Jos Corner Log Cabin

Our very kind customer, Mr W initially reviewed our Jos Corner Log Cabin:


An excellent experience – the ordering process, communication and delivery are brilliant. The delivery driver was very accommodating and placed the large package exactly where needed, and I might add with great skill! I’ve only just started sorting out the various bits and pieces whilst waiting for more favourable weather and I am struck very much by the excellent quality of all the components. I can’t wait to get going with the build and I’ll submit a further review and some photos then. Keep up the good work Tuin – very impressed!

Mr W then sent in a follow up review with pictures of his journey with his log cabin, I have copied it below word for word:

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An excellent experience – the ordering process, communication and delivery were brilliant. The delivery driver was very accommodating and placed the large package exactly where needed, and I might add with great skill!

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I’ve only just started sorting out the various bits and pieces whilst waiting for more favourable weather and I am struck very much by the excellent quality of all the components.

March

Managed, in between showers, to extend an existing shed base using paving slabs and getting it as level as possible. I think this part  and setting out the foundation beams absolutely square are critical to ensure a trouble-free build.

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Foundation beams in place and getting everything square……

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Laying the first few logs (easy-peasy)!

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Not a bad idea to keep the door frame in line and vertical and build up to this. as due to its weight it could be a bit tricky to drop it in afterwards especially if you are building single-handedly as I was. Also, I levelled the foundation beams using wooden wedges. The small gaps under the foundation beams were later filled with expanded foam.

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As the cabin was occupying a corner of the garden and two of the sides would be inaccessible after the build, I decided to paint the rear of these as I installed them……

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The structure goes up very quickly.

The roof looks daunting but as the timbers are already cut and chamfered it’s really quite straightforward……it’s at this point you’ll discover how square everything is. If things aren’t quite square the whole structure can be man-handled. The positions of the roof timbers will make obvious any ‘jiggling’ that is needed.

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Now the roof boards go on ( I used 3″ decking screws rather than the supplied nails).

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At this point I realised that the window frames are easily removed for painting the logs by unscrewing the internal parts of the frame (just 6 screws). This also allowed me to paint the window frames separately in the relative comfort of indoors.

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Although not really necessary I decided to staple a waterproof membrane to the roof panels as an underlay for the shingles.

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Test fitted the windows and door, I then disassembled them to paint the individual beadings. Meanwhile started the floor. Again, very straight-forward. A nice touch here is to include a plastic membrane under the joists and then some insulation – in this case 50mm Jablite in between the joists.

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Ready for the floor boarding now…….

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I put a 2mm gap between boards to allow for expansion…

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Supplied skirting boards fitted.

Nearly there!

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A view of the IKO shingles. I made my own version of the ‘hips’. Also used a 150mm painted steel post cap at the apex of the roof.

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Have spent the last couple of weeks building it and I am absolutely delighted with my Jos cabin which is now completed. The only minor hitch I encountered was a couple of warped roof timbers. I contacted Tuin who responded very quickly and replaced them within 2 days without any quibble – impressive! 

 And here is the finished job complete with porch light and home-spun window boxes.

Completed Jos 28m corner log cabin

Completed Jos 28m corner log cabin

Many thanks for an excellent product – if only I had a bigger garden, I’d build another! 

Keep up the good work Tuin – very impressed!

Thank you Mr W for sending this in. These pictorial reviews really help other people decide if they can install themselves. It also gives different ideas such as you roof cap and own made flower boxes, very nice!

If anyone would like to send in pictures and a story we always offer further discounts on products, presents and in some cases a cheque.

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.

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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.

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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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Base foundation done.

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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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Caught in the act!!

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

Tuin Emma Corner Log Cabin Review

The Emma corner log cabin has proved to be very popular in the UK this year, 40mm, double glazed and a low roof height. Some customers very kindly send in their reviews with pictures. This is lovely for us to see and learn from and it also helps future customers and generally gives people more confidence to carry out their own install.


Mrs Rachel M’s review:

My husband was adamant our back garden was too small to house a log cabin and it does look pretty small in this picture , but with careful replanting of a well established Yucca and Hebe, and choosing the Emma corner log cabin, I think we’ve got away with it.

The hardest part by far was the preparation for the base as our garden sloped upwards so had to remove tons of earth and house bricks! We also misjudged the size so had to extend it with block paving at the last minute. The delivery of the cabin was on time and went relatively smooth only our driveway was too small so we had to unload it all from the public pathway which took about 45 minutes.

Once we got started on the actual build it took us about 10 hours not including the shingles, I managed those on my own the day after and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I put 50mm insulation beneath the shingles and the flooring but my husband insisted we had to go out and buy thicker floor beams so as not to ‘crush’ the insulation. This seemed like a waste of money as I had asked Tuin’s advice on this but they were only a few pounds each so I relented, but we now have a shed full of wooden beams which I will not be throwing away!

There were plenty of logs in the flooring pack and my husband did a great job cutting and laying them, and after putting a bit of skirting around he made nice neat ends for my windowsills.

