Annabel Log Cabin Review

The Annabel Log Cabin is known for its sleek and modern design. Take a look at this customers overview of their installation proccess for the Annabel Log Cabin.


The customer writes as follows

Bought an Annabel Log Cabin in the summer and thankfully the weather was kind and allowed me to get it all up and painted without too much interruption. Overall, very pleased with the cabin – spacious, robust, easy to build and looks great. Delivery was quick even under the Covid problems and the driver was great – he did a great job of getting it down our narrow cul de sac and right up to the top of the driveway which meant I didn’t have so far to carry everything round to the garden. I have added some description and pictures of the build.

This is the site prior to preparation. It had quite a slope on it so needed to remove a lot of soil to get a level starting point. Also had to remove some of the fencing and move another area to give about 50cm clearance all round and have good airflow.

Annabel Base Prep

The site levelled off and ready to dig out the foundations.

Rather than trying to lay a concrete base and struggle to get that flat, I chose to lay concrete foundations (about 200mm deep) and then laid medium density blocks on top to give a level and solid base. You can see the damp course for under the concrete.

Turned out to be relatively straightforward to get the blocks down and level. I used adjacent blocks and checked across to other blocks as I went along to make sure it was completely level all the way round.

Laying the base for the Annabel Log Cabin

I used the composite foundation beams. They are a little tricky as they are not very straight and level but that improves as you build up the walls and some weight comes onto the beams. You just need to nudge them into the right place but when they have enough weight on them so as not to move the overall cabin – I did this when the walls were pretty much complete.

You can see the start of the walls here – just needed to make sure everything was square especially for the first five layers or so. I used a large square but found that measuring the diagonals was the better way. That also helped make sure the space for the door was correct.

Building the walls is really easy – it is just giant Lego! The walls go up really quickly – I had the walls up within half a day. One thing to watch is making sure the wall segments between the windows and door remains vertical and even. That said, when I came to paint the cabin, I took the windows and doors out so it was then easy to nudge them back into place and get them perfect. I used a further layer of damp proof under the foundation beams – probably overkill.

In the second image, this is the cabin fully assembled with the roof and facia boards all in place. I did have to cut some additional blocks to support the facia boards at the front and back to make sure they were strong and rigid. All looking good!

Annabel Log Cabin Installation Process

I used a rubber roof which was easier to lay than I thought. I put a drain in one corner which in hindsight was probably not the best solution – while it drains OK, there is a small pool of water always left. Perhaps a better way would be to fit a gutter at the back to catch the water over the whole width. The rubber comes up the side of the facia boards which are set slightly higher than perhaps normal – and the rubber folds over the facia boards a little. I then used some timber as a capping to firmly hold the rubber at the edges all the way around.

This is the cabin now fully painted and the fencing all back in place to finish it off. Prior to painting I treated the whole cabin – inside and out – with a wood preserver. There were two coats of undercoat and two top coats. I used Sikkens paint throughout – a little expensive but wanted to make sure it was going to be well protected and would last given the investment in time and money. Painting took ages – a full day to paint one coat – was pretty glad when that was finished. I did try using a roller but it wasn’t great at getting into the chamfers between the logs so settled on a brush.

Annabel Log Cabin Painted

I removed the windows, the doors and the door frame which makes both them and the cabin easier to paint. I also used clear varnish on the inside of the cabin to seal it thoroughly.

I then sealed all around the bottom of the cabin with clears builders silicone sealant – between the foundation beams and the foundation and between the foundation beam and the bottom log – and that stops any water from getting through.

Annabel Log Cabin Paint Details

As I live is right on the edge of the Peak district, it is very windy so I took the precaution of fitting the storm braces. We did have a few windy days and nothing moved.

As this is primarily being used as a workshop / storage unit, I opted to use the plywood boards from Tuin – really solid and much cheaper than elsewhere. These were all set on medium density blocks on a concrete foundation which makes them stable and rigid. I also treated each board with wood preserver. If we choose to change the use at some point in the future it would be easy to fit insulation, lay a nicer floor and so on.

I would definitely recommend reading through the instructions and all the helpful advice on the Tuin website before you begin – it made it so much easier as the instructions that come with the cabin are rather limited. Overall, put in the effort to get the foundations right, building the cabin is much more straightforward and quicker than you think, painting was easy but it is a big area so does take some time but the end result is really satisfying. Now just need to sort the rest of the garden but perhaps that’s a job for next summer.


Thank you so much to this customer for this overview of the installation process for their Annabel Log Cabin. A real transformation with a striking colour scheme to match the sleek style of the Annabel.

