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.

Is the Corfu Gazebo not quite right for you? Explore our range of Wooden Gazebos.

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

Edelweiss Log Cabin Feature

On the Edelweiss Log Cabin product page, we like to give you the nitty gritties of the product in terms of dimensions, technical installation tips and the best feature of said product.

But, on this page we let our previous customers voice their opinion on the Edelweiss Log Cabin and let them show you their thoughts, ideas and pictures! We may also have our team input why they desire that particular product too, so here goes..

Edelweiss Log Cabin

A thick 70mm log construction and double glazed as standard.

The Edelweiss Log Cabin measures 5.1 x 6.0m. Featuring three internal rooms and second storey loft room. Along with a combination of thick 70mm interlocking wall logs and double glazing – together these provide a natural warmth and create a cosy, homely feeling. Perfect as overnight, occasional guest accommodation, the interior of the Edelweiss is split into three distinct rooms using full height internal partitions.

Reviews:

With all of these features, you can really see why we love the // and our customers agree too- with an average customer rating of five stars. Here are a few excerpts from a few of our Edelweiss Log Cabin Reviews:

“Quality of timber and machining were excellent, having built a similar sized building a few years ago which was slightly more expensive, this building is very good value for money.Spend a little more and insulate under the floor and the roof, you will have a truly wonderful all year building.”- Mr. S Musgrove 

“First class service from Tuin, Karen has always been so helpful and friendly. The installers were very efficient and professional. The quality of the cabin is outstanding, thoroughly well made and thought out to every little detail. Everyone who’s seen it wants one now! 10/10”- Mrs. A Round
“The cabin arrived and although the access was difficult the driver was fantastic at getting the pallets where we wanted them. We used installers recommended to us by Tuin and they were fantastic too. We love the cabin, very well constructed with loads of space at a great price and will certainly recommend this company to others. Thank You!” – Mrs. H Cunningham
We also have a more detailed reviews along with supporting images to give you a more thorough walkthrough of a customer’s installation process:

Installation:

The installation for the // Log Cabin is a simple process, so long as you keep organised. You can find loads of information in order to be fully prepared for installing your Log Cabin on the Essential Installation Manual as well as plenty of other Log Cabin Fitting Tips throughout the blog, from our expert (practically), Richard.

Here is one of our favourite installation sets of images:

Installed:

And when installed and treated/painted… Its just a showstopper… Here are just a few of our favourite customer installs:

Videos:

We have also received a few videos, so you can experience the Edelweiss Log Cabin from all angles, simply click on one below to start watching:

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.

Perfect as overnight, occasional guest accommodation, the interior of the Edelweiss is split into three distinct rooms using full height internal partitions. It is not obvious from the outside, but when you venture inside the Edelweiss reveals a second storey loft room accessible by a hatch.

Edelweiss Log Cabin

A thick 70mm log construction and double glazed as standard.

For more details such as measurements and the breakdown of what comes within the self build kit, please look at the Edelweiss Log Cabin product page.

If the Edelweiss isn’t to your approval, you should also take a look at the Berlin Log Cabin Feature page.

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.

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

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.

Derby Log Cabin Feature

On the Derby Log Cabin product page, we like to give you the nitty gritties of the product in terms of dimensions, technical installation tips and the best feature of said product.

But, on this page we let our previous customers voice their opinion on the Derby Log Cabin and let them show you their thoughts, ideas and pictures! We may also have our team input why they desire that particular product too, so here goes..

The Derby Log Cabin

The 58mm Derby Double Glazed Log Cabin measuring 4.4m x 4.4m.

The Derby Log cabin has all the features to be used for extra accommodation, garden office or gym. A spacious and airy building offering full double glazed front and three opening windows to the side, this log cabin also benefits from double doors and three double windows. It’s also made from 58mm thick Spruce timber to give you a return on the investment with the heating capacity reducing heating costs- especially if you Insulate the Floor and Roof.