The treatment of the cabin was a bind. I put 2 coats of wood treatment on the inside and out, 2 coats of knotting solution on the outside, 2 coats of VERY expensive paint on the outside, 3 coats of white around the windows and roofline and 2 coats of varnish on the inside walls and flooring. The worst part was the cross sections on the windows, very frustrating as you cannot get the paint round the other side so you can see bare wood from the inside.

We have had electrics put in and I’ve made a path leading to the cabin and now I think it makes my garden look beautiful and I love it. We are still deciding what to use it for but we’ve just bought a workmate to help us make use of all the extra wood we have.

All in all we have had a great experience with this product and would definitely recommend Tuin.

Rachel M

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Base being dug out

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Paving slabs on a bed of sand and cement.

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Trench being dug for the electric armoured cable.

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Delivery package at the end of the drive as the drive was too small for the Moffett forklift to gain access

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Laying the first log on the standard foundation beams

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Door frame located and window logs are being put in

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Windows slotted in to place

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Roof rafters fitted

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The Emma Corner Log Cabin taking shape

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Roof boards have been fitted

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Roof insulation fitted between the roof boards and the felt shingles

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Floor insulation put in between floor joists with damp proof membrane below.

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The finished floor and skirting complete with detailing on the window sill and electrical system

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The finished Emma corner log cabin

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Thanks you Rachel for your review and pictures, I hope you enjoy the present we sent you as a thank you.

Other customers buildings posts and thoughts:

 

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:

 

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.

Asmund Log Cabin Review – Mr Francis

Some of our customers a lovely people and we love these people, it makes business such a pleasure. Mr Francis is one of these people and has sent us in this great review of his Asmund ‘Man Cave’ log cabin:


Ha ha, how funny…. Currently sat in my Tuin log cabin (aka the man cave) watching a movie via the projector and full cinema sound system…. When an email popped in inviting me to write a review…..

My wife recently asked me “will you be spending any time in the house” ummmmm no…. I quite like it in here….

I bought the 3m x 3m Asmund log cabin with optional floor, which we installed in the bottom of our garden where it was pretty much dead space. Home office and family movie room was the plan and I have used it every day since it has been watertight! I’m an early riser and will often be out here at 4ish in the morning, fan heater on, cup of coffee and I get to watch the world wake up through the generously proportioned windows.

Construction was pretty easy, I had to put a few calls into the Tuin team to clarify bits and pieces, they were a great support.

The “ultimate flat pack” arrived and for once, I held my horses and read and then re-read the construction tips. It is a very, very good idea to photocopy the plans onto single A4 sheets, laminate and tape them together with the overview sketch of the cabin in the middle (to keep in mind what the finished article should look like) and each wall taped on the side of the paper representing where the actual wall is, this way you have “perspective” and can 3d model in your mind.

Laminated Log Cabin plans

Laminated Log Cabin plans

Lay the associated bits for each wall in their own piles…. It makes life a lot easier.

I bought water, rather than solvent based decking treatment from screw fix. Prevents dryrot and all the other stuff… It enabled me to paint the boards as they went on… So every square mm of wood, including the tongue and grooves before being placed together has at least one coating of preservative….

Single handed Asmund log cabin build

Single handed Asmund log cabin build

I put the thing together single handed…. Fitting the roof beams was fun, but some clever thinking with a step ladder, washing pole and some clamps got the job done, you just have to be patient and creative! 

Creative log cabin building for those on their own.

Creative log cabin building for those on their own.

It is such a nice place to be, fits together lovely, doors flush in the frame, windows easy to operate, the floor has been sat on insulation board and I am planning for a log burner to be installed

Stunning at night!

Stunning at night!

I have now hidden the cables for the 12v lighting! 

Hidden electric cables

Hidden electric cables

 Family have to ring to enter the man cave! 

Ring for entry into the man cave!

Ring for entry into the man cave!

 Running the electrics and network cable…. Got the armoured cable myself, laid it and then had an electrician terminate the ends and certify it.

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A nice place to be….!

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Recycled desk made from the pallet the log cabin was shipped on and left over floor boards! Get creative….

Recycled Pallet form the Log cabin delivery!

Recycled Pallet form the Log cabin delivery!

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Movie night in the man cave!

It was a lot of fun building it, very easy and it is paying dividends now!

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Thank you Mr Francis, you’ve definitely won one of our goody boxes. Enjoy your ‘Man Cave’ Asmund Log Cabin.

New Corner Bench

The range from Tuindeco is enormous and encompasses everything you could need for your garden, so much so that I keep missing products.  Embarrassingly I missed this lovely gem from the latest Tuindeco catalogue.

The new teak Corner Bench, The oxford

The new teak Corner Bench, The oxford

I did actually see this piece when I was last in Holland a month ago and remember how lovely it was.  Pre Oiled teak hardwood and very unusual in that it is a bench for corner locations allowing up to four people to sit in comfort.

Here’s a few close ups:

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The bench measures 1.50m square and is 0.91cm in height.  As well as the cushions the bench is also available with an optional, matching coffee table.