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Clockhouse Log Cabin Customer Walkthrough

This customer review and walkthrough was certainly a delight to receive, while I will try and do this well thought out structure justice in this blog. All credit goes to Mr M for this detailed walkthrough of his installation of the Clockhouse Log Cabin.


Mr M writes as follows:

This blog is intended for information purposes only and should not be used for formal instruction or standards in anyway. I’ve produced this blog to capture and share some of my ideas in building the Clock House log cabin from Tuin. I am not a qualified builder, electrician, carpenter or any other trade, nor am I an expert in log cabins; this is my first build. I love making things and I consider myself to be a “reasonably competent” DIY’er.

Our requirements

We are a family of four, my wife and I and our two teenage boys, living in a reasonable sized house. We wanted to extend the house to give us more room and some breathing space, but lockdown happened and things changed. My wife and I are fortunate that our jobs remained, but the two of us working from the dining room table is not a viable option in the long term. The house extension was unaffordable for us and too high risk in these uncertain times, so we decided on a garden building of some description.

Some friends recommended Tuin so we made some investigations and sketched out what we wanted. Basically, we had three requirements;

1) Home office for me permanently and a second desk for Elaine and the boys to use
2) Chill out/TV/gaming area
3) Home pub/bar area for socialising

Tuin offer a massive range of options so we sketched out a few layouts and matched these to some Tuin designs. We settled on the Clock House as it was the right size, and looked attractive. We really didn’t want a “box” in the garden.

With the dimensioned plans of the Clock House on the Tuin website, I sketched out a layout as shown below. For reference I use Microsoft Visio for these sort of sketches.

Clockhouse Log Cabin Layout

Layout of Clock House showing plenty of room for home office, pub/bar and chill out spaces

With this settled we then researched all the various options for the project, the main ones detailed below:

A. The base
There is some excellent information on the Tuin website regarding the base options. For me, this is the most important aspect. Get this wrong and you’ll struggle with the build and longevity of the cabin. I decided on a concrete base for three reasons (i) we have a slope in the garden which can be easily dealt with by a bit of digging; (2) I believe concrete is a great way of dealing with damp by the application of damp proof course and damp proof membrane, and (3) I am an old school engineer and wanted a solid structure to build my cabin on!

B. The roof
Easy one this for me. Clock House a nice pitched roof so the shingles option was a no brainer. We opted for the free shingles offer from Tuin.

C. The floor
Lots on information on the website regarding the floor, but fundamentally this choice boils down to affordability and intended use. I plan to use the cabin all year round as my home office. It’s a large structure so, in my mind, the floor should be substantial. I also want to do it once only and have it last for the life of the cabin. I therefore decided the floor options from Tuin were best for us. After a little googling I calculated you can’t buy that quality wood for those prices from a timber merchant, so again the Tuin option was a no brainer. I ended up going for the 25mm floor. Probably overkill for our needs but for an extra few hundred I felt this was worth the peace of mind.

D. Insulation
As we intend to use the cabin all year this was a necessity. Once again the Tuin website provided great information. I decided on 50mm insulation boards for the floor and roof, a damp proof course to go under the foundation beams and a damp proof membrane to lay on top of the concrete base.

Constructing the base

I’m not going into the details of laying a concrete base as I am in no way qualified to do so. There is lots of stuff on the internet on how to do this. My biggest challenge was how to get the base perfectly flat and level as it is quite large at 5.5m x 4m.

I had a load of old decking boards laying around so I selected the straightest and flattest and used these to construct the shuttering. A couple of day’s hard graft digging by hand and laying the shuttering got me to a good position.

Clockhouse Prepping Base

Preparing the base. All done with lots of old wood, some decent hand tools, a long spirit level and plenty of string. Chickens are optional!

It’s really wise to use string as the basis to work out your levels. If you look closely at the picture you can see how I’ve used it. The shuttering is held in place by wooden stakes. Once I was happy with the level I screwed it all together using battens to ensure it wouldn’t move. Next, in went some hard-core. Again I had some old blockwork and patio slabs so I smashed these up and used them as the bottom foundation layer.

Clockhouse Base adding Hard Core

Hard core going in. Be careful not to move the shuttering

Finally, in went the scalpings. I needed approximately 1.5m3 so I ordered 2x1m3 bags. Many wheelbarrows later and lots of tamping by hand with a tamper from Screwfix the base was prepped for the concrete.

Continuing the base adding scalping

Scalping’s in and tamped down hard and flat. Note the re-enforcements to the shuttering I added to ensure no movement when the concrete was poured.

