Rosenheim Log Cabin Build Review

We have recently received this review from Mr B of how he installed the Rosenhiem Log Cabin for the perfect shelter for his hot tub! Thank you for showing us your impressive work with the installation of your Log Cabin, we hope you enjoy the Rosenheim and your gift for many years to come!

Mr B writes as follows:

We decided on Tuin for our log cabin after a long 6 months search for the best cabins and every time Tuin kept coming back to the top of the list so we decided with the start of our extension build and the need for the cabin for the hot tub we would finally bite the bullet and order.
We were not disappointed!

Day 0 : Base Construction
As we were having an extension built we paid the grounds workers to lay us a flat 4m x 4m concrete slab. I had originally planned to build a deck base but once I worked out it would need to support over 3 metric tonnes I decided my construction skills may not quite have been up to the job and that the cement slab would be better (plus as it turns out cheaper!)

Setting Up The Base

Sometimes getting help for installing makes it less stressful!

Day 1 : Day of Delivery
8pm we received a phone call from a nice Dutch lorry driver to say that he had managed to get most of the way onto the housing estate we lived on but couldn’t get all the way in his massive 44 foot lorry! I walked down to help unload and escorted him as he drove the Moffett carrying a very long 5.3m package. Unfortunately whilst our drive was 4m wide it really needed to be 4.10m for him to have been able to place it neatly on our drive so after a conversation with our neighbour the cabin was stored across our drive and the neighbour’s garden. A cuppa later and nice Dutchman was back on his way.

Day 2: 6:15am – Day of Construction
Woke up early as keen!

The Log Cabin Delivered

All here and ready to go!

It takes a long time (1hr 45mins) to move all that wood just 10m to the back of the house but important to get it all close to hand and sorted by type.

Day 2: Approx 10am
It’s starting to take shape – fortunately I was able to second one of the builder’s apprentices to lend me another pair of hands so once the foundation beams were all set up and checked to be completely level the logs went on very easily. In the entire build only had two mildly warped beams that needed a little extra persuasion.

Day 2: Approx 1pm
Roof beams all on now and just starting to fit the roof boards. We had opted for an extra side window that you can see here so we had cut out the logs as we went (watch out for jigsaws they are sharp! – My cabin is now permanently marked with the blood of my endeavours!)

Day 2: 3:15pm
Roof boards all on and time to call it a day as wanted to start a fresh putting the roof felt tiles on.

An impressive days work!

Day 3: 8am – 4pm
Long hot day in the blazing sun but got all the roof tiles on – takes a little time to get the first row level and done but then they all just flow from there. Nice sturdy roof that easily took my 15st.

Rosenheim Fully Installed

Second Day of Installing

Day 4 – 6 – The paint job
This was the worst job of the entire task. As we were using it for a hot tub cabin we had been warned to use impregnation fluid (2 coats) on the inside – as this is clear it is very hard to see where you had done so had to be methodical . Once that was on two coats clear treatment on the outside and additional 2 on the inside – Took approximately 36 hours of effort (2 of us at it ) – Don’t underestimate the amount of time this will take! But would completely recommend the treatment from Tuin as whilst it took a long time it went on easily and created a perfect finish.

One additional thing that is worth mentioning is that read all the blogs and suggestions on the main site – and follow the instructions – don’t be tempted to not!
Finally the cabin was finished and we could commission the hot tub and start relaxing. The rest of the photos show the end result – we are very pleased so much so that we have recommended Tuin to lots of our friends who are starting to make their own enquiries and I am sure will shortly be Tuin owners.

The Rosenheim Fully Painted


Rosenheim Interior

A perfect fit!

The Rosenheim Log Cabin turned out to be a perfect fit for a hot tub! I personally love how the lighting from the hot tub really sets the mood inside- the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing session!

Thank you to Mr B for sending this in! We always love to see how many ways a Log Cabin can be put into use!

Interested in more reviews like Mr B’s? Find more on the: Tuin Pictorial Customer Reviews.

Julia Log Cabin

We have received a customer review from Mr P of their experience with installing their Julia Log Cabin. Thank you for sending this in!  We love how the bar turned out- It’s a great idea!

