Water problems with your Log Cabin

Introduction

Wood and water don’t mix well unless you’re in a boat, and even then the wood needs to be protected! So what are the Causes, Implications and Preventive steps?

Causes of moisture

  • Moisture from Concrete

Concrete slabs with more than 12% moisture content at the time of log cabin insulation can easily cause the floorboards to rot or warp. Joists laid on concrete can absorb moisture from the concrete, and that moisture seeps into the wood flooring and the walls. Water left standing and moisture that seeps into the wood can also lead to wood stains, mould or rot.

  • Moisture from Outside

Unprotected timber walls, doors and windows can allow moisture to penetrate the wood. If the base for your log cabin is bigger than the cabin base, the rain can run underneath. This is because rainwater can drip onto the base from the roof overhang, or water will run down the wall onto the base.

Water problems with your Log Cabin

Implications of Moisture

Over time, prolonged condensation causes mould in various places around the log cabin. Mould grows on organic materials, for example, wood, all it then needs to thrive is oxygen and moisture.

If there are excessive amounts of moisture there is the possibility of Wet Rot setting in. Wet rot is basically the timber decaying naturally in the presence of high levels of moisture. It may be that water is collecting on the timber. The problem may just be damaged paint finish on the timber allowing the actual wood to absorb excessive moisture. Damage is normally limited to the timber although the original structural problem may also cause other areas to be affected by damp (such as plaster or just decorations).

What to look for:

Check vulnerable areas of timber, such as window and door frames, for signs of rot. The bottom of frames is more susceptible to rot where water can collect or the wall/floor is suffering from damp. If the paint finish is damaged, this can increase the risk of wet rot. However, although the paint may look sound, the timber underneath may be rotting from the back. Timber suffering from wet rot will feel spongy (even through a coat of paint) and look darker than the surrounding timber. When dry, the timber will easily crack and crumble into fine particles. Timber in the roof can also be at risk especially where there is roof damage allowing rainwater to run onto the roof timbers.

If water is allowed to run under the area beneath the log cabin and pool, it can cause various issues.

  1. Sitting water will attack the floor bearers
  2. Water can evaporate and rise causing extra moisture to enter your log cabin
  3. If there is a plastic sheet or linoleum flooring moisture can accumulate in the air-tight gap, attacking your floorboards.

Excess moisture inside your log cabin will evaporate into the air and increase the levels of humidity indoors if your log cabin (or even areas of the log cabin such as the gap beneath a plastic/linoleum flooring) is poorly ventilated the humid air has nowhere to go. It will linger and end up as condensation on windows, walls, ceilings, lino etc.

Prevention of Moisture

  1.  Ensure that all external timber frames are adequately painted to protect the timber from frontal ingress of water. This includes painting the bottoms of the doors the stop.
  2. Make sure that any soil and other debris is cleared away from around the bottom of the log cabin.
  3. Make sure the base is the same size as the concrete pad.
  4. Place a damp proof membrane skirt around the base frame of the log cabin
  5. Raised concrete pad above ground level, with stones or earth around to allow water to soak away

Log Cabin – Focus on the Lilie Corner Panel House

Log Cabin
The Lilie range of panel houses is an elegant range if corner log cabins. As suggested the log cabin is constructed with prefabricated full height panels, which depending on the size of the building can differ in width. So this is a Flat Pack Cabin, an ingenious that likens this to an IKEA purchase, only simpler!
The panels are 45mm in width so are able to handle the weather extremes of the UK. Inside the Lilie its Summer, whatever the weather is outside.
Log Cabin Panel House
The styling of this cabin is really nice as it provides you with the maximum space inside along with an overhang at the front to give the cabin a little protection. Without the interlocking logs, the Lilie has a cleaner finish, allowing it to fit into a smaller garden.
Log Cabin Panel House
There is a choice of 10 different sizes along with many different window positions, all up to you depending on the location of the cabin and what you want to use it for!
Log Cabin Panel House
Some have used the larger sizes of this cabin as an outdoor classroom but the options are endless for this shape of the cabin.
Austin from Logspan Log Cabins

 

Log Cabin Focus – Ascot Chalet Log Cabin (T24 XL)

Today we will focus on the Ascot XL Log Cabin (6.5m x 7.0m), although it is really the Ascot Log Cabin on steroids. Both have the Swiss cottage feel from the from, with the same low roof, but the XL has an additional two bedrooms at the back of the chalet.