Finally a week later I had the readymix concrete delivered. 3.5m3 all to be borrowed in manually. With the help of two friends and #1 son we did this in approximately 45mins. The next hour was spent levelling and tamping down to a flat smooth surface.

Base Concrete Laying

Pouring, levelling and tamping. Take your time, get it right. There is no going back from here!

Taking Delivery

One week later the log cabin was due for delivery. Slight hitch from the hauliers in they they were a day late. No biggie, just a little frustrating although perfectly understandable during lockdown. The huge articulated lorry arrived. We are lucky in that we live on a quiet road and we have room in our front garden for the drop off of the pallets. They are massive and a little daunting if I’m honest.

Clockhouse Delivery

I checked over the pallets for damage and found a few scrapes and minor splits in a few logs. I took photos just in case but they turned out to be very minor and did not affect the build in any way.
The next task was unpacking and carrying the logs to the back garden. I was staggered at the volume of wood. It took 2 hours to unpack and lay out but by doing this properly it certainly helped the construction. I tried to lay the logs by size and shape, and the order they would be assembled.

Clockhouse Part Checking

Erecting the main structure

Several reads through of the instructions and lots of YouTube videos later I was ready for the build. To be honest, the instructions were not great. I am mechanically minded so I managed to understand them, but I did wonder how non-technically minded folk would fare with this build.

First job was the foundation beams. I’d opted for the black composite beams as opposed to wood. They’ll last forever and they actually look really nice. They were actually quite twisted and bent due to how they were strapped to the pallets but once they were laid out they were easy to straighten with a little pressure.

I spent a good hour positioning the foundation beams the base, measuring the diagonals to ensure they were square then cutting to length. It’s vital these are positioned perfectly, and once done, I laid down the first row of logs. Once happy I carefully lifted them to place the damp proof course underneath. One final measure and I was ready to build.

Clockhouse Foundations Installation

DPM under the foundation beams

Happy with the foundation beams I started the main structure. With the help of #1 son we were up to the final logs within a couple of hours and ready for the gable ends and purlins. So far this was very straightforward. One tip is make sure you install the windows with the way they open in mind as they are left and right handed.

Clockhouse Log Cabin Installation

Up to now, I was really happy. All straightforward and simple and safe to erect. The gable ends and purlins were a different proposition though. With hindsight, I should have borrowed/rented some scaffold of some description. Doing this with ladders was a real challenge and I found it extremely difficult to stop the gable end logs from moving. In the end I used a nail at each to pin them together which helped a lot but was not ideal. The purlins were also slightly twisted which made it even more difficult. On reflection I wonder if the whole gable end structure should have been assembled with screws then installed as one unit?

With all the purlins now in, we were done for the day. No matter how hard I tried I could not get a perfectly straight row of gable end logs. The picture below shows the run out. With some careful persuasion I did rectify it to a degree but I could not get it perfect.

Roof Purlin Installation

Gable end run out which I did improve but only slightly. Main structure all completed. Very pleased!

The Roof

What’s the best way to describe installing the roof? Real hard graft! Simple as that. The Clock House has approximately 120 roof boards. I put 2 nails in each purlin per board. That’s 1200 nails! If you are not used to this sort of work, and I am not anymore, it’s just hard going and very laborious. I had a ladder with a roof hook which was ok but I’ve lost count of the number of times I went up and down that, even with help from #1 son! I did consider hiring a nail gun, but decided not to as that would add an element of rushing to the job, hence more likely to make a mistake. It eventually took a full day to complete nailing the roof boards.

Clockhouse Roof Installation

#1 Son giving me a break nailing the roof boards. The ladder angle looks awful! I think that’s just a photographic effect!

Now for the insulation board and the shingles. This was the most worrying part of the job for me. I’d never laid shingles before and was a little anxious that it would look horrible and I’d be stuck with it for the next 10 years. Lots of internet research that evening and I felt prepared.

First up was the insulation boards. 50mm boards from BuildBase as recommended by my builder friend. Easy job. I purchased 5kg of 65mm clout nails also from BuildBase. To help retain and conceal the boards I used the long planks that made up the pallets the cabin was delivered on! A trim up and a light sanding and they were perfect. My overall plan was that everything other than the main construction and essentials was to be re-cycled so this was a great start!

Insulating the Clockhouse Roof

Insulation boards up and nailed in place. 1 on each corner and 1 in the centre of each board. Note the pallet plank sits nicely to retain the insulation boards.

Now for the shingles. First job was to mark a line for the first row. I used a string line and spent time getting it spot on. The first row went up and looked really good. I found a really good YouTube video from IKO which showed it done really nicely. From there on, it was just a matter of taking my time over each one.

