This is a large summer house that has been specifically designed for use as a home office. However, you could use it for all kinds of purposes including an extra living room, a home gym or maybe just a place you can enjoy a little ‘you’ time. It may not be the largest cabin on the market but it still provides a good amount of interior space that can be used in any number of ways. It is almost fully glazed to the front, which makes it most suitable for use as a home office; ensuring a massive amount of light gets into the building.
- Roof height – 2.58m
- Eaves height – 2.05m
- Door height – 1.95m
- Door width – 1.61m
- Depth – 3m
- Width – 4m
You’ll often find the majority of log cabins available today are pretty large. This is great for those that have the space, but what if you only have a medium size garden? This cabin is designed for those who don’t have a massive amount of space available, but who need a separate place to work. Whilst still offering generous room inside the building, its slightly more compact width and depth compared to other cabins means it is accessible to more homeowners. It is still a large building and will need a lot of width so this does need to be taken into account.
Roof and Floor
This cabin benefits from a 19mm tongue and groove reverse apex roof. This means it slopes down both the rear and the front, rather than the sides of the building. Apex roofs are used not just for their awesome weatherproof benefits, but also for the level of height they provide inside the building. Waltons also add a heavy duty roof felt which offers excellent protection against rot, though there are even better quality upgrades available. More about these can be located under the customisation options part of the review.
Cladding and Frame
The 28mm cladding used on this cabin is pretty impressive. However, you do have the choice to upgrade to even thicker walls. Both 34mm and 44mm timber logs are available and the advantages of both can be found under the customisation options section below. It benefits from an interlocking tongue and groove build, with the timber taken from slow growing Baltic sourced pine. This ensures the highest quality construction and gives the cabin a naturally secure and weather resistant feature.
Whilst the thick log walls aren’t prone to warping like cheaper, thinner timber is, the tongue and groove aspect ensures a small expansion gap is left to accommodate any potential changes in the wood throughout the year. This makes it much more structurally safe and more weather resistant than overlap for example.
To support the thick, heavy exterior, a strong interior frame has been used. Roof joists and exterior corner joints chalet connections are also used to improve its stability. All in all this is a very strong, stable cabin that is equally as impressive inside, as it is on the outside.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It’s interesting that Waltons don’t provide any information regarding treatment requirements. However, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require them. The cladding may be super-strong, but as with all soft wood buildings, it will break down over time when exposed to harsh weather conditions. Therefore in order to protect your investment, it would make sense to treat the cabin with a high quality preservative each year.
We’d highly recommend a spirit based treatment. These work inside the timber, as well as on the surface. This type of treatment also lasts longer. So technically you could get away with applying the treatment every other year, thus saving you both time and money. If you do take the time and effort to treat the building properly, you will benefit from the great 10 year anti-rot warranty.
Doors and Windows
Large, panelled double doors feature on the front of the building to offer great spacious entry to transport large furniture and equipment. The door is also fitted with a mortice lock and a stylish door handle. It features the exact same glazed panelled design as the four windows included. They are single glazed as standard, though a double glazing upgrade is also available. More about this can be found further down in the review.
The way the cabin has been designed ensures an exceptional amount of light enters the building. This is largely what makes it suitable for use as a home office. The windows are also lockable and openable to provide great air flow throughout.
Security and Privacy
Security wise, the cabin has a high quality mortice lock, operated by a key. So unless somebody has the key, they will struggle to get into the building. However, a determined thief could pick the lock so we’d recommend installing an alarm if you plan on keeping computers and other office equipment in here.
We would also recommend adding curtains or blinds behind the windows. Whilst the bright, glazed design does provide great benefits, it severely limits the privacy of the cabin. When not in use, or when working late at night, you will want to make the building more private and curtains and blinds allow you to do this.
Waltons have three customisation options they commonly offer for the majority of their cabins. These include cladding, roofing and glazing customisations.
The 28mm thick timber log cladding is the standard thickness that you pay for in the initial cost. Your upgrade options are 34mm and 44mm. With the extra thickness comes numerous benefits. For example, if you upgrade to the 34mm thick cladding it offers more insulation, weather resistance, durability and security. Structurally the 28mm and 34mm cladding is the same. However, the 44mm thick walls are built a little differently. They incorporate a double wind tunnel. This stops even the slightest drafts from getting inside the cabin. If you’re looking to get the most benefits out of this building then upgrading to the 44mm cladding is definitely recommended.
