What things should I be checking periodically on my cabin?
These are just a few of the many questions you must know the answers to. If you are not confident in answering some of these questions, then I would highly recommend you educate yourself on these key areas and many other log facts. There are many different products out there and you need to make sure you get the right one for your needs. Glossy brochures can look very attractive, but the basic truth is the product itself must be right! By guiding you through
all the information surrounding log cabins, you can be sure that when you choose yours, you have made the right decision!
Having personally managed all aspects of log projects, from planning and design, to construction and maintenance, I want you to be armed with all the essential facts. Although the work I personally undertook was predominately based in the UK and Europe, I also worked with companies in North America. There are different types of log cabins in different parts of the world, but largely the principles behind them remain the same. So, please read on to discover everything you need to know about log buildings…..
All the various aspects of log cabins found on this website are summarised below:
Your home is probably your single biggest investment and as a place where you will spend most of you time, it is hugely important! Find out what areas you should spend special attention to, and you can enjoy a beautiful living environment that few others in conventional homes can only dream of!
There are more and more small log cabin kits on the market these days. We’ll cover the main types that are available and how to assess if they are really suitable for your requirements. You will need to find out about quality and you need to decide if you can construct it yourself or leave it to the experts.
Log Cabin Holiday
Being a particularly relaxing environment to live and blending into the rural environment make log cabins ideal for holidays. If you are thinking of building a single holiday chalet or doing a large log cabin holiday development, you need to know what to look out for. Also, you may want to try a cabin holiday first and would like to know where to find some good places to stay. Either way, you'll discover some great ideas in this section!
Garden cabins have become extremely popular recently. Whether you want a little extra room for leisure activities, more living accommodation, or somewhere to work from, there are many options. Get some ideas and find out why garden cabins can be an easy answer to your need for more space!
We all like a bit of luxury but quality is often more than skin deep. We'll take a look beyond the obvious to see how deep the quality runs and how to make sure you get real value for money. As with most things in life you tend to get what you pay for, but often all the small details can make a big overall difference to a luxurious cabin!
The budget end of the market has seen huge growth and there are many cheaper cabins for more occasional use available. Discover if a cheap log cabin is what you really want... or would you be better spending a little more? While everyone has a budget, it's very important to remember to compare like for like and not get sucked in purely by the bottom line price.
A crucial and sometimes much overlooked area of log cabins. Whilst naturally the visual appearance is very important, we reveal why certain design aspects are critical in the long term success of your log cabin.
Should you consider doing this yourself or not? Constructing your log cabin correctly is imperative in order for it to stand the test of time. Wood is a natural material and will react to its prevailing weather conditions and environment. Find out what aspects you must pay a lot of attention to.
Log Cabins UK
Log Cabins in the UK have been a fairly recent phenomenon. Compared to Scandinavia where log cabins have been around for a log time, cabins in the UK have only really been seen within the last 20 years or so. We’ll explain some of the differences this location may make and what type of log cabins are most popular.
Log buildings have a long history in this part of the world and there are good reasons why so many good quality cabins come from here. Discover why this area has so many log manufacturers and see what some of the differences are in Scandinavia.
American & Canadian Cabins
In North America they do have similar log cabins to Europe, but they also have some which are quite fundamentally different. The more rustic whole log type of cabins are popular there, and whilst they are extremely impressive in many cases, you should be aware of certain issues that will need careful consideration if you decide to go down this road.
Working from home is a trend which is set to increase, with frustrating commutes worsening and online communication improving. A log office provides a great working environment, providing a sense of calm in a stressful world. In this section, we'll take a look at the sort of things you will need to provide a suitable and efficient work space.
Mobile Log Cabins
Another growing trend in recent years is mobile log units. These are particularly popular on holiday parks and can come literally fully functioning and ready to use. Being mobile also has certain planning advantages in some countries, although this may restrict the size of unit you can get. Find out more about mobile unit in this section.
There are hundreds of log manufacturers from dozens of countries. Do you know who is good and what their products are really like? Well, the manufacturers' location globally may well give you some good clues, but do you know exactly where your log are coming from? Learn more about log manufacturers….
Buying a Cabin
There are 2 areas to investigate here. Firstly, most people will be concerned about buying a new cabin so we will look into this in more detail. Secondly, there may be some of you who are interested in purchasing a second hand log cabin to either use as it is, or maybe with a view to disassembling and constructing it again. If this is the case please find out how feasible this really is.
Log Timber Types
There are many different types of timber out there which are used to make logs. The quality of timber varies considerably and you need to know if this matters for the type of usage you are planning to have. We will reveal how even a complete novice can get a good idea of what the quality of the timber is like.
Should you choose round or square logs? What thickness do you need? Do you need planed or laminated logs? What methods are used to join the logs? These are just some of the very important questions you'll find answers to in this section, in order to choose the right log cabin.
Log buildings are very thermally efficient, but will you need insulation or not? Look into what you will need and the various different areas that can be insulated. Also find out about different types of insulation and how this may affect the budget.
You will spend most of your time inside your log home, so you must get this right. Some people love all timber, while others like more conventional interior finishes. And some like to mix it up a bit! Your choice here can significantly affect your overall budget and you must be aware of any fire treatments which may be required, as these are very expensive.
Windows and Doors
The windows and doors used on your log cabin are very important components of the building. Not only we you look at them and use them all the time, but their performance will affect your comfort, running costs and security. You will need to understand the differences that you will find and discover how to choose the right ones!
Planning & Building regs
Need some planning permission guidance? For some countries, like the UK, this is a critical aspect of the viability of your log cabin project. Building regulations or code will also vary according to your location. You need to find out about requirements early on, so that you don't get any nasty surprises further down the line!
What are the different types and how do the costs vary? There are a lot of ways to do foundations and you need a suitable design. Find out about some of the fundamental principles and how to make sure you cabin stays properly supported over the years.
Painting & Maintenance
A good paint is essential to look after your investment in the long term. Make sure you choose and apply the wood stain correctly and repaint at sensible intervals. Other maintenance is also crucial, and with a little time and care you can protect the integrity of your log structure indefinitely.
There are many reasons why you should live in or have a log cabin for a variety of uses. In this section we will explore why log houses are good for your health. They are also extremely good for the environment and if you want to improve your carbon footprint, then find out how you can do this.
There are other sources of information out there which may help you with your log cabin project. Here we give you some other places to take a look at.
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