Log Cabin Shingle Installation

Once all the shingles were up I decided on a capping run to really finish it off. Again lots on YouTube here. I looked at lots of pics on the Tuin website and noticed that very few had done this. I think it looks great as once finished you cannot see any nails on the whole roof. Very pro!

Roof Shingle Capping

Cutting the capping shingles was very straightforward. The finished product looks really neat and adds additional protection.

It took me a full 1 ½ days to complete shingles; 2 ½ days for the roof in total. The main challenge was the pitch of the roof is at such an angle that I couldn’t stack anything up there easily. Hard graft and time consuming but I was delighted with the finish.

The floor

Another nailing epic begins! At least I was not working at height. First job was to lay out the floor joists and cut the insulation to fit. This is where the nice flat concrete base was beginning to pay dividends. I’d ordered the 26mm thick flooring from Tuin and for some reason (I think I saw it on a blog somewhere) I was expecting the floor joists to be 70mm. It turned up with the standard joists at 45mm so I had a small problem to overcome as my insulation boards were 50mm thick. To over come this and in the spirit of recycling I decided to cut shims from the shingle offcuts to raise the joists by the required amount. Perfect.

First the damp proof membrane went down. A few quick calculations and I worked out that by running the joists front to back at 500mm spacing’s I’d get a perfectly symmetrical layout with efficient use of the insulation boards. Although Tuin recommend 400mm minimum, in my opinion 500mm is ample for 25mm thick floorboards.

Clockhouse Flooring Installation

Final calculation for the floor was the length of the boards. I wanted a nice symmetrical look so I calculated 3 lengths to align with the joist spacing and leave 10mm clearance around the perimeter. This resulted in the joists being symmetrical to the building when laid staggered. I’ve tried to show this in the following pics. The cuts align beautifully with the door opening to give a really nice finish. I really took my time nailing the boards, aligning the nails to add to the finish. I was well pleased with the result!

Clockhouse Flooring Installation

After pinning the beading around the edges, I was done. I decided to lay the beading flat and used a mitre joint. The floor in total took 1 complete day.
Final task was to seal between the base and the foundation beams as added protection.

The electrics and network

Clockhouse Log Cabin Electrics Installation

Now I was structurally sound and waterproof I could begin the electrics and internet network. I sketched out my plans and had ordered the components so was ready to go. It’s really important to plan this layout carefully. Mine are shown in the following diagrams.

Finishing off

The last few jobs before kitting out and furnishing were treatment of the wood and fitting the Clock House feature. Regarding the treatment, we opted for the Embadecor in Walnut. Three coats on the outside. Looks lovely as you can see.

Clockhouse Treatment And Clocktower Installation

Scaffold is essential to install the Clock House feature. I borrowed one from my local builder friend.

Finally the Clock House feature. There were no instructions for this so I decided to assemble it on the ground and install it using scaffold. Far too heavy for ladders! We fixed it with 3 x 100mm screws at the front just under the eaves on the outside of the cabin, and 1x100m screw at the pack point from the inside of the cabin. This is a really tricky task requiring very careful placement and measurement.

At the time of writing I’m 3 weeks in to the project. I’ve been working from home in the cabin for a whole week now and it’s brilliant. I’ve spent every spare hour on this project but it’s worth it. My first desk is in and I’m constructing the bar from left over floor joists, the delivery pallets and some wood I salved from a recycling yard. A second desk, a sofa, TV and a few pictures and we’re there! But before all that we are going to paint the interior with Embalan timber paint which Tuin kindly swapped for us for the two tins of walnut stain we didn’t use.

Clockhouse Garden Office Finish

Conclusions

The quality of the Tuin product is exceptional, as is the customer service. I would thoroughly recommend them.

The Clock House is quite a complicated build. The roof and Clock House feature do add additional levels of complexity so you might wish to consider this if you are self-building. That said, I managed it by careful planning and taking my time.

The layout plans I drew up were invaluable. Although I tweaked the ideas as the build progressed, it’s vital you have a basis to start from.

For me, the concrete base is a must for a cabin of this size. Every day I look at it I’m glad I went down this route. I personally could not imagine this log cabin in a similar setting on any other base type.

Overall, I don’t think you can beat this project for value for money. The utility and space it has provided the family is fantastic.


Thank you so much to Mr M for this extremely in depth overview of the installation process for his Clockhouse Log Cabin. A real transformation providing multiple uses within this Log Cabin, certainly sounds like a hit for all members of the family!

