How Building Green Helps the Environment

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According to Green Building Insider:

  • If all buildings were made green, the global carbon footprint could be reduced by 15-20% annually 
  • Green-designed are homes are inherently created with energy and water conservation and efficiency in mind
  • Over time, not only are you helping to save and conserve the environment, you’re saving money!

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Sustainable Log Buildings 

  • You can rest assured that all Logspan buildings are built with sustainable timber
  • Our buildings arrive unpainted. When you paint or stain yours, we recommend eco-friendly paints and stains
  • “Log homes, due to natural insulation and warmer interior require less energy. Since there is a lower requirement to use heaters and other equipment, the energy consumption of log homes is lower by up to 25%”(source)

Outdoor Room Checklist

So, you’ve decided that you want to invest in an outdoor room? How exciting! At Logspan, we take great pride and pleasure in helping you every step along the way. With this in mind, we’ve put together a checklist of things to consider before purchasing an outdoor room:

  • Is there enough room on your grounds for this and is there a flat surface prepared for it?
  • Do you have planning permission? If you’re not sure if you really do or how to make it happen for you, visit our Planning Permission page that covers England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Do you have adequate insulation plans? Insulation not only keeps you warm but it’ll protect your property inside and out.
  • Do you have sufficient, safe power sources planned if you’re going to be having electricity in your room?
  • What heating will you use? Is it sustainable? Is it cost-effective?
  • If necessary, finding the right plumbing solution is essential for your outdoor room.

Outdoor Room Design

Choosing the interiors for an outdoor room can be the most exciting part of the process! Your decor may change depending on what you’re using the space for. For example, if you’re choosing to have a garden office, you may want to go for a rustic look.

Think raw, natural elements and muted colour tones. Both stylish and professional, this decor would be ideal for putting you in working mode, even at home.

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If, however, you’re looking to create something of a “retreat” in your outdoor room, for yoga, meditation or even just a hideout from the real world, you may be more inclined towards greenery. Think hanging plants, succulents etc. If you’re choosing this, it’s vital that you don’t choose too many perfumed plants as you may become overwhelmed!

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Finally, if you’re using your outdoor room for entertaining guests, a cosy room may be best. Think deep colours, cushions, candlelight and plenty of blankets.

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Log Cabin Interior Design

When you’re looking to decorate your log cabin, you must ask yourself the following questions:

  • What will this space primarily be used for?
    • Entertaining?
    • Relaxing?
  • Will it be open-plan or cosy?
  • Minimalist or homely?
    • If you’re not one for the minimalist approach, bring trinkets, prints and blankets that make the log cabin feel like a real home from home

Log cabins have recently become front and centre of a huge surge in population for the Danish lifestyle of Hygge. Hygge, to put it simply, is about celebrating the simple pleasures in life during colder months. Friends, comfort food and low lights are all key factors in adopting the Hygge lifestyle.

If you want to adopt this for your log cabin, stock up on cushions, candles, blankets and your favourite sharing foods. Make the most of the colder months by using them as an opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones in your unique log cabin.

Some people use their log cabins as a space to undertake a “digital detox”. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, with home comforts and a stove, who needs an internet connection?

Whatever you choose to do, please show us your unique log cabin designs!

 

 

The Benefits of Outdoor Rooms

What should your outdoor room be used for?

Your outdoor room is a blank canvas and the possibilities are endless – will this be an office? Where your family will eat together? Or is it a guest room? A home from home for your visitors, ensuring that they have the space they need but are moments away from the comfort of your family home.

 Outdoor living room

An outdoor living room is an ideal area for entertaining, for connecting to one another and disconnecting from the internet. This could be especially beneficial when you have a number of guests.

Outdoor playroom

It can be beneficial to create a space that belongs to your children and isn’t intruding on “family” space. An outdoor playroom offers children the opportunity to feel independent and free to be creative without worrying about surroundings.

Whatever you decide to use, you can rely on Logspan for the delivery, build and high-quality spruce. Order online today or get in touch to find out more.

Top 5 uses of a Logspan Log Cabin

There are so many ways that a Logspan Log Cabin can be used, a timber building can fitted out for any type of function. Below are a few of the more popular uses.

