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  • Log Cabin Foundation – Choosing the right one

    The big question is, how should you build a log cabin base? A log cabin should be placed on either a concrete foundation, a patio area, paving slabs or decking. Any of these options, built properly, wil lbe suitable.

    Once you’ve found the right base for you, the next section to focus on is actually building your log cabin base. For reference, you can see our post on how to build a shed base. For the first of these options, we’ll discuss a concrete base.

    Garden patio foundation

    2. Paving Slabs or Patio

    Paving or patio slabs are a great alternative to a concrete foundation. If you’ve got some lying around or if you can pick some up from a garden centre it’ll also be cheaper than a concrete slab.

    Paving slabs also allow for a more modern look often coming in a different range of shades and sizes.
    Digging will still be an important part of this process so make sure you’ve got your shovel handy!

    • Step 1: Mark out the area you’ll be using and dig to approximately 150mm depth.
    • Step 2: Infill 150mm with 50mm scalping and compact using a vibrator plate or roller.
    • Step 3: Lay paving stones on a 4:1 mixture of grit sand and cement at 50mm deep, levelling as you pour.
    • Tips: Use flat paving stones rather than textured ones as this will ensure the base is flat for the log cabin to be positioned on. Also, if an electric supply is required, add the mains supply at this stage.

    All You Need to Know About Building a Log Cabin Base

    There are several different options for your log cabin base out there. And finding the right form of foundation can be a simple process when you have all the information.

    Make sure your base is stable and level and your log cabin will sit nicely on top, leaving no room for any issues in the building process.

    Flat ground is always best for your log cabin. Building on a slope can prevent the log cabin sitting properly and can cause issues down the line.

    Remember the placing of your log cabin is important, making sure you’re able to get around the sides of the building. Don’t build your log cabin too close to trees or too close to your boundaries. And if you’ve got all that sussed, check out all the awesome log cabins we offer via the button below!

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    FAQs

    The base will keep your log cabin stable, putting a log cabin onto something uneven like grass. This may result in warping and splitting of the timber or the roof not sitting right. The wet soil would also prevent the log cabin from sitting right.

    A concrete base is ideal for your log cabin but there are other options available to you.

    As long as your base is flat, level and stable then it doesn't have to be concrete. There are several of different types of foundation and base. All of which can be found in this post!

    Overall, no you won't. Although this is dependant on where you live and the size of your building, it's always a good step to check with your local council just to be sure. Always best to double check.

    Some of the best bases for log cabins are:

    •  A concrete foundation
    • An eco base
    • Decking
    • Paving or a concrete slab

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