Why choose a bespoke log cabin manufacturer?

If you’re considering building a garden summerhouse now that the weather is picking up, have you thought about the facilities you might need? Buying a cabin that best suits the needs of your family can be tricky. How do you determine if you have enough storage space for your garden tools, whilst still having plenty of room to relax with the best possible view of your manicured lawn?

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5 steps to getting your space back with an awesome man cave

There’s no doubt that everyone could benefit from a little time out. Whether it’s a few uninterrupted hours to explore new terrain on Call of Duty, or some space to play pool with your friends without worrying about the noise. Sometimes every guy needs to get away from the pressures of a busy lifestyle and just take some time to relax.

If you think you could benefit from some down time, follow our step by step guide and learn how to build a man cave for gamers, pool-players and wannabe rock stars alike.

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Glulam timber: the number one choice for sturdy log cabins

If you’re looking to make better use of your outdoor space, building a log cabin in your garden is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Don’t blame us if you feel an immediate need to socialise with your neighbours or start saying ‘yes’ every time the kids ask for a BBQ at the slightest glimpse of sunshine. One thing we can take full credit for however, is just how sturdy your new log cabin will be. Particularly with a combination of slow-grown timber and glulam beams.

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Will a wooden carport add value to my home?

A carport can add value to your home. But choosing the right carport for this purpose can be tricky. The key to adding value to your home is to create a useable space for new buyers that will benefit them in the long-term. So, pay close attention to the structure of your carport, the strength of the timber and the materials used on the canopy. Style is important too.

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Why slow-grown Scandinavian timber makes the strongest log cabins

At Log Cabins Lakeland, our timber is carefully sourced from the coldest parts of the Scandinavian region. But we don’t choose to do this just for the heck of it. This extreme environment forces the wood to grow extremely slowly, which means less knots and a stronger grain.
So, just how do we select the very best timber for our Scandinavian log houses? And what difference does the type of wood make to the finished construction?

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Landscaping ideas for small gardens

Are you considering a new lease of life for your small garden, but you’re unsure how to go about it? Log Cabins Lakeland has built countless small garden lodges over the years, all perfectly designed to suit a more compact garden. But just how do you choose a small garden lodge that won’t dwarf your flowerbeds? And what clever design tips can you follow to make the most of your space?

Here are some of our favourite small garden layout ideas, to give you some inspiration.

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A wooden playhouse will capture your kid’s imagination

Log Cabins Lakeland offers a unique way to keep the magic of childhood alive for longer. There are few more exciting things as a kid than building your very first fort. The thrill of darkness as your eldest sibling drops a duvet over the top bunk, and lets the swathes of material conceal you in a secret space. The giggles of excitement as you pin blankets between your chest of drawers and toy boxes, crouch beneath the material and play with your action figures, away from the prying eyes of mum and dad.

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Buying a log cabin holiday home

Winter is bearing down upon the UK and leaving us all dreaming of those beautiful British summer days. Has your mind already wandered to your next holiday? Will you be going to your favourite English spot next summer? Where will you book to stay? Maybe you should book soon before all the good places are sold out? All these questions are left tumbling around your head with only you to answer them. Well, look no further, Log Cabins Lakeland has the answer for you!

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Watch Out For Your Garden Gnomes!

Once you’ve had your log cabin installed in your garden, you’ll no doubt want to spend as much time as possible enjoying your new space – but you need to make sure that you treat it in much the same way as you would your actual house, and ensure that it’s as secure as possible when you’re not around.

Unfortunately, we’re often quite lax about security when it comes to the items in our garden, with product manager for the Co-operative Home Insurance Caroline Hunter noting that one in five households have reported thefts from their backyard.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” she observed, adding: “We’d always advise homeowners to lock away any items that can easily be stolen at night or when you go away.”

The summer months are renowned for an increase in the number of incidents involving property being taken from people’s gardens, so make sure that you’re particularly vigilant at this time of year.

