BillyOh Windsor Log Cabin Review

Prices Around: £2145
Size: 4.0 X 4.0m
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Large and spacious, this log cabin has a high apex roof that is very attractive. Measuring 4.0 m x 4.0 m, it has plenty of space inside for a home office, an art studio or any other purpose. Strong features include tongue and groove cladding with a choice in thickness, up to six opening windows, and the option of a shingle roof. Two roof thickness options also give a good amount of choice to the customer. As a finishing touch that adds a lot of value, the generously tall roof means a wonderfully high ceiling.

What we rate

  • Incredibly high ceiling
  • Lots of customisation options
  • Very attractive building
  • Double glazed windows
  • Extra high roof

What we slate

  • Comes untreated
  • You have to spend more than the base price to get real value
How We Rate It
7.5
Value for Money 7/10
70% Complete
Quality 7/10
70% Complete
Options & Customisability 9.5/10
95% Complete
Longevity of material 7/10
70% Complete
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type and Roof Size

BillyOh Windsor Log Cabin SideviewThis is a log cabin that comes with a pleasing Alpine look. The roof is in the apex style and it has a front overhang on it that measures up as 10.4 cm. This roof is so high that it dramatically enhances the indoor ceiling height.

The width of the building is 443.7 cm and the depth is 415.2 cm. The internal width is 383.4 cm (allowing for the outer walls) and the internal depth of the building is again 383.4 cm. Overall, it is a generously sized building that has a nicely spacious interior.

The roof has options in covering. You can choose no covering (where you have to supply your own), standard felt (which provides adequate protection against rain) or shingles covering. The best here (by far) is shingles, simply because they bring a high level of watertight protection.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

BillyOh Windsor Log Cabin Inside ViewThe cladding is tongue and groove. This is a high quality material that brings plenty of strength to the building. It’s costly to make and install, and there’s a reason for that. Literally locking together, the boards will provide a smooth, solid level of protection against rainwater. Ideal for the exterior in rough weather, it’s a great aspect of the building. You can choose between 35mm or 44mm thick cladding, and we recommend the 44 mm thick cladding for real protection against the elements and a stronger building.

With the floor, the manufacturer’s given you three options. You have the basic option of literally not having a floor. If you chose this option, ensure you have your floor ready for delivery on the same day you install.

Then you get the second option which the manufacturers call ‘standard’ which is a tongue and groove floor. This is pretty hardy stuff, the same level of quality you get in the cladding. The bearers keep water out anyway, but it still ensures you have a tough floor when you have tongue and groove.

The real quality comes with the premium flooring option, which we fully recommend if you are able to spend the money. This gives you 19mm flooring, again with that tongue and groove reassurance. Tough and durable, it’s perfect if you’re looking at heavy use. While you may not be installing a full home gym, if you have a sofa or two and plenty of floor traffic, it makes for a great choice.

Make sure you plan for having a solid level base ready and settled when want to start installation of the log cabin.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

There is no treatment supplied. We would have loved to have seen some from of pressure treatment but that’s not the case here. Because of this, you will have to treat it as soon as it is up and ready, and expect an annual treatment requirement. Of course, this is common, but we have a very expensive cabin here, and we would have liked to have seen at least a pre-treatment, if not a full pressure treatment.

Doors and Windows

BillyOh Windsor Log Cabin Top ViewYou have two options for glazing. You can choose the double glazing (Toughened Glass) option, and when it’s cold in the winter, this option gives the insulation you need. But don’t be put off by the single glazing (SAN) option because there’s plenty of value here. It’s no ordinary glass, and it’s toughened aspect makes for a good barrier against adverse weather, and some extra security too. So both good options and it’s nice to have them. And if you live near a noisy area (with traffic for example), the double glazing adds more value due to some excellent noise reduction.

Georgian or modern options are there for the style of the windows. The Georgian style is good if you fancy that traditional feel for the windows. These work really well, and add lots of aesthetic appeal. Alternatively, you can go modern and have a completely clean look. It’s up to you of course, but both have their merits, and the style doesn’t affect the quality in any way.

There is a little trick to be learnt here when to comes to the windows though. Of course, it will depend on the placing of the unit, but if you have a central door option on the cabin, you get six opening windows. If you plump for the cabin that has a side door, you have five windows. Something to think about when you choose your model. All the windows, whether you have five or six, are fully opening for ventilation.

Security and Privacy

A key feature here is the double glazing, because the toughened glass adds value and security for the product all year round. It’s reassuring, and means that you get enhanced security for your money.

Customisation Options and Extras

BillyOh Windsor Log Cabin Front ViewThe manufacturer has bent over backwards to bring you a high level of customisation here. And this is where the real quality in the building lies. We’ve already mentioned the offset or central door options (and the extra windows you can gain) but there are plenty of other aspects too.

We think the fact that you can choose between standard felt and shingles on the roof is an excellent example of customisation options. You can get away with standard felt with any building, but we feel that the shingles covering really makes your build more secure, and also adds to the overall impact.

You also get that choice between 35mm or 44mm thick in the cladding. The timber you choose is of course important, but it’s not every day you get a chance to customize the thickness of your building’s walls. There is a 28 mm thick option by the way, but we recommend you explore the other two for a building of this size.

The 19 mm thick roofing you can buy is perfect for a large building like this, but you can always plump for 11 mm thick roof. For obvious reasons, and to protect your investment for longer, we expect that most will go for the 19 mm. So plenty of options, and a pleasing amount of solutions overall.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Value for Money 7/10
70% Complete
… this is a great log cabin and it’s base price is reasonably low, however if you want to go for the better roof and window options as well as better framing and cladding options expect to pay considerably more.
Quality 7/10
70% Complete
… the general base model quality of this log cabin is adequate, and as mentioned before you can increase the specification and quality by selecting a better framing, cladding, windows and roof, but that will come at an additional expense.
Options & Customisability 9.5/10
95% Complete
… this log cabin offers a great selection of door positions, window count and glass types as well as various cladding and framing options. Also you have more options for the roof and floor. Overall the options make a lot of sense and are easy to select & configure.
Longevity of material 7/10
70% Complete
… in it’s base configuration the T&G log cabin cladding provides good resistance to the elements, but it is imperative to treat this log cabin on installation and annually thereafter. That is an impact on the overall lifetime cost and time spent on keeping the materials as durable as possible. Choose a better floor and roof option for even more longevity.
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete
… all things considered this building is relatively easy to construct. However if you choose shingle roofing expect added difficulty. The amount of windows might make it even more challenging for you if you are not handy at construction work.
7.5
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: This is a big building, and it costs accordingly too. But spend just a few minutes inside it and you’ll realise that it has plenty to offer. It feels incredibly roomy and spacious, and you can add a lot of the value yourself when you make your option choices. Think these over carefully, because having a 28 mm thick level of cladding is very different to a 44 mm thick arrangement, for example.A quick point about the customisation. You will end up spending money on the building above the base price (which is significant). To get the maximum value and longevity, the options have to be explored. Not a huge problem, but when you consider that some of these options directly affect the quality of the roof, for example, it does make a difference.That said, it’s a solid building, and we think it will most definitely brighten up any garden. We like the fact that you can pick and choose between a wealth of options to make the building you need. For example, having the option of a stronger floor if you want to have the home gym. It all comes together very well and although it’s a significant investment, you definitely get a lot for your money. Again, we do recommend that you don’t choose any ‘basic’ options if you can help it though because the premium stuff here is definitely what makes the building what it is.If comparing this with other buildings and buildings by other manufacturers we also recommend comparing it with high end summerhouses as well.

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