1. Building regulations and permission to plan
“My gardening rules and garden” is not how it functions when building a summer house or other structure within your garden. The need to get an application for a permission to plan or permit is contingent on the height and size of the building, the method of using it, the location within the garden, and additional details.There are two main considerations when it comes to a garden building : the Building Regulations and planning Permission. Most of the time, if the building has an interior floor area of up to 15m2 and the overall size is not more than 2.5m then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll require Building Regulations or Planning Permissions in any way. Even if your garden structure is within the permitted limits but it’s still recommended to get in touch with your local planning department and receive all information you need to answer your questions. This gives you assurance that you are sure everything is going according to design with your new garden office or hobby room.Should the dream of a summer home or garden space exceed the boundaries, don’t be concerned and don’t abandon your dreams! If so, contact or visit your local planning office and receive an accurate explanation of what you must do to ensure that you comply with the regulations and obtain the necessary permissions. Our experience with customers receiving planning permissions for larger gardens is that it should take no more than four to six weeks.
2. Particularities of wooden structures. Proper care.
It is an organic substance that grows and changes depending on humidity, temperature and other weather conditions , particularly in the first month following the building. It is normal that you have to alter the windows and doors at least a couple of times during the first month following the wooden structure has been constructed, and again twice a year to ensure they function correctly. Minor cracks, knots and differences in color tone aren’t errors, they are inherent characteristics of wood. It is essential to treat your home with a stain that is wood preservative or other coatings that protect after assembly. If treated, wood turns grayish it can change color and then turn moldy or even decay. We suggest treating flooring boards with an impregnation agent prior to installation, particularly the lower edges of the boards as, after installation, you will no longer have access to this side. Once properly treated the life span of your log cabin is significantly increased. It is important to examine your summer residence at least once throughout the year , and to retreat according to the directions provided by the wood preservative manufacturer.
3. The size of your garden structure
It is essential to think about the intended use of your garden and then purchase the correct dimension. Summerhouse sales made of wood are something that we hope to keep for a long time, not just during the season. So we suggest you include all household members or the users of your summer home, solicit everyone’s opinions and then make the collective choice.
4. What do I get what’s included in the package , and how the log cabins delivered?
Your garden or log cabin structure will arrive in waterproof packages to ensure that they will not be damaged or impacted due to the weather during transport or if the garden office or summer home is kept in a sealed container for a few weeks prior to the installation. The delivery of your order will be delivered by curbside and the driver will not be in a position to assist you in unpacking your garden structure. The dimensions of the vehicle and delivery method will be determined by the dimensions of the building you’ve purchased. The building will be delivered by an automobile with the following options such as tail lift truck, forklift truck or hiab crane that can lift and unload heavy boxes (700-2500 kg). All wood details and panels have been made, pre-cut and are ready for installation (like the size of a Lego sets!). The standard log cabin kit is comprised of foundation beams that have been impregnated and wall logs that are not treated panels and other details made of wood including floor and roof boards, doors and windows roofing felt as well as screws, nails, and various fixings like storm braces instruction manuals for the user and assembly. The details are all identified so that assembly is as simple as it can be. All you have to provide are the necessary tools!
5. Foundations and Bases to build your garden
The type of foundation you need to choose is based on the size of the garden structure and the level of firmness of the soil in your garden. The most affordable and simple foundation is concrete slabs that are set on top of sand and gravel. This kind of foundation is simple to build and is attainable by anyone who is DIY-savvy without hiring an expert. This kind of foundation is ideal for small cabins with a minimum of 10 square metres. For this base, you’ll need to excavate 25-30 cm of ground, then fill it up with gravel, and then lay down a adequate layer of sand is required to create a level surface. After that, you can lay the concrete blocks, slabs or other similar. It is crucial that the base is level since your home will have a level surface as the base! The most sought-after, but more costly and long-lasting foundation is an concrete base. Concrete bases are an ideal fit to all kinds of garden structures. To build that type of foundation you’ll require the assistance of an expert local or a small construction company, since concrete foundations require more expertise and you must be aware of what you’re doing.These two foundations are among the well-known foundations for garden structures However, there are different ways to build them. It is recommended to speak with local experts prior to making a make a decision, taking into consideration the level of the ground you are currently on and the the size of your building. Whatever you decide to build it is important to remember that a level and solid foundation is essential! If you do not have a level foundation, it will affect your entire garden structure. Broken walls, non-functioning windows and doors and a very small life spans and an invalid warranty, will mean that you will not have the pleasure of your garden! Find out further about the foundations we recommend on our page for assembly.
