Zutphen Log Cabin Tuin Review

Stuart ….. ‘The log cabin builder extraordinaire’ as he now refers to himself was kind enough to send in this story of his journey with his new building.  This is the Zutphen Modern Log Cabin with a 28mm Log Cabin Annexe fitted to the side

Stuart wrote:


Here’s our ‘journey’ hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as we enjoyed our ‘Tuin experience’
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So this is before, as you can see we don’t have the biggest garden in the world all i can say is measure twice.!!
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We read all about the importance of the base from your website ..full of good advice.We made sure the base was perfectly level beforehand.
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Delivered using a portable forklift made it very easy

Delivered using a forklift made it very easy

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Log cabin package wrapped in plastic

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The delivery arrived on time and christian our driver was extremely helpful and a master of the forklift truck….

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As you can see stuart was very happy ……and a handshake to say thank you
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 All stacked and ready to start..
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Tea break..
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Roof going on ….no problem !
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and felted ..all in a day’s work.
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Day 2 ..wood treated and extra storage built on.
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Installed, treated and ready to work on the inside …almost finished.
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Steel profile sheet then  foam blocks on top for added insulation with inch ply boards on top.
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Finished floor with electrics installed as well.
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Tools needed for the carpet which went down a treat
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Time for a relax and a cup of tea !!
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Completed!

Finished!

Stuart went on to say:

It is such a pleasure  to deal with a company which has morals and high values, so often these days this is not the case so anything we can do to spread the word is our pleasure.
 
We have of course already told everyone who will listen about our cabin experience so it will be good to spread the word even further.
 In fact as you pointed out so few people actually take the time to reply or provide any feedback, when we were looking at your website the thing we found most useful was looking in the gallery and at your straight talking blog at the cabins that people have already installed

 

Thank you Stuart …’Log Cabin builder extraordinaire’ we love seeing our customer progress through the journey. We hope you have a great summer with your new building and hope the camera and offers were well received.

For all Customer pictorial reviews please see this page: Tuin Customer Blog Reviews

Tuin Review – Jos Corner Log Cabin

We love customer reviews, they help other people so much especially with their choice of bases. Mr W has a cracking solution for our Jos Log Cabin (named after my wife) This is his review word for word:


The order process was easy and very efficient. The money wasn’t taken until the week of the delivery.

Delivery
When I ordered the cabin I didn’t realised it was coming all the way from Holland on a massive lorry. The driver / delivery man was very nice and parked at the end of our road and used his forklift truck to deliver the 10 foot pallet onto the drive with accurate precision.

Unpacking / instructions
My aim was to move all the parts from the drive to the back garden as quickly as possible…..This was a job in itself there was a lot more than I thought after unpacking everything. And it took a few journeys back and forth. Not one piece was damaged and was all packaged very well.

Building
I decided to construct a wooden foundation to build the cabin on, as I wanted it to be slightly off the ground and didn’t want the expense and hassle of laying a concrete foundation. So after a lot of consideration I decided to use concrete blocks on a 2 inch bed of hardcore, each cut into the ground and levelled to each other. I then constructed with 100mm x 47mm timber. These were laid on their side as we thought the step into the cabin would be to high. I added more concrete blocks than originally planned to take up any flex. I then lifted the whole structure up and laid a damp proof membrane on top of the blocks. Each block had a damp course strip added to make sure the membrane didn’t tear.

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This whole foundation structure was constructed as per Tuin’s emailed dimensions. The very minimum the base must be is 2.3m x 2.3m. I recommend creating a square and then cutting off the corner once the building is installed. This I did.

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Once the foundation is done the walls all lock together and the building seems to go up in no time.

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The windows and doors are floating and just drop in place and then you build the remaining logs around them.

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As the cabin was to be built right into a corner with no access, once built to the back, I painted all the logs before building.

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The blue base membrane at the bottom of the cabin in this picture has now been covered with some of the waste packaging, and painted. The dense foundation blocks are going to be covered with slate chippings.

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The Cuprinol paint covers and goes on extremely well, the end product only needed two coats and looks amazing.

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On top of the timber base I added the floor timbers laid in the opposite direction as the base timbers, I then added 50mm Jablite in between the joists then floor boards on top.

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I plan to do a similar thing to insulate the roof adding a breathable membrane first then Jablite and then plasterboard, the walls will have a similar job done small stud wall frame not fixed to the timbers, then run the electric cable through timber, Jablite between them then plasterboard on top.