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Corfu Larch Gazebo Customer Installation

The Corfu Larch Gazebo measuring at 3.4m x 5.9m. Perfect for entertaining and being secure from the great British summers. Although you don’t have to take our word from it. Here is a written installation walkthrough and review given by Mr A.


Mr A writes as follows

We ordered the Corfu to cover our existing patio area in order to provide some summer shade.

I read the gazebo advice sections on the Tuin web page a number of times and felt comfortable taking on the build. There are many hints and tips shown which proved to be very useful. I already had a working platform which was put to good work, I purchased 2 clamps as much of the build was completed without assistance.
Having bought from Tuin previously I knew how the gazebo would be delivered and everything went smoothly, the delivery driver arrived on the agreed date, unloaded the pallet and placed it conveniently at the rear of our property using his pallet handler.

As expected, the provided instructions are basic, showing the component parts and their location in the structure, I spent time studying the diagram, sorting and checking the pieces.
I decided to lay 6 concrete pads for the upright legs as this would make it easy to adjust levels in our sloping garden. My footings are about 18” deep and were laid before a spell of bad weather which allowed the concrete pads to set (while covered) for 6 weeks.
To check my pad levels I placed the ring beam on the pads to ensure that the footings were level both longways and sideways.

Ensuring level post holders for the Gazebo

With assistance from my wife I built the initial frame as per the Tuin web instructions. This is where the clamps showed their use as the upright legs once joined to the beams become very awkward and heavy to manage. At this point I hadn’t bolted the post holders to the concrete as I wanted to be able to make minor adjustments when checking everything was square.
One of my end beams was twisted and slightly split. I contacted Tuin with some photos who reassured me that the beam was perfectly usable which turned out to be correct as the final structure is unaffected.

I chose to mount the support pieces inside the beam frame which I felt looked better and seemed less obtrusive. At this point I screwed the uprights to the post holders and secured them to the pads using suitable anchor bolts.

Corfu Support Structures

Installing the ridge beam took some time as I wanted to ensure that the ridge was level with the ring beam, at this point you realise how high the structure is going to be which also makes the handling and alignment tricky. Again, with my wife’s assistance we followed the Tuin web guidance and the roof started to take shape. Pieces of timber are tacked to the kingpins to help add support until the rafters are secured.

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Once further rafters are installed the structure becomes very stable and the support pieces are removed.

Corfu Roof Purlins Installation

Adding the roofing took the longest time of all the build, some of the planks were twisted but a couple of spares had been provided which I used. Following the Tuin web advice I managed to straighten some of the planks using my newly purchased clamps.
This is where my platform came into use as much of the roof was built from the inside with only the last few parts left to be added from above. I started from the bottom of the roof and worked my way towards the ridge, my alignment must have been off somewhere as I needed to shorten some of the planks.

Although not really necessary, I had some leftover underlay from another project which I used. To gain access to the top of the roof I used my ladders which were staked to the ground so that they could not slip.

We chose the grey shingle tile option which we are very happy with. The time I had spent aligning the roof ridge with the ring beam proved to be time well spent as the tiles aligned perfectly.

Corfu Gazebo Shingles

All that remains now is to add a gutter system which is why the tiles overhang the edge, box in the post holders and finish the groundwork around the patio.
Once the concrete pads were ready the build took me a week to finish, I’m sure this could be done quicker but I’m happy with this considering I was mostly working on my own. We are very happy with this gazebo and have already used it in the spring heatwave.


Thank you to Mr A for sending in this installation walkthrough of his Corfu Larch Gazebo. The ideal Gazebo for outdoor wine and dining.

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Gunda Log Cabin Timelapse

Our Gunda Log Cabin measures to 4m x 4m, the ideal size for a summerhouse. And it’s easy enough to install, once you have a level base ready- See this customer who sent in a timelapse of their install, attached with this was some build notes from them.

I thought I’d add some notes and thoughts to go with these photos, as it’s been such a great experience.

The Customers Garden Before

The ‘garden before’ pictures are the bottom of my garden, it’s a wasted horrible bit of garden.
I’d been a bit nervous about the delivery, knowing it was going to be a large truck coming up a narrow’ish road, and it was. A very big truck. But the driver was brilliant and it could not have gone better. He even turned the truck round with ease, no dramas as I’d feared.

The cabin was delivered bank holiday Monday, but we weren’t building until the following Saturday, so I hand balled all the parts down into the garden on the Thursday night, stacked them into logical piles on pallets and put tarpaulins over it all ready for Saturday.

