Spiekeroog is a north German island noted for its beauty and tranquility, so it’s an ideal name for this large log cabin. There’s lots of space available, and everything is well manufactured and fits together perfectly. There is only one large window, situated at the front, but this means that the contents can be hidden from passers by creating a more secure environment. It also allows a good amount of light to enter into the shed itself.
Whilst light is let in, precipitation is kept out, thanks to a number of very effective weatherproofing features. The first of these is the apex roof. Made of tongue and groove cladding, it’s then covered in a heavy duty mineral felt. Below the roof the logs used for the tightly locking tongue and groove cladding are very thick. It means that even in an exposed area, this cabin will be stable and reliable. With these features built in, it’s little surprise that the manufacturer has been able to provide a 15 year anti-rot guarantee.
The double doors are protected by a secure key operated lock, which is an item that we’re always glad to see. Step through the door and outside the log cabin and you’re still protected from the elements, thanks to the overhanging chalet style roof.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
Ease of installation8.5/10
Value for money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
This generously sized log cabin adheres strongly to the traditional design that has been a European design classic throughout the decades. That means it’s very attractive to look at, and we were glad to find that its functionality was just as impressive as its form. With so much space being available in one open plan interior, it also creates a very versatile space that can be turned to just about any use.
One of the most noticeable things about the shed is the apex roof, not only because it creates a very tall building but also because it extends beyond the cabin itself. This helps to provide shade on hot days, and also creates a pleasant area in which to sit and relax or hold a barbecue. At its peak the height is 2.79m, and the eaves height is also taller than most we see at 2.16m. When finding a place on which to locate the cabin you’ll also need to keep in mind the overall width of 4.80m and the overall depth of 3.90m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The most impressive feature of all with this shed, in our opinion, is the cladding itself. It’s tongue and groove, which we’d expect in a timber building in this price range, and is therefore very effective at stopping rain getting in. What is special about it, however, is its thickness. At 70mm thick it is much thicker than most cladding we see, and that creates a very solid and dependable structure, particularly as it’s also supported by the strength giving properties of corner joints and chalet connections.
The floor, like the roof, is made of 19mm thick tongue and groove cladding, and whilst this is significantly thinner than the logs used for the walls it’s still worth noting that this is thicker than many of the floors we see on the sheds and log cabins we review. We were also pleased to see that it’s supported by integrated floor bearers, as it’s essential for all timber buildings that they’re elevated slightly above ground level where moisture can accumulate.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The 15 year anti-rot guarantee supplied by Waltons is as long as any that we see on timber buildings, and is a mark of trust in the effectiveness and durability of the cladding. Whilst we welcome that, we were less impressed by the fact that no initial preservative treatment had been used by the manufacturer. This is something that we would have expected in a log cabin of this price, and means that the customer instead has to keep up regular treatment with a high quality wood preserver. This has to be carried out not only every year, but also immediately after the log cabin is installed. There are, however, tubs of wood protector available as an optional extra to help the customer achieve this.
Doors and Windows
We were pleased the the double doors are not only strong, they also create an opening that’s very wide and tall. The door width is 1.58m and the door height is 1.95m, and this is especially important in a log cabin of this size as it allows the owner to easily move in the items of furniture and electrical equipment that can transform the interior.
The doors themselves are half glazed, but also on the front is a full sized double glazed window which let a good amount of light reach the interior. We would have liked it to have been a little thicker than 4mm, but it was good to see that it was an opening rather than fixed window as this provides the easiest way to ventilate the log cabin.
Security and Privacy
With only one window, this means that three sides are full boarded. We welcome this as a useful security feature, as it means that through careful planning and positioning you can boost your privacy and prevent passers by from seeing what fills the interior. Further security is provided by the key operated mortice lock, which we always feel is a very effective deterrent against opportune criminals.
Customisation Options and Extras
With the timber used being FSC certified, this is a good building for people who are eco conscious. That’s why it’s good to see that a series of solar panels are available to be fitted to the panel. There are five different options, both flexible and roof mounted, so green minded customers can choose how much power they want to generate and also how much they want to pay. Other optional extras available include the aforementioned garden protector, which we would really class as an essential purchase, and a set of roof shingles that can be used instead of a felt roof.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
One mark of the high quality found in this shed is the use of thick tongue and groove cladding, and the chalet connections are a further indication.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
The components of this log cabin make it very water resistant, and therefore rot resistant, but that’s also dependent upon the customer keeping up the treatment requirements.
We were pleased to find such a tall eaves and door height on this security shed, as it makes a big difference to how much can be stored within it, and how easy it is to manoeuvre objects in and out.
Ease of installation8.5/10
A full assembly kit is included, minus the tools of course, as are comprehensive instructions, but due to its size it can still take two people around eight hours to complete the assembly.
Value for money8/10
For a large and well built log cabin such as this, we do feel that it represents quite good value for money even at this price, but a pre-treatment would have given added value.
Final Thoughts: This building represents what many imagine when they think of a luxury log cabin, and on a grand scale. We were very impressed with its size and therefore its flexibility, as it could easily be used as an office or workshop space, a building to accommodate guests or children returning from University, or simply as a place to relax. Once inside it’s a very comfortable environment, with ventilation being provided by the large window and shade being given by the overhanging roof. With added security coming thanks to the sturdy locking system and three windowless sides it also provides added peace of mind to the owner.