Richard and Bjorn Tuin Review

Mr D was kind enough to send us a video review of two of his purchases which you may find interesting or useful:

Thank you Mr D, it was very good of you to send this and very useful for other customers.

Other pictorial or video reviews can be seen on our Pictorial Tuin Review Page

Zutphen Log Cabin Tuin Review

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

Stuart wrote:


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

Delivered using a forklift made it very easy

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Log cabin package wrapped in plastic

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

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

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

 

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

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Tuin Review – Jos Corner Log Cabin

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finished product

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

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

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

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

Cheers Steve W

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

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

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Sten Log Cabin Review

I have said it before but these are my favourite posts, I thoroughly enjoy hearing from customers with their thoughts on our buildings, service and other details.

Mr W has some good ideas on his base and how he carried it out which may well assist you.


This is Mr W’s thoughts on the Sten Log Cabin and his journey with it and us:

Sten 3x2m – Review Part 1.

This is my initial review having just taken delivery of the above cabin.

We were contacted in advance and advised of the delivery date but also given the opportunity to select days that would be suitable for us.

The cabin arrive on the programmed day and was dropped off in the requested location without fuss. Living in a cul de sac the package was transported to the house on the fork lift truck the delivery lorry was unseen.

The package consisted of the cabin weather proofed in plastic and securely strapped to a pallet. The floor boards and bearers were also strapped together but a separate entity. The roof shingles were loose on top of the package.
The main cabin packaging was intact and I would have been happy to leave it outside safe in the knowledge it would be well protected from the weather but because of the location it had to be moved.

The following weekend we set about moving the main cabin into the garage where I intent to apply a protective finish prior to erection. The timber elements were very securely strapped to a pallet with metal bands. Having removed the protective plastic the cabin was revealed.

Two of us moved the various components to the new location which gave the opportunity to become familiar with the different parts and do an initial sort into back front roof etc. I am a keen wood worker and was very happy with the quality of the wood noting the lack of sticky resin and the dryness and general finish. Important to note that the window and door was shipped glazed and arrive in one piece undamaged which is a reflection of the good packaging and handling considering its long journey.

With all the parts checked and accounted for I can say I am very impressed with the quality. The window unit is robust and the fitted hinges and catch work perfectly. Likewise the door and lift off hinges are also well constructed. Worth a note here most parts are screwed and not nailed to the door / window units. The roof shingles require careful handling and storage. Over all I am very happy with the product and would describe it as recommended. I look forward to erecting it in the near future when I will write part 2 of this review with photos.
Mike.

Mr W then kindly sent us the following Part two of his review:

Sten 3x2m Erection Report- Review Part 2.

With the summer coming to an end I started by treating the components prior to erection. After careful research I went for a Ronseal product called ‘Total Wood Protection’ which provided both rot protection water proofing and colour. This product is oil based and quite thin and is absorbed by the wood rather then sitting on the surface like a paint would. This I felt was ideal because it would not prevent the log tongue and grooved joints fitting together. It was very easy economical and quick to apply probably because of the very good finish on the timbers and the drying time was down to a few hours on a warm day. I have to say this is a monotonous job but well worth the effort and finally all the parts were back under cover and by now quite familiar.

My thoughts were now on the base design and construction.

The site for the cabin was on an area of existing slab patio which was well constructed on a good sub-base. However it was a little uneven and subject to puddling in heavy rain so not an easy base option.

Because I was also not keen on a concrete slab base which was not practical in this situation I decided to go for a timber ring beam footing with centre spine beam all on concrete piers as this would minimise the amount of concrete required.

The cost of the ballast, cement and timbers was a hundred pounds delivered.

The existing patio slabs were lifted and cut back under the building foot print and nine holes dug to a depth of 500mm below the existing finished ground level. These were filled with concrete to the level of the adjacent patio slabs.

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The 3×3 timber perimeter ring beam then was cut ,jointed and assembled on the piers packed level and then sand and cement grout applied to fill any gaps between the under side of the timbers and the top of the concrete foundation piers.

