From garden offices to summer houses, an extra space in the garden can transform your work or family life.
However, to get the most pleasure and utility out of a garden building, you will need to consider various practical details.
Read our 5 tips below to ensure you make the right choice:
The size of a cabin should be big enough to evolve with your needs – an example could be a children’s playhouse to entertainment space. It shouldn’t, however, be out fo proportion with the rest of your garden, create too much shade, or be too big that you are unable to finish furnishing it.
A great tip to help visualise how much space the cabin will take up in your garden, use tent pegs or canes to mark out the dimensions (which you can find on our product’s pages).
If you are planning on only using your log cabin on summer days, timber with a thickness up to 28mm thick is suitable. For summer evenings and spring days, 34mm timber should be sufficient, but for use all-year-round, look for a log thickness between 44mm and 70mm.
Choose windows according to how you plan to use a building. Plexiglass windows are good for keeping costs low, but they offer less insulation than glass. Single glazing is warm enough for summer and spring, but double glazing show is ideal for all-year-round cabins.
The type of timber used for a garden building affects how long the building will last. Slow-grown timbers are denser than faster-growing trees, thus would be more durable. Other details also boost longevity: for example, using laminated wood for door frames, and pressure-treating foundation joists. Another thing to do would be to check the size of the roof purlins; if you want to invest in a garden building that can be enjoyed for decades to come, ensure you pick a building that has thicker roof purlins running from apex to apex (this is a straightforward mark of quality and durability.
This will vary across the UK but if you plan to have a garden building within 2m of your boundary and it will be over 2.5m high, it is likely that you’ll need to seek planning permission before you build it.
Another reason you will need planning permission is if you plan to connect your garden building to mains electricity or will line in a log cabin in a wood.