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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/outbuildings 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.