Aiste Log Cabin Customer Feature Page

On the Aiste 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 Aiste 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..

Specifically designed for the UK, the Aiste measures at 5m x 3m and is below 2.5m in height, this makes the Aiste ideal as a small garden office or as an all year around summerhouse with the 40mm Spruce logs and the height that is suitable to be used without needing planning permission. (Though we recommend to check with your local council if you are unsure)

Reviews:

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

“I ordered this cabin and trusted the website information. The measurements are millimetre perfect! This is by far the best built cabin I have ever put up and I’ve done a few and made. one from scratch. The cabin went up in a day with no issues” – Dr. Paul Lewis 

“I looked at a few log cabin before picking Tuin and the Aiste. I must say I’m delighted I did. My experience with Tuin has been great. The delivery driver was also fantastic getting it into my narrow driveway. It went up with no issues as everything was marked. One piece for the window missing however once email to Tuin and I had it the following day.” – Mr. Gordon Roy

“Very very pleased with our product, looks exactly like the picture on website. We went up really easy from start to finish with instructions. Can’t wait to start using it.” – Dawn 

Installation:

The installation for the Aiste 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… Its just a showstopper… Here are just a few of our favourite customer installs:

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Videos:

We have also received a large amount of videos, so you can experience the Aiste 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.

Aiste Log Cabin Customer Photo album

We also decided to ask our experienced Sales Assistant Manager, Karen, to give her opinion on the Aiste- with both personal and experienced base opinions on why the Aiste Log Cabin is great for the UK market:

“The Aiste is very, very attractive.. My only downfall with it is the log thickness as i prefer the 58mm logs, however the UK market desires the 40mm log thickness with the double glazing windows and doors and this makes for a very good price!” 

A true point Karen, you can find the price on the product page- With plenty of options for foundation beams, flooring and roofing. You could also take advantage of our current Free Shingle Offer!

There’s no doubt as to why the Aiste made it to the showcase, its an ideal size for UK gardens and is brimming with potential!

Aiste Log Cabin

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

If the Aiste doesn’t quite meet your fancy, then maybe you’ll prefer the Jenny Log Cabin.

Customer Detailed Reviews For Tuin

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

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

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

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

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

Pictures and Video Files

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

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

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

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

Tuin Facebook Page

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

Customer Video Reviews

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

Tuin Vimeo Channels of customer walkthrough of their buildings.

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

Trustpilot Reviews.

Tuin on Trustpilot

Tuin Reviews on Trustpilot website

Preparing Your Log Cabin For The Winter

Hello everyone!

I’m sure you’ve noticed right now, but winter is coming, which for the UK means plenty of cold mornings, rain and, if we’re lucky, some snow. I feel like most people would love to just stay at home in a cosy room all day when it comes to winter, almost like hibernation, and one way you can find your area of peace and warmth is within your Log Cabin.

But before we continue, this post will be about the interior decor of a Log Cabin- If you want a building that will suffice through the groggy weather than you will need to be prepared. We recommend for all year around use at least a 40mm Log Cabin should be considered, although when thinking of logs it’s all about the heat capacity. So for a slightly more expensive cabin, such as our 58mm Log Cabins or 70mm Log Cabins, you would save money in the long run when it comes to heating and keeping the heat in the building. Insulating your Log Cabin will also aid greatly when it comes to keeping warm in the colder months.

We also highly recommend that you learn about expansion in Log Cabins and how timber naturally acts within the damper months. Although the process of expansion is normal for timber, there are a few ways that you can help prevent this, this especially includes treating your Log Cabin correctly, with the most suitable products for timber buildings.

Now, let’s say that you have/are getting a Log Cabin, and are all ready for the winter months. What else could you do to build that warm and cosy sanctuary you envisioned? The rest of this blog should help inspire you on how to complete the interior of your Log Cabin.

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Many of our customers use a woodburner to provide heat into their Log Cabins, and it’s a great idea! So long as it’s installed correctly, so if you are thinking of installing one please use a qualified installer in the process. The important things to consider is the natural expansion and contraction of the log cabin and that the flue needs to accommodate this without restrictions.