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Finished product

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Painted in Cuprinol shades willow and antique cream around the door and window frames.

Lots of other work has also been done around the rest of the garden over the last couple of weeks, so haven’t finished the inside off yet but hope to get it all done asap.

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And as this is somewhere to do work from home we have a name for it part shed, part office….

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I am extremely happy with Tuin, the whole experience and end product.

Cheers Steve W

Mr W, thank you for taking the time to write this, for customers seeing the install and the base options  does help greatly. I encourage everyone to install themselves and your review I’m sure will inspire others.

I hope you enjoy the gifts we sent you and if you need anything else in the future please email me and I will offer you a nice discount.

For all Customer pictorial reviews please see this page: Tuin Customer Blog Reviews

Daniel Log Cabin Feature

On the Daniel Corner Log Cabin product page, we like to give you the nitty gritties of the product in terms of dimensions, technical installation tips and the best feature of said product.

But, on this page we let our previous customers voice their opinion on the Daniel Log Cabin and let them show you their thoughts, ideas and pictures! We may also have our team input why they desire that particular product too, so here goes..

Daniel Corner Log Cabin

A five sided log cabin measuring 2.6m x 2.6m

The Daniel is designed to fit into any corner. Manufactured using 28mm interlocking wall logs and complete with single door and two opening windows. The Daniel is a customer favourite for a summerhouse. The Pyramid roof creates an integral porch to provide shelter over the entrance to the cabin.

Reviews:

With all of these features, you can really see why we love the Daniel and our customers agree too- with an average customer rating of five stars. Here are a few excerpts from some of the many Daniel Log Cabin Reviews:

“My recent purchase of the Daniel Log Cabin was the second log cabin I have purchased from Tuin. The cabin was generally very easy to erect, with the walls taking about half a day and the roof, which is a pyramid shape and a little more fiddly and time consuming, taking about a day. The quality of the cabin is of excellent quality and it looks really good.” -Mr. C Copeman 

“The quality is first class and every piece of wood fitted together like a glove. A rubber mallet is required to get a really tight fit.With the help of a friend we had it fully constructed up to roof level in a day. The following day the shingles were fitted. Everything was quality.” – Ron

“The log cabin summerhouse arrived in flat pack form exactly as promised and on time. The driver called in advance and we off loaded the pallet safely onto the drive. Construction was fun and quite fast with some help and it fits perfectly in the corner of our garden. Once it is painted, insulated and furnished my wife plans to use it as an office at home, especially in the summer.” Mr. P Westwood

Installation:

The installation for the Daniel Log Cabin is a simple process, so long as you keep organised. You can find loads of information in order to be fully prepared for installing your Log Cabin on the Essential Installation Manual as well as plenty of other Log Cabin Fitting Tips throughout the blog, from our expert (practically), Richard.

Here is one of our favourite installation sets of images:

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Installed:

And when installed and treated/painted… Its just a showstopper… Here are just a few of our favourite customer installs:

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Videos:

We have also received a few videos, so you can experience the Daniel Log Cabin from all angles, simply click on one below to start watching:

Customer Pictures:

If you would like to see more photo’s from customers please click on the picture below – Note: This will take you to our customers photo gallery hosted by Google Photos. Pictures may show older models or customer own modifications.

Daniel Log Cabin Customer Gallery

An extremely popular Log Cabin, picked by customers and reviewed by customers. The 28mm log thickness is ideal for use of a summerhouse.

Daniel Corner Log Cabin

A five sided log cabin measuring 2.6m x 2.6m

For more details such as measurements and the breakdown of what comes within the self build kit, please look at the Daniel Log Cabin product page.

If the Daniel isnt quite right for your garden. You’ll probably find the solution in the Emma Log Cabin Feature.

Asmund Corner Log Cabin Build

We do have some lovely customers who keep in touch following their purchase. We actively encourage this and we do send presents as it helps future customers so much encouraging them that fitting log cabins is straightforward.


This is Mr L’s finished building:

The Asmund corner log cabin, this is our best selling log cabin at the moment. We also have a 40mm double glazed version called the Emma.

The Asmund corner log cabin, this is our best selling log cabin at the moment. We also have a 40mm double glazed version called the Emma.

