Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blackpool log cabin Installation.

Here we have our latest installation of a devon log cabin. It was pretty chilly with freezing fog a fair amount of the time we were in Blackpool but the chiminea helped to keep us warm. Oh and the cups of tea. Thankyou Christine!

As you can see this cabin is sited close to the garage which is less than 5 metres from the main home and did require planning permission. The good news is planning was approved!

Friday, November 21, 2008

More log cabins more choice

Here at Cabin Living we are busy working on new product lines for the 2009 season.

We have added over forty new log cabin designs with two new suppliers and there is more still to come.

We have a huge range of garden products ideal for log cabin living which we hope to publish on our site before the start of new year.

Requests are starting to rise for cabins less than 2.5m high and as we suspected the planning rules are starting to affect those people who do not wish to place a cabin away from a boundary. At the moment we have two solutions. On site modification during our installation process or a bespoke range of 44mm thick walled cabins that can be made to your specification.

No doubt the main manufacturers will soon pick up on the changes and start to produce ready made solutions to this problem but in the meantime Cabin Living are doing their upmost to provide the solution.

Much to our surprise demand hasn't dropped off this winter and despite the gloomy economic news we are hopeful for next year.

With rising train fares and a stagnant housing market the opportunity to work from home or expand your living space for your family is more tempting and what is more it couldnt be easier with Cabin Living.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Garden Products from Cabin Living

Cabin Living are launching a wide range of Garden Products this winter. Here is a just a few examples of our products manufactured in Scotland. Available with free delivery in Central Scotland.

There are four Classic Shed sizes avalable:

6 x 4 from £275 delivered.
7 x 5 from £325 delivered.
8 x 6 from £385 delivered.
10 x 6 from £500 delivered (includes double doors).

8 Seater Redwood 38mm table from £195 delivered.

1.4m A Frame picnic table from £175 delivered.

8 Seater Round 44mm table from £265 delivered.

4ft Garden Bench from £150

If you are interested in our products but live further afield we can arrange courier delivery at cost.

Contact Fraser at Cabin Living tel: 0845 427 3927

Our garden product range is going to grow! If you want further details keep an eye on the Cabin Living news pages at Log Cabin Installer

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bespoke Garden Office buildings

New Planning rules came into effect on 1st October 2008 which now mean if you intend to build a log cabin or garden office building within 2 metres of any boundary you will either have to get planning permission or purchase a cabin less than 2.5m ridge height. Most log cabins tend to be slightly higher than 2.5m which means if you have no choice but to place your log cabin near a boundary you could have problems.

So Cabin Living have arranged supply of a range of log cabins which can be specifically manufactured to meet the 2.5m high rule. Thus avoiding the cost of planning for those of us who aren't fortunate enough to have acres of ground to build a log cabin retreat.

All the bespoke models use 45mm thick walls, include double glazing and start from £2795 for 3m x 4m models. If you see a log cabin you like on our main site we can produce a bespoke model similar or why not sketch your design and send it to us!

Visit our Garden Office site to view our log cabins and contact details.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Oxford Installation Part 3

Most of our clients are looking for a log cabin they can use year round. Which means electrical connection and in this case a telephone and network cable also. Here we see the trench being back filled. The trench is dug to a depth of at least 450mm and the network and telephone cables are placed in conduit at least 100mm away from the amoured power cable to avoid interference with network signals. Typically 10mm armoured cable is used for power and Cat5e cable for both the telephone and network connection.

The floor and roof account for 70% of heat loss in your cabin so here we see the first stages of insulating the roof. Battens are fixed approximately 65mm away from the ceiling, plasterboard is then fixed to the battens and 50mm high density rockwool slabs are fitted in the gap.

The result is an insulated roof which looks good when painted and makes the most of exposed wood.

Last but not least it is agood idea to insulate the floor. If you are having laminate or real wood floors the best solution is to lay 50mm Celotex which offer superior insulation qualities compared to standard laminate floor underlay. Often used to line attic rooms it is foil backed both sides and is so good it feels warm to the touch.

All that remains is to make your choice of laminate or real wood flooring to go on top!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Log cabin Installation in Oxford Part 2

Day Three and the cabin is delivered...

This is quite a narrow site so the client chose a Liverpool cabin 3m wide and 4m deep. Double glazed with 44mm walls this is a cabin well suited to home office use.

Walls are double tongue and groove and Eurovudas have made improvements in the quality of window and door fittings which are now nearly in the same league as finnforest.

Doors and windows now have weatherstrip seal and tilt and turn window mechanisms. The doors have sliding bolts locking at four points along the side of the door similar to patio door locking arrangements.

Here you catch a glimpse of the new shed...the old sheds have gone and the log cabin is well on the way to completion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Garden Office Oxford

Before we could start this installation we had to clear the site and build the base for a new shed.