Once the grout had gone off the 70×40 timber foundation beams supplied with the cabin were cut to length and screwed in place on top of the timber ring beam with a mastic sealant to prevent water seeping into the joint At this stage the base was level and all that remained was getting the frame square by checking the diagonal dimensions were equal.

This work was the hardest part of the build but provided an elevated level and square base which made the cabin erection trouble free.

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Floor joists for the Sten

So at last I was able to start the cabin build. The first logs were set out on the base and checked for square. After that it was simple to build up the walls log by log.

One thing I did do was apply a mastic sealant to the perimeter under the first log at base level between the log and the top of the timber foundation beam. This was to prevent water seeping into the joint as it is a butt joint with out the benefit of a weather proof tongue and groove joint.

The quality and precision of the components made the erection very simple and with the roof purlins dropped in place the roof boards could be nailed down ready for the felt singles.

The felt singles are in fact easy to fit probably easier than roll roofing felt, and also provide a quality roof.

I did not rush this build which took me several weekends to complete and by now the weather was against me I even had to brush frost off the roof to finish the roof shingles!

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Sten log cabin build

The floor was the final element of the build and I used the 40×40 bearers supplied spanning on to the centre spine beam. These 40×40 bearers have provided a solid support because of the short span and close centres.

There is a 125mm void under the floor boards which is ventilated and all of the floor members are sat on a damp proof membrane.

One point to note here is because I had used 3×3 ring beam timbers I had to screw a batten to the inside face to provide end support to the floor bearers. If I had used 3×4 or 4×4 timbers the floor bearers would have sat on the top of the ring beam.

Finally the door and proper lock assembly supplied (not padlock) were fitted and the cabin was complete.

The cabin has been up for several months now and over the winter. It has with stood some very windy and wet weather with out any problems. I did screw fix the purlins to the fascia using small steel angle brackets internally for peace of mind.

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Sten Log Cabin complete

One small issue was the line of ridge tiles some of which blow off during a very windy period. This I put down to not using mastic to fix the free edge due to the cold damp conditions at the time and also the the roof nails being a little short as I had several layers of shingles at the ridge. I had folded the top singles over the ridge and so there is not a roof leakage problem, the ridge tiles being aesthetic only.

The cabin has proved to be dry and very practical. We installed the solar lighting option which is a great success and adds to the usability over the winter months. I will apply a further coat of finish externally early in the spring and sort out the ridge.

Do not confuse this product to a DIY. Store shed. It is a real building with a solid quality feel. We look at the Cabin as an extension to our living space not as a garden shed.

Mike W.

Thank you Mr W, I hope you enjoy your log cabin and the presents we sent you as a thank you.

If you feel, as a reader, you would like to contribute to this blog, please do let me know.

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

Dagmar Log Cabin Inspiration

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cute Onyx

I’ve had some lovely pictures sent to me this week. One of them that really stood out is one of our little Onyx log cabins in 28mm logs. The lady who bought the cabin is an artist and needed a cozy studio to work from. This is the finished building showing some very tasteful pastel colours.

One of our Onyx log cabins, a small building measuring 2.6 x 2.2m. Really nicely painted in pastel colours

One of our Onyx log cabins, a small building measuring 2.6 x 2.2m. Really nicely painted in pastel colours

The onyx log cabin makes for a very nice artists studio.

The onyx log cabin makes for a very nice artists studio.

Mrs Gibb was kind enough to send us some pictures of the build which are always very appreciated as it does help other customers to see the install and transformation from a pile of wood to a finished log cabin.

Building the Onyx log cabin. Getting the walls and doors in is always the fun part for me. This is invariably the easiest part of an install as long as the base is straight, square and level

Building the Onyx log cabin. Getting the walls and doors in is always the fun part for me. This is invariably the easiest part of an install as long as the base is straight, square and level

The roof pulins have been slotted into the apex and the 18mm roof boards are now being nailed on.

The roof purlins have been slotted into the apex and the 18mm roof boards are now being nailed on.

Mrs Gibbs Log cabin art studio. A really lovely looking small cabin and ideally suited for this task.

Mrs Gibbs Log cabin art studio. A really lovely looking small cabin and ideally suited for this task.

