Posted by Sally Bradley on April 30, 2017
At Cabins Unlimited we are launching a new feature to our log cabin blog. The monthly round up. Where you can catch up on what the team has been doing and what’s new in the world of log cabins sheds and garden buildings.
April has been a very busy month here at Cabins Unlimited with the aftermath of Storm Doris keeping our install team on their toes with home insurance companies requesting we quote on replacement summerhouses, log cabins, log garages, hot tubs and gazebos damaged by the force of Doris.
One customer came to visit us at our Dereham log Cabin and shed display site after the storm brought down a large tree on her summer house roof and damaged her fencing on the way down. Our Norfolk team of installers carried out a site survey in March to access the work needed to be carried out and quoted to remove the old summer house which was beyond repair, repair the fence panels and install a brand-new Rosedale Summerhouse from our manufacturer Albany. After the tree surgeon tackled the tree the install team got hard at work this month getting the work done.
The destruction of Doris also saw our teams travel to London and the start of the month, to replace the roofing on two Oxfordshire log cabins. These log cabins were purchased and installed by us a number of years ago with roll out felt as a roof covering which typically only has a lifespan of five years. The 80mph winds of Doris had got under the joins of the felt on one cabin and exposed a small amount of the roof making it vulnerable to water ingress. We discussed with the customer all the available options, including repairing the felt on the log cabin roof, replacing the roofing felt or going for a completely different roof covering EPDM. As the Oxfordshire log cabin has a pent roof we recommended replacing the roofing felt with EPDM rubber roofing. Used in the building industry for years on flat roofs and pent roof this great product is quickly growing in popularity as an option for timber buildings. Unlike felt that is installed in strips, EPDM fits on the roof as one piece so it doesn’t have any joints that may create weak spots that may make the roofing vulnerable to water ingress. It’s a long lasting, heavy duty rubber roofing solution with a 40 year plus life span. The Customer ultimately decided to opt for the EPDM and replaced both cabin roofs to give him the reassurance that both cabins would be protected for years to come. It’s always great to hear back from past customers to find out how they are enjoying their log cabins , these particular cabins are used by a local authority as a music therapy room to support clients with learning difficulties.
Our installers also carried out some fencing work for a previous customer who had purchased the Lisa 3 log cabin from us. This work involved removing 2 existing sheds and a wall and installing perimeter fencing and a gate in preparation for the customer ordering another building from us to be used as a log cabin workshop.
As well as fencing work the team were also in Swanton Morley to do some preparatory base work ready for a Plymouth 5 log cabin install. As you can see at Cabins Unlimited our installation team aren’t just about simply log cabins, we also carry out a wide range of landscaping and gardening too.
Perhaps the biggest install this month was a lovely 68mm Bespoke log cabin, in the style of the Plymouth Log Cabin by Eurovudas. This customer was moving home and wanted a building that could be used to continue her physiotherapy business. The customer started by drawing a simple sketch of the building she required which consisted of a 5m by 6m single room cabin with a wall partition to create two separate work areas. One half to be used as a home office for administration and a treatment area towards the back. The cabin was finished with an apex roof with the overall ridge height under 2.5m meaning that no planning was required for the build. It is usually the case with log cabins in your back garden, that if the ridge height is under 2.5m no planning is required. However, we would always advise that customers do check with their local planning authority to check planning restrictions in their area. The cabin was fitted onto a Probase interlocking base system filled with 10mm pea shingle to aid in levelling the base and to provide additional drainage. The 68mm thick wall logs has a great amount of natural insulation provided by the timber however this customer added our celotex log cabin roof and floor insulation kits to ensure that she had a garden log cabin that could be used all year round and kept cool in the summer and snug and warm in the winter. Once constructed the building was treated externally in 3 good coats of Rystix Timber care in brown, Internally the walls and floor were treated in Interior Armafloor. It’s always important to treat your building as soon as practicably possible after construction to protect the wood from damage caused by weathering and to protect against fungus and insect infestation. When our teams do the painting for you they make sure that all areas of the cabin is treated paying particular attention to hidden areas such as behind fascia boards, window frames and log ends.