6. Do you prefer self assembly, or do you hire a construction company?
The assembly of many structures for gardens, summer houses and log cabins can be done with the help of a skilled DIY enthusiast. Particularly small and mid-sized sheds and houses that are between 8-12 square meters. We always suggest that two people are involved in the construction and take care when lifting because certain panels are very heavy. Our research shows that the majority of our customers complete the assembly themselves or employ one of our local experts to ensure everything goes smoothly. To build your garden structure, you’ll need at least two adults with tools (hammer saw, pliers, hammer and drills, as well as screwdrivers measuring tape, ladder knife, and spirit-level) and, of course, the time you spend in your time, based on your abilities and the size of the log cabin. If you or your friend are proficient in fixing items at home, or performing minor DIY projects around the garden, then assembly using the prefabricated information, correct installation instructions , and a manual for the user is likely to be achievable for you. However, if you’re not confident with your DIY skills or aren’t sure about the task, we recommend hiring an expert local to help you.
7. Wall thickness
The most popular wall thicknesses for garden structures include 28mm, 40mm 44mm, 58mm , and 70 to 92mm. There are 19mm walls in the market but they are typically tiny tool sheds or extremely poor-quality garden homes with a extremely short lifespans. We wouldn’t advise you to choose smaller than 28mm wall thickness. Walls of 28mm are typically one-piece tongue and groove wood logs that are can be used for storage sheds or smaller garden homes that are up to 8-9 square metres. If you’re looking for small garden structures at an affordable cost this garden room and storage sheds with a 28mm wall thickness are an excellent option. The 44-58mm wall logs come with double tongue and grooves. using these walls, you can easily build 20 square meters of gardens and even bigger. When compared to 28mm walls they are not just stronger but also offer greater insulation and a sturdy feel. In the end the 28mm walls are sufficient to build storage sheds as well as 4-9 m2 garden summer homes however if you’re looking to build a larger structure that is more insulated, ensure that you select walls of at least 44mm thick or even thicker.
8. Double or single glazed windows?
If you plan to use your cabin made of wood for the majority of the summer time then you don’t need the cost of double-glazed windows. Single-glazed windows typically comprise three millimetre glass and do not come with sealing. Single-glazed windows are typically utilized for smaller garden structures with a wall thickness of 28-40 millimeters. Particularly, walls with a thickness of 28mm are not very well insulated and the use of double glazing for these walls will not create any difference.If you plan to be able to use your garden structure throughout the year We suggest that you think about insulate the roof and the floor. Additionally, we’d suggest using double-glazed windows. Double glazed windows are sprayed by the manufacturer and offer great insulation properties. As a rule gardens that have less than 40mm of wall thickness are equipped with single-glazed windows. Garden log cabins that have a 44mm wall thickness and above are equipped with double-glazed windows.
9. Multifunctional log cabins for use in the outdoors
A garden building that serves multiple purposes can help you reduce the cost and size of your garden. The purchase of a summer house that has a terraces is significantly less cost than purchasing an outdoor space, a pergola or a summer house with shed in comparison to the cost you pay for each of them. Therefore, prior to buying it, bring your family together and think about the requirements and purposes that you can use it to enhance your garden’s life and more flexible with one intelligent multi-purpose garden structure.
10. Can I utilize my log cabin in the garden all year long?
You can, however, should you plan to make use of your garden building throughout the year (garden office or table tennis, hobby room or billiards room , or any other) We suggest an area with 40mm or over wall thickness. Be sure windows are equipped with double glazing, and also cover the roof and floor with insulation. There are four areas that should be protected from heat loss: floor walls, walls, roof, and windows. The choice of materials you can choose to use for insulation of your garden home is broad, based on your local climate as well as your budget and methods of using. It is crucial to choose the correct foundation and then insulate the floor first. The insulation underneath the floor boards can contribute to keeping the interior of the house warm. Roof insulation is essential due to warmth rising. about 35-40% of heat goes through the roof without insulation. Then, walls, windows and even heating are required. Installing a log stove inside your garden structure is an excellent option to ensure all year round usage. It is possible to purchase a device that cooks on! It is vital to ensure that any appliance that burns fuel is installed by a skilled installer. Also, ensure that all ventilation requirements are met, and that working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fitted on your building in the garden.
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