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BillyOh Fraya Pent Log Cabin

BillyOh Fraya Pent Log Cabin

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BillyOh Tianna Log Cabin Summerhouse with Side Store

BillyOh Tianna Log Cabin Summerhouse with Side Store

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BillyOh Kent Garden Office

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What is a Log Cabin?

A Log Cabinis a small house or garden building constructed from thick log walls or log cladding. They are robust buildings that add extra living space and functionality to your home, with multipurpose designs that allow for a range of uses.

Log Cabins come in all shapes and sizes, with a variety of features to choose from. They make ideal home offices, studios, and workshops - but are equally great at being a place for you to unwind. With insulated models allowing you to make use of them all year round, a cabin can bring an extra dimension to your home.

Do You Need Planning Permission for a Log Cabin?

Our buildings will fall under 'permitted development' and shouldn't require planning permission. This is 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 built past the front wall of your house

All our BillyOh log cabins are built with these measurements in mind. For more information, talk to our customer service team.

Log Cabin Insulation

If you want to create a luxury log cabin, you might think about insulating it. Insulated log cabins will stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Better control the inside temperature of and protect all points of your building's 'thermal envelope'.

But what 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. It comes with EcoQuilt insulation in the roof, floor and walls as well as thick double glazing.

How Much is a Log Cabin?

The cost of a garden log cabin depends on a number of variables. The size of the building, the thickness of the cladding, which features it has as well as the price of timber all affect the cost of the building. However, a small model will start around the price of just over £1,000, with cabin sheds slightly cheaper. Prices for larger and pre-insulated cabins range up to and beyond £5,000.

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.

For the best log cabin kits uk, think Garden Buildings Direct.

Yes, you definitely can. With some planning and either the know-how or hiring a plumber, you can install a variety of bathroom options and create a residential log cabin. 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.

How much do log cabins cost and are they high maintenance? 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 even cheap garden log cabins 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.