To make room for a new garden office these two sheds had to go. This meant a new shed was required to hold the garden tools.

The second shed close to demolition and the un even paving is exposed.

Rather than dumping all the wood our client was keen to have the perpared wood for their open fire throughout the winter.

Having lifted the majority of slabs and mixing a mortar base the slabs are repositioned ready for the new log cabin.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Building a Talo Log Cabin

Last weeks installation was a Talo log cabin from finnforest. The delivery service was great, the cabin itself is well made and comes with high quality fittings. Tilt and turn windows are double glazed and even the store has a double glazed window with weather strip seals on both the windows and the doors.

Access on this job was paticularly tricky with everything having to go through the house. It was with this is mind that we chose to go for paving slabs laid evenly across the footprint of the log cabin. They require less concrete mix but being substantial 600mm square slabs they provide good support on an already compacted site.

We hired a whacker plate to compact the site then started the process of laying the slabs starting with the highest point and working around the base with each subsequent slab checking for level each time.

The results are here for you to see. Click a picture to see an enlarged image.

The cabin was due for delivery Friday morning and was there before 9a.m. so when we'd finished our Tesco breakfast at Wembley we were able to start work straight away. There was the small matter of lifting all the timber through the house including 10 or so steps at the front door!

Day two complete and we had the tongue and groove on the roof.

Day three was for floors, skirting, bitumen tiles, finishing trim and door adjustment and lock fitting. The french doors can be adjusted for alignment with an allen key in three different planes. Locks and window fittings are of the highest standard.

And here you see the results. Another log cabin in the bag. If you are intested in our services view our log cabin installation site.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Log Cabins at GLEE

A 4a.m. start yesterday to head down to the NEC for the Garden and Leisure Exhibition. A huge collection of suppliers of all things garden related with products which will no doubt add a little something extra to our website in the near future.

A distinct lack of Barbecue huts but the search is still on and plans are afoot to launch a range soon.

We have found a a few companies to supply garden sheds, arbours and other garden structures which we will start advertising shortly.

Not a great deal of awareness with regard to the new planning rules due to come into effect in England but we have sourced a compnay which will supply cabins which fall below the 2.5m height rule and will therefore not need planning. Keep an eye on the news items shown on our front page for more details coming soon.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Log Cabins and Planning...the dust settles

Trying to build a log cabin in your garden may just get a little more tricky. Now that the dust is beginning to settle there are good and bad points to the planning changes. The big advantage of the new system is the relaxing of the rule with regard to positioning your log cabin within 5 metres of your home. This now does not require planning whereas before the changes such a location for your log cabin would mean it was treated as an extension. Even putting it within 5 metres of a garage that is close to your home would require planning. As of 1st October in England this will no longer be the case.

The biggest problem with the changes is the fact that any log cabin over 2.5m high must be sited more than 2m from a boundary. This is likely to be an issue for many of us as we would rather tuck the cabin in a corner of what might well be a small garden anyway.

Ofcourse we are working hard to find a solution to this. There are two possible routes. Seek Planning permission with which we can certainly help in terms of drawings and relevant information for submissions but we are also looking at developing a range of cabins particularly for this boundary problem which do not exceed 2.5m in height. At the moment we can modify almost any log cabin to meet the new height restriction but in the near future we hope to supply factory produced solutions.

If you have any questions regarding modified cabins or the new planning rules please contact us on 0845 427 3927.

Please note the amended rules only apply in England both Wales and Scotland continue to follow existing planning orders.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Log Cabins Planning permission changes

Below is the whole of Class E changes to the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008

This comes into effect on October 1st and has serious consequences for most people considering installing a log cabin in their garden in England.

The key point is that any building more than 2.5 metres high must be sited more than 2 metres from a boundary. Previoulsy it had to be 5m from the main home but could be sited close to a boundary...this will soon no longer be the either contact your council now start work on your base or face having to seek planning permission for your log cabin

