Shire ensure that as many details are put in to their log cabins as standard.
Please consult actual building specifications for specific detail.
28mm thick single tongue and groove logs are the standard size for our log cabins. They interlock at the corners of the building which makes the structure extremely strong & sturdy.
34mm single tongue and groove thick logs offer a substantial specification for a log cabin.
44mm thick logs with a double tongue & groove offer a substantial specification & natural insulation for a log cabin.
70mm thick logs with a double tongue & groove offer our highest specification & natural insulation for a log cabin.
Most Shire log cabins come with draft sealing round the doors and windows so you don't have to worry about losing heat during the winter months.
The Shire log cabin comes with a effective window frame that offers an extra decorative touch to your cabin. The external window frame is fitted with a ridge at the top of the frame which means that when it rains the rain splashed away from the log cabin. The standard glazing to the windows is 3mm horticultural glass to keep it economically warm in the winter and pleasantly cool in the summer. Some log cabins come with toughened glass or double glazing as standard refer to the relevant log cabin product specification pages
All windows come with a standard 4-hole brass latch brass
The door comes with a stylish locking brass fitting
The door is attached with standard, durable hinges.
Selected Shire log cabins come with an option to have double glazing in your log cabin, please refer to the relevant product pages. Double glazing will offer not only extra insulation but will provide sound proofing as well.
Some Shire log cabins come complete with shutters as standard giving you added privacy and decoration. Shutters can also be purchased as an optional extra for your log cabin.
A terrace is a way to add an extra bit of external space and style to your log cabin. A Terrace can be purchased as an optional extra for your log cabin.
Selected Shire log cabins come with a veranda as standard which adds that extra special finishing touch and external space to your log cabin. A Veranda can be purchased as an optional extra for your log cabin.
Window boxes are available if you wanted to personalise your log cabin with a few plants. Window boxes can be purchased as an optional extra for your log cabin.
2.5 m Planning Regulations:
If you are within 1.0m of a boundary you may face planning regulations for ridge heights above 2.5m.
Why are some of your log cabins over 2.5 metres if this can incur planning regulations?
1. Due to the large size of some of our cabins reducing the ridge height would reduce the quality of the build of the log cabin. We ensure all our log cabins are sturdy enough to last a lifetime!
2. Log cabins are not only sturdy buildings, but beautiful buildings, we ensure that the look of our buildings is not impaired by reducing ridge heights.
I am interested in a log cabin with a ridge height higher than 2.5m what should I do next?
1. The best thing to do first is to check with your local council, this can be done in a matter of minutes and you may find that you are not affected by any planning regulations.
2. If you are affected by them do not worry. Many of our log cabins have the option for a planning friendly ridge height. Also if we believe that reducing the ridge height will reduce the structural integrity of our log cabin, we will not put it as an option. So you can be sure the log cabin you're getting is of a very high quality.
3. Planning permission can be granted with relative ease for Log Cabins higher than 2.5m. Reducing the ridge height can cause the beauty of the building to be diminished and along with the implications with the structure, most of our customers believe that waiting a few weeks for planning permission is worth the wait.
Delivery is Free to the UK Mainland except for those postcodes listed below*
Zone 1 Charges apply to SA, SY, TR, LL 32-77 only
Zone 2 Charges apply to AB 10-25 & 30-56 only KW 1-14 only PA 1-19 only PH 1-7 & 14 only
Zone 3 Charges Apply to IV 32-63 A Delivery service is not available to the following Postcodes AB, IV, KW, PA, PH other than those listed in the Zonal Charges above
Please Note - Your log cabin will be supplied flat packed for self assembly with comprehensive instructions. Shire Log Cabins are delivered on a flat bed lorry and you will need to unload it by hand. The driver will assist with this. Shire Log Cabins are made from kiln dried timber that must be laid flat and covered by tarpaulins or similar if stored outside prior to construction. This is to prevent moisture/rain/sun from distorting the timber.
Shire log cabins are built to order. If you cancel your order at any time after production has commenced you will be liable for the cost of work in progress to date of cancellation. If you cancel an order after it has been despatched and you will be liable for the cost of the building and the cost of return unless in the unlikely event the building is faulty. Although planning permission is not usually required we highly recommend that you contact your local authority if you have any doubt as to whether planning permission will be needed.
If you miss the delivery of your order your will incur a re-delivery charge as we have met our original delivery obligation with our first attempted delivery. If this is the case we will of course notify you, prior to the re-delivery, of any charges that apply. For further information and clarification regarding deliveries, please contact our sales team prior to placing your order on 0800 019 3865
Log Cabin Frequently Asked Questions:
What size log cabin do I need?
We would always recommend that your decision making is based on the biggest log cabin you can afford. It will of course need to fit in the space you have allocated without any restrictions. You will find that just like a house, you will always find use for the space. Of course size and space will come down to what you will potentially use the Log Cabin for ie Office, Games Room, Hobby Room, Spill-Over Guest Room or for Dining. We also have Log Cabins with multi rooms. We offer a service where you can dictate your own size, location of doors/windows and the optional features you want.
