Tuin | Tuindeco Instructions

One man’s’ good instructions is another man’s bad ones (or ladies). This changes constantly as to what customers perceive are good or bad instructions.

We try hard to give all the information we possibly can on all our products.

All our products are designed for self assembly but they do require some DIY skills and tools. We can’t make every possible element 100% clear for everybody and all the varying abilities people may have. So please have a read through this post and see what you think and whether the level of instructions you are likely to receive is enough to carry out your build.

As an example, for our Log Cabins please see these reviews for the same building, this is the Asmund Corner Log Cabin, this is one of our continued bestsellers:

Good Instructions

I found it very easy to erect once I had worked out how to do it. The base timbers looks really nice

The cabin was very easy to put up I finished in 2 days with only an hours help from someone else to hold the roof struts

It went up exactly as planned. I would however advise watching the online videos which are excellent

The cabin itself took my brother and myself only a few days to completely assemble and finish. All parts have fitted together precisely

Build took 9 hours for me a novice. Along with a very good Joiner friend that was to get the walls up, roof on and 90% of the roof tiles in place. To get the cabin watertight we spent 2 hours the next day cutting roof tiles for the 4 ridges and fitting. We completed the installation of roof tiles and fully erected the cabin in 11 hours.

OK Instructions

The supplied instructions for the erection of the cabin are simple and mostly adequate and in conjunction with the video and notes on the website are easy to follow

My wife & I constructed the cabin with virtually no assistance in 5 days which went well. We did have a few questions during the build & we got immediate feedback & help from Richard who could not have been more helpful & encouraged us with the work.

Unfortunately a lot of the instructions do relate to standard build log cabins and you do have to work out some things yourself. However reading the blog on Tuin web site helped a lot.

Bad Instructions

The instructions in places are a little hard to follow especially how to assemble the door frame which left you to figure this out yourself at times …perhaps an additional sheet with diagrams enclosed would help

The main structure was very easy to fit together using the tuin instructions. However, the tuin instructions for the door frame and supports were totally inadequate

Now that it is completely assembled, it looks fantastic, but getting there was a little stressful. It’s not as easy as we thought it would be – the instructions aren’t that great, which doesn’t help, and be advised that you will need to use a saw on the floor beams!

Before you decide to install yourself please have a look at the following example set of tuin instructions. These will be similar to the tuin instructions received with many of the products.

If you have any questions on installation and or instructions please let us know and we’ll be very pleased to help. Most of our products will require tools and skills such as:

  • Drills, saws, hammers, screwdrivers, spirit levels etc
  • You will need a basic understanding of construction and DIY
  • You will need an understanding of the inherent properties of timber.
  • You will also need expect to use a ladder on our buildings and working from some height you may want to consider the use of step ladders, scaffolding and harnesses. We would expect you to have understanding of this if carrying out an install yourself.
  • You may also require other tools for our buildings such as stanley knives, pilot drills, hole drills, power tools, planer, bits such as torx. All normal tools an average DIYer will carry.

Please expect additional work, including drilling holes in some products. Also, roof boards will sometimes need trimming in the case of our buildings as will floorboards. Sometimes you may also need to use a plane or sanding block for a perfect finish.

Although we try within our various articles we cannot teach you every possible foible of construction and do have to rely on yours or your fitters understanding and general skill at interpreting plans, drawings and rely on your skill set and common sense. These skills will include:

  • Measuring – especially important with door frame, measuring top and bottom to ensure all is square.
  • Cutting straight in timber when required such as foundations.
  • Squaring of the building throughout the process of installation.
  • Understanding joints and closing gaps when applicable
  • General nature of timber.
  • Understanding plans and applying basic DIY knowledge to them.

If you have questions about installation or the instructions you will receive with your product please ask us for advice before or during installation, even out of working hours and we will always help.

If you feel you need additional help beyond the instructions or our advice please consider a competent fitter.

Asmund Log Cabin TUIN Instructions – an example

This is what you get in the package with one of our best selling log cabins:

Asmund Log Cabin Plans
Asmund Log Cabin Plans – Click for an example
Generic log cabin Instructions
Generic log cabin Instructions – Click for an example

 Supplementary TUIN Instructions

We also send you a link to this very comprehensive page full of videos and advice on how best to install a log cabin. This is the supplementary instructions page, please read this and watch all of the videos if you are NOT using us or our recommended installers: Tuin Log Cabin Installation Advice

If you are using an installer please ENSURE you also send them this link before they install for you as not all ‘Experienced and Professional Carpenters / Joiners / Builders’ have a clue about a log cabin and, in fact, this group of tradesmen makes more mistakes than your average DIYer who does read the details and takes time over the build.

Please see this post for examples of ‘Professionals’ who do not read our instructions, assuming as they are experienced they know what to expect with a log cabin.

Log Cabin installation page - Please Click
Log Cabin installation page – Please Click for the web page.

Gazebo Instructions

This is an example of the instructions for our gazebo range:

Gazebo instructions - please click for an example
Gazebo instructions – please click for an example

If you require more help with the installation of a gazebo please see this post: Gazebo Installation Advice.

If you are fitting shingles to your Gazebo, please also see this page. and also reference the instructions on the shingles pack. If you need further advice before or during installation please let us know.

More TUIN Instructions – Examples

Here is a few more examples of the instructions you may receive for other products. Including an example from our range of garden pergolas.

Tree seat instructions - click for an example
Tree seat instructions – click for an example
Corner pergola - click for an example
Corner pergola – click for an example
Carport instructions - click for an example
Carport instructions – click for an example
Sauna House instructions

All our products have similar instructions based on plans and drawings. We do not give step by step details as this is mostly unnecessary and can confuse more than a drawing.

Please make sure you are able to install with these instruction. If not, please ask us for advice and we will help you.

If you or your installer cannot follow the instructions or you need more details to carry out the installation please ask us for further guidance and help. Perhaps consider using our installation services for your product or make use of our independent installers lists.

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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 “Tuin | Tuindeco Instructions

  1. Good evening.
    Could you please advise me how I can get a set of installation plans for the Bertil log cabin?
    I have been asked to assemble one for a friend of mine and they have lost the instructions.


    • Hi Malcolm

      Thanks for the message, If you still need some instructions its best to email our main account as we can reply with plans very qucikly, even out of hours

      Send us a quick email if you still need some help with this,

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