9′ x 13’ft Berkshire Thatcham 34mm Log Cabin

Prices Around: £2379
Size: 2.80 X 4.00m
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At first glance you may think this is another well built rectangular log cabin, but look again and you’ll discover that it has a number of features that lift it above the norm. For a start, it is actually pentagonal in that the double doors are set on a fifth, diagonal, side. They’re very spacious and ideal for moving furniture in and out of. At the side there’s also another single door, and this provides access to a hidden storage area. Because there are no windows in this section it’s impossible for passers by to see what’s kept inside.

The main body of the log cabin features two double glazed windows, and with the double doors partially glazed there’s a lot of light inside the building, meaning that it could easily be used as a home working office. We were pleased to see that the windows are opening as well, so with a quick tilt and turn they can be used for ventilation or cooling purposes.

Another factor that stood out for us is the use of thicker than average logs for the wall cladding, as well as tongue and groove for the felt covered apex roof and the floor. This creates a strong structure that has excellent waterproof properties, although annual preservative treatments will need to be applied.

What we rate

  • Hidden storage area
  • Double glazed, opening windows
  • Overhanging apex roof
  • Thick log cladding

What we slate

  • Only a one year warranty
  • Relatively expensive
How We Rate It
8
Quality 10/10
100% Complete
Longevity of Materials 7/10
70% Complete
Storage Size 8/10
80% Complete
Ease of Installation 8/10
80% Complete
Value for Money 8/10
80% Complete

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Shed Type, Roof Size

9' x 13'ft Berkshire Thatcham 34mm Log Cabin CladdingThis mid sized log cabin caught our eye initially for the pentagonal design that’s achieved by the use of a diagonal cut away for the main entranceway. It’s a small touch, but one that makes the building look unique and stylish. It also means that the area outside of the double doors can be used as a porch, or maybe an area to hold a barbecue, especially as this area is protected by another unique and eye catching feature: the overhanging apex roof.

The roof overhangs on all sides, creating a shaded area around the log cabin that will be particularly appreciated on a summer day. Made of tongue and groove and covered in felt, it’s also very tall giving a ridge height of 2.54m and an eaves height of 2.14m. When deciding upon a flat location in which to position the cabin, keep in mind that it has an overall width of 2.80m and an overall depth of 4.00m.

One feature that particularly impressed us on first inspection was the inclusion of an additional storage area at the rear of the cabin. Accessible via its own single door, it’s a great place to secure garden tools and equipment, or files and equipment that you might need for a home office.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

9' x 13'ft Berkshire Thatcham 34mm Log Cabin Windows and CladdingWe were pleased to see that 34mm thick planed Norwegian Spruce logs had been used for the cladding, as these are slightly thicker than those that we often see on the log cabins we review. The extra millimetres can make a big difference, and when fully assembled the structure feels strong and reliable even in windy conditions.

The floor, like the roof, is made of 19mm thick tongue and groove, which is more than adequate for everyday needs. This means that you won’t have to reinforce the floor, even if you’re going to be having heavy furniture upon it.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

9' x 13'ft Berkshire Thatcham 34mm Log Cabin Internal ViewThe tightly interlocking logs and large apex roof are both very good at keeping water out, so we would have expected to see a long warranty provided against rot. We were disappointed therefore to see that only a statutory one year guarantee is given. That’s a sign that no preservative treatment has been used by the manufacturer, which is not what we’d expect in a log cabin of this price. The result is that the customer themselves will have to add preservative coatings to keep the threat of rot at bay, and we recommend that this is done immediately after installation and then at yearly intervals.

Doors and Windows

9' x 13'ft Berkshire Thatcham 34mm Log Cabin WindowsThe double doors are situated on the shorter fifth side, and yet we were pleased to find them very accommodating. They have a width of 1.21m which is more than enough to take bulky items through, although we would have liked them to be a little taller than their 1.67m. There is also a single door at the rear which gives access to the storage area.

The double doors are partially glazed, which we feel gives them a very attractive look, but the main light source of the cabin comes from two large windows, one on the front and one at the side. It was good to see that these are double glazed, as that muffles noise coming from outside which can be highly useful if the cabin is to be used for work purposes. It also keeps heat in, although if things get too hot the windows can easily be opened.

Security Features

We really liked the inclusion of a rear storage area, and especially that it has no windows. This means that whatever you choose to store there will be hidden away from prying eyes. You may well want to add a padlock though to make both the side access door and the front double doors more secure. Although they feature an integrated mortise style lock, a padlock is needed to keep potential intruders out.

Optional Extras

We found the roof to be very effective at keeping rain out and providing shade, but if you want your roof to stand out from the crowd then there’s an option to upgrade it to a felt shingle roof. Whilst we do find this very attractive, it isn’t the cheapest upgrade at £275.99. The other optional extra available also comes with a significant price tag, as for £599 the customer can save time, and potentially frustration, by using a professional assembly team to install their new log cabin.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 10/10
100% Complete
From the thick log cladding down to the tongue and groove floor, it was obvious that this was a very high quality log cabin.
Longevity of Materials 7/10
70% Complete
The lack of an effective initial treatment could potentially compromise the durability that the high quality cladding should provide.
Storage Size 8/10
80% Complete
Whilst this isn’t one of the largest log cabins we’ve reviewed, we think the additional and secure storage area is a very welcome and useful touch.
Ease of Installation 8/10
80% Complete
There are a lot of components to assemble here, so even though clear instructions are provided, expect to take at least a full day with a friend’s help. Of course, the optional assembly service can save this time.
Value for Money 8/10
80% Complete
Whilst this is a very attractive log cabin, with some very useful features, we have seen cheaper cabins of similar sizes and with a longer warranty period.
8
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: We found a lot to like about this uniquely styled log cabin, even if we think it’s a pity that no preservative treatment has been used prior to shipping and that it therefore misses out on an extended warranty. As long as this comes within your budget, and you don’t mind adding regular coats of wood preserver yourself, then this will make a very useful addition to your property and which can be used for either business or leisure purposes. We particularly liked the secure and window free storage area, although it may need the addition of a padlock to make it even more secure.

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