Agnes Log Cabin Feature

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

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

The Agnes Log Cabin With Shed Annexe

A 3.0m x 4.4m Shed And Summer House In One

Built using first rate timber from the Spruce trees of Sweden the 45mm Agnes Log Cabin measures 3.0 x 4.4m. Featuring double doors, two opening windows and separate access door to the shed annexe with a full height partition to ensure clear distinction between the two components.

Reviews:

With the double glazed double doors and two opening windows, you can see why the Agnes is preferable and our customers agree too- with an average customer rating of five stars. Here are a few excerpts from some of the Agnes Log Cabin Reviews:

“Just finished our Agnes summerhouse/shed, and very pleased with results and would recommend this to anyone with reasonable DIY skills. I also put insulation under the floor in the summerhouse area so we can make use of it in winter. I found the main door into the summerhouse tricky to assemble, but Tuin were able to provide very quick responses to my queries and help me on my way.” – Mr. C McMillen 

“This cabin is fantastic! It’s so nice I’ve recommended a friend to buy one!!
It’s top quality, logs are great quality and the quality of the doors are best I’ve seen. Very happy with the finished result and it sits lovely in the garden” -Mr. M Thompson 

“Delivery made easy with the transport company using their on board forklift. 4 hours later I had the Agnes cabin structure fully assembled on my own instructions easy to follow. Next day roof and doors installed with ease as again instructions were clear and simple to follow.The quality of the cabin is of a high standard and extremely attractive to look at. Storage area very spacious and the cabin is a good size for our purposes.” – Mr. T Taggart 

We also have a more detailed customer review, if you would like a little more in depth opinions backed with pictures of the installation process:

Installation:

The installation for the Agnes 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 are one of our favourite installation sets of images:

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Installed:

And when installed and treated/painted… It really is brimming with potential.. Here are just a few of our favourite customer installs:

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Videos:

We have also received videos, so you can experience the Agnes 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.

Agnes log cabin customer gallery.

With the additional side storage space and 45mm logs, the Agnes Log Cabin is ideal for a summerhouse or home office- even more!

The Agnes Log Cabin With Shed Annexe

A 3.0m x 4.4m Shed And Summerhouse In One

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

If the Agnes doesn’t quite meet your fancy, then maybe you’ll prefer the: Emma Log Cabin, Asmund Log Cabin or the Aiste Log Cabin.

Blackpool Log Cabin Feature

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

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

Blackpool Log Cabin

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

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

Reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

Installation: 

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

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

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Installed: 

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

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Customer Pictures:

If you would like to see more photo’s from customers please click on the picture below – Note: This will take you to our customers photo gallery hosted by Google Photos. Pictures may show older models or customer own modifications.

Blackpool log cabin customer gallery

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

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

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

Blackpool Log Cabin

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

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

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

Blackpool Log Cabin Review

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


Mr H writes as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blackpool Log Cabin Fully Installed

 


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

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

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

Gunda Log Cabin Review

A big thank you to Mr B for sending us in this amazing review! He talks about the process that he and his wife took in order to select, purchase, receive and install the Gunda Log Cabin. To find out how it all went!


Mr B writes as follows:

Initial Decision
I had on old shed (built in 1981 according to a pencil inscription inside one of the panels that I found when demolishing it!) that was starting to fall apart in spite of being nicely looked after. But what to replace it with?

I photograph houses for estate agents and during my travels I had seen a number of really nice, high quality log cabins that people had fitted out as studios, summer houses and workshops. But I thought that these would be very expensive and did not, at first, consider them as an option. I visited the local shed supply companies and garden centres and was almost ready to order a 22mm loglap shed, but I wasn’t completely happy with what I was getting. I decided to have a look on the internet to see how much a proper log cabin would cost and what was available. I asked Google for “4m x 4m Log Cabins” and pretty soon I was on the Tuin website and had found the Gunda cabin that was exactly the size I wanted. And the price was less than the 22mm loglap shed I was considering! Result!

But what was the quality like? To cut a long story short I looked at the specifications, customer reviews and all the building tips and hints and other useful information on the website and I was sold! The technical specification was far in excess of the other one and coupled with the detailed info on the website it was a no brainer which to choose so I placed my order.