If the idea of wood burners within a wooden building concerns you – Why not try out an electric heater? A electrical convection heater is known to be enough to heat a Log Cabin, a great example is shown within our Emma Log Cabin.

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Another example is this Piet Log Cabin that has been turned into extra accomodation, it just oozes with comfort- Complete with a bathroom, small kitchen area and a double bed, all of which are kept warm with the use of an electrical convection heater. These two cabins also have another common feature – Fluffy blankets, they are truly a winter necessity.

With the use of additional logs that match your Log Cabin, or the use of cladded panels, there’s not much to stop you taking our standard kits and customising them to your preference. As shown with the Piet above and also with this 45mm Hendrick Log Cabin.

Measuring at 5m x 5m, there’s plenty of ‘play room’ for you to add internal walls giving users of the cabin their own privacy when it’s needed, especially when it comes to the bathroom. You may not think that 5m x 5m is that big, but you will be surprised at this example of the Hendrick- Featuring a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

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Prefer sleeping higher than the usual bed? The Berlin Log Cabin features an upper level that’s just right to put a bed in and the bare necessities- I love the little window on this upper level, could you imagine being able to look at the sky so easily while you’re in bed?

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Did you know that we have a few buildings for these moments in mind? For example the Camping Barrel, to help you sleep in style or work in comfort. Featuring two separate rooms to help you keep what you need, in the area you need it in.

Log Cabin Camping Barrel

It also seems that this owner put the bed in a higher position in order to gain some extra storage space. A brilliant idea

I realise as I’m typing this, not everyone likes to spend all of their days in bed, but a seating area can still be inviting and cosy. For example, this colourful Blackpool Log Cabin:

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Used as an office/study, these customers used contrasting colours to help brighten up the inside of their Blackpool cabin- With the blankets, cushions ready to be used for the winter.

Another colourful example is this Yorick Log Cabin, with the feature length windows giving in plenty of natural light, the light is also used to make the cushions on this corner sofa stand out! Not to mention that the sofa does look perfect for a social evening. Monopoly with a cuppa, anyone?

Yorick Garden Office Log Cabin

Corner sofas really are a great way to utilise space in your cabin, and sometimes (especially for smaller cabins) less is more. For example this Daisy Log Cabin, featuring just the necessities for a lovely evening.

Daisy Log Cabin

The colour scheme for this cabin is also a wise choice, the wider wall colour will help add more visual space.

… Is it too early to mention Christmas?

Yorick Garden Office Log Cabin

Hear me out though, a sofa, table and a bar?! That is some impressive space utilisation.

Another beautifully made seating/study area is this Ukrik Log Cabin, that contradicts the earlier posts – Soft interior works too! It’s all about finding a colour scheme that suits your tastes, as well as finding enough chairs to get everyone in, since we’ve proven that space won’t be a problem for some of these cabins.

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And of course, what would be a post by myself if it didn’t include a Shepherds Hut or two? It’s one of the main reasons why I love these so much, even though they look plain and simple on the outside, there are so many ways in which you can transform a Shepherds Hut! The majority of these examples are from our Gypsy Caravan model.

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A Log Cabin can easily be turned into a cosy area with a few things. Of course, there is making sure you are prepared for when log cabin expansion naturally occurs, along with having the most suitable log thickness and insulation for the job. Once the fundamentals are down, then you can start playing with a colour scheme that reflects you and your personality, picking the heating source you’d prefer and of course, finding all of the fluffy blankets and cushions that you can.

How are you preparing for the winter? We’d love to learn how in the comments below!

Log Cabin Carpenters or Builders

Log Cabins are pretty easy to install as long as you know the basic fundamentals.

The problems come if you don’t understand the build and sometimes worse still; if you employ a ‘professional’ to do the build for you who does not understand the process.

Sometimes beware of the professional as they may lack the understanding fully of what is involved despite their credentials of a professional builder, carpenter or joiner.

