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10 useful tips about wooden summer houses and sheds before you buy

1. Building regulations and permission to plan

“My gardening rules and garden” is not what it is when it comes to building a summer house or other structure within your garden. If you are required to seek the permission to plan or permit is contingent on the dimensions and height of the building, the method of its use, the position in the garden, and the other details.There are two main considerations when it comes to a garden building : the Building Regulations and planning Permission. If the building is constructed with an internal floor area of up to 15m2 and the overall size is not more than 2.5m then it’s highly likely that you will not require any Building Regulations or Planning Permissions in any way. If your garden’s structure isn’t over the limit but it’s still recommended to get in touch with your local planning department and receive all the answers to your concerns. This will provide you with assurance that you are sure everything is going according to design with your new garden office or even a hobby room.Should your dream summer house or garden space exceed the boundaries, don’t be concerned and don’t abandon your dreams! If so, make contact with or visit the local planning office to receive the right information on the steps you have to take in order to comply with all requirements and receive the permissions you need. Our experience with customers receiving planning permissions for larger gardens is that it doesn’t take more than four to six weeks.

2. The peculiarities of wooden structures. Proper care.

It is an organic product which is constantly changing and growing based on the humidity, temperature and other weather conditions , particularly in the initial month following the building. It is typical to adjust windows and doors several times in the first month following the wooden cabin is built, and after that every year to ensure they function correctly. Minor cracks, knots and variations in color tone aren’t mistakes, but natural characteristics of wood. It is crucial to treat your garden home by applying a wood stain preservative or other coatings that protect after assembly. Wood that is not treated turns grayish it can change color and turn moldy or moldy or. It is recommended to treat the floor with a wood impregnation agent prior to installation, especially on the side that is on the bottom as, after assembly , there is no access to this side. After being properly treated the lifespan of your log cabin has increased dramatically. It is important to examine your summer residence at least once throughout the course of the year and then retreat according in accordance with the guidelines given by the wood preservation manufacturer.

3. The size of your garden structure

It is crucial to consider the purpose of your garden structure and then purchase the correct dimension. The wooden summer homes are something that we hope to keep for a long time and not just for a few days. So we suggest you include all household members or the users of the summer house. get everyone’s input and then take the collective choice.

4. What can I expect what’s included in the package , and how the log cabins delivered?

Your garden or log cabin structure will be delivered in waterproof packages to ensure that they won’t be damaged or impacted by weather conditions during transport or if the garden office or summer home is kept in a sealed container for a few weeks prior to the installation. The delivery of your purchase is on a curb and the driver isn’t in a position to assist you in the removal of the garden structure. The size of the vehicle and the method of delivery will be determined by the size of the structure you’ve placed an order for. The building will be delivered by the back of a vehicle that is equipped with the following options such as tail lift forklift truck, hiab cranes that can be used to lift and unload heavy boxes (700-2500 kilograms). The wooden panels and details have been made, pre-cut and ready for installation (like the size of a Lego sets!). The log cabin kits are made up of foundation beams impregnated with a resin, wall logs untreated panels and other details made of wood including floor and roof boards, doors and windows roofing felt screws, nails, additional fixings such as storm braces the user’s manual as well as assembly instructions. Each detail is identified so that assembly is as simple as it can be. All you have to bring you with is your tools!

5. Foundations/Bases to build your garden

The foundation type you require is dependent on the dimensions of your garden and the level of firmness of the soil in your garden. The most affordable and simple foundation is concrete slabs laid on top of sand and gravel. This type of foundation is easy to build and can be constructed by anyone who is DIY-savvy without the need to employ an expert. This kind of foundation is ideal for small cabins that are up to 10 square meters. To build this base, you’ll need to excavate 25-30cm of ground, then fill it up with gravel, and then lay down a adequate layer of sand is required to make sure it is level. After that, you can lay the concrete blocks, slabs or something similar. It is essential that the base is level since your home will have a level surface as the base! The most well-known, more costly and long-lasting foundation is an concrete base. Concrete bases are an ideal fit for all kinds of garden structures. In order to build this type of foundation you’ll need the help of an expert local or a small-scale building firm, as concrete foundations require more expertise and you need to be aware of what you’re doing.These two types of foundations have become the two most well-known foundations for garden structures however there are many different ways to build them. It is recommended to speak with experts in your area before making a decide, taking into the strength of the soil and the size of your building. No matter what you choose it is important to remember that a level and solid foundation is essential! If you do not have a level foundation, it will affect your entire garden structure. Broken walls, non-functioning windows and doors along with a small life spans and an invalid warranty, will mean that you will not have the pleasure of your garden! Learn further about the foundations we recommend on our page for assembly.

