Log Cabin CarPort Ever – Adapted

This is a review kindly sent in by Mr KVDL. This is an adaptation of our Carport Ever Log Cabin. to meet Mr KVDL’s requirements.

Requirements: – garden shed/log cabin with floor area of at least 15m2 with sizeable covered area for outdoor seating.

Research: Following extensive research into log cabins, gazebos, car ports etc., I came to the conclusion that our requirements could only be met by adapting a standard building. I came across a carport being offered in the Netherlands and was pleased to find out that Tuindeco had representation in the UK through Tuin.co.uk

In dialogue with Richard and team Carport Ever was adapted by decreasing the carport space and increasing the shed area by adding extra logs. In effect the inside wall was moved forward and the extra logs were used to fill the gap created using an H-profile.

Ever was ordered with factory impregnation. Something, which does not appear to be common in the UK but is a pretty common standard back in the Netherlands. Richard’s advise on the matter was useful though not conclusive.

One of the big advantages of dealing with Tuin is the exhaustive information available on their blog. Many articles from Richard but also from customers which is great for prospective buyers.

Ordering: The order process was relatively straightforward and specification for the incremental logs were added to the original order. I specified black shingles and whilst this appears to be the most common supply, at the point of order Tuin is unable to guarantee the color. I find this rather intriguing as to why the client can not be guaranteed the specified colour in the same way that additional logs can be ordered. In my opinion Tuin should consider this.

Delivery: Within the specified delivery time, Carport Ever was delivered. The transport company was brilliant in their communication and whilst there were minor access challenges the Moffit was expertly driven and the “parcel” delivered in the preferred area. The wrapping of the package is great and provides protection from the weather.

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Foundation beams were delivered at the same time but it was clear that one of the beams was different. Tuin was notified and within 48hrs a replacement was delivered. This delay did not affect the building process.

Additional notes: On the blog you can find information on mallets and based on this, I ordered two different versions from Amazon. A 24oz non marking Roughneck and a similar weight, white/black Silverline version. After extensive use the Roughneck was preferred simply because it appeared to have a better, firmer hit.

The drawings delivered with the building are A4 size and with the number of parts of this specific building, it takes time to study them and work out the various parts and their use. With the built taking place in early spring I had all the drawings laminated as well as enlarged to A3. With rain and coffee and tea spills the £5 spend on laminating was well worth the money and made reading the drawings much easier.

Note; all decking supplies were not ordered from Tuin and supplied locally. Spaxx decking screws were used; relatively expensive but easy to use and no split decking boards!

Foundation: Richard’s blog provides ample information about foundations and we opted for decking because of its intended use with double slabs used under the joists and weed suppressing matting to combat weeds coming through.

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Unpacking: Upon opening the package the number of parts may seem overwhelming but all parts are numbered which match the numbers on the drawings. It took 4 hours to carry all parts to the back garden and all parts were sorted in piles based on their respective numbers and indeed use.

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At that point it became clear that the additional logs ordered had not been factory notched ( as originally ordered ). Richard was informed and he arranged for Wayne to come to site and notch the logs in situ. Whilst present, Wayne also was able to pass on some of his experience from the numerous cabins he had built. Overall we lost approximately half a day in the built process but probably gained in other areas because of Wayne’s suggestions.

The build: With a built this size, two adults are required and an extra pair of hands comes in handy from time to time. Starting square and staying square takes its time throughout the initial layers of logs but after a while the shape remains firm and other than occasional checking the building does not move again.

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A3 drawings to hand and all parts sorted by number, spirit level, a large square, drills, some nails, hammer, saw, mallets and plenty of coffee in supply, the work commenced.

Initially the proceedings are slows but after the first two hours, the built logic ( building by numbers ) is catching on and towards the end of day 2, gutter height was reached successfully. The following two days were spent on the roof; the gables are very heavy and somewhat unstable ( they are delivered pre-built ). Unless you have 3-4 adults on site for this task, it is difficult to see how these could be lifted in situ. We ended up removing some of the screws and lifting them up in two separate parts; much easier to lift and indeed reassembling is no issue at all.