Please note most professional Tradesmen are absolutely fine and competent, this post is aimed at some that you employ that maybe too confident in their own abilities and may not understand the build, or, in some cases will not find out the complexities believing it to be a simple shed.

Professional Trades People

I’ve said it before, anyone who is a qualified builder / carpenter / joiner or ‘time served’ or ‘experienced’ or ‘trusted’ does not necessarily know about how to install a log cabin.

I think sometimes it is down to their professionalism and that they believe they should know it all but there are some key points that should be understood. Sometimes though this may not be fully realised by your chosen, (non log cabin experienced) installer

In a previous post (Here) I recounted the story of a customer who was recommended as follows:

“A friend of mine who has been a ‘time served chippy’ for 40 years told me that all I had to do was nail a board over the gap.”

Just because your chosen installer is a ‘professional’ it does not mean they know what they are doing with a log cabin install so please thoroughly check with them and make sure you ask them to read and understand our advice: Log Cabin Installation Advice.  

We also list a great deal more advice here: https://www.tuin.co.uk/Tuin-Useful-Information.html this advice may also be pertinant to other reputable suppliers, regardless whether you buy from us or not. All these things are useful to know if you are considering a Log Cabin from most reputable retailers.

Please remember though; “installing a log cabin is easy” – I say this all the time: Log Cabin Fitting Tips. BUT to make it easy you need to understand some basic things about the install and have a proper understanding of the building.

Below are examples of some very silly mistakes made by tradesmen who didn’t understand a log cabin install. All of these customers came to us rather fraught and we had to guide them or the installer on how to do it correctly, in some cases we had to visit site and correct the build, in the extreme it needed a complete new building.

Log Cabin Floor

A log cabin floor should go inside the cabin, not the cabin on top of the floor!

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The floor needs to be a floating floor as you would in your house.

Our log cabins have a floating floor inside the cabin and it is installed after the cabin has been built.

Our log cabins have a floating floor inside the cabin and it is installed after the cabin has been built.

Never allow your installer to lay the floor first and then the cabin, this will cause you lot of problems in the future. The floor should be a floating floor and your builder should be aware of this. Some ‘professionals’ treat a log cabin as a shed, a log cabin is a completely different beast to simple sheds.

Log Cabin Base

We explain the importance of a base for your log cabin and this must be passed on and understood by your chosen builder.

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This base is hugely out of level and the installer is trying to make good by blocking it up

He ignored the foundation beams supplied and installed the first log directly onto the base .... why?

As well as trying to block in he hasn’t used the foundation beams and the bottom log is in constant contact with the base. This is really not good!

If you are going to chock up the mistake in the base then at least use a treated timber to do this. These pieces will rot over the next 12 months and then everything will drop badly with huge problems to the building.

For smaller gradients you can use timber shims to take up a small gradient but do not use untreated wood as these will rot very quickly and the building will drop

This builder is using unstable blocks to chock the base level and is also using untreated timber.

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As well as unsuitable blocks the builder has also laid the floor first and the cabin on top.

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Unsuitable blocking of a timber frame base

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Untreated timber being used as shims will very quickly rot.

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A block directly on to grass with untreated wood is not acceptable.

Please also watch the base your builder puts down when using concrete, a wriggly and unlevel base is not a good thing for a log cabin.

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This is a very bad base for a log cabin, rough concrete is never very good. Notice also how unlevel it is and one side needed to be chocked. This poor lady had a few problems with water ingress and very unlevel doors

This was a terrible install by a professional builder. The base was hugely out and to compensate for the building lean he cut the lower logs to match and then added some sort of filler! In the end this complete building had to be replaced.

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This base was terrible so the builder cut the logs to make the windows level in the hope the customer would not notice.

A very bad base causing the whole building to lean. This builder then cut the logs to make the windows straight!

A very bad base causing the whole building to lean. This builder then cut the logs to make the windows straight!

