This Ilmenau log cabin would look as good in your garden as it would in the Alpine town that bears its name. Featuring an eye catching hexagonal design, it will become a much loved feature of your property, and because it’s such a pleasant environment to spend time in you’ll be happy to pass the hours by there. This is helped to a large extent by the five glazed windows that let natural light flood in from every sight. We were glad to find that they were all fully opening, so it’s easy to create an airy and cool interior on warmer days.
If security is of special importance to you, then you’ll be as pleased as we were to find that an integrated key operated lock has been included as standard, which isn’t a feature that we always find even at this price. They lock double doors that were refreshingly generous in their dimensions.
Protection against attempted break ins is one thing, but this summer house also provides a good level of protection against the elements. The apex roof at the summit simply carries water away, and there’s also now way for rain to find its way through the tight tongue and groove cladding used for the walls, roof, and floor.
What we rate
High quality and reliable tongue and groove cladding
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials8/10
Ease of installation8/10
Value for money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
This hexagonal shaped log cabin with an apex roof has all the charm of an Alpine chalet, and yet it looks perfect in a British country garden. We were impressed with the appearance from the moment that we saw it in its assembled state, and not just because it boasts an attractive mixture of smooth planed logs and well sized glazing, but also for its sheer dimensions.
The apex roof is one of the elements that help to make this log cabin so visually imposing, as it creates a tall structure with lots of headroom, as well as carrying out the vital task of channeling rain and snow safely away. This is demonstrated by its peak height of 9’11 and its eaves height of 7’0. The other dimensions are just as generous, with an overall width of 3.50m and an overall depth of 3.03m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that tongue and groove cladding had been used throughout, as the tightly interlocking components have excellent resistance to water. With a thickness of 44mm as well, the walls were solid and very stable, making it an ideal garden building for areas that are often exposed to strong winds. Thinner tongue and groove cladding of 19mm has been used for both the floor and the roof, but this is to be expected and is still significantly thicker and stronger than many of the floors we see on the timber buildings we review.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We like the fact that the manufacturer has provided a 15 year guarantee against rot, as this provides real peace of mind for consumers who are making a substantial investment. It must be noted, however, that this guarantee is only valid if the customer treats the shed with a high quality wood preserver after installation and every year thereafter; over a 15 year period this can add up to a considerable amount of time and money being spent. We would have liked to see the timbers being subjected to pressure treatment which would have negated some of these treatment requirements, but unfortunately no preservative at all has been used by Waltons, other than on the pressure treated floor joists.
Doors and Windows
We were delighted at how wide and tall the double doors were, as it makes it very easy to manoeuvre the objects in and out that can create the ideal summer house environment. The doors have a width of 4’0 and a height of 6’0, which are both in excess of the dimensions that we often find.
The doors also have attractive glazing, which is a feature we see repeated as the other five panels all contain full sized windows. As it features sash windows that can be opened, this log cabin is easy to ventilate and the temperature can be regulated even on a warm day, when the amount of glass could otherwise lead to an uncomfortably hot interior. We would, however, have liked to see a thicker glass used than the 4mm supplied here.
Security and Privacy
Whilst the relatively thin glazing may raise security concerns, we were pleased to see that a positive security feature was included in the form of a key operated locking system. With garden crime on the rise, this is an essential for any log cabin or summer house yet it’s not something that we always see incorporated as standard as it is on this occasion.
Customisation Options and Extras
We found the roof to have excellent water repellency thanks to its combination of tongue and groove timber and a strong mineral felt, but this can be enhanced still further with the purchase of an optional shingle pack for £167.95. Bitumen coated, they come in either brown or green. Cuprinol garden protector can also be added to the order, at a price of £34.99 for 4 litres. It’s available in either golden oak or spruce green and allows the owner to provide an immediate treatment after installation as required by the guarantee. We think the colours look natural and pleasing to the eye, and Cuprinol is a well respected name in garden care, so this makes a wise purchase along with the log cabin itself.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
At this price we’d expect high quality components, so we were pleased to see this is what we got from the tongue and groove roof down to the pressure treated floor joists.
Longevity Of materials8/10
We would have liked to see, and even expected, a pre-delivery treatment used by the manufacturer but instead the onus is placed on the customer. If the necessary treatments are carried out, this will prove to be a durable log cabin.
The very generous dimensions are helped by the tall apex roof, so you’ll be surprised how much you can fit inside.
Ease of installation8/10
You’ll need at least two people to install this building, and even then an extra pair of hands could prove useful. Be prepared to set aside a day for the assembly process.
Value for money8/10
Whilst the size is good, and it looks stunning, we often review garden buildings of a similar size that are a little less costly.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a practical garden building that has a uniquely attractive look, then this should certainly be given consideration as long as it falls within your budget. A lot of customers will be attracted by the 15 year guarantee, but keep in mind that this is reliant upon regular retreatment by the customer with a good quality wood preserver. While we feel it could have performed better in that area, it has a lot of positive features that make it a great choice as a summer house. Not least of these is the sheer number of windows, creating a bright and welcoming environment to spend time in.