Derby Log Cabin Review and Build

Mr F has written a very good article on his experience with us and his building – The Derby 58mm log cabin with some great pictures.

I’m always very interested to hear customers journey and thoroughly appreciate his story, it gives us a lot of insight into our service and product and is very much enjoyed by me and other customers considering a similar journey and project.

There was a few surprises for Mr F, a couple of problems to overcome such is normal when building any substantial structure, we also missed a couple of parts and made some mistakes but it’s a good story to read and one we can learn from ……

Mr F wrote the below and sent in loads of pictures of his journey, I have copied the pictures below his article with some annotation and notes.

We took a long time in deciding which cabin to buy and who to buy it from. Fortunately I came across the website of TUIN and got very interested in reading reviews from clients and Richard’s blog etc. Finally we decided on which cabin to have, placed the order and arranged a delivery date.

I contacted Richard for the sizes of the packages and then started to get concerned as Richard informed me that it would arrive in one package – 6000mm x 1150mm x 650mm +-1600kg and would probably be on a large lorry with a forklift.

The driver contacted me on the day of delivery, apologising that he would be with us late evening if that was OK with us or would we prefer the following day.  We agreed to take delivery asap and as we live in a close, off of a country road, I met him on a nearby main road and took him back to our bungalow by car.  He checked as to whether he could get the lorry up our close and wanted to give it a go.  Very clever manouvering got him close to our drive.  He offloaded his forklift (very nice piece of kit) and much to my wifes surprise picked up this 6000mm long package, turned the wheels on the forklift and proceded down our drive – It was a side loader, that is what she didn’t expect.

He offloaded the package, had a cup of tea and proceded on his way with our thanks.

Next morning my stepson and I opened this huge package and started moving all the parts to our back garden placing the parts in the vicinity of where the cabin was to be erected.

It is quite daunting when you see all the parts spread out.  However once you start to erect the cabin it goes up fairly quickly.  We did have a problem with a warped board but after checking the website carried on as instructed.  I would agree with a previous reviewer of this product hanging the doors took us a couple of hours before we were happy with the way they closed.  Not difficult, just had to  learn how much to adjust the hinges, before re-hanging the doors each time.

I was not sure how to fit the window as some of the parts were not marked and I could not be sure how it fitted following the diagram.  A quick email to Richard and the problem was solved.  Up onto the roof to finish the planking and then the shingles, they are great.  I have never used them before and I think you will agree they look very professional.

Fitting the barge boards on the gable ends was a problem because we did not have the right timber supplied. Phone call to Karen and replacement timber was arranged for delivery the following day. That’s what I call service. It was impressed on me from the start by the team at Tuin that whatever the problem contact Tuin and they will do their very best to sort it out, and they did.

Now, how to treat the timber. We decided to use Sadolin, not cheap but we want this cabin to last. Seems like a good product, certainly seemed substantial when applying it. Painted inside and out.

Fitted guttering and connected to a large water butt.  As suggested by Richard I dug a small trench around the cabin and filled it with gravel, this mainly to stop the splashes when it rains.  I did not dig the trench quite wide enough, will widen it at a later date.  However, I then used some UPVC barge board (which had a lip) to cover the edge of the base around the cabin and this went down into the gravel.  I then sealed this all the way around the cabin with silicon.  So far it seems to have worked and keeps quite clean.

Next was electrics, dug a trench from the cabin to the back of the bungalow and buried armoured cable, with warning tape half way down the trench (as per instructions from my electrician).  Purchased a couple of LED ceiling lights and arranged for the electrician to connect up the supply and install sockets etc with the strict instructions that he was not to nail/screw anything inside the cabin that would hinder expansion of the timbers.  Yes Richard I am glad I read your blog on what to do and what not to do, very informative.

The floor was next. I used timber joists laid on waterproof membrane, not fixed to the floor or to the cabin. In-filled the joists with fibre glass and topped it with exterior board. Finally my wife chose a laminate floor covering which I then laid. Before I could blink she was moving in, I did not have time to hide the key! Joking aside we are both looking forward to using this cabin as our studio and hobby room. Curtains are up at the window and blinds have been bought for the doors and side panels and I have got to make a pelmet for the window to match the gable end scalloped fascia.

We both are extremely happy with this product. The team at Tuin could not have been more helpful in making it a very nice experience for a couple of oldies and of course not forgetting a stepson for his help.

Sincere best wishes for continued success in your business.

The site of Mr F's Derby Log cabin

The site of Mr F’s Derby Log cabin

Lots of parts, all laid out correctly, it is important to keep the logs on top of each other while the build commences.

Lots of parts, all laid out correctly. It is important to keep the logs on top of each other while the build commences.

The base ready to take the Derby Log cabin. It is pleasing to see this is to the footprint of the building.

The base ready to take the Derby Log cabin. It is pleasing to see this is to the footprint of the building.

The first log layer going down on top of the foundation beams.

The first log layer going down on top of the foundation beams.

Mr F and his 'Installation Team'.

Mr F and his ‘Installation Team’.

The Derby log cabin is starting to grow.

The Derby log cabin is starting to grow.

Mr F came across a warped board. This can sometimes happen as wood moves when unsupported, seldom is this a problem though and can very easily be overcome.

Mr F came across a warped board. This can sometimes happen as wood moves when unsupported, seldom is this a problem though and can very easily be overcome.

It's always important to check that the base logs remain square throughout the build. If the bottom logs are square the top ones will follow.

It’s always important to check that the base logs remain square throughout the build. If the bottom logs are square the top ones will follow.

Three sides going up on the Derby log cabin.

Three sides going up on the Derby log cabin.