Log Cabin Walls

I will warn you as I have done in other posts, professional builders, joiners and carpenters may do this if they do not understand the intricacies of a log cabin …. they fix the doors or windows to the wall logs. For some reason they may forget the idea that wood expands and contracts especially when unsupported by a frame.

Gap appearing in a log cabin wall

Gap appearing in a log cabin wall

You may have seen this picture in other posts of mine and this is one that sticks with me, I use this example over and again as it was so costly for the customer. She was a Doctor and I knew exactly what the problem was when she sent me a series of pictures. The fitter had attached the window and door frame to the logs.

There then followed a dialogue about how experienced they were, she had used her personal carpenter of twenty years and her stone mason to install, she also had a professional painter to treat the building.

We agreed that if it was our fault we would replace or repair, if it was the builders then they would pay for our time. Our service guy was onsite for two minutes and fixed it by removing screws and the whole log cabin dropped happily.

Unfortunately it did cost her. The professional carpenter of twenty years standing who had been watching very quickly went away when everything settled into place.

This is THE biggest mistake made by a ‘professional’ who does not understand a log cabin or timber expansion or contraction. I find this with builders, as they are used to fixing frames in houses they will do it to a log cabin – please check for this.

Log Cabin Roof Shingles

Sometimes I will look at customers pictures of a complaint or a help request and I really can’t believe them. This was a ‘professional experienced builders’ roofing install:

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Look at it closely, ALL the shingles are upside down!

Every tile, unfortunately, is installed upside down.

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Another experienced roofer cocks it up – notice how the ridge times are done!

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This is another favourite ‘experienced roofer / builder / Carpenter / Joiner mistake. No correct spacing and each shape should form a true hexagonal, these were all dropped down too much and massively effects the design intent and aesthetics, not to mention you run out.

Watch out for the above, if someone does not know what they are doing or does not follow the instructions, spacing of the tiles will start to go horribly wrong and you will run out of shingles.

We have some good videos that show how best to install shingles, instructions are also on each pack of shingles.

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Another example of a ‘professional’ install. Please show inexperienced fitters the instructions and videos before hand. Not all builders or Carpenters understand what to do.

Upside Down Log Cabin

This builder was just not at all on the ball and made a very silly mistake. He asked me why the top log would not go on. I replied ….. ‘because you have built it upside down’!

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Upside down log cabin, please look at the instruction advice and check the plans, the tongues always go up. You do not want to have your builder make it upside down and then have to take it down and install the correct way up.

 Botching a Log Cabin

I see this a few times each year, something has gone horribly wrong with a build and then it’s bodged to hide up the mistake. This was a particularly bad one and one I did not enjoy helping to solve as it was so far gone.

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This one wasn’t very fair. The builder had not read the plans or parts properly.

The installer did not read the plans and measure all the parts, he added them as he thought fit and then realised it was not going together. Instead of taking the roof apart and correcting before nailing on the roof boards he carried on with the build.  This produced all sorts of problems.  He then had to hide up silly mistakes with bits of wood in various gaps with pieces of trims and blocks. It was quite a mess at the end and not a lot we could do for the poor customer.

This was a bad building recently. The customer was lovely and they had chosen a Bergren Carport and Garage. A great building but one that does takes some knowledge to install, a bit of skill and time. It’s one of our hardest to install though and should not be taken on lightly.

Sadly the builder made a bit of a mess of it rushing through the install and not really considering what he was doing or taking into account the basic fundamentals of timber, a log cabin base or the effect of the environment around it.

He later admitted he was not prepared for it.

Unfortunately the install went very badly and we were asked to correct it for them. This meant a total disassemble and reassemble correctly on a level base and joints correctly aligned and made.

This is the finished building:

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Berggren log cabin carport and garage.

These pictures are some examples of where it had gone horribly wrong, the builder had not made any joint correct and then started filling the bodges. He should have stopped and analysed the build before going any further.

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As the bottom logs were so out of true this transposed to huge problems at the top. The builder then used filler to try to hide the ever increasing problems the higher the cabin went.

