It appears to be easy to purchase a log cabin - just look on the 'web' see a model you like and then try to find the best price - simple! Well - NO. Because there is such a large range of log buildings available the quality (or lack of it with many of the cheap make down to a price units) varies tremendously. So you do need to tread very carefully to ensure you are not disappointed.
By buying from an established business you can be reasonably sure that they have a great deal of expertise in the market and, more importantly, they listen to their customers. To this end you will find that most established businesses actually have 'bricks and mortar' premises and the 'web' is just a tool to inform the public of their products. You will also find that these type of businesses tend to have staff available to actually talk to (just like in days gone by) unlike many web sites where you are expected to communicate through the wonders of email.
With the 'web' with its flashy web pages and possibly a glossy brochure you will never know what your proposed log building will be like in 'real life'. This is why it's important to try to view any potential log building before delivery. This way you can see how well it's been made, whether there is sufficient height inside, are the doors and windows solidly made (or flimsy, cheap and nasty) and how good is the timber used. Whilst cabin companies on the 'web' claim it's good purchase online and that you can save money it's not possible to be sure what you are getting. If they are not prepared to let you see their buildings beforehand then be very wary. The cheapest price is not always the best value.
Again a great deal of money can be saved by selecting cheaper log cabin kits but you need to ensure that only the correct and best materials are used. This means using Nordic timber which comes from the colder parts of Europe such as Sweden, Norway, Finland where it grows very slowly. This ensure the greatest density to the timber ensuring it remains very stable even in the UK weather. By using faster growing cheaper trees on these units makes those cabins more likely to have more movement in your garden.
The best and smallest thickness of timber you should use for log rooms is 44mm thick. This thickness gives immense strength to the building which makes it suitable for all uses. Also it good to have other options of thickness - such as 70mm - for extreme cases. I've seen cases where 19mm logs (how they call it logs I don't know) are used which makes for a very cheap building. However don't lean on them as they will fall down. 28mm logs can be suitable provided the right quality of timber is used and not fast growing timber.
You will find the better log buildings have double glazing as standard but on the cheaper models will only have single glazed windows. This does reduce the cost of the building but makes it even harder to keep warm in the Winter and harder (not many people think of this) to keep cooler in the Summer.
There are advantages for standard sizes and layouts as this helps to keep the cost down, but quite often you would like a size to suit YOUR garden or you would like the doors and windows in a different place. This is why it's good to talk to a company who can make your log cabin to suit YOU. It may be a little more expensive but the extra cost can make the difference between 'making do' or getting fulfillment from your new log building.
Ensure that all the gable and shaped ends are supplied cut to shape and size. Many cheap cabin kits manufacturers supply these shaped ends needing to be cut by you. This saves money but mean more work for you and the possibility of mistakes