National Bookshop Day!

Coming up this Saturday, the 2nd of October it’s National Bookshop Day! There are a myriad of reasons you should head to your local book shop and pick up some new reading material but here are some of the best examples of why you should be reading something new every single day

  1. Reading strengthens your brain – A growing body of research indicates that reading literally changes your mind. Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated.
  2. Builds your vocabulary – Reading researchers as far back as the 1960s have discussed what’s known as “the Matthew effect,” a term that refers to biblical verse Matthew 13:12: “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
  3. Reduces stress – In 2009, a group of researchers measured the effects of yoga, humour, and reading on the stress levels of students in demanding health science programs in the United States. The study found that 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of psychological distress just as effectively as yoga and humour did.
  4. Prepares you for a good night’s rest – Doctors at the Mayo Clinic suggest reading as part of a regular sleep routine. For best results,  choose a print book rather than reading on a screen, since the light emitted by your device could keep you awake and lead to other unwanted health outcomes.
  5. Helps alleviate depression symptoms – British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton once wrote, “Consolation from imaginary things is not an imaginary consolation.” People with depression often feel isolated and estranged from everyone else. And that’s a feeling books can sometimes lessen.

Where to read your Book?

A book is best read in natural light if possible, and in a relaxing environment away from distractions. May I suggest you should be reading in your Log Cabin or BBQ Hut. Put some logs on the fire and sit back to enjoy the solitude, just you and your book….

…and they lived happily ever after.

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10 Things To Use Your Garden Cabin For

Adding a Garden cabin to your garden transforms the potential of your property. Having extra space can make you feel refreshed and inspired by your environment. The question is, what are you going to use this extra space for? If you’re ready to add a log cabin to your garden, but you’re unsure if you’ll make use out of it, this post is for you. We’re sharing ten things to use your cabin for.

Home Office

Reinforce that much-needed work-home balance by making your outside log cabin your home office. Away from the distractions of the house, you’re guaranteed to get more done and appreciate your home when you return after the workday.

Craft Shed

We’ve all got that hobby we wish we made more time for. With a designated craft shed, you can unleash your creativity in an inspiring environment. Fill your log cabin with paints, start knitting again, or try out pottery (at last!). Having a space dedicated to our crafts means we’re more likely to engage with them. Plus, we don’t have to worry about making a mess of the house!

Classroom

Homeschooling can be tricky. With the television on standby and a box of toys waiting on the sidelines, it’s understandable your children can’t concentrate! Just like your home office, a log cabin classroom enforces that necessary distinction between work and play.

Storage Space

It might be the most boring idea on the list, but it’s also the most practical. After living in our homes for a number of years, we accumulate more items. Our current property might not have the space to store these extra things. Rather than paying out for a home extension or moving house, install a log cabin and use it as essential extra storage space.

Home Cinema

Have you ever thought how magical it would be to have an at-home cinema? Imagine nights sat under the stars, staring up at a film and filling your mouth with buttery popcorn. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? With a log cabin, you can have the home cinema you’ve always wanted!

Outside Dining Area

Whether it’s summer BBQs or cosy dinners outside in the winter, having an outside dining area can add variety to your eating experience. Eating outside is ideal for having extra guests or enjoying a romantic meal with your loved one.

Games Room

Bring the excitement outside with a games room in your log cabin. Set up video games or unpack the board games to experience a night of laughter and competition with friends. It’s rare we have the space to designate a room for entertainment. With a log cabin, you can.

Gym

Stop paying for your overpriced gym membership and enjoy working out in the comfort of your own home. No commutes and the absence of other people means you’re more likely to work out on a regular basis and feel great for doing so.

Shed

There’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned shed. And if you need a shed in your garden, a log cabin can be that for you. Rather than sticking with the same boxy shed you’ve had for years, give your garden an upgrade and install a luxurious log cabin to home your tools.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to ways to use your log cabin. Whether you’re creating a home office or watching films under the moonlight, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without the extra space!

The Benefits Of A Bespoke Log Cabin

When investing in your property, you want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. Not only do you need to consider how developments will impact your curb appeal, but also how much enjoyment you’ll get out of these changes. Having a log cabin in the garden is a highly sought-after feature.

Homeowners are keen to extend their space without paying the price for a home extension. And a cabin is the perfect home-away-from-home. It gives you the space you need whilst still feeling comforting and familiar. If you’re considering installing a log cabin in your garden, why not make it bespoke?

Here are the benefits of designing your log cabin and creating a bespoke outdoor area for your property.

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Tailor your log cabin to your needs

What are you planning on using your log cabin for? Is it going to be a personal sanctuary for one? Perhaps you’re planning to use it as a home office, with enough space for one or two guests.

The purpose of your cabin will affect the size and design you choose. If you’ve got a small garden, and it’s only you that will be using the garden cabin, there’s no need to invest in a big cabin. By choosing a bespoke cabin, you can tailor the size of your cabin to your space and needs.

Complete Your Garden Paradise

Your garden is your pride and joy. It’s the hot spot for summer BBQs and late-night chats over Rosé. Adding a bespoke log cabin to your garden is only going to upgrade the outdoor utopia you’ve worked so hard to create!

We understand your garden is your pride and joy. Not just any log cabin will suit. With a bespoke garden cabin, you can tailor the interiors and exteriors to perfectly suit your garden. Everything from the number of windows to the wood you use is customisable. Once you’ve designed the cabin of your dreams, our team will bring your vision to life, creating the outdoor paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

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Pick the perfect features

Log cabins are an extension of our property. We want them to feel and look like our homes. By creating a bespoke log cabin, you can design your outdoor space to accurately reflect the inside of your home. Or create an alternative reality.