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Every single part of this install was bad and so much went wrong. Most of it stemmed from a poor base and incorrect fitting at the start of the install. The builder should have stopped and done some basic checks:

  • Base level across the whole build.
  • Logs made correctly.
  • Joints made correctly and tightly.
  • Levels correct.
  • Completely square.
  • Measurements correct.
  • Check for errors in manufacture or errors in fitting low down.

At the end though all was correct and the customer was very happy after we corrected the install. We did though have to replace several logs that had been damaged by the builder.

It should not though happened if the builder had taken some simple advice from us, stopped and looked at what he was doing and checked the above.

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The completed log cabin and a happy customer.

A Professional Builder Summary

Like any tradesman you can get some good and bad people but I always advise customers to make sure they pass on our online advice here:  Log Cabin Instructional Advice and to make sure the chosen installer has read it regardless of their skills and profession, there might be some things in there that they hadn’t considered and it will make the install quicker and cheaper and less likely to be a problem in time to come. It maybe an idea to ask them to confirm they have read our advice before starting the build.

I also highly recommend that if you are using a builder, carpenter or joiner who may not be fully experienced or you may not be sure of with a log cabin install to familiarise yourself with the advice. If anything is going wrong you will very quickly realise it and can stop the build before it goes too far.

Please though, at any point if you or your installer have any questions please let us know and we’ll be pleased to help before things go wrong. Send us a picture or what you are seeing via email, a quick description and we can advise, even out of normal working hours.

Christmas Log Cabin Deliveries

With Christmas quickly approaching, we have to announce a delay in our large item deliveries- This includes our Log Cabins, Gazebos, Verandas.. All of the buildings that we offer.

Because of this, the earliest delivery week we offer is now week two – the week commencing on the 11th of January 2021.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. However, we do hope you have a great holiday!

Yorick Garden Office Log Cabin

Garden Decking Guide

With Summer ending, you may find that you have more time on your hands. So why not use this to your advantage and spruce up your garden ready for next year? With some garden decking you can really spruce up your garden.

Decking bases

Before choosing decking, you should consider where and how you’re planning to build it – Is it ground level on a concrete base? Or maybe you want it raised on posts. In this section I’ll explain the various ways to go about doing this.

Ground level decking

Planning to build your decking for just outside the door? Or perhaps you’re planning to use decking to complement a newly built gazebo- The base to your decking will be relatively easy, but what to chose as a base will depend on the ground you’re building it on.

Garden Decking Frame Joists

If you’re planning to build your deck on a hard surface, such as a concrete base, 95mm thick framing joists will be suitable. Due to the ground being hard and unlikely to sink, then you can be reassured that these timber joists will still create a durable deck.

For decking on softer ground, such as grass, we would recommend that you upgrade your framing joists to 145mm thick timber. This will prevent your deck completely sinking into the ground, this timber is also ideal for more heavy duty uses- Such as being built as an addition to a Log Cabin.

It is important to note if you are planning to do a ground level deck, precautions will have to be carried out for the timber to ensure the longevity of your deck and frame. It’s important to note that your timber shouldn’t directly touch the ground- Using slabs or concrete blocks will help prevent the timber from getting damp, using a damp proof membrane or Weed matting will help further protect the base of your deck.

Another step to consider is treating your base josts, you can use a range of timber treatments for this step including our Black Tar Timber Treatment. Treating the joists as well as your decking boards will contribute towards the lifetime of your deck.

Raised Garden Decking

Raised garden decking is another popular way to build a deck- It’s generally the ideal way to make use of limited space, along with being able to build a deck on uneven ground or on a slope. With a raised deck, more options are then presented to you such as building steps and balustrade sides to prevent any accidents from occuring.

The most common way to build a raised deck is using Timber Posts. So long as you are able to keep the post secure in the ground, you will be able to create a deck as high as you wish. If you are planning to use posts to raise your deck, it’s best to use 145mm thick timber for your base joists.

