Shed Type, Roof Size
This is a large apex roofed log cabin in a classic European design, bringing back memories of luxurious Alpine chalets. We were really impressed by its appearance, as it’s imposing and yet because it’s made solely of natural materials it’s not ostentatious. This is a garden building to be proud of, almost a status symbol as well as a versatile and highly useful log cabin.
The roof itself is made of tongue and groove cladding, which is something we’re always glad to see, which is then covered in a tougher than usual mineral felt. The end result is that it’s very effective at bouncing water away, and it also adds a lot of height. The ridge height is 2.79m and the eaves height 2.16m, and this generosity is also found in the overall width and overall depth, both measuring 4.80m and completing an aesthetically pleasing square design.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The tongue and groove cladding is the feature above all others that puts this log cabin into the top rank. With a thickness of 70mm it’s over twice as thick as a lot of other cladding we see on the log cabins we review. It’s further supported by a sturdy frame and chalet connections, which give added strength and rigidity.
We couldn’t expect the floor to be of the same thickness but we were pleased to see that it too was made of tongue and groove cladding, showing that no corners had been cut to save money. The floor cladding is 19mm, as is that used for the roof, but that should be more than adequate for most purposes. We were especially glad to see that it was supported by integrated floor bearers, as these lift it above the moisture found at ground level.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
There are three main causes of rot in a timber building: ingress of rainwater, ground moisture, and a lack of preservative treatment. With the first two dangers taken care of, thanks to the floor bearers and the tightly interlocking cladding, we were not surprised to see the cabin protected by a 15 year anti-rot guarantee. We were, however, surprised to find no assistance given with the third danger. At this price we would have liked to see long lasting pressure treatment applied to the timbers, but in fact no preservative has been applied at all. That means the customer must add wood preserver themselves immediately following installation, and then carry out further treatments every year.
Doors and Windows
We were pleased to find the double doors on this cabin to be so accommodating, and with a width of 1.58m and a height of 1.95m they are significantly larger than most that we review. They are also half glazed, and we were pleased to see that warmth retaining double glazing had been used, just as it has on the large window to the side. We would have liked the glazing itself to be a little thicker than the 4mm supplied. It is given extra protection against the elements, however, by the overhanging roof, and this also gives extra shade on a hot day. If the interior still gets a little too warm, the window can be opened to provide ventilation.
Security and Privacy
Some people may have liked to see more than one window on a cabin as large as this, but we welcome that as a security feature. It means that there are three windowless sides, so by aligning these to areas that can be seen by passers by it means that the contents will be kept hidden away. The security feature we liked most of all was the key operated mortice lock, a welcome inclusion as some manufacturers place the emphasis on customers fitting their own locks.
Customisation Options and Extras
We were pleased to see that a range of optional extras are available, first among them being a set of roof shingles. While we find the standard roof good in itself, we know that some people will find the extra weather protection from the bitumen shingles to be reassuring. Further to this are options to add solar panels to the cabin, which again we know that many environmentally conscious customers will want to take advantage of. One final option is a choice of Cuprinol Wood Protector tubs, which are a very useful addition considering the treatment requirements.
The use of tongue and groove cladding that was much thicker than that we usually see was a good indication of the high quality we would see replicated throughout the shed as a whole.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
We are confident in the effectiveness of the cladding to keep rot at bay, as are the manufacturers as shown by the long 15 year guarantee.
This is a very large log cabin, and the welcome addition of the overhanging roof also gives a front patio area that can be used for barbecues or as a place to relax.
Ease of installation 8/10
All the fixtures and fittings are included, and the instructions are quite easy to follow, but we would still advise you to leave at least a full day for two people to install this log cabin.
Whilst we appreciate that its price tag of nearly five thousand pounds will be beyond the reach of some, we still think this represents decent value for money considering its size and features.
Final Thoughts: When you have a beautiful log cabin, such as this, in your garden you’re opening up a new world of possibilities. It’s large enough to be used as an extension to your house, perhaps as a bedroom for guests or as a dining room. It can even be used as a home office or a workshop in which to carry out business activities, and the integrated lock helps to keep the contents secure. We found this to be a very pleasing log cabin visually, and thanks to the light and ventilation that comes in through the generously sized window it’s also a pleasurable environment to spend time in.
Prices around: £4889.95
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