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It also can provide an area for engaging in the owner’s hobby, and this can range from one end of the scale to the other. These garden cabin kits can also be used as home fitness centres but, in this case, care must be taken to ensure the floor is strong enough and that there is sufficient height in the building. The general ‘run of the mill’ kits which can be bought very cheaply (and there is a reason why they are cheap) on the web will not fit the bill.
If you are planning to put an exercise bike or running machine in there, then you need to do some research and contact a company such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings.
This will ensure that the floor is strong enough and you don’t want any chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) floors as these are unsuitable. (You may see these advertised as ‘solid sheet materials’ as the wood cabin kit suppliers don’t want you to know you are buying a cheaply made floor)
The other primary consideration is height. Many of the cheap models are suitable for friends of Snow White a.k.a as the seven dwarfs. If you fit into that bracket, then they may do the trick for you. If not then ensure your new garden cabin kit has a minimum of 6½ feet headroom (2.0m) or more. Always check out the height beforehand.
Another option is to go for a purpose built garden log cabin kit complete with lining and insulation. This will ensure that it’s easier to keep warm in the winter and cooler in summer. Many people don’t give a thought to how hot it may be in the summer but 1st Choice, who has been involved in this business since 1979, understand this and can advise on the suitability of a building for you.
If you are not quite the athlete type and enjoy your sport in an armchair, then buying a log cabin kit can fit the bill for you as well. This is according to Marks and Spencer (M&S) who say that nearly 1½ million men and women have a den of some sort in their outbuilding or garage and this enables them to watch sport, such as the World Cup, Champions League or European Championships, in peace.
M&S stress that thought should be given to ensuring that the equipment in their cabin is covered by adequate insurance. This applies to the flowers, plants and trees in the garden as well. The head of general insurance, Andrew Ferguson, said that owners should check their home contents policy as to whether garden goods and items out in the cabin are covered. In any instance, the owner is responsible for the security of it to ensure items can’t be stolen.
A survey by Halifax showed that British men would be spending over £4 billion converting buying log cabin kits and the like and turning them into dens and installing widescreen TV’s. The moral of this story is that you ensure you have the right insurance policy in place BEFORE any claim is required. Without it, you will feel as sad as most England supporters after the latest penalty shoot out.