5 Signs You Need To Upgrade Your Garage

I know I’m not the only one that’s spent years neglecting my garage. Somehow that handy room on the side of my house became a dumping ground of old belongings. When I stopped using it, I stopped paying attention to its condition. Until one day, I decided to have a look around. I noticed how it was in dire need of an upgrade!

Once the upgrade was complete, I started using my garage again. Now, it’s not a room of misplaced items but my personal paradise. To find out if your garage needs an upgrade, consider these five things.

Problems with your garage door

Door problems are common in old garages. A broken door could be affecting the temperature of your home, put you at risk of flooding, and is a significant safety hazard. If the door has broken or is several years old, you should consider investing in a replacement. Not only will this improve the conditions of your home, but it can increase the curb appeal of your property, making your house worth more on the market should you decide to sell.

Your garage isn’t insulated

No one wants to spend time in a freezing cold garage!  By not insulating, you’re restricting the amount of time you can spend in there. Adding insulation makes it as functional as the other rooms in your house.

A poorly insulated garage may be affecting your energy bills. It could be causing a draught that’s unintentionally cooling the rest of the property. This cooling effect may cause you to turn the heating on. Insulating will reduce your energy usage and save you money.

Problems with electrics or plumbing

Similar to inadequate heating, not having functional electrics and plumbing will deter you from making the most out of your garage. Fixing these elements will improve the quality of your home and make it a more functional space.

You need extra storage in the home

I’ll be the first to admit my garage neglect led it to become a dumping ground for old items and broken things. However, it can be a storage space without being full of mess and clutter. Adding cabinets and shelves means you can keep things organised and tidy. After several years of living in our homes, it’s natural for us to need new space. Utilising our garage is a great storage solution that means we don’t have to pay for an extension or move house.

The garage is never used

What’s the point in having a garage if we never use it? Why not upgrade it and make it a place you like to spend time? Instead of seeing it as an abandoned space, think of it as a possible home office, an exercise room, or an entertainment room. There’s so much potential, and an upgrade can help us unleash this!

If any of these five points relate to you and your garage, it’s time for an upgrade! Make the most out of your garage and transform it into a functional space you feel lucky to have! To find out more about how we can help you develop the garage of your dreams, click here.

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.

5 furniture essentials for your log cabin

The log cabin you’ve always dreamed of is being built. Summers under the stars and cosy winters tucked away await you. But before you can start making the most out of your new garden room, you need to plan your interiors.

Whilst some might have Pinterest boards at the ready and a million ideas of how to decorate inside our log cabin, others would prefer to leave the furnishings to someone else. If you’re struggling to design inside your log cabin, this post is for you. We’re sharing the five furniture essentials that can upgrade your cabin.

A Practical Table for the Log Cabin

Whether it’s for dinner with friends or games night with the kids, having a sturdy table in your cabin is essential. If you want to make the most out of your garden cabin, you need furniture that’s going to help you do that. A practical table is versatile and long-lasting. No matter the occasion, we guarantee you’ll find a use for the table tucked inside your log cabin.

Minimum of Two Comfy Chairs

Although we know our log cabin is our personal sanctuary away from the rest of the world, we still need to be accommodating our potential guests. Once word gets out that you’re having a luxury log cabin installed, friends and family will be queuing up to experience your new interior endeavour. Two comfy chairs are ideal for those morning coffee dates or evening catch-ups over a glass of wine.

Useful Shelving

One of the benefits of building a log cabin in your garden is the extra storage it provides. If you’ve got an overflowing bookcase or a mantlepiece full of miscellaneous items, why not put some of these on display in your cabin? Not only will this declutter inside your house, but it will help make your cabin feel more like home. You can use your shelving as a decorative feature or a practical place to store items.

A Desk – Log Cabin & Home Office

Tired of staring at the same four walls of your spare room as you pretend it’s the same as a home office? Who are we kidding? A cabin is an ideal environment for a home office. Away from the distractions of the house, you can create a productive home office. Add a desk and your other work essentials to make it truly feel like you’re spending a day at the office. And best of all, it’ll be the shortest commute you’ve ever had to do!

Furniture Suitable for Indoors and Outdoors

When the temperamental British weather allows, it’s nice to open the doors of your log cabin and sit out front with a drink. For times like these, you’ll want furniture that’s suitable for inside and out. You don’t want to be moving tables and chairs around as your guests wait patiently. Simply put your cabin furniture outside and start socialising. If the weather decides to take a turn, you don’t have to worry; head back inside your cabin or bask in the beauty of the temperamental British weather.  

Furniture helps you make the most out of your log cabin. No matter your interior preferences, these five items are essential for enjoying your new outdoor space, no matter the occasion or the weather!

Glamping versus camping: what’s the difference?

The staycation is rapidly becoming this season’s must-have to getaway. If you’re considering a trip away in the next few months, you’re likely prioritising finding somewhere relaxing on the British Isles rather than jetting off someplace exotic. And if we’re honest, we don’t blame you! A holiday not too far from home is sometimes exactly what you need. The question is, will you be glamping or camping?

In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know about glamping and camping so you can have the perfect trip away. 

