BillyOh Devon Log Cabin – Our first thoughts
Want an indicator of quality immediately? Try the fact that the roof and the windows work well together. By that we mean that, with apex roofs, it is sometimes the case that the apex literally touches the top of the window frames. This is not the case here, and you get a high quality apex roof that gives that all-important head room down the middle of the building. This is a sign of quality and shows how much hard work the manufacturer has put into the construction.
You also get the option of having Georgian style windows that bring a clear traditional feel to the structure, or more modern contemporary glazing. Both have their charms, but we recommend the Georgian if you want to bring a little warmth to the building and it’s looks. The Georgian window effect is actually very charming, and hints at the traditions behind log cabins and high quality wooden garden structures in general. It makes for a great level of visual appeal. Of course, the modern look is there if you need it for your own particular style.
There is toughness here in the roof too. The manufacturers have decided to include a roof that has tongue and groove work in it. To the uninitiated, this is simply timber that fully interlocks, so there are no gaps to speak of. What this means for you is a roof that provides excellent levels of strength and stability. It’s also a lot more water-tight as well, so you have that protection against rain that you need in a roof.
People who need to store valuables in their cabin appreciate tongue and groove work because it gives more protection against water damage. You also get more protection against wear and tear. It’s simply tougher stuff. It’s definitely more costly than other roofing materials, but worth it for the end result.
When it comes to windows, the bigger the building, the more windows you have fitted. In the very largest (5.0 x 3.5 m) of the models you get a total of three windows. Even if you have the smallest model you are still looking at a building that benefits from plenty of light, and the windows fitted on this cabin open up to bring ventilation no matter what size of building it is.
BillyOh Devon Log Cabin: Questions you may have
What about the roofing?
There is a lot of choice here. Unusually for a cabin, you can opt for the chance to create your own roof and fit it yourself. This is, of course, a big job, and is truly the domain of the seasoned DIY expert. Getting this wrong could be rather costly.
That aside, you can also purchase the felt roof option. Felt roofing is good and should provide a basic level of protection throughout the year. It is a simple protective felt layer laid on top of the building.
The final option is shingles. You can even fit these heavy-duty shingles yourself. But we found that you needed to buy stronger and longer tracks than those that were supplied with the cabin. Shingles are the top end material, and they provide the very best protection for your interior.
Is it treated?
No, this is the part where you come in. You’ll have to treat it yourself, and this can take a lot of time. Patience is generally rewarded, and the treatment you apply will help you to have a building that lasts a long time.
What is the flooring like?
As expected from this manufacturer, you get a clear choice in flooring. The first choice is the standard one, and with this you get an 11 mm thick floor, which is generally viewed as suitable for standard use. This means no heavy machinery should be stored on this floor.
Then you have the premium version, which is in a different class, we felt. This floor is 19 mm thick, and is really tough. You get what you pay for, and we would pay for this, simply because it will last a lot longer.
Having said that, both floors have tongue and groove work in them, so they are both tough and capable of withstanding rainwater. That solid tongue and groove effect makes for a strong floor whichever thickness you choose.
BillyOh Devon Log Cabin: So what’s the quality like?s
In a word, excellent. If you’re going to put it up yourself, make time for it over a few days. It’s a large, high quality building that requires plenty of effort and craftsmanship. Of particular note is the tongue and groove in the roof, and the fact that you get an opening window even in the small model.
BillyOh Devon Log Cabin: Our final thoughts
One niggle may be the lack of treatment. This takes time to build and you could find yourself facing a major project if you are not careful. But putting that aside, once it is up, it looks fantastic and it provides you with a sturdy extra room for your home.
The general toughness, from the roof to the floor, means this is a solid build that should reward you with many years of usage. It is a high quality log cabin, and would look great in anyone’s garden.
Quality of construction 10/10 Longevity of material 8.4/10
Prices around: £1519
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