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There are several different types of timber which log cabins are commonly made with, each offering a unique set of noteworthy features.

  • Spruce - This is a highly aesthetically pleasing option, boasting copious amounts of structural strength, but is a more expensive option.
  • Pine - This is a somewhat cheaper option, being less dense than spruce whilst requiring reduced treatment to prevent rotting in the long run.
  • Cedar - Being a soft wood, cedar is easier to work with and offers a long lifespan. Weather resistance helps this to be considered a premium form of timber.
  • Douglas Fir - This is a durable alternative which is fairly resistant to rot. However, it often doesn’t fully accept treatment which can cause a reduced lifespan and increased maintenance in the long term.

On the vast majority of occasions, log cabins are classed as ‘permitted developments’, meaning that you wouldn’t require planning permission. Despite this, we’d still advise checking with your local planning authority first.

As a general rule, the larger a log cabin is and the closer it is to your property boundary, the greater the chance that you’ll require planning permission.

Yes, you definitely can! With some planning and expertise, installing a bathroom in your garden building is a relatively straightforward task.

Though, it’s also important to bear in mind that pursuing the route of transforming your log cabin into something representing that of living quarters or a permanent workspace may well affect planning permission. So if this is your intention, then contacting your local planning authority is strongly advised.

The ideal thickness for your log cabin is contingent on how and when you plan to use it - with regards to both time of day and different parts of the year.

Our log cabins vary in thickness, starting at 19mm and increasing to 28mm, 35mm, 44m and 70mm. Each of these offers a differing level of durability and strength. The thicker the log, the stronger your log cabin will be and the greater the amount of time that you’ll be able to properly use it throughout the year.

You can make the best possible decision concerning log cabin wall thickness by considering what you’ll be using your log cabin for and whether this calls for thinner logs (which are predominantly suited to summer use) or thicker logs (which are equally suited to both summer and winter use).

Insulating a log cabin is by no means an essential. Depending on your chosen log thickness, your log cabin will likely be more than capable or regulating temperature by itself.

However, if you’re spending/plan to spend a large amount of time in your log cabin during the winter months, then insulation is definitely worth considering. There are various methods and materials available for log cabin insulation, ranging from bubble wrap/polythene, all the way to foil backed insulation boards.

There are a number of different ways in which log cabin wood can be treated, each with varying degrees of effectiveness and complexity.

  • Water based treatment - This requires no primer and can be applied directly onto wood, after first removing any grease, wax or dirt from the building’s exterior. This treatment should be applied every year.
  • Solvent/spirit based treatment - This is an effective form of treatment which involves a gentle application to ensure it is smooth with an even coating. It is recommended to apply this every three or so years.
  • Oil-based treatment - UV protection ensures that this is a long lasting treatment type, only requiring retouching every five or so years. The treatment soaks into timber, providing strong weather protection.
  • Pressure treatment - This allows wood preservatives deep into pre-cut timber, ensuring excellent protection against harsh weather conditions. Pressure-treated wood requires little maintenance and can save you money in the long run.

Though this is partially dependent on the type of treatment applied to your log cabin (as pressure treated wood requires far less maintenance), the answer is generally no, they aren’t particularly high maintenance.

However, treatment aside, there are a few other things to bear in mind when it comes to keeping your log cabin in great shape, such as filling wood contractions, clearing debris off the roof, providing sufficient aeration and painting as required.

The exact answer to this is ultimately dependent on a number of different factors. If properly looked after, then a log cabin can certainly last for at least 20 years. If your log cabin is in an area which doesn’t experience extreme weather changes and offers a generally mild climate, then it may well survive for a much longer period of time than this.

Factors which can influence your log cabin’s lifespan include the type of treatment used, wood thickness, as well as weather and temperature changes.

We're very proud of fantastic log cabin range, with sleek and elegant designs, paired with plenty of practicality, being at the forefront of every design.

Here are what believe to be our 4 absolute best log cabins that you should check out today!

1. BillyOh Tianna Log Cabin Summerhouse

The Tianna is incredibly versatile, thanks to a side store which allows it to be used for both storage and relaxation.

A modern, gently sloping pent roof creates a stylish design which is sure to look great in just about any garden.

2. BillyOh Dorset Log Cabin

The Dorset is an incredibly spacious log cabin, thanks to its reverse apex roof and extra high central door+window design.

Available in a range of sizes and with the option of pressure treatment for low maintenance available, the Dorset represents an incredibly fashionable space to relax at the end of a long day.

3. BillyOh Carmen Log Cabin Summerhouse

Starting from only £865, the Carmen Log Cabin is a budget option that doesn't compromise on quality. 19mm/28mm cladding and plenty of internal space helps to ensure that this is an area to enjoy all year long.

You could even transform your Carmen into a stay-at-home-pub, thanks to the optional addition of a garden bar within your cabin.

4. BillyOh Fraya Pent Log Cabin

Aside from its aesthetically pleasing pent design, what we love about the Fraya is the front overhang. This perfectly lends itself to creating an area of tranquility, both inside your log cabin and directly outside it, with the overhang keeping the sun out of your eyes on warm summer's days.