This is an attractive log cabin that has plenty of useful aspects. The big news here is the solid build quality. You have tongue and groove throughout, and choices in the thickness of the tongue and groove timbers in a couple of areas. In other words, the unit has been built to last. It’s nice to find such attention to detail with this size of cabin.
Large double doors provide plenty of access, and we liked the way these doors were set slightly off the center of the building. It adds a certain amount of style to the cabin, and more visual appeal. There is a generously sized single window that opens up and provides you with plenty of ventilation, perfect for the hot summer months.
The overhang is attractive, and gives a nice alpine effect to the building. Inside, it’s roomy, and can easily manage the space requirement for a home office. Spend a bit more on the tougher floor (19mm) if you intend to create something like a home gym.
However, if you are just looking for a cabin that can provide you with an excellent summer house, this is the one for you. It looks great, has plenty of strength behind it, and is very attractively priced for the quality of what you get.
What we rate
This is a very solid and strong building for the level of investment
The cabin has an attractive visual style, including a slightly off centre door position
What we slate
There is no treatment applied, so you will have to take care of this before installation
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Ease Of Installation8/10
Value For Money10/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof and Size
This is a modern and attractive log cabin that has a number of good features. One of the most attractive aspects of the building is the width. If you’re looking for a building that can accommodate a number of people for entertaining, for example, this building does well at 409. 3 cm wide. It also has a respectable depth at 290.8 cm.
The roof is in the alpine style, with a nice overhang running off the apex. This roof has been made using tongue and groove material. This takes away any worries about damp because this construction is made up of tough, interlocking boards that fit together seamlessly. Water won’t get through, in other words.
Depending on how confident you are at DIY, you can choose to have no roof covering, or to explore other options. Mineral felt works well, and is stronger than the standard sand felt found on most outdoor building roofs. Or you can go for shingles roof covering, which is more robust, and also UV resistant. This is a significant investment as a building, and we would recommend the shingles option simply to protect that.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
You get a much thicker construction here, with interlocking tongue and groove providing you with a stronger wall. The timber is 19 mm thick, and this is satisfyingly tough. If you imagine two pieces of wood literally being slotted together, that is what tongue and groove is like, and it results in a heavier building.
The floor depends on your requirements, If this cabin is to be used heavily (for example, as a real summer haven, as well as a storage area in the winter) then you may want to consider the Premier option in flooring. This is 19mm thick tongue and groove, and it is perfect if you are creating a space that will have heavy furniture. Some people use this building as an opportunity to make a small gym, for example, and the weight of the equipment would easily be handled by 19 mm boards.
Alternatively, you can opt for the 11 mm boards, These are no pushover, but are better suited to lighter use. Lighter furniture and the occasional ‘sit down space’ best match this specification.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The building arrives in it’s natural, softwood state, so you’ll need to treat it as soon as it gets to you. You can purchase a treatment solution from any DIY store, and once you have treated it, it will then need another application on an annual basis.
Doors and Windows
The double doors here are set off a little bit to the left of the centre of the building as you approach. This is actually rather charming, and gives the cabin it’s own distinctive look, we thought. The doors are solid, and they open up to a width of 156 cm, so you get plenty of easy access.
There is one opening window. You can choose your glazing here and we would go straight for the double glazing, simply because we know it gives the most value. It’s tougher and also adds that extra bit of insulation. On a colder day, this matters.
Security and Privacy
Be sure to purchase a good lock set for this building. The manufacturer has not supplied a set, so you have to take care of this aspect yourself. It’s no problem, but it should be dealt with as soon as possible, so you have that peace of mind that comes with security.
Customisation Options and Extras
One interesting aspect here is the glazing style (as opposed to the thickness). You can choose between a modern style of glazing, which is ‘unfussy’ and simple, or a Georgian style. The Georgian is a little more traditional, and it is nice to see that the manufacturers offer a choice in this area.
If you’re in need of some individual expression, you can take charge of the colour of the building and apply trim and wall colours. These are all attractive, and you can easily add your own stamp to the building by choosing even just a trim colour. We liked this aspect, because it allows for a little personalisation.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
If you are new to buying log cabins, it’s important to understand the quality of what you are looking at. Tongue and groove is a very reliable and robust material, and the fact it is used heavily here is a good thing. This is a well made building.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
With tongue and groove in the roof as well as the walls, you can't go wrong. It is absolutely vital treatment is maintained however, to protect longevity.
Most people would use this as a summerhouse. If storage is your thing though, in winter for example, you get a decent amount of depth to provide a suitable space for keeping items. We recommend a strong floor though if you're storing heavy stuff.
Ease Of Installation8/10
This couldn't be easier, with simple instructions and a step-by-step process that is fully outlined. We recommend two people though (at least), and two days to get it just right.
Value For Money10/10
You have a very solid building here so that means real value. Presuming you treat it annually, you have a log cabin that will last for many years. The solidity means you have a great and reliable place to entertain, and if you have a specific purpose for the building, the construction can accommodate an office or even a gym.
Final Thoughts: We liked this building, and consider it to be great value. The solid, reliable cabin would make an excellent home office, or just a very attractive summerhouse. It’s nice and spacious, and looks great, especially with that overhang. The real value here come in the solidity of the materials used to make the cabin. It’s tough and durable, and this will stand you in good stead through the years ahead. If you want to splash out on a home office, for example, this won't let you down on build quality. The interior is light and airy, and it is a pleasant space all round. Add some colour with the trim and wall paints, and you have a personalised, very useful log cabin.