Log Cabin

The wall construction can be in 45mm or 60mm double tongue & groove or in 95mm triple tongue & groove logs. As is usual the logs are Northern Spruce. The Thicker log gives more natural insulation, therefore cost less for heating.

Log CabinThere is a gallery style kitchen area, large enough for two people to prepare a feast. A window to the side allows natural light to illuminate the worktops and a breakfast bar makes for an excellent kitchen pass.

Log CabinThis Log Cabin has a shower room, with window. Although the  eaves in this log cabin from the outside seem low there is plenty room inside for a corner shower cubital.

Then there are the two double sized bedrooms at the back of the lodge. Both can be the same size or you can increase the size of one has is the case here. Either way you have the makings of a great family weekend house.

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What happens if you don’t want a weekend house?

Well in that case you have the makings of a great office, or shop, or garden room with both man cave and she shed areas!

Still not convinced, well the high quality of the logs (with little or no finger joints) and only using the best of the timber makes this building premium. Yes, you’ll only get the best from us. So you can buy with confidence. The German fittings are the same standard as most of our chalets with double glazing, tilt & turn, windows throughout.

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Finally you can relax in the living room or enjoy dinning while watching the sun set on a beautiful day, you’ve earned it.

 

 

 

GO TO WEBSITE

 

The Ascot XL Log Cabin starts at just £14,190 delivered. To find out more, visit our website (https://www.logspan.com/ascot-t24-xl-log-cabin.html) or call our sales team on 01389 734572, alternatively you can chat to an adviser via our website Chat or email us.

 

Specification – Ascot XL Log Cabin T24XLDG
Wall construction 45mm, 60mm double or 95mm triple tongue & groove interlocking logs
Base construction Tanalised bearers
Roof overhangHeight to EavesHeight to Ridge 1.00 m2.08 m3.03 m
Glazing High-Quality Double glazed units
Windows 6 x Tilt & Turn – 3 x 120/94cm 1 x 70/94cm
2 x 70/62cm
Doors 3 x 90/197cm – Solid Timber
1 x 70/197cm – Solid Timber
Roof & floorboards Heavy Duty 20 mm planed tongue & groove boards

 

Like all our LOG cabins, these can be fully customised to whatever ideas you have so when investing a substantial amount of money, it is important that you get it right first time. All cabins come with a treated base frame so this protects the bottom of the cabin but the rest of the timber MUST be treated as soon as possible. As wood is natural material; it expands, moves and contracts all the time so it is important that the timber is treated properly as soon as possible. It is worth treating inside cabins as well before you fit it out.

Log Cabin – Tiny House

The use of Log Cabins as a tiny house is a movement that is taking the world by storm. In Scotland the Hutter’s have been building small dwellings for many years and now this has seen a revival, see http://www.thousandhuts.org/, for more information on hutting in Scotland.

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So what is the benefits of a Log Cabin Tiny House, think of the following.

Cost of buying a Log Cabin

When your budget is an issue you need to make efficient use of both your money and space. The Log Cabin is the perfect option. Not only is it cheap to make, ours are made from Scandinavian Spruce, but they go together easily so the construction is DIY.

Custom Build Log Cabin

There is no need to build a flat pack house and change it as you build. You can design your own log cabin and get us to make your log cabin to our specifications. Yes, down to the millimetre in size if needed. Our precision instruments will cut the timber and notch it so it will slot together. Need an extra window after its built, no worries, just cut the wood out and the fit the window. Single glazed windows can be bought then upgraded or just buy a double glazed log cabin.

There is even the option of buying a large log cabin the same size as a mobile home. Log Cabins can be classed as mobile homes and in certain circumstances only carry 5% VAT, ask us about this possibility.

All these reasons make a Log Cabin a perfect option for a Tiny House.

Log Cabin customisation

Where can I build a Tiny House in the UK

Planning permission may not be required as log cabins do not need fixed to the ground. Making your job much easier to build what you need.

If you require to have herders to stay on site with your animals then there are routes for gaining log cabin planning permission.