Mr P writes as follows: 

Back in February I purchased a Log Cabin from Tuin.

Several months later I have completed the project, turning it into a bar and brewery. Very pleased with it and your customer support and thought I would share some pictures with you!

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We love the bar and brewery Mr P! Thank you for sending in your images, we hope the brewing turns out well!

Other customer experiences, build articles and ideas can be found at: Pictorial Tuin Reviews.

Shepherd Hut Review

One of our customers, James from East Sussex, has been very generous in sending us his review of the Shepherd Hut Gypsy styled caravan and his process of installing them from start to finish- with plenty of pictures!

James writes as follows: 

I ordered two Shepherd’s Huts before Christmas to take advantage of the generous discount. They were delivered in the first week in January. The delivery driver was superb and, though it was difficult and time-consuming, he managed to get both into one of our barns.

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We debated where to undertake construction and in the end decided that it would be best right by the house, which involved some nice exercise to stroll up and down the drive when stuff was needed.

The kits were extremely well packed and there was no need to use additional tarpaulin or covering. They have sat there in the barn until today when I opened the first one. I used my car to haul the heavy metal chassis and wheels, nuts, bolts and other hardware up to the build area. There is one thing we did: I read a review about the axle being tube which broke when the hut was moved a short distance. We decided to get a blacksmith to beef up that component, just in case, so the tube was cut off and solid steel bar was welded in its place for each axle.

Axle Tube Modifications

Since all the metal work was on top of the kit, I kind of thought that the contents of the delivery would be packed in the order you need them. But that isn’t the case and it’s not a problem. So, after looking at the drawings and instructions and much head scratching, we opened up the delivery and had another round of head scratching.

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Day 1:

Our aim for today – I am building this with my friend who is a great deal more handy and adept than I am – was to get the base done. We started at 10.00am and, unusually for me, we carefully studied the manual/building plans and decided we would just go at it a page at a time. So, first order of business was to build the chassis. The metal bit was easy and that was the starting point and first job to do. All we had to do was lay out the metal work roughly where we wanted to build the hut.

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It was at this point that we realised we would need various lengths of timber from the kit and, when I opened it, I noticed that a lot of them were right down the bottom of the pallet! So, we would have to take everything off the pallet and stack it in vertical piles. That took a little while as we looked at various components and discussed them and where they would fit into the overall thing. I was very surprised to see that the panels that had windows actually had the glass in! OK, if you want to double glaze your hut you need to change that but it says something for the quality of the packaging and the way things are shipped that all the glass is in first class condition – not a scratch or crack anywhere on it.

Looking at the build instructions, and the separate parts list, the various lengths of timber, some of which look the same length, I had hoped would be numbered to correspond with their number in the parts list. They aren’t. It’s not a problem – but you just need to be careful to make sure you use a tape measure to check the sizes to correctly identify the various components.

For instance, you might just be able to make out below that to join the two chassis units, you need to make up a joist which uses one 2, one 2a and a 2b. 2a and 2b are not dissimilar in size but if you make that mistake – we did – you end up with a joist that is either too short by a few inches or too long by the same amount.

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The first task that involves wood is to make two items that bolt onto the metal work. We did these on the ground and then fitted them.

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A point on the metal chassis. We did a bit of head scratching because what we had in front of us didn’t match the drawing. It was obvious that this assembly had been beefed up with two additional bolts but that isn’t reflected in the drawing. Sill, you would want to be fairly uptight to worry about it and I am certain that the additional metal and bolts are an improvement.

Metal Chassis Closeup

Getting on with the frame, we built the first two long joists (the 2 + 2a + 2b) that bolt to the metal frames on the ground. Then it was just a case of positioning them accurately, drilling holes and bolting to the metal. This fixes the length of the unit – and it’s big!

From here, you need to assemble the rest of the joists – another five. As mentioned, each one is made of three pieces of different length timber. There was a whole lot of head scratching trying to get the right ones together. Basically, we put all the possible pieces on the part-built base, which is a great work bench, and then worked out what went with what. You just need to take your time and things click into place.

