Quick Guide to Buying a Garden Log Cabin


Quick Guide to Buying a Garden Log Cabin

If you are currently looking for the perfect garden log cabin but you feel like you need more information on the topic, you’ve come to the right place. Searching for a log cabin for your garden can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve already looked around and noticed that there are so many different log cabins available on the market. It is important to note that garden log cabins come in different shapes, sizes and with all sorts of features. They are versatile structures that can be used for many different purposes – as garden offices, guest bedrooms, hobby rooms, home gyms, storage sheds, and more.

Having so many models to choose from means that making a final decision will take time, but that’s ok. As with all major investments, it’s important to take some time to plan and to consider all of your options. And because we want to help you choose the perfect log cabin for your garden, our specialists have created a quick guide that’s filled with useful information and that will make shopping for a log easier. In the following paragraphs, we’ll address the most common questions that our clients ask and other important aspects that you should consider before buying a garden log cabin.

What type of garden log cabin do I need?

Think of garden log cabins as extra spaces in your garden that you can use for almost anything. You can choose a garden cabin that will make a perfect garden office, a cosy bedroom cabin, garden storage shed, or you can use your creativity and find a completely different purpose for your cabin that we haven’t thought about yet. But, regardless of what you plan on doing with your garden log cabin, it’s highly recommended to think of a few practical details first.

One such detail is the size of your garden cabin. This is a matter of preference, but also a matter of budget. If you don’t have a very big budget or if your garden isn’t very spacious, but you desperately need more space in your home, we recommend a small garden room that has large windows. The good news is that even if the circumstances force you to buy a small or a medium garden log cabin, there are many interior design tricks that can make a cabin feel more spacious.

If you are the lucky owner of a large garden/backyard and you also have a big budget, then you should definitely choose one of our large garden log cabins. Big cabins come with one big advantage – they can be multi-purpose. This means that you don’t have to limit yourself to just a small office, you can also have a home gym, an extra bedroom, and even a bathroom.

Another important aspect that you should think about before you purchase a garden log cabin is whether you need it to be insulated or not. To make your garden cabin more versatile and to use it year-round, insulation is a must-have. An insulated garden cabin will make a cosy office, guest bedroom, or hobby room, and you won’t have to worry about thermal discomfort. So, before you add one of our products to your shopping cart, make sure you check the boxes for Floor & Roof Insulation Kit and read the description and all the other extra features carefully.

Do I need planning permission to get a garden log cabin in the UK?

If you make sure you follow a few simple guidelines, you don’t need planning permission for a garden log cabin in the UK. Here are the things that you need to remember:

  • – Whether or not you need planning permission for a garden log cabin can depend on how you plan on using it.
  • – In some areas, planning permission rules and regulations can differ, so make sure you check with your local council beforehand.
  • – The location, the size, and the height of your garden log cabin are all key factors when it comes to planning permission.

What size garden log cabin can I have without planning permission in the UK?

As mentioned before size does matter when it comes to garden log cabins, but only in relation to your garden space. So you can have a large garden log cabin if you also have a big garden. To avoid planning permissions, you need to ensure that your log cabin doesn’t take up more than 50% of your garden space. In terms of height, as long as your garden log cabin is a single storey, doesn’t have any balconies, verandas, or raised platforms that exceed 0.3m in height, planning permission is not required.

Location is another important factor that needs to be considered because if your garden log cabin is placed within 2 meters of a boundary; it cannot be taller than 2.5 meters. In addition to that, you cannot install a log cabin further forward than your main house. To make it easier for you to choose a garden log cabin, we’ve created a special category in our shop for cabins that are less than 2.5 m.

All the garden log cabins available in the SummerHouse24 shop have been designed with these restrictions in mind. We also offer assistance and are happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding our products, where they can be installed, and what they can be used for. So do not hesitate to contact us if you need help or if you have additional questions.

You can find more information about planning permission in the UK here.

Can you live in a garden log cabin permanently?

Any structure that is designated for permanent living conditions needs to have planning permission and to comply with building regulations. This applies to any permanent structure that you decide to build on your property and that you want to use as your home. So, as a general rule, you shouldn’t live permanently in your garden log cabin, but if you want to use your garden log cabin all year round, you should equip it with floor, wall, and roof insulation.

Do I need planning permission to get a garden log cabin in Ireland?

As long as your garden log cabin is less than 3.9m high, less than 25sq m, and you install it to the side or in the back of your house as a free-standing structure, planning permission is not required. Bigger structures and permanent dwellings do, however, require planning permission in Ireland. For more information, it’s best to check a trustworthy website such as Citizen Information