Designing a bespoke log cabin guarantees you’re making a good investment. Not only can you make sure your garden cabin stands out, but you can create a cabin that suits your lifestyle and aesthetic.

Customise the interior and exterior of your log cabin to create a functional outdoor space you enjoy being in, and others will too. To learn more about how to design your bespoke cabin, visit our website.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Garden Space With These Six Items

The past eighteen months have shown us how lucky we are to have outdoor space on our property. Whilst we might not have been taking full advantage of this space previously, we’re now doing everything we can to make the most out of our gardens.

If you’re still wondering how you can upgrade your outdoor space, this post is for you. We’re sharing how six items can help you make the most out of your garden.

Summer house/log cabin

A summer house or log cabin ensures you make the most out of your outdoor space, no matter the season. The outside extension of your property is ideal for a home office, homeschooling classroom or a calming place to relax. Take a break from inside the house and enjoy your home-away-from-home with a log cabin or summer house.

Indoor and outdoor furniture

Indoor and outdoor furniture is essential for us Brits. We never know when the weather will take a turn. If you’re sipping on a glass of wine or enjoying your morning coffee outside, and suddenly the heavens open, you don’t want to have to panic to get your furniture inside. With furniture suitable for outdoors, a bit of rain won’t hurt. Hop inside your log cabin for shelter and finish the rest of your relaxing drink—your furniture can weather the storm. Just don’t forget about the washing on the line, we can’t guarantee that’ll be the same after the rain!

BBQ

Nothing says summer like a BBQ with friends and family. Stop shying away from hosting and encourage your loved ones to enjoy your home and garden. Purchasing a high-quality BBQ guarantees summers of fun and delicious food. If you’re worried about the weather, don’t be! Your summer house, all-weather furniture andBBQ Hut mean you’re fully equipped to host, no matter the season.

Copper Decor

Eye-catching interiors aren’t just for inside the home. Copper decor is an on-trend way to add character to your garden. After all, your outdoor space should feel like an extension of your home. Take pride in your garden and showcase a copper weathervane. Your guests will remember their time spent in your garden with this eye-catching artistic feature.

Cooler Table

You don’t want to be running to and from the kitchen during an enjoyable night with friends. By installing a cooler table in your outside log cabin, your drinks will remain cold, so you can stay seated, soaking up the atmosphere.

Garden Gazebo

Remember the hassle of putting up the collapsable gazebo last summer? And then the dread you felt in the morning knowing you had to take it back down? Adding a permanent wooden gazebo to your outdoor space means you no longer have to consider the stress of the pop-up gazebo when you have guests coming. Instead, your gazebo will be ready and waiting for you all year round.

These six outdoor features can help you upgrade your space and make the most out of your garden, no matter the occasion. To learn more about adding these features to your property, visit the Logspan website.

Outside classrooms: How An Outdoor Classroom Can Improve Your Homeschooling Experience

Homeschooling isn’t easy. Here’s how an outside classroom in your log cabin can improve your homeschooling experience.

If the past year has taught us parents anything, it’s that playing teacher is not simple. Homeschool was thrust upon us without even a pad of paper or a textbook at the ready. Although we’ve adapted and done what we can to help assist our children’s education, I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say there’s been a fair few bumps in the road. If you’re still homeschooling or deciding to make homeschooling a permanent fixture in your life, we recommend taking the classroom outside with a log cabin.

Outdoor Classroom

Separate home from school

When (or if) your children previously attended a school, the daily commute and educational environment would have created a distinction in your child’s brain. From the moment they started, they understood the difference between home and school. And they began acting according to this distinction.

If your child is failing to concentrate and give their full attention to their studies whilst homeschooling, it’s likely because home is a place for fun and relaxation. Instead of taking this away from your children and disrupting their safe spaces, you can create a separate school environment outside your house. When your child enters your log cabin classroom, they’ll know this is a space for learning.

Foster a productive working environment with educational decor in the Classroom

Educational decor not only advances your children’s education but also stimulates a productive working environment. By being surrounded by information on bright and engaging posters, your children will subconsciously learn and associate this environment with learning. I don’t know about you, but bright maths posters and colourful copies of the periodic table don’t fit with my home decor. By having a designated log cabin classroom, I can display educational decor, without having to disrupt the interiors of my home.

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Minimise distractions in the Classroom

The home is your child’s haven. Whether it’s their bedroom or the living room, there’s always a distraction looming. By taking the classroom outside, you can eliminate any potential distractions. There won’t be a TV waiting to watch or a toy they desperately want to play with. Instead, they’ll become absorbed in educational tasks, and any distractions they do seek out will assist their learning!

Have everything you need in one place

We’re not teachers. And for many of us, organisation isn’t in our skill set either. Our homeschool lessons often entail a lot of running back and forth searching for whiteboard pens that work and worksheets we printed off and put somewhere else in the house. With a designated classroom, you have everything you need in one place. There won’t be any disrupted lessons where your children begin to get bored and agitated. Instead, you can sail through your homeschooling lessons, knowing you have all the resources and no time for distractions.

Homeschooling isn’t easy! And we should all be proud, we’ve given it our best shot. Transitioning your log cabin into a designated classroom can give your child the educational setting they need and makes your job a lot easier! If you’re ready to take learning outside, check out our range of log cabins.