What is camping?

Camping has been around for centuries. The popular outdoor activity involves spending the night in a tent or shelter out in nature. Traditionally, campers enjoy reconnecting with the natural world, taking a break from technology and finding entertainment in the land that surrounds them. Dedicated campers might go as far as to limit their modern-day supplies and equipment and test their survival in the wilderness. In contrast, holiday campers are likely to equip themselves with necessary modern camping gear and enjoy a night under the stars, listening to the sounds of nature. 

It usually involves the purchasing of all the necessary kit, transporting it to the site. Then erecting and dismantling the tent.

What is glamping?

Glamping is an upgraded version of camping. Whilst glamping also takes place outside, in reclusive areas, glampers appreciate a more luxurious experience.

Glampers enjoy better amenities, such as private bathrooms, air conditioning, high-quality foods and modern entertainment. A glamping trip ties together the treats of luxury accommodation with the outdoors element of camping. Rather than staying in a pop-up tent or make-do shelter, glampers enjoy well-built log cabins, retreats and bunkhouses. These, sometimes rustic, timber buildings allow you to escape the real world, without having to sacrifice your day-to-day necessities.

Where can I go camping?

In the UK, you can go camping on designated campsites. Although it might be tempting to head out into the wilderness, this is extremely dangerous for novices and can be illegal. Lots of open land around the country is privately owned, so camping here without permission is considered trespassing. In addition to this, camping in unknown areas puts you at risk. When going camping, you should always inform family and friends of where you’re heading. 

Also consider what type of insects or wild animals would live where you are camping, midges in Scotland can make your skin itch…while a Bear in Canada can be a little more dangerous.

Where can I go glamping?

Similar to camping, there are designated glamping sites around the country. A quick look at a Glamping Site Map or a Google search can help you find the ideal glamping experience for you. If you’re a regular glamper, you might be considering building your own glamping property. Building a log cabinretreat or bunkhouse cabin on your land means you can get out of the house and go glamping whenever you fancy.

What’s better, glamping or camping?

Whether you prefer glamping or camping is up to the individual. Some might enjoy a night out in the wild, snuggled into a sleeping bag. Others might value easy-access amenities and a taste of luxury. Lot’s of regular campers transition between glamping and camping throughout the year. Their summer holidays might be out in the wilderness, whilst their winter get-away involves a cosy log cabin.Camping and glamping are both incredible ways to enjoy being in nature and take a break from everyday life.

How a log cabin can upgrade your summer garden

When the warm weather rolls around, heading out into the garden is our first instinct. There’s nothing like getting to enjoy those much-anticipated sun rays from the comfort of your own home. However, equally, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as feeling like you’re not making the most out of your garden. Blowing open those conservatory doors to see an uninspiring expanse of green grass and brown shingle doesn’t conjure up images of fun-loving summers filled with adventure. It feels like something is missing. And that something is a summer house.

A summer house can upgrade your garden, so you can have the summer of fun you’ve been dreaming of all year.

Enjoy your garden in bad weather

Those of us in the UK are cursed with infamously unpredictable weather. One minute it’s blistering heat and sunglasses, and the next it’s rainstorms and thunder and lightning. The majority of Brits don’t get to enjoy their gardens more than a few times each year.

Having a log cabin means you can sit in your garden and take in the surroundings, rain or shine. Install heating in your log cabin and decorate it the same way you would your home. You’ll be able to appreciate your beautiful garden from the warmth and comfort of your summer house.

Use the space as guest accommodation

Summer is the season for late evenings with close friends and fun-packed days with the family. Making your guests sleep on the worn-out futon isn’t the luxury overnight experience you want to give them. Instead, transform your log cabin into a tranquil overnight guest room. Decorate your summer house to look like an extension of your home (without having to pay the price for an actual extension). Your guests will thank you for the privacy, and you get to say goodbye to that ugly futon that’s taking up space.

Upgrade your annual BBQ

Something always goes wrong at the annual BBQ. Either it’s pouring down with rain, and the sausages get soaked, or it’s too hot, and the flies won’t leave the punch bowl alone. Instead of exposing your freshly cooked food to the elements, keep everything fresh and concealed inside your log cabin or use a BBQ Hut. Not only is your log cabin the ideal location to sit in if the weather takes a turn, but it’s the perfect place to store your food and drinks during the summer BBQ. Set up a buffet table full of luscious food and let your guests help themselves. Just make sure they shut the door on the way out to stop the dog from getting his paws on those delicious burgers!

Adding a summer house to your garden can transform your summer. Instead of planning around the weather, you can enjoy a carefree summer the way you want to. Don’t be like millions of other Brits who are losing out on the joys of a summer spent outside. Upgrade your garden and summer experience with a summer house.

How a garden office is guaranteed to make you more productive

It’s been over a year since many of us traded in our corporate offices to work from home. Despite this being an unprecedented change that none of us could have planned for, we somehow managed to adapt to this new way of life.

After over a year of working from home, many businesses are announcing offices are a thing of the past.  What was once a temporary solution is now a permanent fixture in our lives and careers. We might have fared well working from the sofa when we knew it wouldn’t be forever, but now it’s looking like we should probably invest in a permanent home office.

