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Planning your new cabin

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Size

There are no precise guidelines regarding the size however the space will always be used so buy the biggest building you can afford provided that it fits comfortably in the space available. If you are replacing an existing building, you should consider whether to have the same size again or perhaps larger and consider what are the largest items you need to store.

Location

Ideally your building should have a clear space with at least 18″ wide on all sides, if possible. This ensures easy access for both installation and future maintenance. In reality this is often not practical and at many sites it is not needed. A reduced clearance is often possible on one or two sides. If the space around your building is restricted remember to allow for any roof overhang. You should also cut back or remove any nearby shrubs and trees. 

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Maintenance

The external timber should be treated with a good quality wood preservative every year, including soon after installation. This will prolong the life of your building. All major wood preservative manufacturers offer suitable products in a choice of colours. We also recommend that you regularly oil the door and window hinges as required to ensure continued smooth operation.

Electrical

Although providing an electricity supply to a garden building is normally a straightforward task, we recommend that all electrical work be completed in accordance with IEE wiring regulations and BS 7671 and carried out by an operator who is approved under the Part P Electrical Competent Person Scheme.

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Planning

The majority of garden buildings do not require planning permission and all of our buildings are 2.5m and below in height therefore should not require planning permission however please contact your local planning department for full local authority guidelines.

Base Requirements

Paving slabs or concrete are ideal. The base should be no smaller than the floor size of the new building and no more than a few inches larger.

Any base provided for any log cabin has to must follow this criteria: Solid – Square – Flat and most importantly 100% level in all directions

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Concrete

A solid concrete base is more permanent and usually more expensive but it provides and substantial base for a larger building. The average base will be 80mm – 100mm deep. There is lots of good advice on the internet or alternatively ask a local trades man to do the work for you! 

Paving Slabs

All buildings need a substantial base. Paving slabs or concrete are ideal. The base should be no smaller than the floor size of the new building and no more than a few inches larger.

Any base provided for any log cabin has to must follow this criteria: Solid – Square – Flat and most importantly 100% level in all directions