Reviews:

With all of these features, you can really see why we love the Derby and our customers agree too- with an average customer rating of five stars. Here are a few excerpts from some of the Derby Log Cabin Reviews:

“The quality of the cabin is excellent – the logs are cut very accurately and it’s very easy to put together (like Lego for grown-ups!). The whole thing is very solid. The instructions are minimal but it’s not difficult to work out what goes where if you take the time to sort ALL of the pieces in the pack first. ” – Mr. C Mabon

“The building of the Cabin was straight forward. All parts fitted without difficulty. The boards that did have twists soon straightened when fitted… To sum up, I am pleased with the quality and service and would be happy to recommend this product if asked to.” – Mr. G Morris 

“I  was originally thinking of going for a different product from a rival supplier, but concerns about the quality held me back. The wide breadth of information on Tuin’s website, much of it amusingly quirky, persuaded me that they know a thing or two about log cabins. The quality of the log cabin appears to be very good. All in all, good value for money.” -Mr. H Kwiatkowski

We also have a few more detailed reviews along with supporting images to give you a more thorough walkthrough of a customer’s installation process:

Installation:

The installation for the // Log Cabin is a simple process, so long as you keep organised. You can find loads of information in order to be fully prepared for installing your Log Cabin on the Essential Installation Manual as well as plenty of other Log Cabin Fitting Tips throughout the blog, from our expert (practically), Richard.

Here is one of our favourite installation sets of images:

Installed:

And when installed and treated/painted… Its just a showstopper… Here are just a few of our favourite customer installs:

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.

Seeing the examples above- I am certain that the Derby would make a fantastic home office or hobby room! The 58mm logs will keep heat for all year around use.. And paired with Roof and Floor Insulation.. You’d never have to leave!

The Derby Log Cabin

The 58mm Derby Double Glazed Log Cabin measuring 4.4m x 4.4m.

For more details such as measurements and the breakdown of what comes within the self build kit, please look at the Derby Log Cabin product page.

For other garden buildings similar to the derby, take a look at the Blackpool Log Cabin Feature and the Stian Log Cabin Feature pages.

Jos Log Cabin Customer Review

Hi everyone!

It’s getting closer to the end of the year – But it’s great to see customers who are still installing their Log Cabins, even with the temperamental weather in the UK. For example Mr M – Who has very kindly sent in some pictures of their Jos Log Cabin installation, which has been transferred into a cosy Gin Hut!


Mr M writes as follows:

The Jos Log Cabin, Safely Delivered

The arrival of my Jos corner cabin. Delivered by friendly/skilled forklift driver who even managed to unload into the garage. Worth taking the time to check off the materials list prior to assembly. We’ll protected packaging with materials to spare. (Note – We recommend this within our T&C too!)

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These rot proof packers are worth considering and helped me out greatly throughout my build. After spending great effort ensuring a near level slab base I still used these packers to take up any gap such as the slight skirting to slab edging. I would always recommend a wet mix of sand and cement rather than dry.

Log Cabin Foundation Beams

Use a DPM under the foundation beams for further protection

Then I cut and filed down the tongue. Screw fixing of first wall panels. 2 per board is an ample amount, screwing them approx 150mm from ends .From this point assembly is quick. I clear coated all tongue and grooves throughout. Note the space which I left for required annual wood preserving. This is essential in prolonging the life of your cabin. Don’t be tempted to squeeze into a corner to maximise space!

Jos Log Cabin Installation

Build coming along, wood preserving as I went. This helps maintain the cabin colour from expected expansion/contraction movement particularly in 1st seasonal settlement. Note the upside down section of door frame top. My tip and is best practiced throughout construction – place prior to securing. This was easily corrected later in the build and then squared and secured.

Installing the Jos Log Cabin

Time for the roof. The roofing timber was less awkward than expected, beams to kingpin are pre-angle cut- a job made easier with another pair of hands. I chose to add further protection by stapling in more DPM sheeting prior to shingles. I also decided to use the 75mm board from delivery pallet rather than the 40mm barge boards supplied. I reckon it is better proportioned to the final look of the roof. Time spent on the double angle cut where boards meet. Cut with green and trial fit to achieve best fit.

Installing the Jos Log Cabin Roof

Shingles on! Choose a dry day so as not to trap moisture and preferably a day warm enough to bond the bitumen strip. Watching the pyramid roof shingles video Tuin provide was particular helpful.

Pyramid Roof Shingles

I decided to further weather seal the foundation by adding folded sheet metal. This was bonded to slab using sikaflex EBT external sealant then primed and oil base coated.

Metal Foundation Cover

Floor time! More DPM sheeting and floor joists approx 300mm apart. Note more use of glazier packers to help level out the base.

Jos Log Cabin Floor Joists

You could also use off cuts of shingles if required.

Jablite boarding to help insulate underfoot… I purchased the optional 27mm flooring. Ensure the flooring is nailed tight with approx 10mm gap all around acting as a floating floor.

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The window latches were installed with more glazier packers to help centralise to frame. Off setting the second pin was another helpful tip from Tuin to add better seal when window in closed position.

