Log Cabins Buying Guide | What Other Log Cabin Companies Don't Want You To Know

What Other Log Cabin Companies Don't Want You To Know
What Other Log Cabin Companies Don't Want You To Know

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

How Do You Make The Right Choice?

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.

1st Choice Garden Cabins

- are Made to Very High Standards and Quality
All Trentan Corner Timber Cabins
Trentan Corner Log Cabins Range
All Corner Cabins
From 2.4m x 2.4m to 4.48m x 2.8m
Modern Corner Log Building
Fast Delivery Times
Light Flows Into Building

(Click for Corner Cabins Full Details)

Trentan Pent Wood Cabins
Trentan Log Rooms for Sale
All Pent Log Units
Sizes from 3.3 x 2.4m to 5.2 x 3.9m
View NOW at Our Display Site
Light Flows Into Sun Room
Modern Double Glazed Cabin

(Click for Pent Log Rooms Full Details)

Trentan Apex Timber Cabins
Trentan Apex Log Cabin Kits for Sale
All Apex Log Buildings
2.5 x 2.0m up to 6.0 x 3m
Optional Georgian Windows
Below 2.5m for Planning
Cabin on Display for Viewing

(Full Details of Apex Cabin)

Buy From an Established Business

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.

1st Choice have been in the garden building industry since 1979.

- We have a physical office where you can talk to us or visit as well as a display site where you can view examples of cabins for your self.

Always View Log Cabins for Sale Before Buying

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.

1st Choice Wood Cabin Show Room and display area is near Woking in Surrey. About 5 miles from the M25

- and ONLY Sell Garden Rooms Made to Very High Standards

Ensure the Timber Used is the Best for the These Cabins

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.

1st Choice Nordic Cabins

- are only made using slow growing Scandinavian timber

Ensure You Go For the Thickest Timber

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.

1st Choice Standard Cabin

- thickness is a solid 44mm with options for 70mm versions

Insist on Double Glazing in Your New Garden Log Building

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.

Double Glazed Windows On

- All 1st Choice Garden Cabins as standard and have adjustable hinges as standard. Also pre hung in their own frame.

Do You Want a 'Run of the Mill' Building or Are You Special?

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.

Customer Made by 1st Choice

- is an option and can be made in 'more or less' any size to suit you. Also the layout and design of these units is also flexible and bespoke to suit you.

Are All Sections Pre-Cut to Shape

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

All Garden Rooms from 1st Choice

- have pre-cut panels in shape as well as size

Trentan L Shaped Log Room
Trentan Pyrford L Shaped Wood Cabin
L Shaped Cabin
4m x 4m (but in L Shape)
Stylish L Shape Log Room
Double Glazed Throughout
Attractive Arched Glass Designs

(Click for Pyrford L Shaped Full Details)

Trentan Clock House Cabin
Trentan Clock House Rooms for Sale
Clockhouse Cabins
4.0 x 2.5m to 5.3m x 3.8m
Clockhouse Style Log Cabin
Georgian Window Options
Double Glazed for Comfort

(Click for Clockhouse Full Details)

Trentan Log Cabin Garage
Trentan Mitcham Log Garage
Mitcham Log Garage
5.1m x 3.3m (11ft x 17ft)
44mm Nordic Interlocking Logs
Garage Cabin Style
Wide Garage Doors

(Click for Mitcham Full Details)



Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day
The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green: are Platinum, Sapphire, & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Log Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Concrete Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.


Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.
Email to 1clb@leisurebuildings.com or Contact Us Here
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 for All Garden Buildings. Sheds, Workshops, Log Cabins
On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Close To Byfleet, Chertsey, Weybridge, Walton On Thames, Esher, Bagshot, Staines.