As well as the pictures Mrs Gibbs was also kind enough to leave a review of her log cabin:

I am delighted with the quality of my log cabin, it feels so solid. My son put it up by himself with a little help from a friend to fit the roof, the instructions were easy to follow, and all nails and screws were included. I am very pleased I chose to have roof shingles as it really finishes it off, one tip – it is much easier to cut the shingles with an old saw, don’t use a good one as they will blunt it, and there is no need to order the shingle glue as all the tacks needed were supplied. We ran out of shingles at one point but more were dispatched straight away, really good service.
I will definitely recommend Tuin.

One last picture and thank you very much Mrs Gibbs, I hope you have many happy hours in your log cabin studio.

I always love the change of effects you can get when using solid colours on log cabins. I personally think this is a really nice colour combination.

I always love the change of effects you can get when using solid colours on log cabins. I personally think this is a really nice colour combination.

Lukas Log Cabin – Mr W

One of the best things I love about my job is building up a relationship with a customer and seeing the whole thing through to the end. From the initial email to questions and talking about it, then onto the sale, the delivery questions, and then onto the fit and questions involved with that. Maybe we made a mistake and something needs to be sent – we are only Human and mistakes can happen.

All of this creates a relationship and I love it, some customers I can really click with and I always go that extra mile for them as do the other staff.

Mr W is one of those customers, over the years I’m sure I have developed a sense of what people are like just by the way they write in their emails and I clicked with Mr W.

I think it’s because we’re perhaps a little similar and have the same interests. This is his newly completed Lukas Log Cabin and the pictures Mr W kindly sent me this evening:

Mr W new log cabin with integral shed.

Mr W’s new log cabin with integral shed – The Lukas.

Mr W wrote; ‘We have a dyke surrounding our back garden, and we can look over this to the fields beyond from the position where the cabin is sited. Deer, Hares and rabbits abound in the fields and I am really looking forward to watching them all from the cabin.’

A man after my own heart, I love nothing better than just sitting and watching what is happening around me in my field and hut.

Here’s some more pictures of Mr W’s Lukas Log Cabin:

Inside the Lukas, very cozy indeed and somewhere to watch natures goings on.

Inside the Lukas log cabin, very cosy indeed and somewhere to watch nature’s goings on.

Mr W wrote: ‘Using spare timber that was used in the packaging for the cabin, I made two full length shelves in the shed half’

A cunning use of left over timber from the pallets and spare boards.

A cunning use of left over timber from the pallets and spare timber in the shed side of the log cabin.

A really nicely laid floor and another shelf, notice also the excellent placement of a vent

A really nicely laid floor and another shelf, notice also the excellent placement of a vent

Here we see Mr W's view, a perfectly done roof and good guttering to a water but. A great install.

Here we see Mr W’s view, a perfectly done roof and good guttering to a water but. A great install. You’ll also notice on the roof our solar panels powering the lights inside, they really are very good!

Mr W wrote to me this evening:

‘Cabin is almost complete now. Just a few finishing touches left to do.
We have been enjoying the peace and tranquillity it gives this afternoon.
The Lukas cabin really was very easy to build, and thanks to you and your excellent after sales (and after hours) service meant that the build went without a hitch. I think the hardest part of the build was painting the cabin, inside and out. 5 litres of wood preservative and wood stain took us a little while to accomplish but that is all finished now, and it really looks great. Using spare timber that was used in the packaging for the cabin, I made two full length shelves in the shed half. I was going to use it to store garden furniture, but I think the other half has different ideas. I dare say she will win, and certainly the shelving will be used to store her threads, yarns and wools, that she will frequently use while ‘relaxing’ in the cabin. We have built the cabin overlooking a dyke that surrounds our back garden. Beyond that we have a fantastic view across fields and open countryside.

Very kind regards to you and your team’

It’s this sort of thing that I love, a relationship with a customer, a start, a middle and an end to a transaction and hopefully I’ll hear from Mr W again in a year or two to give me an update. So often I just do the sale and I hear nothing afterwards, an ending is rewarding so please always let me know how you get on.

Mr W, thank you very much and I hope you have a long and happy retirement enjoying your views. A Goodie box is winging it’s way to you as a thank you for being such a great customer and making me smile