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Personalised wee gin den! I also picked up from previous customer review about finishing above the door with edging. A nice finishing touch.

Gin Pub Sign

A great way to lay the rules straight for gin.

Project complete. So happy with the cabin Tuin supplied. I decided to go with a preserver which was in keeping with our house. There are some lovely new colour choices in wood preserving but I opted for the more traditional look showing the beauty in natural wood, knots n’ all.

The Completed Jos Log Cabin

Don’t be frightened to have a go, and don’t rush your build, enjoy it! Some reviews mention about done in 2 days etc… Yes you can assemble quick but my advice is to allow for several good quality preserving coats remembering to take into account drying times and unpredictable weather. Protect as you go and don’t feel rushed into completing.

I hope this review gives you some useful pointers and demonstrates the well built garden spaces Tuin provide. Well done Tuin for having such a fantastic range of product and very reasonably priced. Your product deserves the time and feedback to allow you continued success within your field.

… Now time to enjoy our new space with a gin or few!


Some very handy tips in this review, I love the sign above the cabin door! The end product shows how perfectly the Jos Log Cabin can become a cosy Gin Hut for two, truly marvelous! Thank you again for sending this in.

Interested in more reviews like Mr M’s? You can find more with a range of cabins at: Tuin Pictorial Customer Reviews.

Shepherds Hut Deluxe Review

Now that the seasons are changing it’s starting to get quieter for this industry, but we do still have customers installing their cabins! For example, Mr M’s installation of their Shepherds Hut Deluxe to which he kindly sent in some images along with some commentary and tips for future installers.


Mr M writes as follows: 

A stable-full of beams and panels. Get it all under cover if possible. We started off by completing the base after correcting the three warped centre joists with modded joist hangers.  Note the bases – just paving slabs laid on a bed of sand.  Nearest is a thicker cast concrete slab also laid on sand to correct for the slope away from the wall.

Shepherd Hut Deluxe Base

Extra joist hangers were needed to correct 20 degree warp in the beam. Tuin supply 18 but you will need 10 or 12 more if your beams are not straight. Ours were cut-down joist hangers (they are only twisted plates) – not brilliant quality but good enough.  Not sure if Tuin could sell you more of the real thing, I didn’t ask. (Note: We do sell joist hangers)

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This is by far the most tedious part of the build

Shepherd Hut Deluxe - Staining

Apply preservative and stain/paint as many parts as practicable before assembly – pay particular attention to the end grain.

Flooring goes on late into the evening    note two teenage helpers; almost as essential as the tea and hammers. Also note the clamps – you will need them. We are using cut-clasp nails.  You will need roughly three packs – 14 nails in each board.  It may sound overkill but it makes the base really secure, better safe than sorry.

Shepherd Hut Deluxe Flooring

Sides are on in the next image, as are the steps and the door hinge beams. Pay close attention to getting the hinge beams vertical in all planes prior to the roof going on or the doors will be skew-whiff.

Shepherd Hut Deluxe Walls

The roof and doors are on the next picture, I did the doors first as the roof will get in the way.  The roof is easier than expected, just keep it all tight at first with your sash cramps to keep it nice and square.  This is a month or so after the previous pic – I fell off our original step ladder adding the first feather roof beam and cracked a rib.  Highly recommended replacement cherry-picker ladder featured!

Shepherd Hut Deluxe Doors

The completed hut.  Looks good doesn’t it? The picture was taken after first frosts of the autumn (October 5th). I haven’t added the eight end roof arcs yet. We plan to add a wriggly tin roof eventually, and the roof arcs will finish that off nicely. 

Note replacement glass fibre reinforced felt laid across the arc – there are six pieces all glued and clout-nailed with the overlap away from the prevailing wind – important in Highland Perthshire! Laying it this way uses less felt and we think looks better than length-wise. It is certainly easier to do as it has no tendency to want to slide off. I suggest that you check YouTube shed covering videos which show a proper drip edge rather than wrap the covering round the roof edge as the instructions show – that will encourage the rain water to travel up to the sides of the hut via capillary action and you don’t want that. 

The completed Shepherds Hut Deluxe


Some very handy tips in this review, though we are sorry to hear about your step ladder incident – I hope it healed nicely! The end product shows how perfectly the Shepherds Hut Deluxe fits in with its surrounding garden, truly marvelous! Thank you again for sending this in.

Interested in more reviews like Mr M’s? You can find more with a range of cabins at: Tuin Pictorial Customer Reviews.