After Sales Service
After placing my order I immediately received an e-mail with detailed information on delivery information, construction information etc. So far so good.
I had a number of questions about various things (the colour of the shingles, some construction questions etc) that I sent e-mails to Tuin for clarification. I expected a response within a couple of days as is normal with most companies these days – but Tuin is obviously not a normal company – I received a response within hours to every query! Unbelievable service!

I have to quote this example: At 18:42 on SUNDAY 2 October 2016 I sent an e-mail to the Tuin Out of Hours Construction Support e-mail address with a query. I received a response from Richard at 18:45 the same day! Now, I have dealt with many, many companies that claim to offer (and sometimes provide) good customer service. But I have never experienced such quick responses to my queries EVER.
Delivery
The delivery was as per the information in the acknowledgement of order e-mail. The shipping company contacted me by phone and we agreed a date and time for the delivery. And that is exactly when it arrived. The driver phoned me when he was about half an hour away as promised by the shipping company. The driver was very friendly and put the package on the driveway as requested. Very smooth and professional delivery experience.

Construction
The initial e-mail stressed the importance of reading through all the construction information and tips on the website even if you are having a contractor build the log cabin for you. I read through all the information a couple of times, and also watched the very useful construction video at least four times. If you are considering building the log cabin yourself (which I did) then this would be my absolute recommendation! Watch the construction video as many times as you can!

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Timber Frame Base
I had a partial concrete slab from the old shed, but also some areas of compacted hardcore which was relatively level. I did not want to go to the trouble and expense of casting a new concrete base so decided to use a timber frame base with Tuin’s Timber Frame Base Pads. Tuin offers a timber frame base design service for a nominal fee (which you get back if you order the timber from them) which I decided to use. A proper technical design with detailed dimensions was sent to me detailing how many base pads I needed and what timber was required. I priced it all at my local timber merchant and then decided to order the whole lot directly from Tuin as it was very competitively priced.

The construction of the timber base was a breeze and getting the whole thing perfectly level and square was so simple – the Base Pads are adjustable to allow very precise adjustment of each pad to ensure a perfectly level base.

Building the Cabin
My wife and I started the cabin on a Saturday afternoon (it had been raining in the morning) quite late and by 17:08 we had put up seven rows of logs all the way round when we stopped because it had started to rain again. By 11:59 on Sunday morning we had completed the shell of the cabin. At 16:29 on Sunday afternoon I took a photo of the roof board installation that I had just completed.

The installation was so simple! Everything was well labeled and all the logs just clicked together – I have seen some children’s building blocks that were more difficult to put together!
It took me another afternoon during the week to install and finish off the roof shingle installation and another day to finish off the floorboard installation.

After much deliberation we decided we wanted to keep the wood look of the cabin and opted for an undercoat of Sadolin Light Oak Classic and two coats of Sadolin Light Oak Extra. It turned out beautifully and we are very happy with the result.

All the components needed to construct the cabin had been included and I did not even need to purchase a single screw or nail to complete it. In fact there was enough timber left over from the construction and the packing crate for me to make a substantial shelf rack and a very sturdy work bench (I did have to purchase the bench top).
It was an absolutely trouble free build, there were no hitches at all and I am absolutely delighted with the result!

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Conclusion
This whole process was by far the best overall customer experience that I have had from any organisation anywhere – ever.
The ordering was simple, queries were professionally and (unbelievably) quickly answered, the website information was comprehensive, detailed, easy to follow and most importantly, in plain language. Delivery was exactly as arranged and the construction was straight forward, easy and fun. The quality of all the components was top drawer, from the quality of the timber, the accuracy of the cuts to little things like stainless steel screws, plenty of nails etc. Which all means that my new log cabin is a high quality addition to my home that has added value to my property and that I will enjoy for many years to come.

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Thanks to the Tuin team for an outstanding product and customer service!

There is absolutely no doubt that I will recommend Tuin with out any hesitation at all!