Underlining the point that the Shepherd Hut base is a very handy workbench at exactly the right height, in the image you can see James making up one of the three-component joists.

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The Tuin hut is a quality item and as we were working we were having some thoughts about making sure it lasts. The base we are working on, the underside won’t show, unless someone crawls underneath. The wood is untreated and, as it goes through its life, while rain can’t get under there, dew and damp, over time, could. So we decided that we would not fix any of the joists for the moment. That’s because I am going out tomorrow to get some really good wood preservative for everything we have made so far before it is fixed – it’s a lot easier brushing on preservative when I can turn the joist over to get all sides, rather than crawling around under the base. Also, I am going to apply a coat of preservative to the underside of the floorboards – the ones that will be open to mist and moisture from beneath. So this is as far as we got on Day 1 – all the joists are ready to be screwed down but they will get a coat of preservative before that happens.

In terms of time, what you see above is not a day’s work – it took four hours work for two guys from start to finish, and that included a fair bit of time at the beginning getting familiar with the kit, instructions, components and how to read the drawings and specs, looking at parts and figuring things out. Most of all, we want to enjoy this build so we are not rushed. Tomorrow is preserving day. At this stage we are delighted with everything and though we have had the offer of whatever support and advice from Richard at Tuin, we haven’t felt the need to avail ourselves of it.

Day 2: 

Day 2 is a misnomer. On Day 2, as mentioned above, I treated everything with a preservative/sealant against moisture and that included the floor joists and all the underside of all the floorboards. I stacked the made-up joists on the axles and used the hut base to paint on the preservative to the floorboards and then I left them there and covered the lot with the tarpaulin.

We cleared the deck and positioned the five joists. It was at this stage that we discovered a length discrepancy in two of them – one was a bit short while the other was a few inches too long. Clearly we had made a mistake and we figured out we had used the wrong three components, as indeed we had. It didn’t take long to figure out where we made the mistake and we switched over components. However, it underlines that you need to take your time and make sure you identify all the components and put a pencil mark on them so that in the heat of constructing things, you don’t mistake similar sized and shaped lengths.

Things are still a bit slow at this stage, as compared with later but you need to just take your time. The joists have to be positioned accurately and we did that and clamped them in position while we screwed on the metal brackets. There’s 20 of them so, even with two of us, it still took time. I guess, from unwrapping things, getting the joists positioned and putting the brackets in – with a stop for a bacon sarnie and a tea – it took us nearly three hours to get everything ready. After that, things began to speed up in terms of seeing real change and progress. I think it only took us about half an hour or so to screw the floorboards to the joists and suddenly we had a platform and we could look at putting up the wall panels.

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We decided to offset the side windows, looking over the timestamps of the images I was able to work out that it took just a few minutes over one hour to get from the first image… To the last one.

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It is definitely a two-man job but not a difficult one. Up goes a panel and while one holds it in place and pushed tight against the base and its neighbour panel, the other then screws it bottom and sides to the next panel.

The next task, attaching the curved roof timbers, was a slower job because they are attached at each side with small metal brackets using fiddly little screws plus being up a ladder. But from start to finish, and in all of this construction work we were not in a hurry or rushing things, it took over an hour to fit all of the curved roof timbers and the two end sections.

So below is where we got to by 4.00pm when we decided to call it a day. Tomorrow we need to complete the roof pieces to cover the porch area, and then apply the tongue and groove roof boards.

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After James headed off and I did a few chores, I decided it would be pleasant and relaxing to do at least one side with the primer undercoat I had bought from Screwfix that comes very highly recommended. It’s a job that needs doing, so why not get a bit of it done. And, in the way of these things, a couple of hours later and I had done the whole lot.

And so, construction Day 3 looms and the forecast is for it to be very hot and sunny all day.

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Day 3: 

Today’s forecast was for the hottest day of the year so far and they didn’t get it wrong. It was in the 70s with not a cloud in the sky. I was up early and while having my first coffee of the day, I tried a patch of the blue I have selected for the exterior to check the colour. It will need another coat but I like the light blue.