Class E
Permitted development
E. The provision within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse of—
(a) any building or enclosure, swimming or other pool required for a purpose
incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse as such, or the maintenance,
improvement or other alteration of such a building or enclosure; or
(b) a container used for domestic heating purposes for the storage of oil or liquid
petroleum gas.
Development not permitted
E.1 Development is not permitted by Class E if—
(a) the total area of ground covered by buildings, enclosures and containers within the
curtilage (other than the original dwellinghouse) would exceed 50% of the total
area of the curtilage (excluding the ground area of the original dwellinghouse);
(b) any part of the building, enclosure, pool or container would be situated on land
forward of a wall forming the principal elevation of the original dwellinghouse;
(c) the building would have more than one storey;
(d) the height of the building, enclosure or container would exceed—
(i) 4 metres in the case of a building with a dual-pitched roof,
(ii) 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within 2 metres of
the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse, or
(iii) 3 metres in any other case;
(e) the height of the eaves of the building would exceed 2.5 metres;
(f) the building, enclosure, pool or container would be situated within the curtilage of
a listed building;
(g) it would include the construction or provision of a veranda, balcony or raised
(h) it relates to a dwelling or a microwave antenna; or
(i) the capacity of the container would exceed 3,500 litres.
E.2 In the case of any land within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse which is within—
(a) a World Heritage Site,
(b) a National Park,
(c) an area of outstanding natural beauty, or
(d) the Broads,
development is not permitted by Class E if the total area of ground covered by buildings,
enclosures, pools and containers situated more than 20 metres from any wall of the
dwellinghouse would exceed 10 square metres.
E.3 In the case of any land within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse which is article 1(5)
land, development is not permitted by Class E if any part of the building, enclosure, pool or
container would be situated on land between a wall forming a side elevation of the
dwellinghouse and the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
Interpretation of Class E
E.4 For the purposes of Class E, “purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse
as such” includes the keeping of poultry, bees, pet animals, birds or other livestock for the
domestic needs or personal enjoyment of the occupants of the dwellinghouse.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Log Cabin Builders toolkit.

At Cabin Living we specialise in building your log cabin for you. That said many people choose to install a log cabin by themeselves. We do offer supply only but our advice is that you have to be a confident diyer to tackle a log cabin assembly.

In the next few articles I'd like to run through some of the problems you are likely to encounter, give away a few trade secrets and give you an idea of the types of tools you'll need for the job.

Basically the two main parts of an installation are the base and the log cabin itself.

First of all lets just make an inventory of the tools we carry and use to do the job.

Garden fork,
Two cordless drills
Cross cut saw
Skil Saw
Cement Mixer
Brad Nailer
Staple Gun
assorted fixings,
Claw Hammer
Nail Punch
Rubber Mallet
Lump Hammer
Adjustable spanner
The Magic spanner (i'll explain it later)
Platform 3-4 feet high
Step Ladders
Tool Belt
Stanley Knife
Bull nose plane
Electric Planer
Extension Lead
Ear Defenders
Paint Brush
Lorry Strap

There may be a few I've missed (I will add more as they spring to mind) and indeed some you could cope without but that just about covers it. Next time we'll consider the problems you might encounter when you tackle the log cabin installation.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Manchester log cabin installation

Sometimes we are asked if we install log cabins supplied by other companies. The short answer is Yes we do!

It does mean however that we are relying on another company to supply the right components. We were somewhat surprised when we arrived on site and found this cabin was supplied without the glass. The company that supplied it (who shall remain nameless) were also surprised when they did finally get round to answering the phone.

This log cabin was sitting outside for some time prior to assembly as the purchasers couldnt find anyone prepared to build it. With joiners walking off site when they saw it and others saying it could take weeks to build.

When we were contacted the customer was pleasantly surpised to find out we could do it and that it would only take three days to complete.

We would point out it is not a good idea to have a cabin sitting around on site for weeks or months prior to building it as the timbers will swell and warp as they take on moisture making assembly slightly more challenging. Basically if you can assemble your log cabin a day or two after delivery then this is ideal.

So conclusion of day one we have the basic framework of the log cabin in place. Despite a few time consuming timbers that were reluctant to go together we are pretty much on schedule.

Conclusion of day two and we have installed the tongue and groove roofing, fitted the flooring during one of several downpours and then when the sun came back out we installed the bitumen roof shingles.

And so day three dawns and it is a question of fitting the windows and doors, fitting the decking and finishing timbers.

The timber has certainly not benefited from being stored in damp conditions for so long and is certainly not something we would recommended.

However an application of preservative will ensure this log cabin is a great addition to the garden.
So please don't delay if you need a log cabin installer to build a log cabin or garden office building in your garden contact us the log cabin builders

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A boat cabin worth seeing

I popped by shedworking today and saw this awesome boat cabin. It follows on from the earlier post I wrote asking if anyone was interested in building a log cabin on a barge.

Here's the example from Shedworker you can read the article for yourself here

Anyway Once I get the hang of photoshop I'll have a go a knocking up an image of what a cabin on a barge might look like..that is if we don't get a request to make the real thing first.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Log cabin installation Part 3

Here is an update on a recent installation we completed. The cabin shown is the Oban Log Cabin which features double glazing and thick walls making it ideal as a garden office or garden room. In this case it provides an extra room for the family to spread out whilst they are still living at home. When (or perhaps it should be if) they do move out it our client intends to use the space as a home study or garden office.

The basic cabin was assembled in two days. This cabin does benefit from additional features from our installation options. These are satellite cable connection, electrical connection and plasterboarded /insulated roof. The total build was completed in 5 days including the time spent building the base.

If you require a log cabin builder or would like further details of our log cabins and installation service visit our garden office site