If you’ve got a lot of garden gnomes, you might want to be especially careful, as Co-operative Home Insurance research has now revealed that one in ten households have had these little figurines swiped from their gardens. While they might not be expensive, they can hold huge sentimental value so it’s worth doing all you can to protect them from potential thieves.

Consider putting items in your cabin or in the house, and make sure that all windows are fully secure and even think about putting a lock on the cabin door.

Don’t Tidy Your Garden…

When you buy a log cabin, the impulse is there to make sure that your surrounding garden is always immaculate and very well kept, but if you’re a keen wildlife enthusiast as well as a gardener you might want to leave your outdoor spaces a little bit more unkempt than you’re used to.

By avoiding any tidying-up duties, you can encourage more animals and creepy crawlies to come into your garden and you’ll soon have a thriving world of wildlife and be doing your bit to help the environment as well. Try leaving your seed heads uncut as this will help the birds out a lot, while if you leave your perennials standing you can help overwintering bugs like ladybirds live a long and fruitful life.

Rather than killing slugs and snails outright – they’re still a big part of the cycle of wildlife in a garden, even if you do think they’re more of a nuisance than anything else and are munching away on your tender plants too much – try to control them using barriers like egg shells and copper bands, as well as sand.

There are ways you can garden with a view to supporting the local wildlife without damaging your own plants and putting them at risk from certain pests. Do a bit of research and look into what you can do to strike a balance between a wild garden and one that you thoroughly enjoy cultivating over the weekend. Your cabin won’t look any the worse for it, we promise. For more gardening advice, visit the Royal Horticultural Society website.

Shrub-Spotting With The PlantSnapp App

It can be very annoying when you’re out and about enjoying some lovely fresh air to see a flower or shrub and think that it would go perfectly up against your bespoke log cabin, but there’s no way of finding out what it’s called. It can be virtually impossible to hunt it down and find it again, but now – thanks to the wonder of modern technology – you can do just that, simply by photographing it.

The PlantSnapp App for the Apple iPhone and iPad, developed by 23-year-old botanist George Williams, gives happy gardeners the answers to all their questions within hours of the picture being taken, as well as contact details for a trusted seller – meaning that they could soon have their favourite plant within just 24 hours of spotting it in the park.

“We want people to have access to any plant that catches their eye at the touch of a button and if we can boost the popularity of gardening as a result and in turn make Britain a greener place that would be a wonderful achievement,” he was quoted by the Daily Express as saying.

The app functions by making use of a database of more than 6,000 plant species and a network of authoritative horticultural experts to help people find exactly what they’re looking for. The move could help encourage the new generation of gardeners that have sprouted in the last couple of years, with younger people aged between 25 and 35 now keen to give it a go. The mix of technology with plant life is sure to prove enticing to many out there!

Are We In Line For An Indian Summer?

Anyone who bought a log cabin in August thinking that it was going to be one of the hottest months of the year will have been sorely disappointed. In fact, the month turned out to be cool and wet, with just a smattering of sunny days for them to enjoy their new purchases.

However, the weather gods have smiled down on them at long, long last, with September shaping up nicely to be much warmer than average thanks to highs coming in north from the Mediterranean. According to the Met Office, temperatures in the south and the west of the country could reach up to 26C, much warmer than the average for this time of year of 17C.

Meterologist with the organisation Mark Wilson said that eastern Scotland and the north-east of the UK would stay relatively cloudy and cool, but everywhere else will be able to bask in glorious sunshine. “The further west you go, there is going to be more in the way of sunny spells and day by day we are going to see a gradual increase in temperatures,” he observed.

This is excellent tidings for anyone who’s just installed a new cabin in their back garden. While they can be used no matter the weather, there’s nothing quite like sitting outside in the warm sunshine with a good book and a beer (or cocktail, if that tickles your fancy more). So don’t pack away your sun cream and shorts just yet – it looks like an Indian summer might just be on the cards.

Watch Out For Slugs!