Heating a Log Cabin

So you have got your log cabin and now your thinking – how do you heat a log cabin? Well, there are as many different ways as there are ways to heat a house, even if you are heating a tiny house. For example we have below a wood burner in the tiny house. It does need to be big. A log cabin can be heated with 2 kW to 6kW, but you could have your wood burner to heat your water. So your now getting to the point where you have an off the grid log cabin, but that is for another day.

Log Cabin wood burner

Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show – Review

Thanks for all those that came along to the show and saw our Glamping Cabin and BBQ Hut.

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Logspan at SCS 2018

Our 11m2 Finman BBQ Hut was on show with cushions and lights as optional extras, so you can buy a BBQ Hut complete with everything you need for your first night. Relax, we have it covered!

The Finman Retreat Glamping Cabin was very well received. Many customers thought it was a great alternative to the normal Glamping Hut and offered more room. Its accommodation was suitable for a family of four but it could easily be adjusted for a couple, or bunk house. The options are endless…..ok, there is quite a few variations. Making this a very versatile Glamping pod for a camp site or holiday park.

With space for kitchen, shower room, dinning area and beds for four this will give a quick return on your investment which will allow a continuous construction of huts. Come and see us at our show site in Glasgow for a more in detail look at the hut.

 

The 11m2 Finman BBQ Hut is just £4,235 delivered. To find out more, visit our website (https://www.logspan.com/bbq-huts-grill-houses.html) or call our sales team on 01389 734572, alternatively you can chat to an adviser via our website Chat. The Finman Retreat with Toilet/Kitchen extension starts from £7235 delivered. To fin out more, visit our website (https://www.logspan.com/camping-glamping.html).

 

 

NEWS – Log Cabin Shop for Luss Smokehouse

 

We are looking forward for the grand opening of the new Luss Smokehouse Log Cabin shop. They chose a 12m x 5m 60mm custom build Log Cabin. They also went for insulated floor and roof in order to reduce heat loss. This is also helped with the double glazed windows and doors with draft seals.

We all think it looks fantastic, and that’s before it gets the fittings.

https://luss-smokehouse.com/

 

Locations for a Log Cabin or BBQ Hut

Sometimes you have the perfect location and all you need is the right type of log cabin to fit in, and then there are the other times when you have found the perfect timber building or lodge and all you need is the right setting to show it off!

Marrying the perfect Chalet with the right location is paramount. As every good log cabin owner knows, its LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Well the right location does not have to be in stunning scenery….although it might help. The right location for one person might be the end of their garden.

So here is 5 possible perfect locations for your perfect log cabin, wither it be a Swiss Chalet (Ascot T24), modern Al Fresco dinning cabin (Vertical), or Hygge room (Finman BBQ Hut).

 

Lakeside – With the possibility of looking out over the water on a winter morning, or summer evening (or vice versa) while drinking a hot chocolate this most be one of the best locations for a chalet or weekend house. Fishing and water sports are also possible.25182373_10155461717299440_3491019261111714279_o

 

 

Forrest – Some people will state this is a Log Cabins natural habitat, where the elder log cabin timber can be along its younger growing kin. Log Cabin construction is at its heart an environmentally friendly build. After you have fully got the benefit of your wooden house the logs will eventually be allowed to go back to nature and feed the next generation of forest trees. By this time your children’s children’s children will be able to.24312534_1546043265476943_4101569755946837226_n_2.jpg

 

 

Hill top – Now, not only can you enjoy your Log Cabin, but you can enjoy a view as well. Having a Lodge constructed on a hill can make it more susceptible to elements, so you will need to make sure that it will withstand all that nature can through at it. Good quality wood and double glazing are paramount, as is preserving the wood with a varnish, stain or paint that withstand full force rain, snow and wind. The end result though is a great timber building that will last many years from which you can enjoy nature. Count me in!22467572_1898037113556557_2791337372308125609_o

 

 

Garden – Ok, some people might think that this is the place for a summerhouse, but a well placed Log Cabin can look great and last longer than your average summerhouse. Log cabins, lets call them Garden Cabins, would normally start with a wall thickness of 30mm and upwards, anything less is a summerhouse or shed really. Garden Cabins come in 2 types of wall construction 1. interlocking tongue and groove logs and 2. pre-constructed tongue and groove panels. So, a well place Garden Cabin will sit perfectly in your garden, wither in the corner or in centre. It can work with the surrounding plants and trees to blend in or accentuate the flora and fauna, having green bitumen roofing shingles will help. Think of the uses, office, sitting room, dinning room, extra accommodation, laundry.Arno1