Friday night was spent reading the instructions over and over, and watching Richards video on how to build the thing. I’d watched it at least 10 times before we built, and even a couple of times since to make sure I got it right (apart from the door!). I can’t go on enough about how useful all of Richards videos, articles and blogs have been. I’ve soaked it all up and re-watched some of them mid-way through the job just to double check things as we went along. We started building, 2 of us, at about 8.40 Saturday morning. In the afternoon we got the roof boards on, and you’ll see in the video, even my other half went up on the roof to get them coated (I used OSMO from Brewers, quite expensive, pity I didn’t find the voucher for Brewers on your website until this week).

Roofing was started on the Sunday afternoon, I spent Sunday morning stood looking at it not quite believing we’d got this far. It took Sunday afternoon to shingle one side of the roof, then I booked. Wednesday off to complete it all as bad weather was due last Thursday. I got the 2nd side and the ridge done by 4pm last Wednesday. And it belted it down all day on the Thursday and not a single leak. I did order some IKO Shingle Stick from another supplier (sorry) but glad I did – used it on all the ridge tiles and edges, plus any tiles that felt a bit loose.

The floor still needs fitting, but I’m stuck for time for a couple of weeks now with work, and I’m still kicking myself for getting that door frame wrong – and you can see it in the video. I can’t praise the support and service from you guys enough, plus the support page on the website and the quality of the product. I’m really pleased with it.


Timelapses are always soothing to watch, thank you to the customer who sent in this timelapse of their Gunda Log Cabin. Looking for some more Log Cabin inspiration? You can find more reviews like this at: Tuin Pictorial Customer Reviews.

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Ulrik Log Cabin Customer Review

As the drastic change of seasons starts, you may find yourself weary of starting your Log Cabin build. It’s during these times where you should keep a close eye on the weather reports and strategically plan your build around those few days of mediocre weather.

Just as these customers have done, in this post we will see Mrs R’s process of building her Ulrik Log Cabin, completed with pictures to show us the process.


Mrs R writes as follows:

We went for the Ulrik 3.8 x 3.8m cabin as it wasn’t too big but a nice size for our garden.
The delivery came mid-morning and took about 3 hours to unload and put in some order for the build. It started to rain (typical) but we managed to cover all the parts.

The build is on a raised concrete base and so we opted for the free composite foundation beams that were on offer at the time of purchase. They are never going to rot.

The following day the job was started. I must admit it looked a bit daunting but definitely exciting. Once the first few beams are down and making sure it’s as square as possible the build is pleasantly easy. We had very little issues with bent or warped timbers, some needed a little persuasion, however.

As each timber was put in place it was treated to a generous splosh of wood preservative including all the joints. This made the build a bit slower but whose rushing. We didn’t go mad with the camera probably because we forgot but we did manage to take a few snaps along the way.

By the roofing stage (day two) the kids had deserted me. This was to be expected, besides there was little help they could offer. Again, this is straightforward just a lot of nails to bang in… Tongue and groove complete. It starts to look like a cabin – Nice!

We went for the free shingles (green) which we thought would look better than felt. My husband had never laid shingles before found it to be not difficult. The only hassle is working on the roof and its angle. The shingles can be unforgiving on the knees.

The wood that was first treated with preservative now gets a “ten Year” guarantee undercoat from Sandtex.

Had to send the kids down the side of the cabin as it was a bit of a squeeze to paint. They had more paint on them than the cabin! What colour to paint it though?

We went for Bay Tree green, again by Sandtex (10yr) with a Grey Stone satin trim.
Two coats of each.

Wasn’t going to bother with guttering but its surprising the amount of water that comes off the roof, and we have had some rain as of late.

With the outside complete apart from a bit of paint for the guttering fixings it was time for the inside.

The electrics first. We had already run in some armoured cable when we done the base. This was now connected to an RCD consumer unit with a separate breaker for a ring main and a lighting radial circuit.

Treating inside the Ulrik Log Cabin

The electrics complete and certificated. The inside was stained with Ronseal 10-year Natural Oak in satin twice. Now it was time for the floor.

2 x 2 beams, insulation in-between and moisture resistant T & G flooring followed by a light oak effect laminate top.

The floor complete it was just kitting it out. Of course, the T.V went in first. The kids said we can’t get Netflix. So, I had to get a Wi-Fi extender that works a treat thank God.
A cheap sofa and chair from DFS, a small coffee table in the middle. The table under the T.V was made by my daughter whilst in her last year at school. Very nice – it has LED lighting as well ☺
A beer chiller (of course) and some blinds etc.

That’s my review over. Still some bits to do but almost there. Hope you enjoyed taking a look. It was a lot of work but very enjoyable and anyone can do it.