6. Do you prefer self assembly, or do you hire a building firm?

The assembly of many summer houses, garden structures, and log cabins can be done by an experienced DIY enthusiast. Particularly, small and mid-sized summer sheds and homes with a maximum of 8-12 square metres. We always suggest that two people take on the task and take care in lifting, as certain panels are quite heavy. The statistics show that over 85% of our customers complete the assembly themselves or employ an expert local to assist to ensure that everything goes smoothly. To put together your garden structure you will require at minimum two adults and tools (hammer and saw, pliers and drills, as well as screwdrivers ladder, measuring tape, knife, and spirit-level) and, of course, the time you spend in your time, based on your abilities and the dimensions of your log cabin. If you or your friend has experience fixing items at home, or performing minor DIY projects around the garden, assembly using specific details for the construction, as well as proper installation instructions , and a manual for the user can be accomplished by you. If, however, you’re not confident with your DIY skills or do not like the idea of assembly, we recommend hiring an experienced local expert.

7. Wall thickness

The most popular wall thicknesses for garden structures include 28mm, 40mm 44mm, 58mm , and 70 to 92mm. There are 19mm-thick walls available but they are typically very small tool sheds , or very poor garden houses that have extremely short lifespans. We wouldn’t advise you to buy anything walls less than 28mm in thickness. Walls of 28mm are typically one-piece tongue and groove wood logs, and are ideal for storage sheds as well as smaller garden homes that are up to 8-9 square metres. If you’re looking for small garden structures at the lowest cost this garden room and storage sheds with a 28mm wall thickness is a good option. The 44-58mm wall logs come with double tongue and grooves. with these walls you could easily build 20 square meters of garden structures and larger. When compared to 28mm walls they are not just stronger but also have more insulation and have a sturdy feel. In the end 28mm walls are plenty to build storage sheds as well as 4-9 m2 garden summer homes However, if you’re seeking a bigger structure that is more insulated, ensure that you select walls of that are 44mm or more thick.

8. Double or single glazed windows?

If you are planning to use your cabin made of wood most of the time during summer, then you don’t need the cost of double-glazed windows. Single-glazed windows usually comprise made of 3mm glass, and are not equipped with sealing. They are usually used in smaller gardens that have a thickness of 28-40mm. Particularly, walls with a thickness of 28mm are quite inefficient at insulating and double glazing on the walls doesn’t create any difference.If you plan to make use of your garden building throughout the year it is suggested that you think about insulate the roof and the floor. We also recommend using double-glazed windows. Double glazed windows are sprayed by the manufacturer and offer excellent insulation properties. In general garden structures that have less than 40mm of wall thickness are equipped with single-glazed windows. All garden log cabins with 44mm walls thickness and above are equipped with double-glazed windows.

9. Multifunctional log cabins for use in the outdoors

A garden structure that has multiple uses can help you make space and money in your garden. A summer home with a terrace is considerably lower price than purchasing an outdoor space, a pergola or a shed summerhouse, compared to the cost you pay when you purchase them separately. Therefore, prior to buying the house, gather your family and think about the requirements and purposes that might be beneficial and improve your garden’s appearance and more adaptable with a intelligent multi-purpose garden structure.

10. Can I utilize my log cabin in the garden all year long?

You can, however, should you plan to use your garden structure throughout the year (garden office or table tennis, hobby room or billiards room , or any other) We suggest an area with 40mm or over wall thickness. It is important to ensure that windows feature double glazing, and also make sure to insulate the roof and floor. There are four areas that should be protected from heat loss: floor walls, walls, roof, and windows. The selection of materials you can choose to use for insulation of your garden home is broad, based on your local climate as well as your budget and methods to use. It is essential to choose the correct foundation material and to insulate your floor first. The insulation under the floor boards can contribute in keeping the inside of your garden warm. Roof insulation is vital due to how warm air moves up. around 35-40% of the warmth goes through the roof without insulation. Then, walls, windows and heating , if needed. Installing a log stove inside your garden structure is an excellent method to ensure all year round usage. There is a possibility of getting a stove which you cook on! It is vital that any device for combustion is installed by a skilled installer. Also, ensure that all ventilation requirements are met, and that functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are set up within your garden structure.