Thank you Mr B for this review! We are so glad that we was able to give you all of the support you needed- your Gunda Log Cabin looks amazing! We hope that you enjoy your new workshop and your gift from us for many years to come!

For more customer reviews like Mr B’s see: Pictorial Customer Reviews.

Berlin Log Cabin Feature

On the Berlin 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 Berlin 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..

Berlin Log Cabin

Berlin Log Cabin with internal room and mezzanine floor

A large building from our private label range of log cabins. This building features two rooms and an upper level floor, measuring at 4.90m x 5.30m with 45mm thick logs and double glazed windows the Berlin is ideal for use as a home office, gym or additional accommodation. Featuring both double and single doors with three tilt and turn windows to give you plenty of access and natural light.

Reviews:

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

“From ordering, all the way to delivery, everything was smooth. The images of the Berlin cabin really doesn’t do it justice on the site. I was absolutely over the moon with this cabin and the quality of the wood. Great deal and a great buy” -Mr. H Shepherd

“The quality of the product was excellent . Putting it together was quite straight forward [ with the help of the manual and drawings ] .An enjoyable task. Overall excellent” – Mr. P Wynne 

“The cabin arrived really well packaged on two pallets. You do need lots of space to lay out the logs as they are mixed through both pallets. Very pleased with the quality of the product and would purchase from Tuin again in the future. Would recommend to others.” -Mrs L McNeish 

Installation:

The installation for the Berlin 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:

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Installed:

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

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Customer Pictures:

If you would like to see more photo’s from customers please click on the picture below – Note: This will take you to our customers photo gallery hosted by Google Photos. Pictures may show older models or customer own modifications.

Berlin Log Cabin Customer Gallery

When paired with some Roof and Floor Insulation, the Berlin is the ideal size for some additional accommodation in your garden, or even your own hideaway to let your creativity run wild.

Berlin Log Cabin

Berlin Log Cabin with internal room and mezzanine floor

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

If you’d prefer a thicker log for better heat capacity, we recommend you reading about the Blackpool Log Cabin, the Stian Log Cabin or even the Ben Clockhouse Log Cabin.

 

Julia Log Cabin Review

It always brings me joy when I see a review in my emails. So I’d like to say thank you to Mr H for sending in his review on his Julia Log Cabin. In this he talks about how he made his Log Cabin multifunctional for both himself and his wife- with high quality images!


Mr H writes as follows: 

The fun started with the delivery. We live in a small town in mid-Suffolk, the sort of place that big lorries only get through with a police escort, so God knows where the driver parked his truck. I wish I’d been there to see it, but the first I knew of the actual delivery was when I came home about mid-day the day before the scheduled delivery, to find the driver trying to find me. Apparently there’d been lots of attempts to contact me to advise of the early delivery, but since I’d been away and I don’t use a mobile phone, he was at a loss as to what to do.

Fortunately he didn’t give up, and we met half way between our house and the low bridge where he was stuck with his fork-lift. A lot of beard-tugging and tea-drinking followed, and it finally became clear that the only way he was going to get the fork-lift under the 9ft railway bridge was to offload the shingles and the extra windows, which were on top of the 5m-wide load. Even at this stage it was a miracle he’d got that far, having crabbed sideways with his fork-lift to get past the parked cars on the narrow approach road.

For the scheduled delivery I had intended to politely ask the residents to move their cars for the purpose, so that saved me a grovel or two. Lightening the load (nearly a ton of wood, plus what felt like half a ton of shingles) meant the business end of the fork-lift could be moved out and forward of the wheels without overbalancing the whole lot. As the forks thus came down about 2ft, it looked like the truck would finally clear the bridge. Not quite, but he found a spot in the middle of the road that the forks just cleared by about 2cm, and the subsequent 72-point turn took him about 20 minutes. He got a round of applause from the guys in the garage on the corner, and another cup of tea.

Reused Brick Base

The previous, unfortunately small base

We’d had a greenhouse on the site where the log cabin was to go, but the single brick course that was the greenhouse’s foundation was just enough inches out from the perfect size to be utterly useless (confirmed by Tuin’s very helpful Customer Service staff). Taking the bricks down left a floor of Indian sandstone slabs that, by themselves, were not level enough for the log cabin, so I concreted a 8″ wide foundation directly onto the sandstone. I was going to concrete in the whole area, until I worked out how much 15sq yards of concrete were going to cost, even at three inches deep!

