Log Cabins

Hundreds of Garden Log Cabins For Sale Delivered Direct in The UK.

How To Build a Log Cabin

Our BillyOh log cabins are delivered throughout the UK in easy-to-assemble pre-cut timber panels. Made from high-quality European sourced timber, our log cabins for sale also come with helpful assembly instructions.

Simply follow the instructions provided with your order and you and a friend can have your BillyOh log cabin up in no time.

Our log cabins also come with flooring included, so you can build your log cabin on a suitable base to last along with our BillyOh 10-year guarantee against rot, decay, and insect infestation.

Do You Need Planning Permission for a Log Cabin UK?

Log cabins will fall under what's called 'permitted development' and won't require planning permission, so long as they:

  • Are single-storey
  • Aren't intended for permanent residential use
  • Don't exceed a max eaves height of 2.5m
  • Don't exceed an overall height of 4m (dual-pitched roof like an apex or -reverse apex) or 3m (any other type of roof, like a pent)
  • Don't take up more than 50% of your garden area
  • Aren't build past the front wall of your house

That's why our BillyOh log cabins are built with these height measurements in mind. For more information, you can always talk to our customer service team.

Log Cabin Insulation

Although it's not necessary, if you want to create a luxury log cabin, you might think about insulating it. Insulated log cabins will stay warm in winter and keep cool in summer. This is because the inside temperature of your log cabin will be regulated better, with all points of its 'thermal envelope' protected.

And if you want an insulated log cabin without all the hassle of doing it yourself, you can always take a look at our BillyOh Outpost which comes with EcoQuilt insulation in the roof, floor and walls as well as thick double glazing.

Log Cabin Interior Ideas

A log cabin can be turned into anything from an inspiring art studio to a garden office. Popular uses for log cabins UK include a games or reading room, or somewhere to entertain for brunch or afternoon tea.

With protection against wind and wide-opening double doors, our log cabins are built to give you maximum use year-round. So throw open the doors in summer and spill out onto your charming terrace. Or, close the doors and get comfy in your cosy cabin whilst still making the most of the natural light.

Log Cabin Information

Log cabins have been a popular form of home building for hundreds of years now, and their popularity is just as strong today as ever before. Log cabin homes are not nearly as sophisticated as many modern home building styles, which is why many people like them. The rustic, natural style of building your home goes back to ancient Europe and Scandinavia, and on to early American settlers.

Throughout history, log homes have been an efficient style of home building, since there has always been an abundance of strong, durable wood to use. In the old days, every aspect of building a log cabin was done with simple handsaws, hammers, and other simple hand tools.

The process started by cutting down the tree and then cutting logs from the tree to the proper size of the desired house. Back then, log homes were even made without nails, which is how, and why interlocking logs were created by builders of the time. A good log cabin could easily be built in under a week back then, by a family looking to settle.

Another reason that log homes were so popular in olden times is that it was easy to move them. It could be time-consuming but was worth it to many settlers who needed to relocate for various reasons. Log cabins could be disassembled and moved in pieces to a new destination. This was more common with short moves, because longer moves would take longer than building a new cabin.

Here are some resources on the history of log cabins:

Popular Log Cabin Construction Cuts

Log Cabin Information

Photo credit: Maria Anne from Pixabay

When it comes to log cabins, there are a few different construction types. No log cabin will be the same as another, which is a big part of the appeal for many people.

Timber for log cabin construction can be cut in many styles, here are some of them:

Square/Rectangular Logs

These are logs that are cut with square or rectangle corners. This will make the corners of the house line up properly, so it is important to have the logs cut to the right length and width that you want your finished cabin to be.

Round Logs

These are round cut logs that have no corners or angles in them. They are held together with long bolts that will go through the logs, which make the main support for the cabin. Some round cut log homes use round logs that have a flat top and bottom, and that style is called double round logs.

Swedish Cope Cut Logs

These are logs that are cut with square or rectangle corners. This will make the corners of the house line up properly, so it is important to have the logs cut to the right length and width that you want your finished cabin to be.