What should I consider when choosing a location for my log cabin?
Unlike some Log Cabins with Shire Log Cabins you actually build the cabin from the inside but you will need enough room to be able to treat the external walls. We would therefore recommend that your log cabin should ideally have a clear space of at least 18" wide on all sides, if possible. We know that this can sometimes be an issue and therefore a reduced clearance is often possible on one or two sides. When considering your space around your log cabin (particularly where there are space constraints) remember to allow for any roof overhang. You should also clear the area of any nearby shrubs and trees and remember to allow for future growth. If possible a sheltered position is better.
Do Shire Import their Log Cabins?
Shire Log Cabins are not imported they are machined logged here in the UK. There are many advantages to this notwithstanding the logs will fit together first time which is not always the case for imported log cabins. First of all in the unlikely event of needing parts these are readily available and you would not have to wait weeks for replacement parts as you would if the log cabin was imported. Secondly as they are built in the UK any technical advice you may need is also readily available.
Do I need Planning Permission for a Log Cabin?
Buildings 2.5m and below generally do not require planning permission as a Log Cabin is classed as a temporary building but we would recommend that you check with your local authority as to the regulations for your area. Log Cabins over 2.5m and within 2 metres of a bourdary will require planning permission.
What is the best way to prepare a base for my Log Cabin?
All log cabins require a well prepared, solid, flat, level base to ensure a long lasting and stable installation. Paving slabs (built on hardcore) or concrete make ideal bases for Log Cabins. A solid concrete base is more permanent but is more expensive but it does provide an excellent base for a larger log cabin. Paving slabs are more practical and cost effective and we would recommend this type of base for a smaller log cabin. The base can be level with the ground but should have a fall of 1 in 50 to ensure water run-off.
What tools do I need to build my Log Cabin?
Good quality DIY hand tools, such as:
- Tape measure
- Ball of String (to check the diagonals)
Please Note: The only cutting which is required on a Shire Log Cabin is the final roof, floorboards, eaves edgings, skirting boards, felt and where applicable the verandah posts.
Does the Log Cabin need to be treated?
Log Cabins are supplied untreated. We explain in the section below the reasons for this. However as it is untreated it will enable you to decorate and finish it to your own individual style and taste. Please Note: the bearers are pre-treated with pressure treatment therefore any wood that comes into contact with the ground is powerfully treated to prevent against decay and insect infestation.
It is advised that you treat your log cabin when it has been constructed and treat the external walls periodically after that in order to maintain and prolong the life and beauty of your log cabin. We would also recommend the maintenance of doors and window hinges that you regularly oil these to ensure a continued smooth operation.
Why don't you pre-treat Log Cabins?
Log cabin timber is kiln dried- a process that reduces moisture content. This drying ensures that all wood is reasonably sized and capable of locking together tightly and securely.
If timber was to be pre-treated for customers, the rigidly sized pieces of wood would have to be coated with preservative at this stage of production. Each piece would absorb varying amounts of treatment and drying times would be inconsistent. This process would expand to different sizes and this movement would prevent the interlocking log walls from fitting together tightly and securely, if at all.
Why don't all you log sizes come with double tongue and groove?
Using double tongue and groove on log sizes smaller than 44mm would cause the tongues to be very thin and liable to breaking off. This could jeopardise the bond making it very weak. We ensure that our 28 and 34mm single tongue and groove logs and our 44 and 70mm double tongue and groove logs keep you nice and snug in your log cabin without jeopardising the sturdiness of the building.
Do you offer an Installation Service?
Yes. We offer an installation service throughout the majority of the UK mainland. Please call our Sales Team on our Freephone Number 0800 019 3865 for a quote.
How is the delivery of my log cabin arranged?
The delivery company will contact you a few days prior to delivery to arrange a convenient delivery date with you. Access is required for a large lorry. This is a kerbside delivery.
How easy are Shire Log Cabins to assemble?
You will not need to be a DIY professional to put up a Shire log cabin. Comprehensive, accurate and extremely easy to follow assembly instructions are supplied. They show exactly where every component fits and the majority of individual components are coded to match the instructions. However, if you feel that you need a little advice or just have a couple of questions to ask, you can call us on: 0870 950 9940 or via e-mail at email@example.com and our experienced team will be happy to help.
Can I insulate my log cabin?
The floor and roof of our log cabins can be easily insulated. There are many insulated sheets on the market suitable for insulating your cabin. We recommend using batons on the wall with a slot at one end to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood. We also offer 11mm thick double glazing.
Can I have electricity in my log cabin?
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Although providing an electricity supply to a log cabin is normally a straightforward task, for safety reasons we recommend that you consult an approved electrician first. Since January 1st 2005 all electrical work must be completed in accordance with IEE wiring regulations and BS 7671. Notifiable work must be either notified directly to the local building control department or completed by an operator who is approved under the Part P Electrical Competent Person Scheme.