Paint Test

I was probably jumping the gun last night by priming/undercoating the build so far because we added on the porch today which will need to be primed. But what I have done certainly wasn’t a waste of time. We started work before 9.00am and we used the van to move up all of the tongue and groove roofing boards – there are three sizes that make up a length. As we looked at things, we discovered a slight error in that one of the roof beams was not in the right place – we were about 5cms out, so we did a bit of remedial work to get that set up perfectly. Then we built the porch which went together well. We had some head scratching because we hadn’t noticed that we needed a little batten up top on the outside of the porch upright at each side, but once we realised that, it didn’t take long to find the two bits of board and get everything properly lined up ready to start work on the roof boards.

A word of caution on those curved roof beams. They are held in place by a little bracket which you can see in the photo below. It stands slightly proud – and we couldn’t see a way of avoiding that – which causes some fun and games when you try to put a roof board on top of it. We worked out a way – bash down the metal edge that is protruding and leave the board above loose while you fit the final board, then nail them both down. But it would be good if a nick could be taken off that bracket in manufacture – or maybe we should have positioned it further inward so it didn’t stand proud, but that doesn’t look right as you can see from the second shot.

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From the time stamp on the photo, I can see that we started work on boarding the roof at 12.00. It was really hot so it was sweltering doing the work but we got it all done by 3.25pm, which included about 40 mins for lunch.

By the time we had roofed the entire hut, we were tired and decided to call it a day. We haven’t quite made up our minds about the roof – use the felt supplied or go for a corrugated roof with insulation beneath. So we will have to leave things for a few days while we earn a crust so we decided to cover the roof with a tarpaulin. It is not big enough but I have a bigger one that will go on before the rain arrives tomorrow afternoon.

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After my friend James left, I was still in the mood to just potter about and do a little more. So I fitted the doors and the door frame and that was a fairly easy process. I just needed my wife to hold the components steady while I screwed them and we got the doors hung after a bit of messing about trying to put them on backwards!

Then I decided to fit the little gates things at the end of the porch. I was hot and tired and not at my brightest so there was an awful lot of head scratching and trying to figure out these strange hinges. I have never seen anything like them in my life before. On the left, that’s just one hinge – I know they are special and let the little gate thing swing either way and open back out of the way. I couldn’t figure out how to fit them, so I left that for another day when I am less tired and hot and bothered…

I contemplated getting out the primer and doing the new pieces we had fitted – mainly the porch – and also the underside of the interior roof but it was still very hot and I decided instead to make up the steps which was a fairly easy task.

Shepherd Hut Completed.

So that’s it. There is more work to do – the roof in whatever material we decide to do it, but other than that we’re pretty much there. There’s the fitting out to do – prime and paint the rest of it; add the exterior trim, run some electric cables inside for lights and power; insulate inside and then panel the walls; lay an oak laminate floor; general painting and decorating and “dressing” the hut, etc. etc. I’ve bought a sofa bed from Ikea specially for it and I have been collecting a few period things that will look the part. But that is an on-going fun element which we will do over the next couple of weeks because we are in no hurry.

As I was reading customer comments on building one of these, it was suggested you can build one in a weekend. Of course the devil is in the detail – at what stage do you determine it is built? If you look at our timings and what you see in the photo above, then certainly, two averagely handy guys, working at a steady, unrushed pace, got this far in a long weekend. If we were building the other one, I think it would be quicker because we did an awful lot of head scratching and that’s understandable. There are no written instructions in terms of describing that you need to do this, then that, etc. etc. and how you do it. The manual is made up of about 18 pages of drawings – very well annotated drawings – that show you what is needed, and where and how it is placed. It shows you what screws to use and where necessary, there are little exploded drawings for key details. It is easy to miss something or confuse two pieces of the jigsaw so double check everything. That is not to criticise the instructions – but what we realised is that we weren’t familiar with following this kind of instruction booklet and at times things didn’t make sense. And then the penny would drop and you would see what was required and it was easy.

I think, most of all, I’m happy with the attitude we approached the build with: this is going to be fun. Let’s enjoy this. We certainly did despite the head scratching as we turned another page onto another stage of the build until it sank in what we were looking at and what we needed to do.