After you’ve had your beautiful new bespoke log cabin installed in your garden, you need to make sure that you keep a weather eye open for an invasive species of slug that is being spotted slithering their way around many lawns and allotments in the UK at the moment.

The Arion vulgaris – which also goes by the name of killer slug – has become famous for its cannibalistic tendencies, often feeding on meat, dead mice and each other, as well as crops and plants… so if you have something that you’ve been lovingly tending for the past few months, it’s best to do all you can to protect it now.

Frost is particularly effective at killing adult slugs, but the weather has been so mild for September that icy conditions are still a long way off unfortunately – and it would seem as though the slug infestation could continue, as three months of above average temperatures for this time of year are now being forecast.

If you do need to take immediate action and can’t wait for Jack Frost to put in an appearance, here are our tips for tackling the slug problem head on. Protect your prized plants by cutting out circular shapes of sandpaper that extend beyond the leaves and place them at the base of the shrub so the slugs can’t slink their way up.

Dry cat or dog food can be used to lure slugs away from your plants as well, while copper is also thought to be a deterrent, so perhaps put it around the tops of your flower pots to stop the slugs from getting at them.

Winter Care For Log Cabins

Investing in log cabins is a great idea and they can be a beautiful addition to your garden, allowing you to spend even more time outside with your friends and family. However, you need to make sure that you know exactly what you have to do to maintain your new purchase so that it stands the test of time.

First of all, make sure that you treat it as soon as it is built and in your backyard so that it can withstand anything that the great British weather chooses to throw at it. If you leave your cabin untreated, you will see it deteriorate so this is very important.

Choosing the right kind of treatment is also important and there are several products to choose from so make sure you find out which is the best for your particular cabin. Water-based treatments can be applied directly to the wood without a primer, while oil-based treatments soak into the timber and allow it to contract and expand. This is a great choice as these stains are more durable and you won’t need to redo it as often.

British winters can be quite harsh, so you need to keep an eye on your cabin throughout the colder months. Look out for any possible leaks or rain damage and make sure that you act quickly to fix any problems if you do spot them.

With just a little bit of care and attention from you, your cabin should last a very long time, so do some research to find out exactly what you need to do maintenance-wise.

For ideas on how to decorate your cabin once you’ve brought it home and had it built, have a look at the Houzz website, which has all sorts of tips and advice.

Hot Topic: Vertical Gardens

One of the biggest trends to have emerged in the world of flora and fauna in the last 12 months is the UK’s penchant for vertical gardens – which would look perfect adorning the sides of your brand new log cabin.

This is being seen primarily in cities where the space for growing plants is relatively limited, so enterprising businesses and homeowners are making use of their walls and turning them into beautiful green spaces so they too can enjoy a bit of the countryside in their own urban backyard.

It’s also relatively simple to make a green wall, so don’t be put off if you’re worried you might not be able to do it. All it takes is a bit of research and some time, and before you know it you’ll have a beautiful living wall of your very own.

If you want to do it the conventional way, invest in some wire or a trellis and wait for your choice of plants to grow up it. However, you can take a shortcut and fix irrigated planting modules to a frame with an air gap and geo-textile membrane, which will take much less time and have your garden looking tip-top very quickly indeed.

These gardens also tend to be quite self-sufficient and won’t require too much work, so if you’re not hugely green-thumbed they might be a great choice. They will need a bit of looking after, with the plants replaced periodically, but for the main they just tend to manage themselves.

Buy A Log Cabin & Beat The Weather!

Outdoor entertaining is something we all want to do from time to time but the great British weather doesn’t always make this possible. However, if you buy a log cabin that comes with a porch or large veranda you can enjoy a bit of al fresco dining whatever the weather – and whatever time of year it is.

This summer has been such a good one that we’ve all been very spoiled when it comes to BBQs and Pimms in the garden, but it can be a bit annoying to bring everything outside from the house time and time again. The best way around this is to create a specific outdoor space so you don’t have to continuously bring the kitchen table outside.

