free. This means that items of value can be kept there without anyone being able to see them from outside. This can be a useful deterrent against crime. The security feature we liked most, however, was the use of a key operated lock on both doors, which we don’t always find on the log cabins we review.
Customisation Options and Extras
We liked the tough roofing felt that comes as standard, and feel that it should give long lasting protection against rain. If you want to create an even more durable roof, however, as well as one that’s very aesthetically pleasing, then a set of log cabin shingles is available for £189.95.
This is just one of the extras available to be purchased at the same time as the cabin itself, and there also solar panels option to be purchased at a range of prices. More affordable, however, is the option to add tubs of Cuprinol Garden Wood Protector in either golden oak or spruce green colours. This gives protection against the fading effect caused by UV as well as against wet rot.
We found all the components to be of a very high standard, as demonstrated by how well the tongue and groove logs fit together.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
The thickness of the cladding gives added durability, but the longevity of this cabin is dependent upon the customer adhering to the annual treatment schedule.
The main section itself is very roomy, but then there’s also a well sized area at the rear which can be used for secure storage. The tall eaves also help by creating more vertical space.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
Whilst the instructions are clear and all fixtures and fittings are included, the sheer size means that you’ll still need to set aside a full day for you and a friend to complete the installation.
We have seen cheaper log cabins of a similar size, but this still represents decent value for a garden building of this quality.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a good sized log cabin to complement your garden, then as long as your budget will stretch to it this is certainly worth your consideration. We liked the look of the log cabin as a whole, and especially liked the fact that it was split into two individual sections both with their own access door. This means you can use it as a dual purpose garden building, especially as the rear section has added security because of its window free design. The only downside is the need to treat it immediately it’s installed, and annually after that, but otherwise this has a lot of features to recommend it, such as the tough cladding and integral locking system.
Prices around: £3219.95
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