Getting that down and level was perhaps the most difficult bit of the whole build, but absolutely essential, as Tuin’s site repeatedly emphasises. Getting the joists level was a bit of a nightmare, as the Indian sandstone had lumps and bumps all over the place: I took to chiselling off the worst of the unevenness. The floor was then built up with 70mm insulation between the joists (in an eccentric pattern due to the sandstone), with a damp-proof membrane underneath, 11mm chipboard on top of the joists, and hard-wearing wood laminate ‘planks’ on top (half price at Wickes) with standard underlay.

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The cabin went up so quickly I forgot to take many pictures of it. Everything fitted beautifully, and you could almost dispense with the instructions. But then the Julia is an oblong ‘box’ with no complex corners, so I wouldn’t recommend losing the instructions when dealing with a more complicated build. I didn’t have the space available to lay all the pieces out for identification and to make the build easier, but it didn’t matter – it was very easy anyway.

However, I still made a few mistakes. Nothing to do with Tuin, but entirely due to my own lack of forethought about the interior fittings. The cabin was to be a workshop and a storage area for my photographic prints, and a quiet spot (ie. when I’m not in it) for my wife to paint and draw.

Julia Interior

It all ties in wonderfully, like it was meant to be!

But when I moved my work-bench in, and subsequently installed the worktops around two sides of the cabin, the beautiful picture window at the end of the cabin, which overlooks the river at the bottom of our garden and the farm beyond, was an inch too low. It opens OK, but there’s a gap around the frame (see pics). I’d forgotten to check the height of the bench before cutting the hole for the window.

I could in theory take it out and extend the window’s cavity upwards, or cut the worktop to fit around the window frame, but mentally the build is ‘finished’ now so I won’t be doing that. Besides, I’d never be able to cut the worktop straight enough, and that would look worse. But nobody notices my mistake, they’re too busy admiring the rest of the cabin!

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Incidentally, I chose a Tuin log cabin – not that I wouldn’t have chosen a Tuin for other reasons as well – because they are one of the very few, available at a sensible price and beautifully constructed, that has doors that open on the end wall, and not in the middle of the longer side. That ‘normal’ configuration was impossible for us, as we have the neighbour’s wall down one long side, and a substantial raised flower bed, with a tree in it, down the other. Not to put too fine a point on it, it was a relief to find the Tuin site and to find, among its hundreds of cabin configurations, exactly what we wanted. And because of that versatility, I’ve now lost my Tuin catalogue to some London friends who now also want a Tuin cabin…

My other mistake, similar to the first, was to cut the holes for the air vents without considering the fact that cupboards were going to be in the way of the lower one. So I now need to cut out another air vent, somewhere where it can breathe properly.

There was enough 40mm wood left over to build a small wood store down the side of the cabin, and more than enough shingles left to roof it over as well. Speaking of the shingles, as one who’s never put a roof on before (or built a log cabin for that matter), the instructions here were little confusing: doing the bulk of the roof was straightforward (I used Tuin’s Richard’s idea of inverting the first row, as it looks so much neater), but cocked up on the bit at the top (I forget what it’s called, the ridge at the top…). Half way along I realised I had the shingles (by now cut into singles) the wrong way round. Perhaps, again in my haste (it was starting to rain) I’d overlooked some key part of the instructions here, but it would pay to get that right first time.

Log Wood Store

A great idea to recycle left over timber!

And I didn’t quite know how to deal with the ends of the roof, where the shingles meet fresh air. I didn’t recall seeing any instructions about that, so in the end I cut off two inches of laid shingles along a straight-edge, and screwed onto the roof the remaining pieces of wood, butted up against the shingles. It looks neat, so I suppose it’ll be OK.