Ever-log-cabin-1Purlins were fitted with relative ease and a large part of the remainder of the day was used to fit the many, many roof boards.

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Before fitting the shingles, it is worthwhile reading the blog once more. There are some really good hints/tips here which will make fitting straight forward and ensures a great finish. It took a full day to fit all the shingles.

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The building is supplied with barge boards but using these “cold” against the purlins does not give a great finish and gutter boards were used to create a much neater finish ( see finished and painted building )

Guttering was fixed using spare logs to ensure that water drains away from the building in a soak away.

Subsequently electrics were fitted as well as a free standing work bench and shelving.

Painting: The building was finished in Steel Blue and Off White wood treatment from Cetabever ( AkzoNobel ). It is a high quality wood stain and the off white combination with the logs resulted (unintended) in a great rustic look. Ensure you have plenty of wood stain supply as the wood ( even when impregnated ) absorbs the paint extensively. ( painting took 2 days; 2 coats )

Completed adapted carport Ever

Completed adapted carport Ever

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Finished product: The overall building work was completed in the Spring and with the addition of a rattan corner seating arrangement the area has been in full use from early Spring till mid November. Even when raining the covered area provides great shelter and still provides a fantastic area for simply relaxing and entertaining. Of course the shed has its own function and the overall the Ever has now been renamed to the “Man Palace”

Thank you Mr KVDL for taking the time to send us a review and for the pictures. Other customers find this really useful and it gives people the confidence to install themselves and in your case to carry out adaptations of our log cabin.

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

Use of a Log Cabin

On occasions a kind customer will send us in pictures of their project or of their completed log cabins. Most of the time following the sale we never hear back from anyone, so it  fascinates me to see what does happen to our log cabins.

We have recently given customers access to our picture files of log cabins, you maybe interested to see this article if you would like to see more pictures not available on the product pages of various builds and projects: Log Cabin PicturesOur facebook page also has several builds posted so you can see what you are letting yourself in for.

Here’s a small selection of the uses customers have put their log cabins to:

Aiste log cabin bar

Quite often we will see the log cabins being used as a bar. This one is found within the Aiste log cabin

Our customer has even replaced the glass to keep up with the theme.

Our customer has even replaced the glass to keep up with the theme in his Aiste Log cabin

A completely different use for the Aiste log cabin, this time with fitness in mind and two turbo trainers

A completely different use for the Aiste log cabin, this time with fitness in mind and two turbo trainers

I see quite a few 'man caves' being made, the Asmund log cabin suits this well

I see quite a few ‘man caves’ being made, the Asmund log cabin suits this well

Alternatively the Asmund log cabin is ideal for use as a summerhouse

Alternatively the Asmund log cabin is ideal for use as a summerhouse

Another Asmund Log cabin as a summerhouse. Being 28mm thick it does lend itself well for this purpose

Another Asmund Log cabin as a summerhouse. Being 28mm thick it does lend itself well for this purpose.

Great seating area and great for the summer, another Asmund Log Cabin

Great seating area and great for the summer, another Asmund Log Cabin.

How about relaxing in a hot tub, the Barbara Log Cabin gazebo seems ideal for this.

How about relaxing in a hot tub, the Barbara Log Cabin gazebo seems ideal for this.

Ample out door living space is provided in the substantial Ben Clockhouse Log Cabin, being 70mm thick this can be used all year around with the addition of insulation

Ample outdoor living space is provided in the substantial Ben Clockhouse Log Cabin, being 70mm thick this can be used all year around with the addition of insulation

More comfortable out door living is found in the Chloe 40mm log cabin.

More comfortable out door living is found in the Chloe 40mm log cabin.

Back to a man cave and a bar, is there a theme starting to form? With the canopy at the side of the Elburg log cabin you can have a hot tub enclosure as well!

