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Insulated Log Cabins Kits UK
During the colder parts of the year and even during the warmer months it may be worth thinking of an insulated log cabin. This will ensure that your cabin has the best temperature for all-year-round comfort. The insulation will help to keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It is possible to add insulation to your log cabin kit after delivery. By adding polystyrene or fibreglass insulation and by using sheets of plywood and 2×2 timbers, you can add insulation to the walls.But you need to ensure that the 2×2’s are not fixed rigidly to the cabin as the walls will expand and contract through the year. The floor and the roof are more effortless. With the roof you would fix 2×2 on top of the roof, then add insulation in between them and cover with plywood before felting the roof. Similarly with the floor but bear in mind there will make your floor 2″ higher.Another option is to allow 1st Choice to add insulation to the floor and roof as this is available on all their Trentan log cabin kits. This means you wouldn’t have anything else to worry about as all the materials would be supplied. If the cabin was built by one of 1st Choice’s fitters, then they would add the insulation when they assemble the building. The service to provide an insulated log cabin kit is only available within about 50 miles from Guildford.
A consideration is the cost of doing this, but like many things, it’s easy to go for the cheapest option and regret it later. You can add insulation afterwards, but it’s always a good thing to get it right in the first place. Why not talk with us and we can explain the options to you so you can make an informed choice.
Garden Cabin Kits UK Buying Advice
Log cabin kits in the are multi-talented buildings and are used for many activities from the mundane storage of garden tools and equipment as well as the lawnmower. They also provide safe, secure storage for bikes, children’s toys and barbecues but can also be used as a garden workshop where the owner can make items or complete DIY jobs from the house. 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.
Wood Cabin Kits Use On Green Belt Land
Log cabins have developed massively over the years and are now quite a popular choice for garden leisure or recreation rooms in the garden. They also are quite popular for home offices or for temporary sleeping accommodation for the odd guest that appears. If you are using it as a home office and employing somebody to work in the cabin, then you are likely to need permission. In this instance, it’s essential to realise that approval from the local council is not expected to be forthcoming unless several safety criteria are met.Whilst log cabins can happily be situated in a domestic situation, subject to a few limitations, such as overall height, if the cabins are to be used in a commercial situation then planning and building regulations are required. And this can be a touchy subject depending on the location. I was watching a program recently about the work of planning officers and plans had been submitted for six holiday log cabins to be situated on green belt land.
There was support for this however the planning officer, who had no idea how these log cabin kits were delivered, (they come in individual log sections which are slotted together and this build-up into the completed log building) objected because the proposed site was on green belt, which is a valid point, but mainly because the large sections of the flat-pack cabins would cause damage to the established trees.
Even when it was pointed out that the wooden cabin is made in small sections and would be carried in by hand, she refused to relent and recommended refusal, and this is what happened. The locals were a little disappointed by this as they believed it would bring income into the area.
However, in another part of the country, an application for cabins to be used on green belt land caused controversy. Bolton councillors approved the building of a self build interlocking garden cabin at Shore LodgeFarm in Egerton even though the development was on green belt land. The reason for this was for security reasons after there had been a spate of thefts and vandalism at the site.
This cabin was approved only hours after Gary Neville, the former Manchester United footballer, had been refused permission to build an eco-house on green belt land in Harwood.
Clearly, it seems that these planners are a law onto themselves in connection with issues about the green belt. The strange decisions made can make you wonder what is the green belt all about. It’s clearly a good thing to protect the countryside from urban expansion. Still, the planners do need to ‘sing from the same hymn sheet’ (what a terrible expression) when making decisions about people buying a garden insulated log cabin kit for their garden.