IKO Shingles on the Cabin Roof

All in all, I’m so chuffed that it looks great, will outlast me, and is an impressive addition to our ‘real estate’. We’ve yet to paint it and to add the interior electrics and the exterior guttering. Speaking of the paint, Brewers now recommend an acrylic paint by Bedec called Barn Paint, which needs no priming and ‘probably’ just two coats for full protection. However, the available colours are very limited, so my wife has come up with a cunning plan: a mix of the Forest Green Barn Paint plus about three other colours from the Barn Paint catalogue (free in sample sizes) to make the sage green that she wanted. That was the deal: I get the cabin, she chooses the colour.

I have been told that I am not to spend all my days in the cabin. We’ll see about that.

The Finished Install of the Julia Log Cabin

The roofing looks great- it all does in my opinion!


The Julia Log Cabin turned out to be perfect for the multipurpose work room! I think Mr & Mrs H did an amazing job with installing this- we don’t lie when we say installation can be quick! Thank you for sending this in, we hope you enjoy your Log Cabin and your gift for many years to come!

Other customer reviews ranging from installation to finishing touches can be here here at: Pictorial Tuin Reviews.

Justine Log Cabin Review- Part 2

Not too long ago we received a nicely detailed review/installation overview of Mr E’s Justine Log Cabin. And to our delight we found another email from him with a part two! This one goes in-depth on their finishing touches to their cabin.


Mr E writes as follows: 

After the build comes the finish and protection. This again can be time-consuming but is very visible so a good job is vital. The cleverer amongst you will have planned to apply protection to the outside of your cabin before the construction, we didn’t.

We had ideas, as I mentioned earlier we thought we might try Shou Sugi Ban, this would have meant turning a propane burner on the outside surfaces (eek!), scorching the wood then painting linseed oil on, this is a Japanese method of wood preservation and gives a long-lasting finish but definitely needs a lot of thought (courage!) and must be done before construction.

With this in mind we must be happy with a dark colour, we hoped this would make the cabin less conspicuous as it is visible from the lane but we would use a lighter colour for contrast on the windows, doors and facias. After looking at several company websites including those recommended by Tuin and getting some sample colours (very few offer samples – strange) we settled on Osmo natural oil wood treatment from Germany, it promised simple application, got some good reviews and we liked their Quartz Grey 907 as the primary colour.

Osmo recommend two coats applied thinly, that lets the wood grain show through and recoating is simple, no prep just paint over. The product is economical to use and does go a long way, I used a 2.5L of the 907 Quartz Grey, giving the front and sides three coats (for a more solid colour) and so far one coat on the back (we have nesting birds in the back hedge and I’m trying not to disturb them) but I have enough left for a second coat. The contrast colour is 903 Basalt Grey and a 750ml can give everything two coats with a bit left over for touch ups. Obviously, it’s too early to tell on longevity but I’m very happy with our choice.

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The deck area has been treated with two coats of decking oil as has the faces of the timber frame and I have put up some black 76mm guttering which will discharge into a water butt.

The interior floor has been treated to 3 coats of Bona Mega clear satin varnish, this is a water based product and is quick and easy to apply and dries rapidly. As the garage contents must go in soon, the interior walls are not yet treated or painted, but that and the electrics hook up can wait until the garage extension is finished.

The void space below the deck is a useful log store at the front (I have put an angled liner under the deck to stop water dripping through the gaps) and the space below the cabin has a plastic sheet pinned down to stop weeds and damp and I have put in a basic rack using the pallet off cuts so that long timber and our surf boards can be stored in relative shelter.

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What I thought was the last job has been to construct some steps up to the deck using lots of offcuts from the project – bits of frame posts, the palate, roof boards and fascia boards topped off with the last of the deck boards.

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My wife now wants a small lean to shed on the back for ready use garden tools so more work is promised!
I hope this is of some use to prospective builders, it has been really fun, though hard work at times and I hear that a friend in Wales that is looking to buy a cabin so Micky and I might have to get our mallets out again.

The Justine Cabin Finished For Now

Looking Stunning Mr E!

 


Its always exciting to hear we might have another part to the installation story. Your Justine is looking stunning Mr E, and we love how you optimise space and left over resources! We look forward to hearing from you again!

Part 1 of Mr E’s Justine Log Cabin Review.

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