5 questions to ask when buying a Garden Building

Log cabin Dunster House

What will it be used for?

If you intend to use your log cabin all year round, rather than seasonally, you should choose as thick as wall as possible, to maximise the insulation. Our PremiumPlus log cabins offer the thickest interlocking tongue and groove timbers, 28mm, 45mm and 130mm. Our 130mm thick walls are unique, unlike anything you will find on the market, it is made up of one 28mm external wall, 74mm air gap which can be filled with insulation, and a 28mm inner wall. The two walls are not connected to each other, unlike competitors systems – this ensures that the outer wall expands and contracts with changing weather, the two walls don’t pull each other in separate directions and create gaps since they are not connected together, unlike the competitor’s alternative.

Where will you put it?

Where are you intending to place your Log Cabin?  The majority of our Log Cabins are less than 2.5m meaning you will not need to worry about planning permission to place your Garden Building within 2m of a garden boundary. Another thing you need to think about is where you are going to place your Garden Building? Gardens vary in shape and size which needs to be taken into consideration. If you buy one of our Summerhouses, you don’t want it in a position where you are constantly in shade with no light or view of the garden. If you are buying a  Log Cabin to work from, you may want to make sure it is in the corner of your garden so you can maximise your garden.

How big is too big?

We sell Garden Buildings from as small as W2.5m x D2.0m (Log Cabins), W1.9m x D1.6m (Summerhouses) and W2.2m x D2.2 (Garden Office) to as large as W5.9m x D11.0m (Log Cabins), W2.5m x D2.1m (Summerhouse) and W8.1m x D4.5m (Garden Office). As much as we would always want the biggest of everything, you need to think practically about your size restrictions. What are you planning to use the Garden Building for? Are you planning to have friends and family over for dinner? If so, how many? Will you be holding extended family or work retreats there? It may seem like a lot of questions but you need to think about these things when planning the size.

What type of cladding do you use?

The quality of timber in your Garden Building is crucial and will affect the cost. However, good quality timber will last a lot longer than the cheaper timber. The timber we use in our Garden Buildings is spruce timber, with the bearers being pressure treated. Meaning that you will have a strong, sturdy building that lasts for years to come. Another benefit of the using spruce within your garden building is that they have less sap runs that run the risk of damaging  your clothes or furniture.

What conditions are attached to the warranties?

Make sure you read the fine print on Guarantees and warranties. A lot of other companies claim that they will offer 10 year Guarantees on all of their Garden Buildings. Even untreated ones. These guarantees are pointless. The contract states you need to retreat your cabin ever year with a high quality preservative. Also, you will need to film yourself annually applying treatment each year as evidence. Should you ever need to put in a claim. We don’t offer these pointless guarantees. We do offer a 10 year guarantee on all of our pressure treated timber used on our products.

May 16, 2015

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