 

1. Den / Hobby RoomImage result for Hobby Room

Who wouldn’t want a room in the garden for their use, to relax and enjoy whatever hobby they like. We can construct your Log Cabin to suit your particular needs, higher ridge or eaves height, or more windows to allow as much light in as possible.

 

2. Garden Room/ Summerhouse Arno2

You’re wanting a summerhouse but not a 12mm thick shed. This is the perfect alternative, all garden houses are made from tough Northern Spruce of either 30 mm or 45 mm timber wall thickness.

These are modern, practical and attractive houses, perfectly suitable for relaxation and recreation.

 

3. Extra Accommodation / Guest Suite

Our Lodges offer a wide choice of styles suitable for residential, alternative accommodation, or holiday homes. Double glazing is standard on all or Lodges.

Its the great way to add a guest suite to your house without the cost of a house conversion.

4. Garden Office / Home Office

Working from home for some people at least, is the perfect way of life. Out of bed, onto the computer, start work. For some though, separating work and personal life is difficult in this situation and they need their own space, separate to where they live; a home office. Log cabins fit perfectly. A low cost solution for a quality home workspace. Here’s another thing – the monthly rent isn’t too bad; in fact it’s free! Logspan can create any style, fully insulated, interlocking, panel house, whatever best suits your working scenario. High quality, low cost, sustainable working environment at home away from home.

5. Outside living/Al Fresco dining Log Cabin

The term ‘Log Cabin’ is now seen as a fairly generic term for any outdoor timber building. But this doesn’t really do this building justice. Think of the summer evenings spent out under the canopy, relaxing. Its a great focal point in the garden and a good focus of a family evening.

Top 5 Lodge Log Cabin accommodation choices from Logspan

This blog entry is dedicated to our top 5 best selling lodges, I will have to write another blog on our Houses and custom build log cabins. These are suitable to camping parks, glamping businesses or home owners. Just imagine spending the week in your own lodge on the edge of a sea loch or looking down a valley!

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I have only included our standard lodge log cabin but we can custom build a timber building to your design. Let us know your specifications and we can quote something to suit.

 

1. Vesta Lodge

 

The Vesta Lodge Log Cabin is a luxury log cabin house constructed from superior double (60mm log version) or triple (95mm log version) tongue and groove timber wall logs. The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce. It has a large living area with cathedral ceiling, galley kitchen, bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor; and has a loft area measuring 20m2 which can be used as another bedroom. Its perfect for a Guest suite or residential Granny flat at the bottom of the garden.

2.Vesta XXL Lodge

The Vesta XXL Lodge Log Cabin is the Vesta’s big brother. Constructed using double (60mm log version) or triple (95mm log version) tongue and groove timber wall boards, it is 2m longer than the Vesta Lodge. The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce. It has been designed to maximize the number of bedrooms without impacting the living area. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and a large loft area suitable for another bedroom.

3. Laura Lodge Log Cabin

The Laura is the perfect, compact self-contained accommodation unit. With a spacious downstairs available because the sleeping quarters are provided by a loft area, this gives plenty of room for a lounge and a small kitchen and a little toilet. This Laura Chalet is available in 45mm, 60mm & 95mm walls. Windows and doors are all premium grade double glazing units.

4. Cottage Log Cabin

The Cottage Lodge Log Cabin is one of the largest in our log cabin range and gives four rooms of flexible living or working accommodation. The high ceiling gives the log cabin a sense of space and allows for a loft storage area over the shower room.

The Cottage Lodge is completely wind proof, due to using 60mm double or 95mm triple tongue and groove logs and because of the design of the corner joints.  The wood used throughout is slow growing Scandinavian Spruce.

The Cottage has a loft area measuring 6.4 m2 above the toilet suitable for storage or sleeping in. The size of the log cabin makes it suitable for a variety of uses including – a fantastic garden or home office complex, guest suite, a holiday home or permanent house.  The roof and floor timbers are 20mm thick making a very stable cabin, the loft floor timbers are 28mm. As the pictures show the Cottage has plenty of room. This customer put in an Aga which gives character, warmth and comfort in the living area. How would you finish your Cottage Lodge off?

…..5. The Vertical Lodge Log Cabin

We have all fallen in love with the Vertical Lodge Log Cabin. Its still a concept but wow! Its modern look coupled with the idea of living outside is perfect with wanting to get back to nature.