Have fun!!


Who could resist a helper as cute as the dog! Thank you to Mrs R for sending in this review filled with progress images, now that the WiFi has been sorted to reach the cabin, I can see myself spending hours in this Ulrik Log Cabin!

Looking for some more Log Cabin inspiration? You can find more reviews like this at: Tuin Pictorial Customer Reviews.

Is the Ulrik Log Cabin too big or too small for your garden? We have hundreds of Log Cabins in our range to choose from.

Blackpool Log Cabin Feature

On the Blackpool Log Cabin product page, we show you plenty of images of our customer’s Log Cabin to show you what you can do with them. As well as all the fine details on the dimensions, technical tips as well as our quality checks for each Log Cabin.

But, understandably, that just doesn’t do the Log Cabin enough justice. That’s why on this page we’ve collected as many pictures, videos and detailed reviews as we can to create this customer feature page, so here goes:

Blackpool Log Cabin

The Blackpool Log Cabin , 58mm thick wood and double glazed windows and doors.

Made from 58mm slow grown Spruce timber, the Blackpool Log Cabin comes at a size of 4.4m x 3.4m. A perfect size for additional living areas, a home gym, home pub- even a garden office! Get plenty of natural light inside this Log Cabin with its full frontal double glazed doors and side windows. A durable building with its cost balancing out with future heating costs (especially if you add insulation!).

Reviews:

You dont have to just take our word, here are some excerpts from our many Blackpool Log Cabin Reviews – averaging out to five star ratings:

“The cabin itself is light and spacious, the window can be swapped on either side (the middle window pops off to make lifting it easier!). All the materials are really good quality and sturdy and the build itself was rather straightforward, with 3 of us on it, it took about 4 hours to get to the point of putting roof boards on!” – Mr A Bentham

“For the money, the Blackpool Cabin seems unbeatable, especially with free roof shingles – 58mm logs, spruce (superior to the ubiquitous pine), double glazed, metal door trim, higher end windows. The floor is not included which prompted me to use the slab as a floor, as suggested on the web site. Great suggestion which had not occurred to me.” – Mrs Y Clarke

“The Blackpool cabin is exceptionally high quality, finished to a really high standard and fitted together very quickly. I would recommend this cabin to anyone and am very happy with it for the price I paid. I had a few issues with the cabin whilst building it, but contacted Tuin who quickly responded and sorted the problems out without any fuss. i would recommend using them for both their quality of building materials and their response to help out with any issues i had.” – Mr Wagstaff

Among these reviews, we also received a detailed review from a customer who showed us with the use of images and narration their experience installing the Blackpool Log Cabin:

Installation: 

So long as you keep organised and follow suit of the information given on the Essential Installation Manual, as well as plenty of other Log Cabin Fitting Tips that are posted throughout the blog- written by our one and only, Richard.

Here are some of our favourite sets of installation images sent in by a customer:

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Installed: 

When installed, there are endless ways in which you can treat/paint your Blackpool log cabin, here are some of our favourite examples:

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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.

Blackpool log cabin customer gallery

We asked a Tuin team member, Elizabeth, about what her favourite features of the Blackpool are- and why the UK market would love it too:

“I like the Blackpool Log Cabin for the amount of natural light that can come in through the front facing doors and additional windows on the size. They’re all double glazed so that along with the 58mm log thickness, I believe the Blackpool will store heat well. Because of the heat capacity and the amount of natural light coming in- I can see why a lot of our customers use them as garden offices” 

I was thinking the same, the cost of the cabin will balance out on heating costs over the years- but we recommend insulation in the roof and floor to make sure it really stays nice and cosy in the colder months!

Blackpool Log Cabin

The Blackpool Log Cabin , 58mm thick wood and double glazed windows and doors.

For more details such as precise measurements, pricing and a list of what will be included within the self build kit, please see the Blackpool Log Cabin product page.

If the Blackpool isn’t quite for you, why not take a look at the Aiste Log Cabin Showcase, or if you desire the 58mm log thickness- then the Stian Log Cabin might be more suitable.

Blackpool Log Cabin Review

This review put a smile on my face for various reasons, so I’d like to say a big thank you to Mr H for sending me your installation process and review on your Blackpool Log Cabin. Interested in how they got on? Read on to find out more:


Mr H writes as follows:

We live in a old house that has been converted, with the top two floors to ourselves we found that, despite having a pretty sizable garden that we didn’t use it nearly as much as we thought we would. The main barrier was the need to carry everything up and down a couple of flights of stairs, not a huge task in its own right but a real hassle on a traditional UK summer’s day where the odd shower passes through. For this reason we thought a summerhouse would help us to get outdoors more and use the space we have. I am a born researcher and spent a good few months looking at the many sites on the web that sell log cabins and wooden buildings. There were a few trips too to the local garden centre which has an extensive array of timber sheds on offer too. After a lot of research it became obvious that Tuin was the supplier of choice. The extensive information on the web site, the how to videos and the support that was so clearly evident made me confident to buy from them.

