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Log Cabins

Log cabins in Britain? They’re certainly not traditional, but log houses are an attractive, functional and smart choice as a modern garden structure, home office or vacation house.

Read on to learn more about our log cabins for sale: their advantages, the many types we have available, the variety of ways they can be utilized, and the background information you may need when planning to install a durable, lovely log house.

Advantages Of Log Cabins

Beautiful examples of log cabin homes constructed hundreds of years ago still stand in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and America. The art of using of notched pine or spruce logs to construct strong, weather-tight homes wasn’t often seen in the U.K. during that period; without a ready supply of coniferous trees, home-builders had to rely instead on timber framing and stone construction.There’s no question, though, that traditional solid-wood log cabins were more durable and better able to withstand difficult winter weather and freezing temperatures than structures built from timbers or stone.All of those advantages, including strength, durability and natural insulation – along with the sublime beauty of log construction and even the wonderful aroma of natural evergreen – are now readily available here in the U.K. Our log cabins for sale throughout Britain feature genuine Nordic spruce, grown specifically for use in these versatile and attractive structures.

Uses For Log Cabins

To paraphrase a popular marketing phrase, “log cabins aren’t just ‘cabins’ anymore.” Many are suitable for use as a primary residence with a timeless look. But log houses can be built in an enormous range of sizes and styles, and are perfect for almost any purpose you can imagine: storage buildings for garden tools, furniture or toys; true garden rooms or decorative centerpieces of a garden; workshops, playrooms, studios or home offices; even getaway homes or rental properties.

The materials used to construct today’s log cabins aren’t just rough-hewn logs and natural moss insulation, of course. The structures are designed to fully meet the needs of modern usage, with many featuring pressure-treated wood, floors and roofs with tongue-and-groove construction, high-security latches and locks, double-glazed and tilt-and-turn windows, wind braces and other structural reinforcements, and many other design elements that Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans couldn’t have imagined hundreds of years ago when they first built their classic log cabins.

No matter what type of garden structure or outdoor building you’ve dreamed of, there’s a log cabin which will combine functionality, durability and beauty – and will be perfect for the use you have in mind.

Types Of Log Cabins

We have many types of log cabins for sale, each uniquely suited to a different need. Here’s a brief summary of some of the models you can choose from.

  • Corner Log Cabins: A garden often has what seems like unusable space, whether it’s an odd-shaped area in a corner far away from the house, or land where grass or plants simply won’t grow. A corner log cabin can fit right into that space to provide extra storage, a hideaway for the kids (or for you!) or just an attractive summer house which elevates the look of the entire garden. These log houses are available in various sizes (from 7 x 7 all the way up to 18 x 13) and shapes (including many which are octagonal or hexagonal, for a particularly distinctive look); some even have oversized windows which give them the distinctive appearance of an enclosed gazebo.
  • Traditional: This large selection is for those who want their structure to resemble a traditional log cabin home. The dozens of designs vary considerably; for example, some have a simple and timeless look, some have intricate gabled roofs, some feature a classic chalet appearance, and some have porches with balustrades and seem like they’re just waiting for Dorothy to return from Oz. Once again, there’s a huge range of sizes available, from small 7 x 7 or 9 x 6 cabins, all the way up to 32 x 16 and 39 x 19 log cabins with multiple integral rooms which are perfectly suited for use as a primary residence or second home on a property, clubhouse, sport pavilion or business office.
  • Flat Pent Roof: A cabin with an apex roof may not always be suitable for your garden, either because of planning restrictions or aesthetic reasons. We have a number of flat pent roof log cabins for sale which can contribute a contemporary or modern look to your property while also being a proper solution to your needs. Some are small and best used as a shed or storage building, while others are modern and large enough to be an ideal garden office, studio or even additional living space for your home.
  • Garden Room Offices: Many of the options we’ve mentioned will serve well as structures housing a garden office. This category of log cabins is designed specifically for that purpose, but can be just as perfect when used as a home gym, playroom or other “getaway spot” in the garden. There are traditional and modern designs, lots of windows, and enough variety in size (from 9 x 6 up to 20 x 11) to let you choose exactly the right model.
  • Residential: Some use these sturdy and attractive log cabins as a primary residence, but they’re more popular as a weekend getaway spot or year-round second home. They feature fully double-glazed windows and thicker logs for added insulation and durability. Some have desirable extras such as mezzanine floors, multiple integral rooms and verandas. The largest of our residential log cabins for sale is a spacious 39 x 19, more than enough room for a rental property or exactly the right size for a family residence.

Whether you prefer contemporary or classic styling, just enough floor space to store garden tools or room for an entire home or office, all the luxuries of your primary home or a more rustic and authentic feel – there’s a log cabin which is the perfect choice, melding the appearance and atmosphere of a traditional structure with all the features of a modern building.

Log Cabin Bases

One important consideration when buying a log cabin is the base. Many people give short shrift to the base used for their garden sheds, greenhouses or summer houses, figuring that gravel or even level ground (a particularly bad choice!) will be “good enough” for sheds, particularly those with integral floors.

A shed should really have a solid base, but if you’re not planning on the structure being around for the long haul, it’s understandable that you might want to cut corners. A log cabin, however, will last a long, long time – and it needs a strong and solid base.

There are two acceptable choices for your log house base: wood timbers or concrete. A wooden base is easier to install and may be the best choice if your cabin is going to be installed on sloping ground where pouring concrete wouldn’t be feasible. However, there are drawbacks to timbers. First is the inherent nature of wood; it will eventually rot, it is susceptible to insect and rodent infestation, and weeds and other vegetation will grow underneath the base and between the cracks which will be an issue over time. Secondly, timbers will add a great deal of overall height to your log cabin, which may create a problem by elevating the structure above the height allowable under government planning regulations (more about those shortly). If the permissions aren’t an issue for you and you’re determined to use timbers, you may want to at least consider plastic or synthetic posts as an alternative to wood, because they won’t rot or become infested.

The much better choice is using a concrete slab for your log cabin base. It should be at least 100mm thick (thicker if the ground is uneven), and 100mm wider than the cabin on all sides. Reinforcing mesh should also be considered for extremely large log house bases. This can be a demanding project, so you may wish to engage a contractor for the work. Smaller log cabins can also be placed on concrete pavers if the ground is level and extremely solid; the expense of using pavers for large structures, though, can be prohibitive.

Planning For Your Log Cabin

The second key consideration before buying a log cabin is the government – more specifically, its planning regulations.

In general, you won’t need permission if your cabin is 2.5 metres or less in height. However, if it is between 2.5 and 4 metres high and less than 2 metres away from your property boundary, or taller than 4 metres and placed anywhere on your property, you will need to contact your local planning department. In the former case, you will probably receive permission to install your log cabin; the latter case (taller than 4 metres) is dicier and may depend on the impact the structure will have on neighbours. You may also need permission if the cabin has a balcony or veranda, or if your property is considered a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty.

You can read the exact regulations at or consult your local planning officials for further guidance. Also bear in mind these regulations are for England; there are different permission requirements for Wales.

We invite you to spend some time looking through our complete listings of log cabins for sale. You’ll find that log houses are more versatile, more beautiful, and more affordable than you might have imagined.

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