If you have a cabin in your garden, you can keep all your outdoor tables and chairs either inside or on the porch, so there’s no need to bring things out from the house. You can even enjoy spending time outside during the winter if you have a log burner installed in your cabin, which will keep you all toasty and warm while having a few glasses of mulled wine outside this Christmas.

Everyone likes having friends and family over from time to time and having a cabin in your garden means you can treat them to a very different experience when they come over for dinner. You don’t always have to put supper on in your cabin but it makes for a very nice change of scenery if you can make the move outside.

Try Before You Buy A Bespoke Log Cabin

Investing in a bespoke log cabin is a big decision and not one that should be rushed into lightly, so if you’re thinking that such a space would be the perfect addition to your property it might be a good idea to book a stay in a similar building and have a little holiday.

Luckily, there are lots of places you can go to discover the delights of these cabins for yourself. Glamping – or glamorous camping – is big news at the moment, with all your needs more than catered for, and you’ll see that you can use your cabin for absolutely anything you like… there couldn’t be a more flexible option for adding a bit of extra space to your home.

You could head off to the Cotswolds, for example, and take advantage of cabin life by a beautiful and secluded lake. All the cabins provided by Log House Holidays come with modern and stylish bathrooms, contemporary fitted kitchens and a hot tub, so you’re sure to have an amazing holiday and come away with lots of great ideas for what you could use your own cabin for.

Because of the way cabins are built, they are a brilliant escape from the summer heat and will keep you lovely and cool, while during the winter you’ll be able to cosy up with the family quickly, particularly if you install a log-burning stove inside.

Whatever you decide to use your cabin for, you’ll find they make a brilliant addition to your home and you’ll be the envy of all your friends once you’ve had it installed.

Do You Dare DIY?

When investing in a lovely new log cabin, it might be wise to bring the experts in to fit it in your garden, given new research revealing that one in 10 Brits have had to make a claim on their home insurance because of a botched DIY job.

According to the LV= home insurance study, in the last five years two million homeowners have done a bad DIY job, with five per cent calling out an expert to come along and fix the problem. In all, £67 million has been paid out by us Brits to fix DIY disasters.

The jobs we’re most likely to muck up include filling cracks in walls, plastering, tiling, applying sealant around baths and showers, and painting and decorating, so it might be a good idea to avoid doing these if you can.

“Homeowners need to be realistic about how much they can achieve without professional help,” managing director of the company Selwyn Fernandes remarked. “Be realistic about whether you have the skills and the time to undertake such a task.”

We think this is brilliant advice and certainly something you should do your best to stick to when it comes to your new cabin. These are great additions to any garden and you’ll treasure it forever – as long as it’s put together right. If you do it yourself, you run the risk of it collapsing around you and not only destroying your beautiful garden, but also potentially risking the lives of your friends and family, so do the sensible thing and give the experts a call.

How to care for your bespoke log cabin

Once you’ve invested in your bespoke log cabin, you need to make sure that you protect your investment and really look after the new addition to your home, regardless of what you use it for. Because they’re made from wood, you need to make sure that you stain the outside regularly every couple of years or so using a good wood preservative to help save it from being battered by the weather.

If you look after your cabin well, then you’ll find that it will last you for years to come, but you do need to keep its best interests at heart. You must make sure that you install guttering, which is an absolute necessity for any cabin owner. Rolled aluminium guttering is the best option for any timber building and you need to make sure you clean this out regularly so that water can run off and is always diverted away from the building itself.

When it comes to actually having your cabin installed, you must make sure that you pick a patch of ground that isn’t damp and isn’t anywhere that water collects regularly. If you don’t have a huge amount of choice about where to put your cabin, make sure that the base is slightly raised so it’s not sitting in water.

And, like any house, you need to keep an eye on the roof and ensure that it is kept in good order. Make sure that you arrange to have it inspected once a year, so you can deal with any problem areas as they arise.

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