D-Log Cut

A D-log cabin is built with logs that are cut square on one side, and round on the other. This makes it so one side of the cabin can have flat walls whilst the other side has rounded traditional log style walls.

Handcrafted Logs

A D-log cabin is built with logs that are cut square on one side, and round on the other. This makes it so one side of the cabin can have flat walls whilst the other side has rounded traditional log style walls. These are logs that are entirely cut by hand so they keep the natural log shape. This style gives the cabins a nice rustic appearance.

Interlocking Corners

If you ever used Lincoln Logs as a kid, then you will know what interlocking corners are. They are logs cut with square notches cut out on the top and bottom of each end of the log. This helps with stability and has a natural, rustic look.

Building a Log Cabin

Building a log cabin takes a lot of time and effort, but when it is finished you will have a gorgeous home and can take pride in your cabin, even if it is built from a log cabin kit. There are many people that still prefer to build their cabin homes by hand, just like in the old days.

This can be a daunting task, so it is important to learn the proper way to build. This includes choosing the type of wood you want to use, the style of log cut that you want to use for the build, and even how you plan on insulating your home. In old times they used mud and clay to fill in the cracks for some insulation.

Tools Needed to Build a Log Cabin

When starting to build your own log cabin home, playhouse, or other type of log house, it is important to have all the right tools before you begin. Below you will find some good help to ensure you have what’s needed before you get too deep into the project.

Decorating Modern Log Cabins

Once you have your log cabin built and ready to live in, you then need to decide how to decorate. Here are some ideas of décor for your log cabin home.

Fun Facts About Log Cabins

There are some interesting facts about log home living, read about some of them here.

Free Log House/Log Homes Build Plans

Getting started on building your first log cabin can be overwhelming. But luckily, there are many places that you can find free plans online. We gathered some of the best that we could find for you. Check them out below!

UK Log Cabin Holidays

A log cabin getaway is a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is also a great way to enjoy nature and go off the grid for your holiday. Getting out and living in a rustic cabin isn’t for everyone, but many people around the world enjoy it, which makes it easy to find destinations where you can rent a log home for your holiday.

Whether you want to rent a log cabin for your holiday or have a log cabin for your permanent residence, you will have no trouble finding either. There are plenty of professional log cabin builders all around the world, or you can buy a log house that is pre-manufactured and can be placed on your land.

Log Cabin Sales UK

Get in touch with our customer service team today to put you and your family in your new garden studio.

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  • log canins
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  • og cabins
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If your log cabin doesn’t exceed 50% of your garden size or the front of your house, it should fall under ‘permitted development’, meaning you wouldn’t require planning permission. However, we’d still advise checking with your local planning authority first. Or you can read our guide to log cabin planning permission.

We offer a large range of log cabins with sleek and elegant designs that also offer practicality and endless opportunity. Below are some of our top log cabins if you want to get some ideas:

1.BillyOh Tianna Log Cabin Summerhouse

The Tianna is incredibly versatile, thanks to a side store that allows it to be used for both storage and relaxation. Modern, gently sloping pent roofs (flat roofs) allow for excellent runoff and create a stylish cabin design that is sure to look great in any garden.

2.BillyOh Carmen Log Cabin Summerhouse

The Carmen has gorgeous glass double doors for maximising on natural light. 19mm or 28mm cladding is available with plenty of internal space to ensure that this is an area to enjoy all year long. You could even transform your Carmen into a home pub, thanks to the option of adding a garden bar to your cabin.

3.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 a shaded area of tranquillity, both inside your log cabin and directly outside, with the overhang keeping the sun out of your eyes on sunny days.

4.BillyOh Darcy Log Cabin Summerhouse

The Darcy’s modern reverse apex design gives it a contemporary style of cabin that’s perfect for revitalising a garden. With fully glazed doors with options and opening windows, the Darcy allows in lots of natural light and helps to create a light and airy space for you to enjoy.