Window and door opening in the Derby log cabin

Window and door opening in the Derby log cabin

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Gables have been put up. This is generally the most hardest part of the install. Gables are very heavy and unstable at this point.

Gables have been put up. This is generally the most hardest part of the install. Gables are very heavy and unstable at this point.

Once the purlins are in the roof then becomes stable and roof boards can be nailed on.

Once the purlins are in the roof then becomes stable and roof boards can be nailed on.

Roof boards are now being fixed to the purlins. Two nails on each board across each fixing point.

Roof boards are now being fixed to the purlins. Two nails on each board across each fixing point.

Checking the log cabin is vertical.

Checking the log cabin is vertical.

Doors have been fitted. This always takes a little adjustment to get 100% correct.

Doors have been fitted. This always takes a little adjustment to get 100% correct.

All the roof boards on the log cabin have been nailed on correctly.

All the roof boards on the log cabin have been nailed on correctly.

Adding a leading edge support. Carpenter clamps are an essential tool to use in the installation of a log cabin.

Adding a leading edge support. Carpenter clamps are an essential tool to use in the installation of a log cabin.

Felt shingles are being fitted. Shingles are FAR better than roofing felt and highly recommended.

Felt shingles are being fitted. Shingles are FAR better than roofing felt and highly recommended.

Perfect spacing and care taken over the shingle install will ensure it looks amazing, lasts years and you do not run out from those supplied.

Perfect spacing and care taken over the shingle install will ensure it looks amazing, lasts years and you do not run out from those supplied.

I'm pleased to see a damp proof membrane on top of the base, this saves damp coming up. Mr F is then using rockwool or similar to insulate the floor. I recommend every cabin has a floor insulated as a lot of heat is lost through here.

I’m pleased to see a damp proof membrane on top of the base, this saves damp coming up. Mr F is then using rockwool or similar to insulate the floor. I recommend every cabin has a floor insulated as a lot of heat is lost through here.

you do not need to order our T&G spruce floor if you are using an alternative floor covering.

You do not need to order our T&G spruce floor if you are using an alternative floor covering.

Mr F read my recommendations regarding electrics in log cabins and is installing as such.

Mr F read my recommendations regarding electrics in log cabins and is installing as such.

The finished Derby 58mm log cabin, the front step entrance built by Mr F.

The finished Derby 58mm log cabin, the front step entrance built by Mr F.

Guttering added by Mr F. We also offer guttering kits but this looks a great install as well. Guttering is important to use with your log cabin, whether from us or other suppliers - it is often overlooked but like your house it does make a difference to longevity.

Guttering added by Mr F. We also offer guttering kits but this looks a great install as well. Guttering is important to use with your log cabin, whether from us or other suppliers – it is often overlooked but like your house it does make a difference to longevity.

Mrs F moved into the Derby log cabin before he did!

Mrs F moved into the Derby log cabin before he did!

The final finished log cabin with Mr F's flourishes of design including the bargeboards which really set the log cabin off.

The final finished log cabin with Mr F’s flourishes of design including the bargeboards which really set the log cabin off.

Thank you Mr F, I thoroughly enjoyed your article and story. It is much appreciated and also helps other people undertaking a similar project. I hope you have enjoyed the present we sent. If you require any other of our products in the future please let me know personally and I can arrange a further discount for you.

Other customer experiences, builds and ideas can be enjoyed here: Pictorial Tuin Reviews

Emma Customer Review

It’s always great to read customers joiurneys with their log cabin, please see Mr and Mrs A’s below:

Hi all – having pestered you all at various times during the process from pre-purchase through construction I thought you might like to see the end results of my efforts. This piece of garden had been lying as a large weed bed for years and now has my wife’s ‘art/pottery studio’ on site which a) gives her somewhere to work, b) gives me peace and quiet and c) gives me no more weeding, so all in all well worth the money.

It has been a lot of hard work and many man hours (a badly infected knee, numerous cuts and bruises, continuing problems with ‘tennis elbow’ and many long hot soaking baths) but also a very satisfying project, its the little things that take up the time. Constructing the cabin and fitting the roof etc took probably about 16 hours.

The cabin is very ‘green’ but it fits in well with the rest of the garden and is pretty much camouflaged from my neighbours view.

I have added various bits :

  • Full size gutter which collects rainwater into two 100L waterbutts.
  • A fully functioning sink with running ‘cold grey’ water which will be used for cleaning brushes drawn from the water butts using a 12 volt marine self priming pump and draining into a ‘soakaway’.
  • Full electrics – digging the trench and laying a 50 metre length of 10mm armored cable at a depth of 2ft was challenging.
  • A mini verandah/step as the cabin sits about 12 inches above ground level due to nature of the sub soil etc.
  • LED downlighters

The cabin houses a small home pottery kiln and while we had some concerns about heat generated impacting on the timbers etc having run it a couple of times these fears were completely unfounded as it generates very little external residual heat.

I attach some photos but bottom line is my wife is absolutely delighted with the end result and in terms of value for money the cabin is unbeatable and as I have said before brilliant customer service which helped us all along our ‘log cabin’ journey.

Best regards

Paul and Joan A

Emma log cabin timber frame base

Emma log cabin timber frame base

Emma log cabin delivery

Emma log cabin delivery

Construction of the Emma log cabin

Construction of the Emma log cabin

Completed log cabin

Completed log cabin

Inside the Emma log cabin

Inside the Emma log cabin

Thank you very much Mr and Mrs A for your pictures and review, it is very much appreciated and I hope you enjoy your present we sent you.

Other customer experiences, builds and ideas can be enjoyed here: Pictorial Tuin Reviews