Use of a Log Cabin

On occasions a kind customer will send us in pictures of their project or of their completed log cabins. We rarely hear back about our log cabins after the sale, seeing what happens to them fascinates me.

We have recently given customers access to our picture files of log cabins, you maybe interested to see this article if you would like to see more pictures not available on the product pages of various builds and projects: Log Cabin PicturesSeveral builds are also available on our Facebook page. See what you are letting yourself in for.

Here’s a selection of the uses customers have put their log cabins to:

Bar / Pub

Hot Tub Shelter

Beauty Studio

Garden Office

Outdoor Living Space

TV / Cinema

Gym / Exercise room


Pool Room

Games Room

Outdoor Dining

Having a log cabin in your garden is fantastic, you can use it for almost anything you can think of.

For customers, I tend to follow this rule of thumb:

19mm Thick Logs – this is a shed, ideal for storage and far better than any shed you can find in the traditional panel construction.

28mm Thick Logs – these are a great all rounder and lend themselves to a perfect summer house for occasional use. However, with modifications they can be perfect for all year around use. See this article if you wish to insulate the walls of your log cabin. Generally though we would recommend you opt for a thicker log for more thermal capacity for all year around use.

34  – 45mm Thick Logs – Now we are starting to get a little more thermal capacity, the building is starting to become more useful across the seasons. There will be a trade off between heat and log thickness. This range is a good balance between heat costs and budget costs of the actual log cabin. Regardless, you will need to add insulation to the roof along with the floor.

58mm thick logs – These are ‘proper buildings’ as I call them. A great middle of the road between the 70mm and this size. A VERY strong and sturdy building with high thermal capacity. If I was picking a building with a serious all year around use this is the one to go for. Floor and roof insulation will be needed, however.

Please see this page for my advice on insulation in the floor and roof of a log cabin

70mm and above – this is the very best size for full time accommodation all the way up to 120mm. This is a serious cabin for housing purposes but at this level you may encounter problems with building regulations and planning permission, please contact us for our advice. Anything above the Edelweiss Log Cabin may cause you problems with planning and regulations.

Log Cabin Use

It’s amazing and fascinating how these customers have put these log cabins to use.If you would not mind, please, also send me pictures of what you have used yours for, for others to enjoy.

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About Richard

Meet Richard, a dedicated professional with a rich history at Tuin, contributing 25 years of experience within the garden timber industry. With an expertise in garden buildings. From design, manufacturing and installation for a range of timber buildings. Sheds to log cabins and all the way up to timber framed houses. In his time he had worked with experts all over europe, and also included his own personal experience of installing and testing Garden Buildings from a range of companies, models and sizes. You will find a majority of his blogs to include expert installation advice for your Log Cabin. Information on how timber reacts to different environments and the best way to preserve your garden buildings.

2 thoughts on “Use of a Log Cabin

  1. Fabulous cabins. I was interested to see one of your customers has a wood burning stove quite near to the wall of the cabin, there doesn’t appear to be any insulation between the stove and the wall, what would be your recommendation for insulation and spacing?

    • Several customer put wood burners in log cabins, it makes them extremely cozy. I cannot give any advice regarding their fitment but would recommend you contact a registered Hetas installer for the correct installation of a wood burner.

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