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If you have been looking into getting a log cabin and have been blown away by the vast amount of different options available to you, a good place to start can be deciding on the log cabin size that will work for the space that you have available.
Our 12 x 12 timber cabins are one of our most popular sizes, because whilst they aren’t too intrusive in taking up space, they are still big enough to allow for a range of uses from a garden office to a small home gym.
Garden log cabins in this size also come in a variety of styles to match the aesthetic of your garden, so you can be sure that the one you choose will look great from the outside, and choosing what to do with your new garden room is completely up to you.
No matter what size log cabin you decide to go for, all of our products are created to stringent best-quality procedures, and all of our Diamond and Platinum options are made from high-grade European Redwood, which is a type of Scandinavian timber renowned for its durability. Many of our competitors use lower-quality timber for their cabins, and it’s not always easy to notice to the untrained eye.
If you choose to purchase a pre-made timber building rather than one of our easy-assembly kits, rest assured that all cabins built by 1st Choice Leisure Buildings are built here in the UK, and come complete with ongoing customer support for additional peace of mind.
We also have a showroom in Surrey where you can see many of our log cabins assembled and on display, so if you want to see what they look like in the flesh don’t hesitate to drop in.
Log cabins are a versatile and inexpensive way to add extra space to your home without having to get planning permission and invest in a costly extension. You can use them as an office, guest house, studio, storage space, or home gymnasium, to name just a few options.
Most planning permission restrictions do not apply to log cabins, so unless you’re planning on building something monumental, rest assured you should be able to erect a log cabin on your property without having to pay for the privilege of permission.
If for any reason you are concerned about doing this, feel free to run it by your local council who will provide you with any applicable guidelines for your area.
Because of the vast range of styles and designs we have on offer, you can choose a log cabin that matches the aesthetic of your house and garden. Whether you want something that has an organic aura like subtly treated timber, or a more homely feel like a log cabin that comes delivered in anthracite grey, we’ve got the perfect finish for your project.
At 1st Choice Leisure Buildings we offer free delivery to a large area of England, and the area covered is dependent on the log cabin range that you choose it from. Some of these delivery options even come with free assembly by our experienced workforce, and this is also available at an extra cost outside of the free zones if DIY isn’t your strong suit.
If however you are impartial to rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in, the innovative self-assembly designs of our log cabins means that even the most inexperienced home improver can throw them up in a matter of hours.
Our log cabins are supplied in lengths of timber with notches cut into them, and this innovative notching system works by interlocking each side at the corner as you build upwards. This will be slightly harder if you’ve opted for one of our thick log cabins, so we recommend getting a friend to help you with the heavy lifting.
Log cabins are used in countries all over the world from North America to Scandinavia, where weather conditions in Winter are much harsher than they are in the UK, so you can take comfort in the fact that your log cabin will easily be able to withstand any UK weather conditions thrown at is, so long as it is given the right care and attention.
Thicker wood naturally means more insulation, so if you’re worried about your log cabin staying warm in Winter then you might want to opt for a thicker design. A 12 x 12 log cabin is a moderate size to warm up, but if insulated properly is also small enough to easily keep a good temperature for a reasonable amount of time.
All of our log cabins come with tried-and-tested roofing options, so whether you’re more inclined to go for felt, Onduline wooden slats or cedar shingles, your roof type will be able to withstand various UK weather conditions without hassle.
If you want to capitalise on energy efficiency, consider getting UPVC double doors and double glazing to keep heat in your cabin, as double glazed properties are proven to retain warmth year round. Toughened double glazing, whether it’s used for opening windows or fixed, also provides extra security to your garden room from the get-go.
We stock a range of different design options for this size cabin and not all of them are always posted up on our site, so if you’re looking for something specific, or want to find out if some attractive features can be added to a particular design, don’t hesitate to contact our team.
One of our most popular 12 x 12 options is the Sandhurst Apex Cabin, which comes with double glazed doors and windows, proper timber floor boards and your choice of colour of felt roof tiles as standard. The Sandhurst Apex log cabin features double doors at the front of the building, and a gable roof with an overhang at the front to protect from the elements.
The Humber Apex log cabin differentiates from the Sandhurst in that it has a flat or slightly pitched roof type. It features tall long windows either side of the double doors, and a gutter edge drip plate running the front end of the property to keep it from dripping over the doorway. The Humber Apex comes with 19mm tongue and groove boards as standard.
If you liked the look of the Humber Apex but didn’t warm to the roof, then the Humber Pent log cabin might be the right option for you. Featuring the same high-quality tongue and groove floor system (none of them cheap and brittle chipboard floors here) and same windows, the only difference is that the roof is pitched from front-to-back instead of curving over the top. This means that the Humber Pent cabin doesn’t require guttering on the front.
Last but by no means least on our list of the most popular 12 x 12 cabins that we stock is the Humber Transverse Apex, which bears some similarities to a few of the above options. The roof is a gable roof, but instead of the door being centrally aligned to the peak of the roof, it is offset to the right, with a window on the left for added natural light. The Humber Transverse Apex is one of our most modern and sleep log cabins and is in high demand year-round.
All of our log cabins are built with toughened glass, high-grade responsibly-sourced wood and high-security designs, so they’re all good options that are similarly durable. You just need to decide on what your favourite is in terms of style, and there’s no better way to do that than coming to check them out at our showroom in Guildford, England.
Bear in mind that some of these options may even be more customisable than what is shown on-site, so if you like one design but want a specific feature like tanalised timber bearers or turn-opening windows, reach out to our team to find out what we can do for you.
12 x 12 is a great size for so many applications, and rest assured that if you buy a log cabin from us, we take further attention in our work and sourcing our materials than many of our cheap competitors out there. So for the complete package, reliable delivery and a durable product that’s built from forty-plus years of experience, go with us.