Timber Frame Base Pads

Or, if you are planning to have a slightly raised deck, allow me to introduce you to our Timber Frame Base Pads. These pads make the leveling your timber frame easy, with adjustable heights up to 150mm, they can hold up to a weight of 1400kg.

For the best results, we’d recommend that you place the pads on a paving slab or something of a similar shape. The 95mm thick framing joists will also be the best choice to pair with the base bads.

Garden Decking Kits

These kits have been pre-calculated to reduce the hassle of working out how many decking boards, screws and base joists are needed.

They’re often are available in a range of widths from 3m to 6m- These widths increase in 0.5m increments. Along with the widths theres also depths in 20cm increments, ranging from 2m up to 4m- Allowing you to build your deck to the size you need for your garden.

Decking Boards

Decking Kit Boards

Most retailers will offer their decking with a 19mm – 24mm thick boards. Because of this, we have decided to offer two thicknesses of our decking boards- 27mm and 31mm thick, both are thicker than standard in order to provide you with decking that will last. To choose which thickness you’d like, take into consideration the purpose for the deck, along with the footload it could have.

Along with our decking boards being thicker than standard- They are also tanalised and kiln dried. The tanalisation treatment may give the decking a green appearance, but this treatment is done to help prevent the timber rotting in damp weather. Although, we also recommend that you further treat the boards with a suitable treatment, such as decking oil, to help ensure the longevity of your new deck.

As the name suggests, kiln drying is a process of drying out the timber in a kiln to a moisture content that’s suitable for use in construction projects- Perfect for use with decking. Kiln dried timber also results in less cracking and warping in the timber, making these decking boards durable for many years of use.

Framing Options

We understand that there’s multiple ways to build a deck, whether it’s on soft ground, a concrete base or raised on posts. This is why we have given you the option of two base joist thicknesses- One of 95mm and the other for 145mm. The option you choose will depend on how you plan to install the decking.

Screws

Garden Decking Screws

Due to the timber being tanalised- It’s not recommended to use standard decking screws. Because of this, our team have selected an alternative screw that feature a wax coating, allowing you to install them quicker and with less effort. The framing screws have been chosen due to their large head- Known to be resistant to breakage.

The screws have been listed as an optional extra- To not pressure you into buying our screws. However, you can find the number of boxes needed by looking at the kit list on each product page if you wish to order your screws with us.

Decking Tiles

Subaya Decking Tiles

If you’re like me, a person who wants the cleanest looking result- Then our Garden Decking Tiles may be the solution. A great alternative to traditional decking boards, these tiles come in a variety of styles and materials to suit your decked area.

From Hardwood to Composite, these decking tiles will be perfect for our Gazebo’s and Log Cabin Verandas, when used appropriately these will really create a stunning finish to your Garden feature and/or structure.

Composite decking

Our Composite Decking range is the ideal solution to wet areas, due to the combination of 60% wood – 40% plastic for the composite material, they will never rot. The composite material is 100% recyclable, it also has some similar features to wood decking such as expansion and contraction- An important thing to consider during installation.

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The Guide to Outdoor Dining

Hello everyone, Meg here-

We’re quickly approaching summer. Days are feeling warmer as the evenings get brighter, but we aren’t quite in the Summer season yet – That also doesn’t mean that spring isn’t a good reason to have fun. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “Dining alfresco” although it’s not a direct translation from Italian, it’s often referred to as “Dining in the cool” or “Outdoor dining”. Although if you were to use the term “al fresco” in Italy, you could be asking to dine in jail – So be careful!

We’ve seen plenty of our customers use our products to create the ideal outdoor dining scene. Since Spring is the ideal season for Al fresco dining, I wanted to create a collection of examples to inspire you on the essentials for outdoor dining.

The Shelter

Of course, Al fresco dining can be done without any shade – But it’s a known health benefit to stay in the shade if you’re outside for long periods of time. Our gazebo range covers a range of styles and sizes:

Barbara Log Cabin Gazebo

Our Barbara Log Cabin Gazebo is one of the few in this style of gazebos, perfect for transforming your garden corner – The Log Cabin Gazebos are the ideal size for a corner sofa and coffee table. Perfect for the more casual dining events.

