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    Garden Offices

    For the workaholic that likes to always be working, or for those that choose to work from home. A log cabin could be turned into the perfect garden office.

    By simply adding a desk, chair and somewhere to plug in or charge a computer you can get to and from work in just a few footsteps. Not only helping you cut down on journey time, you are also saving on travel costs too.

    Log Cabin Summer Houses - The BillyOh Skinner Log Cabin Summerhouse
    The BillyOh Skinner Log Cabin Summerhouse

    Log Cabin Sheds

    Log Cabin Sheds are perfect for those looking for an easy place to store their belongings. Whether it be gardening tools, outdoor furniture or outdoor toys, a log cabin shed can easily become a great storage area.

    The seeds themselves are made from premium softwood materials which aid to provide structural durability and strength. In addition, they are available in Alpine, apex, pent and traditional styles, catering for every taste.

    Made from tongue and groove panel fittings which are extremely durable, the log cabin shed is bound to provide long-lasting protection for whatever you choose to store in it.

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    The BillyOh Annex Log Cabin Playhouse

    What is the Best Thickness for a Log Cabin?

    Firstly, the best thickness for a log cabin will vary depending on how you are planning to use the log cabin.

    Log cabins can vary in thicknesses. For instance 19mm, 28mm, 35mm, 44m and 70mm. Each thickness will provide you with varying levels of durability and strength.

    A general rule is, the thicker the log, the stronger the building. The thicker the log will also affect how often it can be used throughout the year.

    19mm – 28mm

    19mm is the cheapest log cabin thickness and is noticeably friendly due to the budget-friendly price.

    Although 19mm log cabins use interlocking construction, a 19mm thickness, although durable, will not be as weatherproof when compared to thicker log cabins. 19mm is ideal for summerhouse log cabins being used in warmer months.

    Whereas, a 28mm thickness is stronger than a 19mm and is better suited to premium summerhouses.

    35mm – 44mm

    35mm log cabins are recommended for use in Autumn, Spring and Summer. If you are intending to use the log cabin for these three seasons, double glazing is recommended for better insulation.

    Unlike 19mm, 28mm and 35mm, 44mm is constructed using double tongue. This means log cabins with this thickness are more equipped to deal with harsh weather conditions.


    If you are searching for a building built with all four seasons in mind, 70mm is the ideal choice. 70mm walls use extra purlins which help make the building stronger than thinner walls.

    However, although perfect for use all year round, 70mm is the most expensive option. Therefore, it is important to consider when you are likely to use the log cabin in order to base your log cabin thickness choice.

    How to Maintain your Log Cabin:

    Before Applying the Treatment

    It is important to carry out the necessary pre-treatment checks before applying the treatment.

    These include using masking tape, or something similar, to protect the windows and hinges.

    Then, when you begin the treatment, we recommend starting at the top of the log cabin, then continue to work your way down the building,

    Best Log Cabin Treatment

    Oil-based Treatments

    Oil-based treatments have UV protection that is long lasting. This helps the treatment to be durable enough to only require retouching every five years.

    The treatment soaks into the timber and can provide the log cabin with strong weather protection.

    Water Based Treatments

    Water-based treatments require no primer and can be applied onto the wood directly.

    However, it is essential to ensure there is no grease, wax, dirt or rot on the exterior of the building first.

    It is recommended to maintain the treatment every year to protect the log cabin from harsh weather.

    Solvent and Spirit Based Treatments

    One of the more effective forms of treatment is solvent and spirit based treatments.

    This style of treatment requires the treatment to be stirred before use. Then, apply the treatment gently with a brush, being careful to ensure it is smooth and has an even coating.

    For ultimate protection, it is recommended to apply the solvent and spirit based treatments every three years.

    Pressure Treatment

    Generally, pressure treated allows the wood preservatives to go deeper into the pre-cut timber.

    Furthermore, pressure treated enables the log cabin to be well protected against the harsh weather. It also requires little maintenance, and will, therefore, save you money in the long run.

    If purchasing from us, check our options as we offer pressure treatment on some log cabins.

    Will I Need Planning Permission?

    Most often, log cabins are classed as permitted development, meaning it is likely you will not require BillyOh Metro Log Cabin

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