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

  • Spruce - Aesthetically pleasing option. Structurally strong. A more expensive option.
  • Pine -Cheaper option. Less dense than spruce. Requires less treatment to prevent rotting.
  • Cedar - Softwood. Easier to work and offers a long lifespan. Weather-resistant. A premium timber.
  • Douglas Fir - Durable alternative. Fairly resistant to rot. Doesn’t fully accept treatment causing increased maintenance and reduced lifespan.
Yes, you definitely can. With some planning and either the know-how or hiring a plumber, you can install a variety of bathroom options in your garden building. Just remember that converting your log cabin into permanent living quarters may require planning permission. So check with your local council. Otherwise, check out our quick guide to installing utilities in your garden building.

The ideal thickness for your log cabin depends on where you live, the weather you experience, and how you plan to use it throughout the year.

Our BillyOh log cabins vary in thickness from 19mm to 44m. Each of these offers a different level of durability and strength. The thicker the log, the stronger and insulated your log cabin will be. This means you’ll be able to use it more often throughout the year, even in harsh and cold weather.

However, thinner log cladding can be better for summer use. Either way, all our log cabins are built from high-quality materials with a strong tongue and groove seal that ensures long-lasting quality.

How to insulate a log cabin

Insulating a log cabin is by no means essential. Depending on your chosen log thickness, and what you intend to use it for, your log cabin will be sufficiently insulated for most usage.

However, if you plan to spend a large amount of time in your log cabin i.e. during winter, for work, or even overnight, then it’s worth considering. You can insulate your log cabin by laying Celotex boards underneath flooring and under roof cladding. For more, read our guide on insulating a log cabin.

There are a number of different ways in which log cabin wood can be treated. They include:

  • Water-based treatments - This requires no primer and can be applied directly onto wood, after first removing any grease, wax or dirt from your cabin’s exterior. This treatment should be applied every year.
  • Solvent/spirit-based treatments - This is an effective form of treatment that 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 - The UV protection ensures that this is a long-lasting treatment type, only requiring retouching every five or so years. The treatment soaks into the timber, providing strong weather protection.
  • Pressure treatment - This introduces wood preservatives deep into pre-cut timber in a vacuum, ensuring excellent protection against harsh weather conditions. Pressure-treated wood requires little maintenance and can save you money in the long run. That’s why we offer it as an option on many of our garden buildings.

This is partially dependent on the type of treatment you applied to your log cabin. For example, choosing the add-on of pressure-treated timber means your garden cabin will require far less maintenance in the long run. But no, log cabins aren’t particularly any more high maintenance than any garden building. You get out what you put in. Just make sure to keep your roof clear of debris, maintain a healthy airflow to prevent damp, and sand, prime, and treat your timber as necessary.

For more, read our guide on preventing damp in your garden building.

This is dependent on a number of different factors including wood treatment and thickness, weather conditions, and care. However, the BillyOh guarantee covers log cabins against rot, decay, and insect infestation for up to 10 years (up to 15 for pressure-treated garden buildings). With proper care and maintenance, you could extend your log cabin’s life well beyond that.

How to build a log cabin

Our BillyOh log cabins are made with high-quality materials and designed to be easy and simple to assemble. Simply follow the digital assembly instructions included in your order confirmation. With a team of at least 2 people, you can fit the interlocking tongue and groove logs together and have your log cabin up in no time!

What are log cabin kits?

Log cabin kits are pre-cut sections of a log cabin structure. They're assembled with some everyday tools and a bit of spare time.

Can you live in a log cabin all year round

Yes - throughout Scandinavia and colder countries, log cabins are a typical form of timber construction. However, they often utilise much thicker cladding than garden log cabins.

If you want the best year-round use, opt for highly insulated 44mm cladding and consider insulated and/or heating your log cabin. If intended for residential use, however, you may need to apply for planning permission.

How long does a log cabin last

Our log cabins come with a 10-year guarantee against rot, decay, and insect infestation; 15 years if you opt for a pressure-treated model. Regular maintenance and treatment can help you extend the usage life of your log cabin.