The roof covering supplied as standard has the same bright design as the rest of the cabin. Out of all of the customisation options and extras provided, this is the one we highly recommend you invest in. Now the heavy duty felt will provide adequate protection, but it doesn’t quite match the same quality as the rest of the building. There are two different upgrades available. The cheapest is the superior duty felt. This is actually made out of fibreglass which means unlike the sand felt, it doesn’t perish no matter what elements are thrown its way. So the extra cost is definitely worth paying for if you’re looking to boost the roofs longevity.
The more expensive roof covering available is the Armourshield Shingles. The thing about shingles is they look just like the tiles found on homes. These Armourshield variations come in two different colours and they have been technologically advanced to provide exceptional protection. However, they are perhaps most commonly used not just for their excellent weatherproof barrier, but also because they are the most attractive covering available. They benefit from a very distinctive, textured look and really do enhance the style of outdoor buildings. So if you want your cabin to really stand out as it fights the elements, the shingles would be a good investment.
You are given three different extras which are all seriously worth considering, though some are a lot more costly than others. Starting with the most expensive, the solar panel kits can really help to get power into the cabin without the long term running costs typically associated with electrical packs. Even the lowest powered solar panel kit will set you back £699.95, so the initial cost is really high. However, when you think about how much you are saving in electrical costs over the long term, you soon realise they are actually giving you excellent value for money.
There’s a choice of roof mounted and free standing kits. Before choosing one it is really important to figure out how much power you will need at any one time. For example, do you plan on using a lamp, TV and another appliance at the same time? If so you’ll need one of the stronger solar panel kits which will obviously be more expensive. None of the panels need to be connected to the mains so they aren’t overly difficult to install. They also come with everything you need. It is worth noting that these panels will not provide the cabin with light. However, you can use the power provided to plug in a lamp so it still allows you to get some light source into the building.
The installation service is the second most expensive extra. Now this isn’t the most complicated cabin to build as it has a pretty straightforward design. However, even if you stick with the 28mm thick logs, it is still going to be very heavy and a hard labour task putting it together. So the installation service, although expensive, could be a great investment. A professional team will come and assemble the cabin for you and then clean up afterwards. Just be aware that this service includes the installation of the cabin only and not a base or any extras you may purchase alongside the building.
The least expensive extra is the EcoQuilt insulation kits. Though most of the benefits of these kits will be felt in the winter months, they also help to keep the cabin cooler in summer. So it is definitely something you will want to consider. There are two kits, with the only difference between them being the amount of insulation provided. The larger and more expensive kit will allow you to insulate more of the building. Both consist of an amazing six layers of thermal wadding and a reflective layer that is resistant to moisture. They also come with everything you will need to install them.
This really is an outstanding cabin with a great range of customisation options. Only the finest materials have been used in its construction.
Longevity of Materials
The thick cladding means this cabin really does benefit from awesome durability. Whilst it is recommended you treat the building with a high quality preservative, it comes with a great 10 year anti-rot warranty for peace of mind.
This isn’t the biggest cabin available, but it certainly isn’t small either. You will be able to get a desk and a sofa in here, or a couple of desks if needed.
Ease of Installation
This is obviously going to take quite a long time to build. However, it’s pretty straightforward and there aren’t any really tricky parts you’ll struggle with. If you really want to save the hassle however, there is an installation service. This does come at a pretty high cost but you need to think about whether it is worth it.
You only have to take a look at the reviews from happy customers to see how much value for money you’re getting. It’s an extraordinary model and is constructed to a very high standard.
Final Thoughts: If you’re searching for an attractive cabin that you can work in throughout the year, this Waltons Home Office Director Log Cabin is an ideal choice. With upgradable walls, glazing and roof covering, you can really get the most out of this compact building; making it very comfortable to work in all year round. Standard features include 28mm thick cladding, single glazing and a heavy duty felt. We love that practically the entire front of the building is glazed, allowing you to really enjoy the view of your garden as you work. The reverse apex roof gives it a unique look, whilst still ensuring you still get the maximum water resistant benefits.
Prices around: £2059.95
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