In planning a cabin base I sent a couple of quick e-mails for advice, despite this being non urgent, and not having purchased anything from them yet I was amazed to get replies almost immediately at the weekend and this further reassured me. Cross referencing information on the Tuin site with other sources consistently showed that this was a company and team that know what they are talking about.

After measuring the site and marking out a few layouts we settled on a Blackpool Cabin in 58mm logs.

We live in a conservation area so planning permission was needed something that I know most customers won’t have to worry about. None the less get permission and we used the plans supplied by Tuin in advance to achieve this easily without the need to hire an architect.

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How big a cabin can we have? Our site with a few markers laid out to decide the best size to go for using a tree pruner to work out the height of the roof line and where shadows will be cast.

With planning permission granted we cleared the site and got to work on our base.
We opted for a hardcore base of 150mm topped off with reinforced concrete. The frame was built and levelled in 6×2 timber, lined with a membrane and rebar mesh added on upstands. We used a mix on site company locally who borrowed the concrete in for us and then finished it with a hired power float.

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The day of delivery came and we were very excited to receive our huge pallet of timber parts.
I kept it wrapped up for a couple of weeks until we had a window to build it. This was a winter build so we used the remnants of the roll of damp proof membrane to keep the site clean while we sorted the timbers.

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I am an experienced DIYer but to fess up, on the day of the build I got a little help from a few friends who are cabinet makers to trade. Given the precision that achieve everyday in their work I did not expect the to be particularly excited by the kit. They were both however very impressed by the quality of the timber, the accuracy of machining and the simplicity of the build. So here is the build in pictures from 10am when we started.

Base layers set out and hardwood foundation beams fitted back below them. We used an additional layer of DPC here too. The base had been calculated so that the foundation beam would just overhang the edge and no more. it was an anxious time until I could see that my measurements and setting out were right. Again getting the base poured to an accuracy of +/- 15mm this would have been a lot harder without the excellent support from Tuin by e-mail.

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Pizzas consumed we were off and on a mission. Getting the roof boards on was and involved a LOT of nailing but was straight forwards. 2 of us covered this while the third built the door frame. Again we were amazed to find hand drawn pencil marks to guide you on the timbers at tricky points. This + the web site made the door construction pretty fast.

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Shingles installed the following morning, wind and watertight in 8 1/2 hours
Amazing! Choosing the colour for the paint took more time.

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Floor going in.
We laid a second DPM below the floor with insulation locally sourced as per the advice on the Tuin website.
In the photo you can see the many additional boards in the flooring packs that were left over laid on top of the floor to protect it. These have since been used in other to add details to the cabin.

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So in summary, as a prospective customer of Tuin what do you need to know? You can trust your instincts and buy with confidence from this company. The product is head and shoulders above anything at a similar price. The kits are well thought out, well designed and well manufactured. More importantly the team provide great support and take even minor hic ups seriously. Support is easy to get if you need it.

As a reasonably experienced team we found assembly a breeze but the construction is well within the capabilities of any diy’er….Just remember to watch the videos in advance. From doing so I knew the pitfalls to watch out for and even had to rein in the professionals that were helping me a few times when they wanted to add screws to parts of the assembly. From the website I knew that this simply was not necessary AND might cause problems later. Our summerhouse has been looked at by many in the trade and they all conclude that is is a really solid, high quality piece of kit.

We are really delighted with the end result. As a means to get my two young children outside, away from television and computer games it has worked. We now have a great outdoors space that is comfortable, inviting and tranquil right in the middle of the city. The quality of the product and advice along the way gives me confidence that this building will outlast many that look similar but fail to perform as well.

The Blackpool Log Cabin Fully Installed

 


Even if the paint selection took longer than installing our IKO Shingles… It was a process well thought out- The colour pairing is superb! Did anyone guess the factors of this review that made me smile? It was the in depth review and the mention of Pizza (now I’m craving some pizza…).

I’d like to say thank you on behalf of Tuin for this review on the Blackpool Log Cabin, we hope that you enjoy it as well as your thank you gift for many more years to come!

Want more in depth reviews like Mr H’s? Read them at: Pictorial Customer Reviews.