Thank you to James for your article. We appreciate the amount of detail and passion you show in both your writing and your images! I send my best wishes for when you build the other one and modify it. We would love to see images of the interior design when you’re finished!

Other customer experiences, build articled and ideas can be found here: Pictorial Tuin Reviews.

Jenny Log Cabin

Miss M has written this post regarding her journey with the Jenny log cabin that she has bought, this may be of interest to you if you are considering the Jenny 40mm Log Cabin Miss M wrote:

I decided that I wanted to buy a cabin after getting a quote for an extension. It was well beyond my means so a cabin seemed a logical solution to accommodate extra space for growing teenagers. After searching around on the internet, and visiting high street outlets such as B & Q I decided to purchase a cabin from TUIN. Prior to purchase I had spoken to their customer services department and run through a couple of ideas that I had. For example, would it be suitable for my needs? What about installation? On the occasions that I called I was given some very sound advice which made me feel confident in my purchase. The team were incredibly knowledgeable about their products. I decided that I would buy the ‘Jenny’ log cabin. I wanted to maximise the space that I had, and this seemed perfect my needs. After placing my order with the team, and a few final questions I sat back and waited for delivery!!!

The delivery arrived on time, and was delivered by a very friendly haulier with a great forklift – it came beautifully packed.

Log cabin pallet delivered.

After having a double garage removed, this was the space that the cabin would occupy. Tucked in the corner on my old patio. 

The guys arrived to install the cabin! How exciting! They were incredibly courteous and  I kept them supplied in tea!

I was amazed at how quickly and neatly they worked and it was completed in a day – amazing!

Jenny log cabin roof purlins being fitted

A strong roof!

The fitting has been finished, all in one day!

And now my hard work begins!!!!  I managed to treat the sides of the cabin with a long handled roller – and talking very nicely to my neighbour to get round the back!!!

First coat of primer…….

My finished Jenny Log Cabin 🙂

Finished Jenny Log Cabin

Jenny log cabin floor

Jenny log cabin finished!

Thank you Miss M for taking the time to post this, it is always much appreciated by me and is very useful for other, we hope you enjoy the thank you present.

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

Justine Log Cabin Review

A very kind customer has written a review and story of his experience with his Justine Log Cabin There was a mistake with delivery which made some interesting work arounds for Mr E. There is also some good advice on how the electrics were hidden and a great timber frame base as well as some interesting treatment being used. A great blog article!

Mr Dave E writes as follows:

We recently decided that our plan to extend over the double garage was to go ahead so where would we put the garage contents whilst the work was being done? We could just buy a large shed but once the extension was complete the garage contents would return to their lair, hopefully tidier and culled of all the things that are never used but kept “just in case”. This meant that the shed could be something more, something that could be used at least as a summerhouse and therefore something more stylish and substantial.

The place where we planned to put this structure had a significant slope but did offer the possibility of views to open country over the nearby creek, it also faced the setting sun so would be a place to go at the end of the day to enjoy those last few rays.

My wife, who is a garden designer, had a vision of a more traditional style of cabin, a bit Scandi and something that would not jar with our surrounding neighbours. We live in a tiny hamlet in Cornwall that was originally a number of farm houses and barns, all of traditional stone and slate construction so a contemporary flat roof design or a pod like structure would definitely look out of place.

So the hunt was on to find a suitable structure and we quickly dismissed the usual sheds and DIY warehouse summerhouses as being too flimsy. We upped our sights and decided a log cabin was the way forward, an internet search threw up pages of companies but the one that caught my eye was Tuins, both for the choice of designs, reasonable pricing but principally for the pages of assembly hints and tips and Richards blog with its engaging blend of disarming honesty and “arm round the shoulder” reassurances. Here apparently was a company that was confident to stand on the quality of its products and the service it provided.

We decided on a Justine cabin and placed the order with Tuin via the website, as our access is restricted and I was sure an articulated truck can’t get in let alone out, so we paid extra for a rigid lorry delivery. This would become an issue later.

