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.

How to ….Apply Bitumen Roof Shingles to a Log Cabin or Garden Building

 

Introduction

Here is our handy guide to help you construct your waterproof roof for a Logspan log cabin or any other garden building using bitumen roofing shingles.

These have the benefit of being hard wearing, being simple to apply and not breaking the bank.

The shingles should be applied once you have all the roof boards fixed down and the roof edge reinforcement and roof side boards attached to the eaves sides.

DO NOT attach the fascias, felt fillets or diamonds until after you have shingled the roof.

  • Do one side of the roof at a time.
  • Start at the front of the cabin
  • Start at the eaves edge
  • Shingles and ridge should be fixed down using felt tacks/clout nails in a suitable length. Nail each shingle in the following positions.

Figure 1

  • Hexagonal shingles will have a self-adhesive strip on the back which you need to remove the film from before laying. You still need to nail the shingles down.
  • Ridge roll has a film on the back but this should not be removed.
  • Keep any excess you cut off because you might be able to re-use it later

You can run a translucent waterproof silicone under the shingles at the front, rear, eaves and apex of the log cabin for added protection but it is not compulsory.

Starter Strip

You will need to create a starter strip along the eaves edge of the roof.

Square shingles

Take a length of shingle, cut one of the squares off using a Stanley knife. Lay the shingle on the roof (front eaves edge). It should fit flush to the front of the log cabin roof but overlap the eaves edge by approx 1cm. Fix down.

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Next, take a full length of shingle and lay it next to the previous one. Continue doing this until you reach the rear of the cabin. Cut off any excess shingle overhanging the rear with a Stanley knife.

Hex shingles

You will need to make rectangular lengths to work with so using a Stanley knife and ruler cut the hex bottoms off the shingle lengths to leave a rectangle.

Figure 3

Once you have rectangles to work with complete the starter strip the same as for square shingles above.

1st Row 

Starting at the front of the cabin again, take a full length of shingle and lay it directly on top of the starter strip. Fix down and continue to the rear of the cabin. Cut off any excess.

2nd Row

 Square shingles

Take a full length of shingle and position it above the 1st row so that the centre of a 2nd row square fits up to the end of a 1st-row square. You should have covered the nails but do not overlap the shingles too much or you will run out.

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You will have some shingle excess overhanging the front of the log cabin, cut this off with a Stanley knife.

Hex shingles

Take a full length of shingle and position it above the 1st row. The 2nd row hex bottom should fit above the top of a 1st row hex top. This will create a full hex. You will be able to see some of the black at the top of the shingles in the 1st row. You should not be able to see any of the nails.

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You will have some shingle excess overhanging the front of the log cabin, cut this off with a Stanley knife.

Continue to do the rest of the row in the same way.

Do as many rows as are necessary to reach the apex of the roof.

Do the same on the other side of the roof

Ridge

Using shingles

Cut full lengths of shingle into thirds. Start at the front. Bend a third over the apex and nail down on both sides. Overlap the next third on the back end of the 1st one and fix down. Continue until you reach the back. Do not overlap the thirds too much or you will run out.

Using ridge roll

Starting at the front bend the roll over the apex and nail down on both sides. Run the roll to the rear of the log cabin, nail down at the back and then cut off any excess. Go back and nail down the roll along both sides at regular intervals.

 

For more information please see our website: Logspan

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.

 

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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.