Installation Guide

Although we can install you cabin you must provide your own base - see "What you need for a log cabin base"

The cabin's assembly can usually be done by a competent DIY-er but you may wish to consider employing the services of a local builder/joiner or using a specialist team of installers, such as our 'Pro Install' team. As there are numerous variables around installation (UK location, site access, groundworks, roofing etc) you will need to contact us for options and prices. Note that the people making the delivery are NOT the same people as the installation team. Here are few examples for guide purposes only:

Before purchasing one of our garden buildings there are a few things you need to consider:

This section should answer your questions but if you are uncertain on any matters, please do not hesitate to contact us.


PLANNING PERMISSION AND BUILDING REGULATIONS

Building regulations are complicated but normally defined by ‘use’ – so depending on what you want to use your garden cabin for, you may not need to worry about this.

Have a look at our guide to Planning Permission for Garden Buildings. We would also recommend you check the Government’s Planning Portal website for more details – www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations

In terms of planning permission, you should consult the Government website. In brief, you are entitled to have a log cabin in your garden up to 4m high. If that cabin is over 2.5m in height and less than 2m away from a neighbours boundary, you will probably need permission although this is now very likely to be granted. There are various concerns that a local planning officer may have, but even if a log cabin is close to a boundary, if the log cabin is 2.5m or less in height, it is exempt from planning conditions and is therefore a permitted development.


PREPARING THE FOUNDATIONS

It is essential to have a level foundation before you can begin the cabin assembly. If you fail to do this then years down the line problems can develop such as gaps appearing in the walls and doors and windows not closing correctly. There are several methods of foundation that we would recommend and in many cases using a damp-proof membrane is advisable:

Small cabins (under 4 x 4 metres)

Excavate an area about 25cm larger than the cabin to a depth of at least 15cm. Infill with coarse gravel to a depth of 10-12 cm and compress the gravel and then overlay with a finer gravel (3-4cm). Then lay paving stones with a height of at least 3cm making sure they are level – the non-rotting tanelised timbers can then be laid level and square.

Large cabins (over 4 x 4 metres)

Mark out an area about 25 cm larger than the cabin and dig to a depth of at least 20cm. Infill with approximately 10 cm of gravel, compress and overlay with 3-4 cm of finer gravel. The paving stones should be 6-8 cm deep and level when laid. The tanelised timbers can then be placed level and square on this surface.

Concrete Base

Use timber edges and fill the base to a depth of 8 10cm - for large cabins you might want to have steel reinforcing. The main thing with the timber perimeter is that it is level so that you can fill the excavation to the level of the top of the timbers. This is not a job to do the day before the cabin arrives as the concrete may take several days to cure. The surface doesnt have to be level to the exact millimetre but the more you keep working the surface with a blank across the timber perimeters the better it will be assuming the edges were completely flat.

Paving slabs

A quick and cost-effective method of making a base - recommend to use a plain concrete slab approx 4cm thickness

Timber frame supported by stilts

See our guide here.

For more about preparing foundations see our blog article called What you need for a log cabin base


ASSEMBLY

All kits are supplied with a comprehensive, accurate and extremely easy to follow instructions for assembly. These show exactly where every component should go and are coded to match the instructions. A competent DIY-er will usually find things straightforward, but it invariably helps to have a second pair of hands available to assist!

If you are not completely confident of self-assembly then we would recommend you contact local joiners / carpenters to get quotes. As mentioned earlier, if you want to use our pro-install team you will need to get in touch with us to consider options and pricing as there are too many variables to make directly online ordering possible.