Initially we ordered a floor kit from Tuin but a conversation with Richard (I think) convinced me that we should ditch this idea and buy from a local timber merchant, the blog does state this but it was reassuring to get this straight from the horses mouth as it were as well. Using the information on the website we calculated that we needed a timber framework platform 4.8M wide and 2.3M deep with an additional 1M wide area in front for the deck, this platform would be at ground level on one side and up to .5M high on the other.

We had this constructed the week before the cabin was due to be delivered, it stands on 12 posts cemented into the ground down to bedrock and has floor support joists every 40cms or so.

Emails from Tuin the week before delivery confirmed the transport company contact details and the delivery method by a smaller rigid lorry, and a phone call from the transport company told me my cabin was coming the following Wednesday, so all seemed set fair. I had a friend flying in from Gatwick to help me erect the cabin the following weekend in return for a Cornish pasty and a beer or two so the timing looked perfect.

On the Wednesday morning, bright and early I had a call from the truck driver saying he was about an hour away, but when asked what type of lorry he was in he said “an artic”, oh dear!

There followed a short discussion during which I explained why I had asked for it not to be delivered by artic, I then tried the transport company advised by Tuin, who told me they didn’t have a log cabin delivery but they did have a rigid wagon delivering in my area! I finally spoke to Tuin and Karen explained that the cabin had been put on the wrong wagon which was operated by a different company but having spoken to the driver he was confident the delivery could be made. The driver phoned again to tell me he was on the main Padstow road and had pulled over and could I come and meet him and discuss the problem? I drove out and met Robin and his big red wagon.

We decided that he should come in my car to see the route down the lane and decide if it could be done. We set off and Robin was so ebullient he decided our lane “was like the A30, no problem” but as we got closer to home he got quieter and at the final possible turning point decided the lane was too narrow and tight to turn the wagon around. The distance from the wagon to the house was also too far for the Moffit forklift to go without burning the hydraulic motors out so things looked bleak. There was no way I was going to pay my mate in pasties and beer with no cabin to build!

Luckily I had a Plan B up my sleeve, we have a Grand Design being built not too far from me and I had approached the builder the week before about possible help from them in accepting the delivery if the wagon couldn’t get to the house, so a phone call to Ross got us the offer of a Landrover and trailer which was quickly on the way to rendezvous with Robins wagon,

Robin unloaded the cabin pallet using his Moffit, with me stopping the traffic on the Padstow road while he did it,

he loaded it onto the trailer,

Which then promptly disappeared off into the distance!

Robin from Walpoles Transport was patience itself and more than happy to help wherever he could and also a little relieved that he could finally make the delivery, otherwise he said, it would have been only the third missed delivery in a long career. Shame I couldn’t offer him even a cup of tea. Meanwhile my cabin was heading for its new home on the trailer and by the time I caught up, Ross the builder was unstrapping it and had a huge telehandler all terrain forklift right there ready to load it into our garden.

This was done in minutes flat and the cabin was deposited up and onto the lawn – phew!

It cost a few beers but Plan B saved the day, so always have one ready for your delivery.

To their credit Tuin did make an immediate refund of the extra transport charge plus a sum for the trailer and telehandler use which paid for the beer and was much appreciated.

Up until now the weather, as you can see, had been bad, grey and wet, but once the cabin was in place things improved so I laid out my groundsheets and prepared to unpack the pallet. As Richard points out in the blog, you won’t know what all the parts are, just unpack them, stack them then try and count them.

The parcel is a puzzle and incredibly well put together, there was no damage and a couple of hours of lifting and stacking had several neat piles of gleaming spruce.

I found the assembly plans pack and a packing list in the middle of the pallet along with a big bag of nails and felt clout nails and checking things off showed everything was there. The plans are simple and seemed clear enough to me but then I’ve never had a problem with flat pack furniture either.

Once unpacked things didn’t seem so daunting so I decided that was enough excitement for one day and had a glass of wine and congratulated myself.