This was Mr L’s original review for the Asmund Corner Log Cabin:

Looked locally and online for a suitable building to enhance our garden. On finding the Tuin website I was immediately impressed. Virtually all of the answers to any technical questions I had were already there and those that weren’t were answered on the telephone in simple terms easy to understand.

The Asmund Corner Log Cabin fitted our needs and ordering on line was easy. Delivery was quick, Monday afternoon 4pm, 6 working days and the driver easily unloaded the palleted cabin exactly where I wanted it placed on our driveway. Slight problem was; right cabin wrong order! Foundation logs were different and no optional floor, however the driver made a call and I spoke to a very nice understanding lady who apologised profoundly and the floor arrived on the Wednesday exactly when promised.

The supplied instructions for the erection of the cabin are simple and mostly adequate and in conjunction with the video and notes on the website are easy to follow, although The Asmund is slightly different from the corner cabin shown being erected on the website. However one has to take ones time and follow the supplied plans to the letter, especially when constructing the roof beams which are of different lengths and need to be correctly erected. Some trimming of the roof boards also needs to be done nearer the apex to fit correctly. The installation manual is in Dutch, English and German, basic, but as said adequate for the build. The plans are on 6 A4 Sheets which I found easier to laminate for handling, 

Erection of the Asmund is really simple once the foundation base is in place squared and level. Although it can be built by one person it is better if there are two, my wife and I both retired and nearing 70 put together the sides and fitted the roof beams in under 3 hours only stopping until the light faded due to time of year.

Fitting the roof boards took a little longer due to not being as agile as we used to be when climbing on the roof.

The Cabin structure has now been built and am very pleased with the build. Unfortunately rain has stopped work and I still need to fix the shingles lay the floor and coat with preservative to finish.

Despite a mix up with the order I am very pleased with Tuin, I have found them to be a professional caring company who put the customer first.

Their website is full of practical tips and the quality of their log cabins is A1. So glad I came across their site and have no hesitation in recommending Tuin to anyone.

I have taken a series of photographs throughout the build which will submit once finalised.

Very kindly Mr L followed up his review recently with a series of pictures:

My wife and I are so pleased with the quality of our Asmund Log Cabin. It has enhanced the corner of our garden where our neighbours Leylandi hedge had died back and will be a great asset when entertaining family and friends in the garden. The quality of the cabin and the service in ordering and delivery is second to none. The cabin has been a talking point with our friends and I have passed on your company details to several of our neighbours.

I am pleased that the Photographs sent are of help to you. I have no objection if you wish to use them in one of your blog posts

A redundant corner location in Mr L's Garden

A redundant corner location in Mr L’s Garden

A perfectly made base.

A perfectly made base.

Mr L has the plastic foundation beams. This picture shows them installed very well following the perimeter of the cabin. At this point remember to check everything is square, especially the door frame.

Mr L has the plastic foundation beams. This picture shows them installed very well following the perimeter of the cabin. At this point remember to check everything is square, especially the door frame.

The door and window frames for the Asmund Corner log Cabin are now being added

The door and window frames for the Asmund Corner log Cabin are now being added by Mr L

Further logs have been added including the top logs which now start to key in all the walls.

Further logs have been added including the top logs which now start to key in all the walls.

Roof purlins have now been added.

Roof purlins have now been added.

The doors have been added as well as the roof boards. The roof boards do take some time.

The doors have been added as well as the roof boards. The roof boards do take some time.

Mr L and his wife have now fitted the roof shingles.

Mr L and his wife have now fitted the roof shingles.

The completed Asmund log cabin. Please also see Mr L has fitted a finial.

The completed Asmund log cabin. Please also see Mr L has fitted a finial.

To complete the building Mr L also fitted one of our Log Cabin Finials, his review of this said:

Like other customers, when I purchased the Asmund cabin I thought the finial was an unnecessary item and expense. However on completion found that the finish on the apex of the roof was not quite as pleasing to the eye as I would have liked. Ordered the Finial, delivered by Royal Mail the next day, fitted easily with silicon, adding to the look and finish of the building. Well made of strong painted metal with the brass ball adding the finishing touch. Seems expensive but well worth the extra outlay.

Thank you Mr L, I hope you enjoy your cabin for many years and also enjoy the presents we have sent you.

