BillyOh Huntsman Log Cabin – Our first impressions
We were struck by the feeling of spaciousness inside the log cabin, and this is the first thing that greets you. The door is taller than most, measuring up at 6.2 ft in height. This is a refreshing aspect, and adds a degree of comfort for most people.
The glazing is also a key feature of the building, and there are a number of options here that make it easy to pick the right style and strength for your needs. You can, for example, pick a Georgian window look for the building, and therefore create a traditional feel for the construction. If this is not the style you are after, you can also go for a more contemporary feel in the glazing. Each works well and is purely a matter of taste, not affecting the quality of the windows in any way.
However, you can also choose to have double-glazing fitted or single glazing. We found both options here to have some real value. The double glazing offering gives you that strong noise reduction, while the single doesn’t have that. However, the single glazing is shatter-resistant, and therefore contains it’s own value.
The cladding on the building is a strong aspect too. It is tongue and groove cladding, and this style is much tougher than the less costly overlap cladding that is present on some buildings. This adds more robustness to the building and means that you get a tougher log cabin. Compared to the traditional overlap cladding, it is more resistant to water damage too. The panels literally interlock together, which provides a stronger, more secure outer shell.
The roof benefits from the same approach, being made from tongue and groove timber. This again interlocks solidly, and gives you that extra level of protection. Roofs on cabins are notoriously difficult to maintain and having the tongue and groove underneath the roof covering means that you have a solid part of the building. This of course is either going to be enhanced or downgraded by the roofing material, and with this building you happen to have a choice of roofing materials.
You can opt for a mineral felt covering for the cabin. Paired up with that tongue and groove shell, you should find that this is perfectly adequate protection for the interior. However, there are other options that make for a tougher roofing setup.
You can have heavy duty shingles fitted on the roof. These are a very good idea, and although they are viewed as the premium option (and priced accordingly) you can still rest safe in the knowledge that these shingles are considerably thicker than the mineral felt covering offered on the standard. They look a lot more attractive too, and this adds to the reasons why we would consider this option. If your budget allows for it, go for the premium roofing option.
We also liked the fact that there is an enhanced level of choice when it comes to the colours of these shingles. There is an excellent range of colour choices here, and they include red and green, both vibrant and exciting colours, especially the red. It’s a little touch, and it leads to a high quality finish option.
BillyOh Huntsman Log Cabin: Questions you may have
What’s the flooring like? You’ll be glad to know that the manufacturer has opted for very strong flooring with this log cabin. But the value comes with choice. There are three distinct options, and they include a basic, standard and premium choice. The basic comes with just the bearers, so you literally choose the floor you like. The premium is great value for money in our opinion, because it gives you a 19 mm thick flooring, with a tongue and groove feature, for more protection against the wet.
What about treating the building? There is a bit of an issue here, but this does depend on how much work you expect to do. There is no factory basecoat treatment, so as soon as you take delivery of the cabin you will have to treat the timber yourself. Again, this is not necessarily an issue, but some customers may expect to have it pre-treated. This is not the case here.
BillyOh Huntsman Log Cabin: So what’s the quality like?
With the combination of high quality cladding and the option of shingles on the roof, you do have a very sturdy building here. It is worth paying for the extra options just to be sure you have the toughest cabin you can get.
BillyOh Huntsman Log Cabin: Our final thoughts
This is undoubtedly a high quality cabin. It has a number of good features, and we wholly recommend that you have shingles on the roof if possible. We would have liked to see some thought going into pre-treatment, but when that is the only gripe for a building at this price, it’s not really an issue.
What you are really paying for here apart from the usage is the tongue and groove work that is so prevalent. It brings you a strong building that should have a long lifespan. This alone justifies the price tag, which we think is reasonably sensible in the first place.
Quality of construction 10/10 Longevity of material 8.4/10
Prices around: £1049
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