Life has been busy down on the show site too this month, with the creation of our very own she shed in our Brighton 1, 3m by 3m log cabin from Eurovudas. The cabin has been painted in Rystix colour mixed to a pale pink with the trims and the inside pained in white. She sheds and men caves are all the rage this year with adults wanting to create some space in the garden just for them, perhaps to use as a hobby room, seamstress’s haven, games room, cinema room or home gym really the possibilities are endless. We have also dressed a few more of our cabins up with more to follow to give our customers some inspiration as we know how hard it is sometimes to visualise your garden building as a gardener’s sanctuary or a home office. Want to come to the show site to look around but have young kids? Then come and chat with us with a tea or coffee in our Lisa 2 log cabin whilst your children explore the newly developed play corner, stocked with toys books and colouring or play in our new fully equipped playhouse situated within eye sight of the cabin.
On the show site itself the Edinburgh 2 log cabin by Lasita has been sold as an ex-display for a local customer. This cabin has gone to make way for a new Innes log cabin from Palmako. The Innes 1 Log cabin is a 4m by 3m log cabin new to the Palmako 2017 range and features full length bi-fold doors to the front. This log cabin would make an excellent garden room or hot tub enclosure with the Innes range currently available in two sizes, more details can be found on our website here.
The Lugarde Prima Victoria model with terrace has also found a new home as a hot tub enclosure for an Aqualife hot tub. Our cabins with verandas and terraces such as the Lugarde Victoria and the Roy log cabin from Eurovudas are often used as hot tub cabins by our customers as they not only protect the hot tub from the weather but they also mean that you can use your hot tub all year round and double up as a summerhouse for entertaining and relaxing. The lugarde has been replaced by another new product the Camping Pod from Eurovudas to go alongside the Rose and Clockhouse models released in 2017. The Camping Pod or Glamping pod as its more often described as makes a great new addition to the show site. Treated in colour mixed green Rystix with white trims and striking red hexagonal shingle tiles with black shadow effect. Great for camping sites who want to offer their customers a little something extra and perfect for those happy campers who prefer something more luxurious than sleeping under canvas. This camping pod would also be great in your back garden too giving a twist to the traditional log cabin garden office, teen hang out or relaxing space.
The Julie Gazebo has also found a new home again as a hot tub enclosure, what is going to replace this fantastic 3.5m by 3.5m luxury gazebo I hear you say. Well for the moment we are remaining tight lipped about that but watch this space. If you’re looking for a gazebo for your garden then don’t forget we are currently offering a great deal on some Betty 2.8 by 2.8m gazebos available for collection from our show site or delivery within half an hour driving time of our Log Cabin Display site in Dereham Norfolk.
The office team has been busy too making sure that all the new products for the 2017 season have been added to the website along with all the optional extras available with each log cabin as well as keeping all our likers and followers on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest up to date and inspired.
Exclusively to our Facebook page we have also this month launched our biggest competition to date by giving one lucky liker a chance to win a Albany Summerhouse with free installation anywhere in mainland UK or £1000 off one of our log cabins. All you have to do is pop over to our facebook page and check out how to enter on our pinned post.
To round up then April alone has been a very busy month and has seen our teams carry out lots of installation work as well as fencing, garden clearance, log cabin treatment, log cabin maintenance, site surveys hot tub relocations, garden shed installation, Probase fitting and concrete base work. proving that at Cabins Unlimited we can offer you the whole package not just simply log cabins.
May looks like it will be another busy month with the installations diary filling up fast. Remember that our log cabin and shed display site is open 7 days a week. Weekdays 8.30 to 5 and weekends 1.-4 so come along and see us at the show site located at Dereham Football club on Norwich Road Dereham or call the team on 01362 470075.