You may be also interested in other customers buildings posts and thoughts:

 

Sigrid Log Cabin – Mr H

Always a favourite post of mine is when it’s direct from a customer and his own building and experience. This is Mr H’s Sigrid Log Cabin with a Side Shed storage area and his build and experience, Mr H wrote today:

Rather that just complete the web review form I thought I would include some pictures of the shed build in my review.

The shed arrived excellently packed and carefully delivered by the helpful driver. Once unpacked (a lengthy process having to take all the parts through the house) and laid out on the lawn in a logical fashion. The actual build of the shed was very simple and quick it took myself and my brother in-law a day to have the shed up and the roof joists in place and by the second day the roof was fitted just awaiting shingling. The shingling took me on my own a full day but all in all the shed was completed over 2 weekends. The wood was of excellent quality and the each log fitted extremely well. The only downside was the construction of the main door that was a bit head scratcher as the CAD plans are not the greatest and as an Automotive engineer I spent a lot of time looking at CAD.

Overall the Log Cabin is excellent value for money, extremely well made and easy to put together I would thoroughly recommend it, all of my neighbours have commented on how good it looks. The Tuin team was also extremely helpful responding to emails very quickly even weekends.

Parts all laid out and foundation beams down on the concrete base covered by the damp proof membrane

Sigrid log cabin foundation beams and first layer of logs on top of a DPM

Sigrid log cabin foundation beams and first layer of logs on top of a DPM

First 3 layers down and shed door frame in (Dog helper) checking out the foundation beams

The build progresses with the shed door frame in place.

The build progresses with the shed door frame in place.

Nearly at roof height about to fit the office door.

The door at the corner of the log cabin is about to go in.

The door at the corner of the log cabin is about to go in.

Roof T&G going on

The tongue and groove 18mm roof boards are placed into position and nailed to the roof joists

The tongue and groove 18mm roof boards are placed into position and nailed to the roof joists

Roof complete –  We got to this stage by 1600hrs on the Sunday just before the light began to fade.

Roof boards all fixed and the log cabin is complete except the roof shingles.

Roof boards all fixed and the log cabin is complete except the roof shingles.

Shingles on this took me a Saturday to complete.

Roof shingles being competed

Roof shingles completed

And one final picture of the completed shed in its fresh coat of paint.

Final Sigrid og cabin all finished!

Final Sigrid log cabin all finished!

Thank you very much for this post Mr H, It always makes my job nicer when we get feedback such as this. Most of the time we never hear from customers again and this is very much appreciated.

If you have one of our buildings or a possibly considering one we love feedback and if you would like to write a short post we will of course send you presents as a thank you.

You may be also interested in other customers buildings posts and thoughts:

Dagmar Log Cabin Inspiration

These are my most favourite posts and this time I will not even make comments as the pictures speak for themselves.  I LOVE customer feedback – Mr Staveley wrote to me earlier today:


“I bought a log cabin from you in the middle of last year, thought you might like to see the build slide show, attached.
 
I thought you may be interested as I am 79 and apart from a friend helping me with the roof boards I built in all myself.  Shows that if a 79 year old can build it anyone can!
 
Having seen our cabin two people have bought from you ……”
 

I very much enjoyed seeing these pictures …. an inspiration of what can be accomplished with vision and some hard work. This is our Dagmar Corner Log Cabin and Mr Staveley’s journey to complete it.

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The final finished Dagmar corner log cabin after so much work, inspiration and time

The final finished Dagmar corner log cabin after so much work, inspiration and time

A really amazing journey and transformation, I love seeing these pictures and the story built around it. We’ve sent Mr Staveley an option of various gifts as a thank you, I think he may opt for the lLog cabin planters but regardless I thank the gentleman greatly for making my job a little more worthwhile and enjoyable.

I especially loved that Mr Staveley has perhaps taken some ideas from my Timber frame base idea for log cabins.

Petit Log Cabin Review

I have today received a really in depth and useful review from Mr Rob Withers who has been very kind in spending time writing and illustrating this. There are good points, some not so good ones but it is a well written and an honest appraisal of Mr Withers thought process, findings and journey from the conception to the installation and finished building of the Petit Log Cabin

Mr Withers also made some small modifications to enhance the log cabin as well as opt for different foundations to those we supply. It all makes sense and there are some good points in here for prospective log cabin purchasers either from Tuin or elsewhere:

Dear Richard

Thank you for the excellent service and;

Initial thoughts.

