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.

How much room do I need around my Log Cabin?

This is a question we get asked all the time, and the answer is…it depends!

Yes that is a rubbish answer, but let me expand on it.

Each country…Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales have their own government guidance…ok that’s simple.

Each county might have expanded on that and added their own guidance. So it really is a postcode lottery!

But here is what we suggest.

  1. If you want to protect the structure for years to come you will need to get round it, so keep it at least 5ocm away from a wall. Remember that most cabins walls extend 10cm beyond the cabin, so take this into account.
  2. You don’t want rain water to run off the structure into your neighbours garden, so consider this too.
  3. If you keep the structure 1m away from the boundary this should keep Scottish Planners happy, although please check with your local guidance first. This will be from the closest point of the structure, which will usually be the roof overhang.
  4. If all else fails and you can’t keep it 1m away from the boundary, a structure 2.5m in height or under will fit the bill. Keep the base of the cabin as close to the ground as possible…don’t put this on top of a decking which is 1m up, that’s asking for trouble.
  5. Talk to your neighbours, keep them in the loop as Planners find out about new structures from neighbours.
  6. And finally if you have fallen foul of Planning, ask about retrospective planning permission. This is possible.

Happy working from home? Be relaxed in a Garden Office NOW!

 

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Over a month into ‘Lockdown’ and for those us ‘un-essential’ workers lucky enough to still be employed, we’ve had to up- sticks, and try and re-create our working environment here at home. It really shouldn’t be an issue. You get to relax in the comfort of your own space, no tedious daily commute, no uniforms, all you can eat buffet available 24/7 inside your kitchen, drinks on ice the minute the clock strikes 17.00. If you put it that way,  it sounds a bit like an all inclusive holiday.  Well let me tell you, its not all Piña coladas and sun tan lotion from where we are sitting.

Whether its the constant distractions from needy pets, the kids suddenly waking up early, wanting breakfast and asking to play outside (during a quarantine), or having to spend much more time with our significant others than we ever signed up for. We understand what you are going through. We feel your pain. We are in the same boat.

So that’s where we come in. We want to bring back some structure into your working life and the first part of doing that is getting out of the house. Now, we don’t advocate running away and leaving your family during a world-wide pandemic,  we are only saying that as this situation continues, its going to be harder and harder to establish a work / home life balance while sitting in the living room. So, having your own, private, peaceful work space, separate from the chaos would undoubtedly bring back some normality.

Here at Logspan we have array of unique garden buildings that can be used as studios / crafting rooms / home offices / workshops (as well as garden bars and sitting rooms), but don’t worry, if you don’t find something that feels just right, we will work together with you to design the perfect cabin to suit your garden. Everything from length, depth, the thickness of the timber, door and window size and placement, glazing, height, roof style, single skinned walls or double, floor or roof insulation – you can have complete control and freedom to create the working environment that you need.

 

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If you like the idea of a unique garden office but don’t where to start, here are some popular examples from our website to help you get the ball rolling.

 

Insulated Office

Take your chance to escape from the stresses of the home life and retreat into your own, bespoke garden office. Working from home made easy – our fully insulated home offices have the practicability and attention to detail required to engross you into your responsibility, promoting a healthy work / life balance. Let your home become the therapeutic safe space you need, and draw a line in the sand between work and home.

 

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This isn’t a traditional log cabin. The Lomond’s walls are double skinned – meaning that it is constructed using 88mm Rockwool insulation sandwiched between sets of 20mm  timber cladding, while the floor made with 20mm tongue and groove boards built on top of 50mm styrozone. Another benefit to this style is the modern sloping roof, which has a ridge height of 2.5m, falling within the height restrictions on permitted development, giving nosy neighbours nothing to moan about.

 

Aldeburgh

 

Work from home in comfort and style with the Aldeburgh range. This compact work hub provides a fully insulated, warm environment with plenty of natural light flooding in thanks to the full glass frontage. Constructed much like the Lomond expect these walls are home to THICK 115mm Rockwool giving you a cozy environment to get productive. This is the top of the range. The Aldeburgh comes in four different sizes but like all our cabins, it can be adjusted to suit your space.

 

T24

 

Probably our most popular large cabin that doesn’t require planning permission, this multi room log cabin was used as our main base of operations for many years and was more than sufficient for a team of 4 office workers. This should give you an idea of the room available in the T24 Ascot. Open plan living area big enough to host a large spanning desk, ample storage space for personal and business files, books, your own personal W/C ( which can be adjusted to make room for a shower upon request), potential small kitchen area to boot.

 

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Now, if these most recent times have taught us anything, you don’t have to have multiple employees all working from the same location,  business as we know it changes as the weeks and months go by, this could be your own self haven – a private, all encompassing work space. Once you start your day, you don’t have to leave until you are finished. No distractions, no interruptions, no trips to main bathroom / kitchen. You have everything you need at hand.

Open plan living area big enough to host a large spanning desk, ample storage space for personal and business files, books, your own personal W/C ( which can be adjusted to make room for a shower upon request), potential small kitchen area to boot.

The T24 is also one of the best options for those looking to get into glamping / rentals. With all the amenities covered, you have the potential to see FAST return on your investment, as you could market this cabin towards family’s of 4 as well as couples.

Reviews;

 

5* service and quality – highly recommend!

After visiting a friend who had bought and moved into a Logspan cabin, I purchased a modified T24 cabin in late 2019 which now sits in our back garden on the Isle of Skye as a guest suite for visiting friends and family, and as a holiday rental on AirBnB. I was pretty indecisive when I first contacted the Logspan team but Conor was incredibly patient with me, talked me through the various options and technical requirements in detail (planning permission, ground prep etc.), re-jigged the design of a cabin to suit my needs and budget, and was just an all-round superstar! When it came to construction, a team of three led by Chris took less than three days to build the cabin. They were friendly, very professional, finished the build on time and didn’t complain once despite having to contend with some of the worst weather we’d had all year! They also were very patient with me and my questions, taking the time to talk me through each stage of the build, and left the site and cabin spotlessly clean and tidy when they’d finished. They worked alongside a local plumber and electrician who also commented on how nice and professional the guys were.
I would highly recommend Logspan, and couldn’t be happier with my cabin 🙂 Thank you Conor and team!

Ellie Harrison - 12 Mar 2020

Everyone who visits us admires it.

Logspan provide a great, hassle-free service at a very reasonable cost. We have been absolutely delighted with our cabin.

John Wilson - 07/11/2017

 

With so many uncertainty’s out there at the moment, none of us are really sure what life is going to look like 6 months from now, how will social distancing impact the future of the work force, non essential office workers, small business, online workers are hardly going to be the first wave brought back to the work force. So let us take the initiative, set you and your business up for future.

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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.

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.

Log Cabin

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