Have you ever thought of taking your office outside? We’re sharing how a garden office can give you that work-life balance you crave and increase your productivity.

The daily commute

You never thought you’d see the day when you’d be pinning for the daily commute, did you? I know I didn’t. But I’ll admit it. There’s something about leaving your house and journeying to work that sets you up for the day.

As someone who works from home, I decided to implement a daily commute to help get me in the working mindset. Rather than dragging my half-asleep body from my bed to my desk, I travel out to the garden. At the back of the garden is a log cabin I’ve converted into a home office. Now, I walk from my house, out into the garden and know I’m stepping into a productive, work-orientated space.

Away from distractions

Even as I’m typing this now, I can feel my hand reaching for the mobile phone to my right. And it’s not just the phone I’m constantly battling with. The television, bookcase, record player are all bargaining for my attention when I work inside the house. When creating my log cabin office, I made sure there were minimal distractions. All the items inside my garden office are tailored towards work and remind me what I’m there to do. And yes, the mobile phone stays inside the house at all times!

Discovering solitude

As much as I love having the extra time to spend with my family, all of us working from home doesn’t contribute to a productive working environment. Having an office in the garden means we don’t have to work on top of each other. After my morning coffee with my mum, I head out to the log cabin to start my day whilst she works from the kitchen table. We meet up for lunch for a break and some much-needed social interaction and carry on working separately during the afternoon. Working alone means I don’t waste hours chatting, so I can get my work done quicker and end the day sooner.

There’s nothing better for the body and mind than fresh air. After over a year stuck inside, I’m desperate to get outside at any opportunity. By working from home in my garden log cabin, I can enjoy the outside whilst still completing my work. I’ve found setting physical boundaries has facilitated the mental distinctions I’ve been trying to implement whilst working from home. If you’re struggling to keep your productivity levels up, try changing your surroundings. Head outside and discover how a garden office can make you more productive.

Awesome Pro Tips for Incredible Charcoal BBQ Hut Grilling

Grilling is more than cooking; it’s an art form. It’s tons of fun too! Especially when cooking over direct heat. Cooking over burning embers is so primal it connects you with the ‘leader of the pack’ within you.  So below are some awesome pro tips that will make you the BBQ Hut leader that everyone wants to follow.

Cooking meat, chicken, sausages, veggies and even cheese in a charcoal grill is more than a meal; it’s a culinary experience. One you want to share with your friends and family as often as you can. The problem is, the weather is often a problem, especially in the UK where sunny days are everything but business as usual.

BBQ Hut Finman

The good news? You can get yourself a BBQ hut and grill your way through the meanest of storms. That’s taking barbecuing to the next level, and to further enhance your grilling game, here are some pro tips for perfect charcoal BBQ grilling.

1. Get The BBQ Charcoal Red Hot

Use a chimney coal starter to get those coals glowing. Successful barbecuing is all about steady temperatures, and for that, you must start with light-up coal. Get that charcoal red hot before setting up your grill, and you won’t have a problem giving your steaks that fantastic, charred crust. 

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2. Set Up Temperature Zones in the BBQ Hut Grill

Not all foods are meant to be grilled at the same temperature, not even meat. You want to set a hot and a cold zone in your grill — one to sear the meat and the other to let it achieve the correct inner temperature. Veggies prefer to be grilled on the cool side, too, while starchier, hard-to-cook foods like potatoes and yams will need the extra heat of the grill’s more intense side. 

3. Use a Meat Thermometer

We know there’s nothing like eyeballing your steaks, but even the most seasoned pros use a thermometer. Follow this chart for perfectly cooked steaks every time.

Medium Rare 54-57 °C

Medium 57-63 °C

Well 63-68 °C

Well Done 68-74 °C

4. Don’t Over-flip!

Don’t over-flip your meat, or any other food for that matter. Flipping a steak once should be more than enough. Actually, you might want to let that steak stick to the grill; it’s no biggie — it will unstick on its own when it’s ready to be flipped. 

5. Side Dishes Matter

No matter how good your charcoal-grilled meat ends up, it’s just half the story. Toss a green salad, grill some asparagus, make guacamole and serve some artisan bread loaves to complement your grilled extravaganza. A grilling party should be an authentic fest, and that means lots of sides and sauces. 

6. Get Creative with Those Marinades and Rubs

We all love the taste of perfectly charcoal-grilled meat; can you taste it in your mind? That doesn’t mean we can’t get creative. Marinating the meat, even if it’s for a few minutes, can make the difference. 

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite herbs and spices to infuse the meat with the most exciting flavors. Dry rubs are fun too, massage the meat with anything from freshly cracked black pepper to exotic Cajun spices to give it a spicy personality. 

Become a BBQ Hut Grill Master

The tips above might help you level up your grilling game, but grilling is also about finding your own path to greatness. It doesn’t matter how you like to grill but get grillin’! And don’t let the rain stop you; make use of your garden and set up a BBQ hut. Don’t let the weather tell you if you can come out and play, that’s what pros do!