I wanted to find a suitable attractive timber building for my wife who creates flower and floristry arrangements as a hobby. She wanted to have somewhere to store all her equipment and flowers, and as it can be a messy job, a cosy but useful working place on the patio with easy access from the house.

I had a very large leylandii tree against the boundary at the edge of the patio that was in need of removing. I decided to give some thought to removal of this tree and utilise the otherwise open space by providing her with a small log cabin. After further consideration and investigation into the type, design, specification and size of log cabins, I decided to go ahead with the plan, this would prompt me to have the tree removed and at the same time keep my wife very happy. A win-win situation.

But what type of cabin should I buy?

Having had the tree removed and made the paving made good, I was left with an available area on the patio of about 2.0m x 2.0m. I didn’t want to encroach on the space previously enjoyed but just use the available space gained by removing the tree.

I particularly wanted a corner cabin, as in my opinion they look very attractive, having a pitched roof, canted corner doorway and side windows. The door is sheltered from the rain and with its half glazing, allows plenty of natural light into the cabin as do the two side opening windows.

Most cabins that I looked at were larger than the size I wanted but after searching numerous sites, I found the perfect cabin on the Tuin website. The Petite cabin although only 1.8m x 1.8m max, is surprisingly roomy inside and has good eaves and ridge height, with a wide door opening. A perfect size for the space available.

Before purchase, I contacted Tuin for detailed plans and they e-mailed me back with a floor plan and elevation details complete with all dimensions. This was extremely useful. When you have these details to hand before making the purchase it is important to do the following:-

1) Set out the cabin footprint on the ground to see exactly what size the cabin will be       and the most suitable position to site it.

2) Ensure that your cabin will be placed on a suitable, stable and level surface.

3) Check the finished height at ridge and eaves level against boundary walls/fencing         or other buildings.

4) Check the overhang of the roof and any other clearance needed between the protruding/interlocking edges of the cabin and any boundary. Remember to allow room for painting upon completion.

Having carried out these preliminary tasks, I talked this through with my wife and we decided to go ahead and order the Petit Log Cabin from Tuin.

.Making the Purchase

The decision was made on a Sunday afternoon and after exchange of e-mails with Richard the order was placed and confirmation received, which was all very reassuring. Some days after I was able to arrange a convenient delivery date. I can also confirm that at this stage no payment had been taken as Tuin had agreed a date with me to debit my account, which was also very helpful.

Delivery.

A delivery date was agreed and again Tuin were helpful as I had to re-arrange delivery at a later date than first agreed.

Information from Tuin’s delivery department was forwarded before the delivery date and during the day of the delivery. The cabin arrived within the allotted timescale and the driver took his time in unloading the well protected cabin which was sitting on a substantial pallet placed exactly where I wanted it on the driveway. It was surprising how well packaged it came complete with glazed door and windows perfectly protected and wrapped in a polythene cover to protect it from the elements.

Package the Petit Log Cabin Arrives in

The package the Petit log cabin arrives in.

Constructing the cabin

The following tools were required:-

Builders level, hammer, handsaw, carpenters combination square, power drill/screwdriver with torx bit, 13mm spanner, line or string, timber levelling board. tape measure, screwdriver and plastic sheeting for temporary cover.

Tools used during construction of the log cabin

Tools used during construction of the log cabin

(My Note: Please also see the video below for suggested tools)

Siting the cabin – the timber foundation ring beam

It is vital that the cabin sits on a sound and level base preferably on a timber ring beam, which is recommended to be approximately16mm smaller than the external wall dimensions of the cabin. This allows the cabin walls to overhang the ring beam allowing water to run off the sidewalls clear of the base. Three long pieces of treated 75mm x 50mm were delivered with the cabin to use as a ring beam, but I wanted to keep the cabin logs at least 100mm from ground level. I purchased four 100mm x 100mm timber fence posts to use instead. This size of timber meant that the weight of the cabin would be easily supported and uniformly distributed on the ring beam even in places where the beam was not in contact with the patio paving. It is absolutely essential to ensure that the ring beam is level in both directions.

Our patio sloped away from the house and by placing the timber levelling board  across the paving where the cabin was going to sit; the difference in level was 75mm from front to back and 25mm from side to side. It was therefore necessary to make up this difference in level before the ring beam was put in place. This was achieved by bedding and levelling three 600mm x 300mm x 50mm paving slabs on top of the existing paving slabs at the lower end.

