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Can I use my garden summer house all year round?

1. Building regulations and permission to plan

“My backyard and rules” is not what it is when it comes to the construction of a summer home or other structure in your garden. The need to seek the permission to plan or permit is contingent on the height and size of the building, the method of using it, the location within the garden, and the other details.There are two main considerations when you are considering a new garden structure – the Building Regulations as well as Planning Permission. If the building has an interior floor area that is greater than 15m2 and its total length is lower than 2.5m then it’s highly likely that you will not require any Building Regulations or Planning Permissions in any way. Even if your garden structure isn’t over the limit but it’s still recommended to get in touch with the local planning office to receive all the answers to your concerns. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you can be certain that everything is in the plan for your garden office or hobby room.Should your dream summer house or a garden space go beyond the limit, don’t fret and don’t abandon your dreams! If this happens, contact or visit your local planning office and 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 seeking planning permission for bigger gardens is that it doesn’t take more than 4 to 6 weeks.

2. Particularities of wooden structures. Proper care.

The wood is naturally occurring substance that grows and changes depending on humidity, temperature and other conditions of the weather, especially in the first month following the building. It is typical to adjust the windows and doors at least a couple of times during the first month following the wooden structure has been constructed, and again twice a year to ensure they function correctly. Minor cracks, knots and variations in color tone aren’t errors, they are inherent nature of wood. It is crucial to treat your home with a stain that is wood preservative or other coatings that protect after assembly. If treated, wood turns grayish and may turn blue, and turn moldy or moldy or. We suggest treating flooring boards with an impregnation product prior to installation, particularly the lower edges of the boards as, after installation, you will no longer have access to this side. Once properly treated the life span of your log cabin has increased dramatically. It is important to examine your summer home at least once during the course of the year and then retreat according to the directions given by the wood preservation manufacturer.

3. The size of your garden structure

It is essential to think about the intended use of your garden and then purchase the correct dimension. Summer houses made of wood are something we would like to keep for a long time, not just during the season. So we suggest to involve all household members or the users of your summer home, solicit everyone’s opinions and then make the collective choice.

4. What can I expect What will I get, what’s inside the package , and how the log cabins shipped?

Your garden or log cabin structure will arrive in waterproof packaging, to ensure that they won’t be damaged or affected due to the weather during delivery or even if your garden office or summer home remains in its packaging for several weeks prior to the installation. The delivery of your purchase is on a curb and the driver will not be capable of assisting in unpacking the garden structure. The size of the vehicle and delivery method will be determined by the dimensions of the structure you’ve placed an order for. The building will be delivered by an automobile with one of these features such as tail lift forklift truck, hiab cranes that can be used to remove and transport heavy items (700-2500 kg). The wooden panels and details are prefabricated, cut and ready for installation (like the size of a Lego kit!). The log cabin kits are made up of foundation beams that have been impregnated, wall logs untreated panels, as well as other wood details such as floor and roof boards, doors and windows roofing felt screws, nails, various fixings like storm braces the user’s manual as well as assembly instructions. Each detail is organized to make assembly as simple as is possible. All you have to bring you with is your tools!

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5. Foundations/Bases that you can build your own garden

The foundation type you require is dependent on the size of the garden structure and the strength of the soil within your garden. The most affordable and simple foundation is concrete slabs that are set on top of sand and gravel. This kind of foundation is easy to build and is attainable by anyone who is DIY-savvy without the need to employ an expert. This kind of foundation is ideal for small cabins with a minimum of 10 square metres. For this base, you’ll need to excavate 25-30 cm of soil, then fill it with gravel, and then lay down a adequate layer of sand is required to create a level surface. After that, you can lay the concrete blocks, slabs or something similar. It is crucial to ensure that your foundation is level since your house will stand as high as the base! The most sought-after, but more expensive and more durable foundation is an concrete base. Concrete bases are an ideal fit to all kinds of garden structures. In order to build this type of foundation, you’ll require the assistance of an expert local or a small construction company, since concrete foundations require more knowledge and you must 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 talk with local experts prior to making a decide, taking into the strength of the soil and the size of your building. Whatever you decide to build it is important to remember that a level and solid foundation is essential! If you don’t have a solid foundation, you’ll fail your entire garden structure. Broken walls, non-functioning windows and doors along with a small life spans and an invalid warranty means you will not have the pleasure of your garden! Find out additional information about foundations in our page for assembly.