Tourist 3.4m Gazebo

For those that don’t have a lot of space in their garden – The Tourist Gazebo measures 3.4m x 3.4m and is perfect for providing shelter for you and your loved ones. Featuring a traditional apex roof design, it’s easy to see why this Gazebo is so desirable.

Our team here at Tuin can all agree that the warmth from Larch timber is very aesthetically pleasing, that’s why a fair amount of our Gazebos also have a Larch twin – For those that want to bring warmth in their garden.

Samos Larch Gazebo

This Samos Larch Gazebo has been modified with the Larch Cladding wall infills, but it’s an ideal way to add some privacy to your outdoor dining set up.

We also understand that not everyone desires the apex roof type, for a more modern garden we also have some Modern Pent Roof Gazebos.

Excellent Modern Gazebo

Get all the family around the table with the Excellent Modern Gazebo – Measuring at 5.92m in length, you can host your alfresco experience for everyone, while gaining the envy of the neighbours. This Gazebo had been modified with See Through Walls for an extra level of privacy and sun shading.

The Seating

Now that we have our shelter covered – What about the seating? We offer a range of Garden Dining Sets from rustic/shabby chic styles to wicker furniture. Here’s a select few that would look both stylish and provide comfort.

Beverly Wicker Dining Set

Beverly Wicker Dining Set is one of the four wicker options we have in this range, featuring a glass topped table – You can dine in the ultimate comfort with these cushioned reclining chairs that are included in the set.

Montgomery Aluminium Dining Set

A perfect pair with our Modern Styled Gazebos, the Montgomery Dining Set is extremely sleek in design. It also features a comfortable but powerful combination of Textilene and Quickdry foam to ensure years of use- even with the unpredictable weather.

Create Your Own Dining Set

Or, if the other styles in our range just doesn’t quite suit your taste – You can find the ideal set up with our Create Your Own Garden Dining Set. This product page allows you to pick either a modern or rustic styled table in a number of styles. As well as choosing the number and style of wicker chairs to complete the set – Ideal for when you host large dinner parties.

The Heating

Even in the summer evenings, a chill may dampen the dining atmosphere, so why not think ahead with a heating solution? We have a range of Garden Heaters that would be compatible with your gazebo, from free standing to overhead heaters.

The Decor

Now that you have the essentials for your outdoor dining space, now it’s time to decorate it. A lot of our customers stick with a theme when decorating our garden buildings and gazebos. From traditional shabby chic to Bohemian Fantasies- Here are a few of my favourite decor examples:

Samos Larch Gazebo Seating

Soft furnishings like cushions or blanket throws are an easy say to subtly sneak a theme in. For example, these customers who wanted to continue the warmth brought from the Samos Larch Gazebo with the uses of a soft yellow, green and those rich teal flower pots.

Kos Larch Gazebo

Alternatively, you could use the soft furnishings to add a pop of colour to your setup. Reds, Oranges and Blues would make a bold contrast against our wicker furniture.

Curved Lattice Gazebo

Another idea is to introduce more natural elements to blend the scene in with your garden – Like with this Curved Lattice Gazebo where the customers introduced both planters and hanging baskets for subtle, but definitely effective pops of colour.

Mitch Log Cabin Gazebo Lighting

Or for our all-night events, why not experiment with some lighting? We do not offer electrics in our own installation service, but with the help of a qualified technician- You could certainly upgrade your wooden gazebo with a touch of modern technology. Imagine colour changing light bars that you could set the ambiance with?

The Menu

So now that the area has been set up, with all the finishing touches – I’m certain that your dining area looks great… But what to serve alongside it? I personally would go for this Teriyaki Salmon Noodle dish to get those taste buds in action, paired with a fruity Pinot Noir to complement the dish.

Is al fresco dining not just for you? Why not take a look at our Log Cabin Pubs inspiration post, or maybe you would prefer looking at how our products can be utilised for Hot Tub Covers.