Having cleaned off the paved area and marked out the cabin position with chalk, I placed a weed control fabric over the whole area.

Weed control matting, an excellent idea to stop anything coming through.

Weed control matting, an excellent idea to stop anything coming through.

I cut the two longer timber posts to size, mitred at the corners followed by the two shorter posts, which were cut slightly longer than required. These were cut and mitred later, when I could see the exact size of the canted door opening.

Having stapled a damp course membrane to the underside of the posts to protect them from surface water from the patio, I placed them in position on the paving and when satisfied they were level all round, screwed them together and checked for square. Use either a builders square or measure across corner to corner dimensions.

This is also a very good idea.

This is also a very good idea and can be stapled on or use the felt roof tack nails. Using DPC also helps to create a seal between the base and the timber being used as a foundation.

It is well worth taking the time making the effort to set out and install the timber ring beam as it provides a solid and level base upon which to construct the cabin, ensuring that it will be horizontal and upright and stay that way in the future. It is also reduces assembly time and ensures the future longevity of cabin.

Setting out the base for the Petit Log Cabin

Mr Withers Setting out the base for the Petit Log Cabin and ensuring it is 100% level in both planes

Mr Withers checking the opposite plans to make sure everything is entirely level

Mr Withers checking the opposite plans to make sure everything is entirely level. Mr Withers is using his own foundation beams, the purpose of these is to keep the bottom log away from ground contact.

However, if the area where the cabin is to be placed is already level and able to support the load, it would be acceptable to sit the cabin on the 75mm x 50mm timbers supplied. I note that Tuin supply various pressure treated, hardwood and plastic profiled drainage beams as an optional extra, and it may be worthwhile to invest in these if the cabin base is in close proximity to the ground.

Placing the logs – building the cabin

Tuin supply an instruction sheet and drawings that identify the numerous components and the order in which they are to be placed on the foundation and these parts are easily identifiable.

The placing of the 28mm logs commenced and continued up to window cill height, a relatively straightforward and pleasant operation. Logs lock together reasonably easily but use a hammer or mallet and the short installation block supplied to gently tamp down each log to ensure that the tongue and groove is a good fit along each length and corner joints are engaged correctly.

As Mr Withers writes, it will be necessary to use a mallet to tamp down the logs as the joints can be quite tight.

As Mr Withers writes, it will be necessary to use a mallet to tamp down the logs as the joints can be quite tight.

The window height to the right hand side of the doorway cannot be altered but the left hand window can be lowered if required. I fitted both windows at the same height as per the drawing, which is in line with the head of the door frame.

The windows should be placed into position at this stage together with the two door pole uprights at the door frame opening but do not fix these as they have to be positioned against the door frame before it is screwed into position.  Assemble the door frame by gluing and screwing the head and cill to the jambs with the screws provided, and place on one side for fitting later. The cabin does not have a projected cill section so I purchased a piece of 125mm x 40mm timber and made my own, screwing it to the bottom edge of the door frame. In my opinion, this looks aesthetically better but displaces the water away from the door.

Mr Withers enhancement modification with a cill.

Mr Withers enhancement modification with a cill.

At this stage check that the logs are level and both uprights at the door opening are vertical in both directions. Complete the assembly to eaves level. Place the door frame in position adjusting the height of the frame if necessary by a packing underneath it.  Position the door poles tight up against the door frame, leaving an equal margin either side between the door poles and frame on the outside face and screw the uprights to the inside of the door poles and door frame. This fixes the door frame into position. Offer up the door to ensure that the opening is square and that the door will fit correctly. The door is best left until the structure is completed to save any damage to the glazing whilst constructing the roof. Complete the foundation ring by adding the fifth short timber section beneath the door opening. I used 50mm thick timber for this section.

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Mr Withers completing the main ring section. As he mention in his review, where possible keep to door until last as this gives you room to move and saves and inadvertent damage if hit with tools or ladders/

It is now possible to fit the triangular section (soffit) above the doorway, but check it is square before fitting. I positioned this 20mm above the bottom edge of the log. It can be fitted after completing the roof but access is easier at this stage.

Constructing the roof

An adequate scaffold is required when fitting the roof timbers in order to work safely to complete the roof timbers (rafters) and boarding.