Next day I got the foundation logs out and trial fitted them to the base to make sure things lined up – they did, perfectly. First job was to put in the basic wiring for the plugs and light ready to feed up through the logs during assembly, I had decided not to have external trunking but to conceal the wiring in the logs. I would tidy things up and trunk the feeds along the base after the cabin was up. I spent the rest of the day getting my tools together and going over the instructions in hand and on the Tuin site again, just so I had things clear in my mind. Friday dawned bright and clear and I had to deposit my wife at Newquay airport for her to go skiing for a week leaving me to erect the cabin, later that day I would be back collecting Micky who was helping over the weekend so obviously I had to shop for pasties and beer. I was itching to get started but refrained from doing anything lest I spoil our weekend fun.

The weather forecast for the weekend couldn’t have been better, wall to wall sunshine and the clocks were going back giving us an extra hour of daylight on Sunday.

We started slowly, getting the wiring sorted and drilling the logs as we went,

We fed the wire through from the base and once we were at the third log high (plug height) things speeded up and we had the door frame in place by mid morning.

We spent some time making sure this was square and we also packed it up with some spare timber to make sure it cleared the decking once that was down. As others have mentioned I didn’t feel the door and window frames were quite as well made as the cabin itself but all holes lined up and measurement marks to aid alignment were perfectly placed.

Rubber mallets are a must, it’s surprising how hard you have to hit the logs sometimes. We had very few problems with twisted or bowed logs and those few we had responded to a few well aimed blows and settled down as others were put on top.

By close of play Saturday the cabin was up, windows in place and the roof beams were in, this latter was quite a job as the raised platform coupled with no floor made the roof quite high at one end and difficult to reach except on a ladder, there was a bit of precarious balancing going on at times. Sunday was roof panel day, we worked as a team, one nailing at the apex and one at the eaves, working first one side then the other, this took most of the day but was most satisfying. Note the orange line in place to make sure all the panels were level.

Final job for the day was putting four complete sheets of 50mm insulation on the roof leaving a walking space at the ridge and a couple of infills to complete before laying the shingles.

We marked the route of the light wiring on the insulation so we could avoid nailing through them. (Harry my Golden Retriever was a great help all weekend!)

We celebrated with a beer then walked into Padstow for a steak – job well done and big thanks to Micky.

After an early morning run to Newquay airport to drop Mick off (he was back in the office in Lancing for 9.45), I started to apply the roof shingles. I was assisted on the day by my son James who, I think he would admit, is not a natural DIY’er. Initially I thought he would just do the manual stuff like heaving the heavy shingle packs around and onto the roof for me but after some tuition he tackled the shingles on the back slope.

Richard’s Note: I have spoken with Mr E and unfortunately this part of the install is slightly incorrect. It is really important to nail the shingles where directed on the instructions on the shingles packet and our advice here: Roof Shingles Nailing shingles at the top of the tile can result in them blowing off the roof very easily due to the large flap. Mr E is applying more nails correctly.

It is important where the shingles are nailed, ideally across the center strip with at least three clout nails.

We used 65mm clout nails which were enough to give a good bite into the wood panels but you do use a lot, I had to get more from the local builders merchants the following day.

I followed the advice on the Tuin site and video regarding the starting line of shingles, our only confusion was the protective film on the line of adhesive on the back of each shingle, it is printed “Do Not Remove” but that seemed counter intuitive, how will it work with the film in place? Internet searches were a bit contradictory but in the end we left the film in place, are we right?

Richard’s Note: You are right here Mr E, if the film says not to remove then please leave it on.

A solid day of nailing gave us both sides finished except for the final ridge but we ran out of nails.

Tuesday started with a run to the merchants and returning armed with more nails I set to finishing the ridge, overlapping the final rows then cutting the shingles individually (a Stanley knife works fine particularly if you cut from the back)

Richard’s note: Also see my ‘folding over and bashing’ technique – Advice on felt shingles

Again this uses quite a few nails but you finish up with –

Not bad if I do say so myself.

Now to the floor, once the wiring was trunked and clipped into place I set about installing the insulation, as it was a suspended floor the insulation needed supporting and I did this by putting nails part way in 50mm below the top of the joists then dropping in the cut insulation. If the insulation blocks were just right it was a firm push fit and the nails just stopped any chance of it falling through. I taped with aluminium tape or used silicone sealant on all edges just to make sure it was all draught proof.