Back to a man cave and a bar, is there a theme starting to form? With the canopy at the side of the Elburg log cabin you can have a hot tub enclosure as well!

This is a little more serious with the Emma Log cabin being home to a beauty studio. At 40mm and with added insulation the Emma works well all year around.

This is a little more serious with the Emma Log cabin being home to a beauty product studio. At 40mm and with added insulation the Emma works well all year around.

Or ... use the Emma log cabin for outdoor living, 40mm and double glazed it's ideal for all year around use with the application of some heating and insulation.

Or … use the Emma log cabin for outdoor living, 40mm and double glazed it’s ideal for all year around use with the application of some heating and insulation.

A really posh summerhouse can be made using the Gudrun Lo Cabin, the bi-folding doors really allow the outdoors in,

A really posh summerhouse can be made using the Gudrun Log Cabin, the bi-folding doors really allow the outdoors in,

The Gustav log cabin being used as a garden office.

The Gustav log cabin being used as a garden office.

Or perhaps you just want some extra living space or to get the teenagers out from under your feet, this Heino Log Cabin is ideal

Or perhaps you just want some extra living space or to get the teenagers out from under your feet, this Heino Log Cabin is ideal.

Do you have need for a hunting lodge? The Hendrick Log Cabin seems to work well.

Do you have need for a hunting / ski lodge? The Hendrick Log Cabin seems to work well.

Very cozy extra accommodation, this is the Henning log cabin and highly suitable for year round use.

Very cozy extra accommodation, this is the Henning log cabin and highly suitable for year round use.

Like the Asmund Log Cabin the Emma works REALLY well and great for all year round use with additional heating and insulation in the roof and floor

Like the Asmund Log Cabin the Emma works REALLY well and great for all year round use with additional heating and insulation in the roof and floor

The Jannie Log Cabin gives you the best of both worlds, sit outside and enjoy the weather, if it turns a little cooler you can pop indoors.

The Jannie Log Cabin gives you the best of both worlds, sit outside and enjoy the weather, if it turns a little cooler as evening approaches you can pop indoors and still enjoy your log cabin.

The Jos Log Cabin makes it a perfect log cabin for a corner location, a small and compact summerhouse.

The Jos Log Cabin makes it a perfect log cabin for a corner location, a small and compact summerhouse.

This is great! Our Julia log cabin is host to a bar and nightclub!

This is great! Our Julia log cabin is host to a bar and nightclub!

The Julia Log cabin is very versatile being 40mm. One moment its a nightclub the next a cinema.

The Julia Log cabin is very versatile being 40mm. One moment its a nightclub the next a cinema.

Here a customer is being very sensible and getting fit using the Karen Log cabin. Again at 40mm and with the application of insulation and some background heat you can work out everyday.

Here a customer is being very sensible and getting fit using the Karen Log cabin. Again at 40mm and with the application of insulation and some background heat you can work out everyday.

Another bar theme, it seems this is rather popular. This is in the Leipzig log cabin, at 5m x 5m there is plenty of room.

Another bar theme, it seems this is rather popular. This is in the Leipzig log cabin, at 5m x 5m there is plenty of room.

The same bar in the Leipzig but now decorated better.

The same bar in the Leipzig but now fully decorated and ready for the first customer. If i remember correctly the bar was made from left over parts and pallets.

The same building - The Leipzig log cabin but now it's being used for a little extra accommodation.

The same building – The Leipzig log cabin but now it’s being used for a little extra accommodation.

A step up from the 40 - 45mm log cabins. This is the Liverpool 58mm Log Cabin, VERY strong, very thermal efficient and a serious building. for serious uses, in this case it is a classroom.

A step up from the 40 – 45mm log cabins. This is the Liverpool 58mm Log Cabin, VERY strong, very thermal efficient with the addition of insulation in the roof and floor, a serious building. for serious uses, in this case it is a classroom.