(My Note: Fitters will often use platforms erected either side for ease but much of the roof board installation can take place from a stepladder. Bigger building will require a working platform.)

Take time to familiarise yourself with the component parts of the roof. Each rafter is cut to exact length and individually mitred to fit together at the apex. Fit the four rafters that are located midway along each side first. Each of the top logs has a pre-drilled hole to take the coach screws (lag bolts) that hold these rafters in position.  At this point it was necessary to seek assistance of a friend to hold each rafter in place whilst drilling a 3mm pilot hole and driving the coach screws into the rafter using a 13mm spanner. The final four rafters can then be placed into position at each corner and fastened at the eaves and apex.

The roof boarding was packaged in four bundles each length mitred at both ends. Commence by installing the first (longest length) to each side of the cabin, these boards overhang the cabin to form a soffit. With hindsight I should have removed the groove from the first board as it proved difficult to fit the fascia board (noted as the eaves board in the materials list) later on. It was also necessary to cut some of the roof boards to length prior to fixing them as they were too long. To finish off the roof the fascia boards were fitted to the soffit boarding.

I purchased four additional lengths of 20mm x 30mm timber to attach to the top of the fascia board to form an extension and provide increased overhang for the roof covering.

Finally, the whole roof area was covered permanently with an approved sarking felt  to protect the timber, prior to fitting the shingles which were laid on top of the felt.

Fitting the Shingles

To ensure correct information about the installation it was necessary to contact the manufacturers IKO Technical Services. (My Note: This should not be necessary as all information can be found here: https://www.tuin.co.uk/IKO-Felt-Shingles.html including instructional videos) They were most helpful and mailed me a technical guide for the installation, which I read in conjunction with the information from Tuin. The first course of shingles, the starting course, is fitted slightly overhanging the eaves with the cut-outs facing upwards. This provides a length of straight material along the entire edge of the roof. The second course is laid over the starting course, cut-outs facing down, to provide a double thickness at the eaves. It is important to stagger the shingles so that the straight joint between each length of shingle is overlapped by the shingle above it.

This proved to be a straightforward process. The only addition made was to fit an undercloak material at the eaves (obtainable from most builders merchants/timber suppliers) to support the overhanging edge of the shingles. This consists of a cementatious weatherproof board cut to 100mm in width and laid onto the eaves/ fascia boarding along each edge of the roof.

Finally, I fitted a timber finial at the ridge, purchased from the decking section of a DI Y store

The floor construction

An optional timber floor is available from Tuin but I decided to fit a suspended timber floor. This consisted of 100mm x 50mm joists, purchased from the local timber merchants; these were housed over and fastened to the ring beam at 450mm centres and sixteen lengths of 1.8m tongue and groove floor boarding sufficient to complete the floor.

Mr Withers floor construction.

Mr Withers floor construction.

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This is a very good structure for the floor and an excellent use of a damp proof membrane curled up and the edges.

Completion

The final job consisted of fitting the door hinges into the pre-drilled holes in the door and frame. The position of the pre-drilled hole in the door frame for the lower hinge was incorrect and it was necessary to drill a new 7mm hole to locate the hinge into its correct location. The door came supplied with a fitted mortice sashlock and all that was required was to fit the euro cylinder and lever handles. Similarly, the catches for the windows only required the handles to be fitted. The ironmongery was of good quality.

The external and internal door frame trim as supplied was fitted and this together with some purchased 75mm bull nose skirting, completed the job.

In conclusion

This is a well designed and manufactured log cabin, it sets a standard that must be difficult to beat at a most competitive price, The kit contains everything required and only basic skills and tools are needed to build it. The Tuin team were very supportive from the pre-order stage to delivery and are available to answer questions should any questions arise during construction. I am delighted I chose the Petite version of this design as it is amply big enough. This little cabin fulfils all of our needs and I wish I had a spare corner in the garden to construct an additional alternative style from their delightful product range. This product is highly recommended.  Thank you Tuin Team.

 

Mr Withers final completed log cabin.

Mr Withers final completed log cabin.

I very much thank Mr Withers for his time in writing this. Not all was plain sailing and yes with the pyramid roofs there is some mucking about to do on occasions with trimming the roof boards, please expect this. It was interesting how Mr Withers chose to do the base and foundation and his own floor and this is why we try to give you the options. See this post why our floors in log cabins are an option Why pay extra if you don’t need to?

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