I had ordered the tongue and groove floorboards from the local builders merchant along with the sheets of insulation and it was a bit cheaper than getting the Tuin one, I did have a couple of ropey planks but the quality was good and it was a bit thicker than the 18mm listed by Tuin. I was feeling the pace by this time (I work all day at a desk so all this manual labour is a bit of a shock) and took things a bit easier so laying the floor took a couple of days, the final plank having to be cut length ways to fit.

The exterior decking was installed in a morning along with the deeper facia boards and the diamond shaped finishers nailed in place were just that – the finish. So all that remains is to get the electrics hooked up, put up guttering and protect the structure somehow. We had original planned to try Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese method of burning the surface then applying linseed oil but we have decided this may be too ambitious (read foolhardy, letting me loose with a propane burner!).

So at this stage colours haven’t been decided but I’ll update this report when the work is done.

I’m very pleased with our purchase, it is fine looking, substantial product and building it has proved immensely satisfying both for me and my helpers. It’s not difficult and doesn’t require many specialist tools, the main structure was done in a day, the roof is time consuming but if you take your time the results are worthwhile. Despite the faux pas with delivery I would not hesitate to recommend Tuin products and customer service. It has attracted compliments from neighbours and passers-by and the deck is a nice place to sit and watch the sun go down.

Thanks Tuin.

Thank you so much for your article Mr E, this give a great insight into the journey of a finished log cabin that will help other people. We very much appreciate it and hope the gift we sent is enjoyed. Thank you again.

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

Customer Detailed Tuin Reviews


We all like to see some reviews and hear other people’s stories, here’s a selection of detailed reviews, some of them also include video walkthroughs and advice.

For other simple, written reviews on our site please see here: Tuin Reviews. You can also see other reviews on the internet such as Trustpilot Reviews of Tuin.

I recommend you have a look at some of these pictorial stories below, they will help with your decisions for the base, delivery, installation and time frames for your building.


If you decide and buy from us and afterward feel you would like to leave a picture review or a story please let us know. We always reward stories with presents, discounts and thanks.

  1. All of the Pictorial reviews in order can be found in the Tuin Review Category of my Blog.
  2. See this page for all of the main website Tuin Product Reviews

Pictures and Video Files

Over the years we have built up a good database of pictures and videos customers have kindly sent us. We are making the files available to you if you are interested in browsing them. Many feature customers modifications, some models may also be out of date but we make the files available as inspiration.

NOTE: Please only check the product page for specifications. These files are for inspiration and ideas only. If you have an enquiry on a specific picture please send us the picture concerned.

They are hosted on Google Drive and can be found here: Tuin Customer Pictures and Videos

Customer pictures found in our Google Drive system. Click on the folder of interest for more folders and files.

Tuin Facebook Page

If you are interested in various installation pictures, base pictures, inspiration etc we have a lot of pictures on our Facebook page you’ll also find some reviews from customers.

Customer Video Reviews

We have collected loads of customer walkthrough videos within our Vimeo account, you may enjoy watching some of them regarding our products and Log Cabins. All of these are posted on the corresponding product pages.

Tuin Vimeo Channels of customer walkthrough of their buildings.

Some customers will send us videos of their products. We are always very grateful for this and will often send a present or a prize as a thank you.


Tuin on Trustpilot

Tuin Reviews on Trustpilot website

Derby Log Cabin Review and Build

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincere best wishes for continued success in your business.

The site of Mr F's Derby Log cabin

The site of Mr F’s Derby Log cabin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr F and his 'Installation Team'.

Mr F and his ‘Installation Team’.

The Derby log cabin is starting to grow.

The Derby log cabin is starting to grow.

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

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

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

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

Three sides going up on the Derby log cabin.

Three sides going up on the Derby log cabin.

Window and door opening in the Derby log cabin

Window and door opening in the Derby log cabin


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

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

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

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

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

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

Checking the log cabin is vertical.

Checking the log cabin is vertical.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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