DIY Cabin Install

If you choose, you can opt to build your cabin by yourself, all of our cabins come with detailed instruction to allow complete the project on your own. Follow our tips below to make sure you get the very best from your new cabin.

Assess proposed location

Asses your chosen location for your cabin, paying specific attention to these aspects, view form cabin, firmness of ground, is the ground level & access.

Marking The Area

When marking out your area, It is important to make sure you give yourself enough room to get all the way round the build to allow proper painting and aftercare.

Ground Preparation

Install the appropriate foundations for your chosen location. This may be foundations, Timber Frames, footings, sleepers, groundscrews or similar. Please note; everyones needs will be different.

DELIVERY DAY

Once your cabin is delivered, check all parts against parts list. Many of the parts are the same, we like to lay out/stack them into individual piles in roughly the order of assembly to make assembly simple.

ASSEMBLY

Start by assembling the base pieces, ensuring it is square and level, this is very important. It is possible to assemble the walls of the cabin off level and not quite square and find out the roof won’t fit, then you will need to start over.

Start assembly

Start assembling your cabin as per the enclosed instructions, paying close attention to carry out each step as described.

External Treatment & Care

For external treatments, you can choose from many brands but we have found Sadolin or Sikkens to be excellent. Although these are two of the more expensive paints, we find that they are worth the extra money for the quality you get. All of our cabins are supplied untreated.

Criteria for your Log Cabin Treatment

 

 

 

1. It must be a weather protector rather than a paint.

2. It must have 3 or 4 coats within 21 days of build. 

 

3. It must be a waterproof.

 

4. It must have a least a small pigment of colour to provide a filter against the sun.

 

5. It must be of high quality for joinery applications, e.g front doors, windows, conservatories etc

 

There are many low-quality stains available for sheds, fences, garden furniture etc, that do not provide the correct weatherproofing needed for a log cabin. We have found that the most common paints available have actually performed the worst, leaving cabins unprotected and swollen with damp corners and problems with sticking doors and windows.

It is always best practice to apply the treatment by brush and ensure that each coat is worked deep into the joint, particularly at the corners and between the logs. Make sure all faces and edges of doors and windows are also protected. For the internal treatment, we would recommend an all-purpose preservative (normally a clear varnish to retain the light pine appearance)

Due to the temperamental Scottish weather, it may also be necessary to apply some silicone sealer to certain parts of the cabin. This can occasionally be necessary even if the cabin is well built and treated.