6. Hire a self-assembler or a building firm?

The construction of the majority of summer houses, garden structures, and log cabins is attainable by an experienced DIY enthusiast. Particularly small and mid-sized sheds and homes that are between 8-12 square meters. We always suggest that two people take on the task and ensure that proper care is taken in lifting, as certain panels are quite heavy. The statistics show that over 85% of our customers do the assembly themselves or employ one of our local experts to ensure everything is done correctly. To build your garden structure you will require at least two adults with tools (hammer saw, pliers, hammer drilling, screwdriver measuring tape, ladder knife, and spirit-level) and, of course, three to four days of your precious time, based on your capabilities and the dimensions of your log cabin. If you or your friend are proficient in fixing items at home, or performing small DIY projects in the garden, then assembly using the prefabricated information, correct installation instructions , and a manual for the user can be accomplished by you. If, however, you’re not sure about your DIY skills or aren’t sure about the task, we recommend hiring an experienced local expert.

7. Wall thickness

The most common wall thicknesses used for garden structures are 28mm, 40mm 44mm 70mm to 92mm. There are 19mm walls available however, they are usually very small tool sheds , or extremely poor-quality garden homes with a extremely short lifespans. We wouldn’t advise you to buy anything walls less than 28mm in thickness. 28mm walls are generally only single-tongue and groove lumber that 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 are an excellent option. The 44-58mm wall logs come with double tongue and groove and using these walls, you can easily construct 20 m2 gardens and even bigger. In comparison to 28mm walls, they aren’t just more durable but also have more insulation and have a solid feeling. For a conclusion 28mm walls are sufficient to build storage sheds as well as 4-9m2 garden summer houses however if you’re looking to build a larger structure that is more insulated, ensure you go with walls that are at least 44mm thick or even thicker.

8. Double or single glazed windows?

If you plan to use your cabin made of wood most of the time during summer, then you don’t need the expense of double-glazed windows. Single-glazed windows typically comprise made of 3mm glass, and are not equipped with sealing. Single-glazed windows are typically utilized for smaller garden structures that have a thickness of 28-40mm. Particularly, walls with a thickness of 28mm are quite inefficient at insulating and the use of double glazing for the walls doesn’t provide any difference.If you want to be able to use your garden structure all year long We suggest that you think about insulate the roof and the floor. Additionally, we’d suggest using double-glazed windows. Double glazed windows are sprayed by the manufacturer and possess great insulation properties. As a rule garden structures that have less than 40mm of wall thickness are equipped with single-glazed windows. Garden log cabins that have a 44mm wall thickness or more have double-glazed windows.

9. Multifunctional log cabins that can be used for various purposes

A garden structure that has multiple uses can help you reduce the cost and size of your garden. The purchase of a summer house that has a terrace is considerably lower price than purchasing the garden room, pergola or a summer house with a shed, compared to the cost for each of them. Therefore, prior to buying it, bring your family together and consider all the functions and requirements that you can use it to enhance your garden’s life and more adaptable with a clever multi-purpose garden structure.

10. Can I make use of my garden log cabin throughout the year?

Yes , you can. However, should you plan to use your garden structure throughout the year (garden office and table tennis, hobby room or billiards room , or any other) We recommend an area with 40mm or over wall thickness. Be sure windows are equipped with double glazing. Also, cover the roof and floor with insulation. There are four areas that need to be insulated: floors walls, walls, roof and windows. The selection of materials you can choose to use for insulation of your home’s garden is broad, based on your local climate and budget as well as the method to use. It is essential to choose the correct foundation and then insulate the floor first. The insulation underneath the floor boards can contribute to keeping the interior of your garden warm. Roof insulation is vital due to how warm air moves up. about 35-40% of heat escapes through the roof that is not insulated. Then there are windows, walls and heating , if needed. Installing a stove in your backyard building is an excellent method to ensure all year round usage. It is possible to purchase a device which you cook on! It is essential to ensure that any appliance that burns fuel is installed by a skilled installer, and that the it is ventilated properly and functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fitted within your garden structure.