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Log Cabins Buying Guide

If you want to add something really special to your garden a log cabin could be just what you are looking for. Versatile, attractive and practical, there are many good reasons for having a log cabin installed. With so many amazing designs, our Log Cabin Buying Guide will give you all the details you need to make an informed decision.

As an alternative to a conservatory, an extension or a roof or garage conversion, log cabins are ideal. They represent an affordable way of adding useful floor space to your property, while at the same time providing your garden with an attractive feature and giving you a much needed private space - away from the house, and yet part of your home. Another benefit of a log cabin is that it can be used all year round, making it a flexible and enduringly useful addition to your garden.

There are numerous design options available from Sheds.co.uk, all of them quality builds that use only the best materials, but it can be difficult to know what will be the best option for you. The Sheds.co.uk Log Cabin Buying Guide has been created to provide you with all of the necessary information you need when it comes to choosing your ideal log cabin.

Log Cabin Styles and Uses

Ultimately, the best and most-used log cabins are those that fit their purpose and whose design complements the home and garden it is part of. Many people use their log cabins as offices, and this is an excellent option for anyone who works from home, thanks to the fact that the cabin is away from the main house and therefore undisturbed by the noise of others. Depending on how much space is required, the log cabins for sale at Sheds.co.uk include designs perfect for your needs. A 2m x 2.5m Mini Log Cabin Studio makes an excellent small office or reading room, whereas a 6m x 5m Greenacre Home Office Executive Plus Log Cabin is able to provide a considerably larger workspace.

As well as offices and studios, log cabins are great for use as pool houses, dining areas, play rooms, hobby rooms and even garages. The Sheds.co.uk range of log cabins includes a variety of design styles, from traditional models with gable roofs to sleek modern designs like the Zen and Deco ranges.

Do I need Planning Permission for a Log Cabin?

Most garden outbuildings like log cabins do not require planning permission. The following are some of the circumstances in which you are likely to need planning permission before having a log cabin installed:

  • If your house is on designated land, i.e. an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • If your house is a listed building
  • If the log cabin is to be placed within 5 metres of the main house
  • If the floor area of the log cabin will take up more than 50% of the house’s surrounding area
  • If the log cabin is to be placed in front of the house, facing a highway.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. For the most up to date accurate advice, please consult the government's Planning Portal website.

Where to Place a Log Cabin?

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to deciding where to place your log cabin. If you want to maximise the amount of sun your log cabin receives, it is best to have the glazed areas facing in a southerly direction. If you are worried about overheating in the summer, it is best to keep the windows in a shaded spot, but be careful not to place the cabin under any falling leaves and branches. It is advisable to keep a gap of at least 60cm all the way around the cabin, so that treatments can be added to the wood without hindrance. Always position a garden structure such as a log cabin away from any damp ground or any area that is susceptible to flooding.

Installation and Treatment of Log Cabins

Assembling your own log cabin is a big job, and if you are not experienced at this kind of work it is advisable to get a professional to build it for you. Sheds.co.uk provides an installation service that takes all the hassle of assembly away. Offering safe construction, expert skills and excess packaging removal, it is well worth considering if you are not an expert yourself.

All log cabins for sale at Sheds.co.uk come with a 10-year anti rot guarantee. However, if you want your log cabin to maintain its factory-finished appearance it is a good idea to add a colour-based timber treatment. For more details on the various treatment options available from Sheds.co.uk please call us on 0345 034 6481.

Quality Log Cabins at Reasonable Prices from Sheds.co.uk

Made with quality materials and to superior standards, the log cabins available at Sheds.co.uk are also offered at extremely reasonable prices. Plus, all log cabins are subject to free delivery to mainland UK addresses.