 

 

Seaside – “Oh I do like a Log Cabin beside the seaside” Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Just imagine the view, watching whales, dolphins etc. or sea birds from the comfort of your very own hide (with heater and armchair). Your binoculars will be safe inside the solid timber construction. Like the Lodge on top of a hill you will need to make sure that this wooden building is preserved well and as the manufacture requires (really this goes for all timber constructed buildings, if you want them to last)! With the wind blowing and the smell of the salt in the air you can relax and let your troubles float away in the wind.Nolan2

So relax, you have earned it after all your hard work building your perfect log cabin.

 

Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

We will be attending the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show in Glasgow from 8th Feb to 11th Feb, at the SECmap.

We will be at stand: 5022

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We will be taking a 11m2 Finman BBQ Hut, bunks and introducing a luxury Finman Sleeper Cabin with kitchen, toilet and sleeping for a family of 4.

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Come and talk to us about your Glamping needs and see what deal you can get. We will also be selling all our other Log Cabin, Timber Garages, Outdoor Classroom and Lodges. Its a great opportunity to come and see our quality buildings up close.

http://www.caravanshowscotland.com/exhibitor-list/exhibitor/logspan

 

Accessorising your Finman BBQ Hut

Starting with a blank canvas your Finman BBQ Hut can have the interior design manipulated into:

1. A Hygge room (pronounced hoo-ga), a Danish word that represents – cosiness, joy, wellbeing. Try the Ideal Home website for some ideas.

Try adding some Nordic style Kuksa Cups

Nordic Kuksa CUps

or cooking some warming family food using the Pyromaniac Chef Cook Book

The Pyromaniac Chef Cook Book

2. A Games Room, by this I mean card or board games rather than snooker/pool/table tennis or consoles. The fire in the grill in the centre of the Finman barbecue hut does not need to be lit. The ambiance can be warming in itself!

Try using the Larger BBQ Table to give you and your guests more playing room.

and if even more table space is needed pair the Larger BBQ Table with the Central BBQ Table

3) And that’s before we get to Dinning room and Lounge. The wall construction of the BBQ Hut is 45mm single tongue and groove Spruce wood. This will keep you warm while you eat, and sitting is also taken care of with the use of Cushion Sets for the – Finman Hut cushion set – 5mFinman Hut cushion set – 4m, and Finman Hut cushion set – 3m. The cushions are waterproof and easy wipe, so no worries about drinks stains.

Finman BBQ Hut Cushion Set

 

What about the humble stool? Logspan has a fantastic stools at allow you to illuminate the inside and create a work of art. They fit into the BBQ Huts and allow you to get closer to the grill. The Wooden Stool is a great idea and fits into the cabin in all senses of the word.

Whatever way you customise your BBQ Hut, please let us know at Logspan, its great to see what each customer makes of the Finman BBQ Hut.

How to…..Construct a Log Cabin

Here is our handy guide to help you build your Logspan Log Cabin. As can be seen, it is not difficult and if you have the right tools and some friends/family to help this can be a great project that should not take to long and give you a fantastic sense of achievement.

These instructions should be used in conjunction with the Build Plan provided in your Log Cabin kit.

Please read these instructions carefully before attempting to build up your Log Cabin.

 

PRE-BUILD

 

STORAGE

If you are unable to start building immediately after delivery it is important to stack the material horizontally and cover it to protect it from the weather. Indoors is ideal.

 

TIMBER

Wood is a natural product and it will vary with climate changes. However, with proper care, you will be able to enjoy your log cabin for many years. During very hot dry weather small cracks may appear in the wood. These will disappear when the weather changes. Small cracks in no way affect the integrity of the cabin!

 

TOOLS LIST

Essential Items

  • Cordless Power Drill with TORX bits – Size TX20 & TX25 (sometimes called T20 or T25)
  • Jigsaw – You will likely need to rip the last floorboard & roof board down
  • Rubber Mallet – white rubber headed mallet (black rubber mallets will mark the timber)
  • 19mm Clot Nails
  • Stanley knife hook blade
  • Stanley knife standard blade

Non-essential Items

  •  Air compressed brad gun – Useful and very quick for putting the floor down Ladder & Step Ladder

 

This list does not include the standard tools required for any joinery tasks.

