Kennet Log Cabin Show Site Build

Hello everyone!

I know it hasn’t been long since the Lennart Show Site Build post.. But I had so much fun writing it I just couldnt wait much longer for the next one!

For those who have been to our showsite, you should remember the Stig Gazebo Log Cabin that was to your left. We’re giving this area an upgrade by replacing it with the Kennet Log Cabin! (It fitted well with our current base and decking) Unfortunately our apprentice sales assistant Andrew was needed in the office for this build, so its all up to our experienced installers Wayne and Phillip to install this beauty!

As I like to stress in my posts, organisation is very important to save time when building a Log Cabin, so I was more than willing to help organise and lay out the parts needed to start installing the Kennet.

Kennet Logs Organised

You’ll thank me later guys!

Now these two didn’t waste any time with installing this cabin, they headed off to an amazing start. Leaving no log behind! (even the small ones at the end of the gazebo that I found amusing).

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The next thing I knew the windows were fitted and the walls were getting taller than me!

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During this process of watching and keeping warm (thank you to the Lennart overhang for keeping me dry!) watching these guys became a trance.. Most of the time they didn’t even need to talk, one turns around and the other has a mallet ready for them, it was almost magical? If you have heard of a bromance, this is what I call the true sight of it.

Once the walls reached the last log the long 5m log was installed to the front of what will become the Gazebo, to keep this log up there is a post that’ll go to the other end to hold everything up (no pressure, support post). And this is where things turned technical… As you can see from the first image below, the decking is too high. This is because the decking was laid for the Stig Log Cabin, which is shorter in height.

There were spirit levels, a state of “Up a bit.. No, too high..!” and a chisel involved with resolving this problem, but not too long after the boys managed to do it! And now the gazebo will be level with the Log Cabin.

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The next step was installing the apex, which from writing the last post I was thoroughly educated on.

Kennet Cabin Apex

Apex.. Not Perspex!

Then the guys stopped for a break, which is great until.. It sunk in that all I have done during these stages was organise the logs, stand under the Lennart and take photos.. Which in their eyes, immediately made me the delegated coffee maker (I made the coffee a little weaker than usual so I wouldnt have to do another coffee run anytime soon hehe).

With coffee consumed and plans revised they were once more at it again- with no signs of stopping their speed anytime soon! Their next plan of action was the continuation of the Gazebo.. Now at the beginning of this I was confused by the cut of this corner section, they’re very slanted and I was concerned there would be issues with interlocking them.. But turns out I was wrong, just a few seconds longer than any other log to make sure it was all aligned!

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The purlins for the Kennet were ones I’ve never seen before, with these two circular ends on either side of the wall, the rest of the purlins were installed by interlocking one end to the wall, and screwing the other end to the circular pieces:

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Then, you guessed it.. The installation of the roof boards. This seemed to me like it would take longer to complete compared to the Lennart, so I left the guys in peace while they started the roof. In the meantime, I was writing the Lennart Show Build post.

With a few breaks away from the computer every now and then, I was sucessfully able to capture their progress on the roof boards:

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Now, the part where I learnt some things.. Number one, the smell of timber is very pleasant (no lie). Number two, the small nails in your general fixing kit are called Clout Nails.. And are for fixing the shingles to the roof boards! For the Kennet we decided to use the Brown Rounded Shingles from our shingle selection. In order to save time (and build the bromance) Wayne started securing the shingles while Philip finished up the rest of the roof boards, before helping finishing off the shingles.

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Unfortunately the guys ended up finishing the cabin in my absence for writing (“Let me know when you finish the roof and start the doorframe and overhand thingy” I said.. But noo”) But I did get Wayne to go through the process of how they finished the cabin off: They installed the door frame the same way they did with the Lennart, and installed the triangle overhang by placing it down from above and screwing it to secure it:

Log Cabin Doors And Overhang

And with those last two pieces to the puzzle, everything tied in together beautifully! All ready for treatment.

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Amazing work guys.. The Kennet Log Cabin was slightly more complex to install in my opinion (with the gazebo being a main aspect of the install), but definitely not impossible! I wonder what the next show site cabin will be..

To become thoroughly prepared for your Log Cabin Install, I highly recommend that you read Richard’s Fitting Advice Pages. You will also find more specific articles that may help when you look at the ‘Important Information’ tab on our Log Cabin pages.

If you haven’t read my first post about the Lennart Show Site Build Andrew and myself went though, you should certainly do so! As well as one written by our sales assistant in training, Becky helping with the Daisy Log Cabin and 28mm Storage Annexe!

For more posts like this, from a customer’s point of view check out our selection of Customer Pictorial Reviews.

 

Tuindeco Show site in Norwich

Please Contact us before visiting us at  Brooke NR15 1HJ

We do supply mainly to the trade but we do have a small show site near Norwich in Norfolk.  It’s not big or flash but it does the job in case you want to pop along to chat to us, get to know us, ask for advice or to have a look at a few bits and pieces.

There is a HUGE one in Holland if you’d like to visit let us know!

A show site is not something we’ve had for years as our dealers have always had them but times have changed and the internet has destroyed margins for our dealers. What used to be big sites are now reduced to fiddly little ones as we all chase the internet prices.

The internet is great, you get great prices, bargains galore!  But there is a trade off: An average show site is about £30000 and it needs to be changed every year. That’s a lot of cash to be tied up!  Everyone wants the best prices and when a retailer has £30 000 tied up he’s got to make a lot of sales to warrant the site.  You can see why show sites are getting fewer except of course those where you pay WAY over the odds, and why would you want to do that!

Well, I think it is a bit of a shame, we want to see what we are buying but unfortunately we can’t show everything, nor can anyone else.  You can though pop along and see us, or ask us for our nearest retailer to you. There’s a few around but none stock everything as we do.  Especially if you are interested in any of the private label range of log cabins we have. Don’t please expect huge sites though, have you seen our prices?

Please ask us though for your nearest retailers show site if ours is too far away.

We have a site just outside Norwich (NR15 1HJ for your satnav) and have the following on display:

Stuttgart Log Cabin

Stuttgart Log Cabin Now replaced with the Asmund corner log cabin for 2014 with slightly different windows.

Small Sauna

Small Sauna

Garden Bespoke Veranda

Garden Bespoke Veranda

Kyra 45mm log cabin

Kyra 45mm log cabin

Pergola with a canvas / plastic roof

Pergola with a canvas / plastic roof

Tourist Gazebo

Tourist Gazebo

We have a 58mm insulated office similar to this one

We have a 58mm insulated office similar to this one

A brand new product and this will be built by March at our show site

The Klair Log cabin with a delightful curved roof

Another new product and it will be built by 1st March

Our favourite product the gypsy caravan or shepherd hut, however you want to describe it …. it’s amazing!

New larch building built by 1st March

New larch building we will also be adding modules to this to create a garden office.

single carport

Single carport

We also have several items of garden furniture, picnic benches and tables, planters and other items including carousels of timber samples, iron-mongary, brackets, fencing and all sorts.  We also have take away bargains for returned items that are a huge bargain, ask us what we have on offer before you visit.

It’s not a big site as we’ve never needed it but you may enjoy a wander and a natter with us.  Regardless of what we have on show you can see the timber used, construction and who we are.  Give us a bell before you come and we can get the kettle on and the mystery free gifts ready for you.

Please Contact us before visiting us at  Brooke NR15 1HJ