The Lukas Log Cabin is a very popular building, to one side you can have a living area or a summerhouse.

The Lukas Log Cabin is a very popular building, to one side you can have a living area or a summerhouse.

You can use the other side for storage, very handy and adaptable the Luka Log Cabin

You can use the other side for storage, very handy and adaptable the Luka Log Cabin

This is the Lukas being used for sensory play.

This is the inside of a Lulea Log Cabin, a simple beach hut theme.

This is the inside of a Lulea Log Cabin, a simple beach hut theme.

I really want a hot tub - The Maga Modern Log Cabin seems to be really good for this.

I really want a hot tub – The Maga Modern Log Cabin seems to be really good for this.

Another bar, the Meribel Log Cabin may prove ideal.

Another bar, the Meribel Log Cabin is proving ideal.

WOW .... this is a caribean themed bar using the Olson Log Cabin. AMAZING.

WOW …. this is a caribbean themed bar using the Olson Log Cabin. AMAZING.

An amazing Olson Log Cabin

An amazing Olson Log Cabin

This is one of our Rune log cabins being used as hydrotherapy room. The Rune is a very serious building for serious uses. This one also had an annexe to the rear to house the water pumps and equipment.

This is one of our Rune log cabins being used as hydrotherapy room. The Rune is a very serious building for serious uses. This one also had an annexe to the rear to house the water pumps and equipment.

another 58mm log cabin, a very substantial and serious building for all year around use, this is the Stian Log Cabin in 58mm and being used as a craft room in comfort all year around with the addition of insulation and background heat.

another 58mm log cabin, a very substantial and serious building for all year around use, this is the Stian Log Cabin in 58mm and being used as a craft room in comfort all year around with the addition of insulation and background heat.

Now this I love! Ever fancied your own Pool or Snooker room? This is the Truus Log Cabin being used for this purpose.

Now this I love! Ever fancied your own Pool or Snooker room? This is the Truus Log Cabin being used for this purpose.

Another cinema, this was a bespoke version of our Yorck log cabin with all the windows removed.

Another cinema, this was a bespoke version of our Yorck log cabin with all the windows removed.

Or ... if you don't want a cinema simply enjoy the Yorick Log Cabin for some out door living.

Or … if you don’t want a cinema simply enjoy the Yorick Log Cabin for some out door living.

Log cabins are really great garden buildings, they can be used for anything you can imagine.

I tend to use this as a rule of thumb when advising customers:

19mm Thick Logs – this is a shed, ideal for storage and far better than any shed you can find in the traditional panel construction.

28mm Thick Logs – these are a great all rounder and lend themselves to a perfect summer house for occasional use. BUT with modifications they can be perfect for all year around use. See this article if you wish to insulate the walls of your log cabin. Generally though we would recommend you opt for a thicker log for more thermal capacity for all year around use.

34  – 45mm Thick Logs – Now we are starting to get a little more thermal capacity, the building is starting to become more useful across the seasons. There will be a trade off between heat and log thickness. This range is a good balance between heat costs and budget costs of the actual log cabin. Regardless you will need to add insulation to the roof and floor.

58mm thick logs – These are ‘proper buildings’ as I call them. A great middle of the road between the 70mm and this size. A VERY strong and sturdy building with high thermal capacity. If I was picking a building with a serious all year around use this is the one to go for. You will though need to add insulation to the floor and roof.

Please see this page for my advice on insulation in the floor and roof of a log cabin

Above 70mm – this is the very best size for full time accommodation all the way up to 120mm. This is a serious log cabin for housing purposes but at this level you may encounter problems with building regulations and planning permission, please contact us for our advice. Anything above the Edelweiss Log Cabin may cause you problems with planning and regulations.

Log Cabin Use

It’s amazing and fascinating how these customers have put these log cabins to use, if you would not mind, please, also send me pictures of what you have used yours for, for others to enjoy.