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

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.

 

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.

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.