 

BASE

It is very important the base is firm and level. Although the base may appear level, it is vital that attention is taken to ensure that the base is level. If it is not, problems will occur. The walls may come together okay but the roof boards will not line up and it will cause big problems. Most problems can be avoided by checking and rechecking that the base is level. We recommend the cabin be built on a solid concrete base but other forms of base such as wooden decking, or concrete slabs can also be used.

DO NOT START BUILDING YOUR CABIN IF YOUR BASE IS NOT LEVEL

There are a number of options of base for putting your building on. When building a base for a log cabin, it is best that the base be the exact size of the base frame of the cabin. This allows water to run off the roof and drain away rather than water sitting against the base frame or bouncing up against the walls of the cabin. However, this is not essential as long as there is good drainage.

Below are a number of guides for different types of bases.

Timber Base

Slab Base Concrete Base

UNPACKING & ORGANISATION

When opening up the pack of timber, it is important that care is taken in order not to lose any pieces. Most pieces are for use while others may just be for packing. Remove all the small items first and store somewhere dry. Next, take the doors and windows off. They are heavy.

To save a lot of time later, we suggest you take a little time now to lay out the wood in groups according to size. If you do this it is an easy matter to find the right pieces. Please note: some groups may differ in size by as little as 10mm.

As you unpack, you will notice there are a number of treated (green) timbers in the pack. Set them aside, you will need them first.

When taking the large plastic sheeting off, don’t throw it out as it could be useful for covering parts from the weather should you have to carry your project over to another day.

 

BUILD

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First, the base frame should be screwed together. For the walls, place the first logs on top of the base frame, starting with the half logs, one for the back wall and one for the front wall of the cabin. These two logs should be secured to the base frame with a screw at each end. Make sure that the two logs adjacent to these logs fit correctly and square before securing to the base. See (Fig: 1)

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Fig: 2Figure2 (2)

The building should be checked if it is square after reaching 3 or 4 wall sections high. To check use a measuring tape and measure the distance from diagonal corners. Knock the logs tightly together. See (Fig: 2).

(3) FITTING THE DOOR(S)

After you have laid the third row of logs you should start installing the door. The higher you build the walls it becomes more difficult the put the door in place. Take the door and frame, place it over the logs and slide it down pushing it tightly into place against the log. Next, attach the door handles so you can open the door! Keep building up the wall until you have reached the height of the window. See (Fig: 3).

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Fig: 4Figure4 (4) FITTING THE WINDOW(S)

After you have laid the seventh or eighth long log (check your Build Plan) and two of the shorter logs, you should fit the window. Slide the window into place, making sure it is tightly into place along its length onto the wall beam. Do not fix the door frame to the logs before the cabin is complete. It is enough to fix the bottom rail of the door with one or two screws, to prevent movement during build. See (Fig 4).

(5) FINISHING THE WALLS

Once the door(s) and window(s) are in place, build the walls up to the purlins as indicated in your build plan. Since the logs of the front and rear apex sections are not connected to the logs of the side walls, you should secure them by screwing this section to the lower logs at one end. Take care not to go too close to the edge which may split the logs.

 

(6) THE PURLINS

The purlins should be attached as illustrated in your build plan. Check to make sure the joints of the ridge, upper wall logs and purlins form a flat horizontal surface. Use a spirit level to check the sides, front and back walls are vertical. Screw each end of the purlin to the apex.

 

(7) INSTALLATION OF ROOF BOARDING

Start by assembling the roof boarding. Knock the separate boards lightly together. Fix roof board to each purling with 2 galvanized nails and finally nail the roof board to the wallboard. Fit the roof edge reinforcement pieces along the edge of the roof. When you get to the last boards on the end, you may need to rip down the length to finish flush with the end of the purlins.

 

(8) FLOORBOARDS

Place the floorboards on the bearers and secure with the nails provided. Knock the separate boards lightly together and fix to each floor bearer with galvanized nails. Do not push the floorboards length ways tight to the walls. There will be a gap to be left that will be covered by a 20 x 20 skirting board.