Detailed Specification

Standard Specifications for the Shire Contemporary Log Cabin

The Table below shows the specification for the Shire Contemporary Log Cabin in 28, 34, and 44 Logs. All imperial measurements are approximate and the log cabins are built to metric measurements. The width and length measurements are the base sizes and are taken to the extreme external length of the log including the wall corner joints that protrude. The base measurements do not include any roof overhangs. The 'G' on the log cabin sizes means the 'gable end' which is the depth side for the Contempoary  Log Cabin. These log cabins are supplied untreated.

8'G x 12' Shire Contemporary Log Cabin 28mm Log Thickness

34mm / 44mm Log Thickness

 (As 28mm PLUS upgraded features)

Footprint External Base (Depth x Front Width)** 2390mmG x 3590mm (7'10"gx11'9"') 2390mmG x 3590mm (8gx12')
Footprint Internal Base (Depth x Front Width)** 2140mmG x 3340mm (7'0"gx10'11"')

34mm logs - 2132mmG x 3332mm (8gx12')

44mm logs - 2112mmG x 3312mm (8gx12')

Front Roof Overhang: 600mm  
Side Roof Overhang: 100mm  
Height to Eaves: 2.1m (6'11")  
Height to Ridge: 2.5m (8'2")  
Floor Included: Yes  
Floor Thickness: 14mm Tongue and Groove Upgraded to 19mm Tongue and Groove
Floor Bearers: 34mm x 61mm Pressure Treated  
Roof Thickness: 14mm Tongue and Groove Upgraded to 19mm Tongue and Groove
Roof Joists: 44mm x 70mm OR depths 12ft and over 40mm x 120mm Upgraded to 40 x 120mm
Window and Door Joinery: 44mm x 58mm  
Door: Double Door (located on the 12ft front width)  
Door (Height x Width): 2.0m(H) x 1.6m(W) (6'6" x 5'3")  
Number of Windows: 2 Opening Windows (located on the 12ft front width)  
Window Glazing: Toughened Glass  
Window (Height x Width): 1.7m(H) x 0.8m(W) (5'8" x 2'7")  
Door and Window Reversible: N/A  
Positioning of Window Hinges: Top Hinged  
Roofing Felt: Yes  
Roof Felt Weight per sq.m (approx): 3.8kg  
Roofing Felt Tiles (Black, Green or Red): Optional  
Upgrade to Toughened Glass: Supplied as standard  
Upgrade to Double Glazing: Optional  
Additional Side Window(s): Optional (can be located on either 8ft side depth)***  
Window Boxes: N/A  
Terrace: N/A  
Verandah: N/A  
Assembly: Optional  
Other Sizes Available: Only by using our made to measure service  
Bespoke and Made to Measure Service Available: Yes**  


** Note: With our Shire Log Cabins we offer a made to measure and design service which means our Shire Log Cabins can be made to a different size and specification to the sizes shown. We can make our Shire Log Cabins to any Width and/or Depth you require.

*** You have the option to add additional side window(s) to your log cabin to allow even more light in. When adding an additional side window to your order this can either be located on either the right-hand side or the left-hand side as you are facing the log cabin. This decision can be made when your log cabin is delivered and does not need to be made at the time of ordering.


An extra-modern variation on our ever-popular Marlborough Log Cabin, the 8 x 12 Contemporary Log Cabin has been a favourite amongst visitors to the elbec showsite for many years. Combining the fully-glazed front typical of many modern summerhouses with the classic look and feel of a robust, timber log cabin, the Marlborough Contemporary is the best of both worlds. If you love this design, look no further: the Shire Contemporary is exclusive to elbec!

At elbec, we are confident that our log cabins are the perfect way to make the most of your unused garden space and provide a wonderful spot to relax in comfort all year round.

Ways to Make the Most of your Marlborough Contemporary

There are loads of ways to enjoy a Shire  Contemporary Log Cabin. Relax with the windows and double doors open through the warmer months to give you a light, airy space in which you can enjoy a drink with friends and family, or simply sit back and enjoy your garden. When the weather turns cooler, this Contemporary cabin  gives you a cosy haven on those chilly days to take in the beautiful colours of the outdoors in comfort. There is no better solution for getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life without leaving home than a log cabin in your garden!

Away from the distractions of the home, the Contemporary also provides a brilliant standalone space for concentrating on work or hobbies. Using a log cabin as a home office is becoming increasingly popular, as many find a tranquil garden atmosphere perfect for concentration. Similarly, whether you have always wanted your very own art studio, or perhaps somewhere to practice a musical instrument, having the extra space provided by a log cabin could be just what you need. With so many possibilities, you’ll love spending time in your log cabin, however you decide to use it.


A Shire Log Cabin is built to last, and the  Contemporary is no exception. With overlapping corner logs and 4-way corner joints used by Shire as standard, you’ll be impressed by the strength, stability and sturdy feel of the this Log Cabin. The Shire draught seal system fitted on all external windows and doors ensure that you will be snug in your log cabin. Supplied as standard with 28mm wall logs. However, you can choose either 34mm or  44mm wall logs. When you upgrade to 34mm logs or thicker, your cabin will be supplied with an upgraded roof, floor and joists compared to our standard, 28mm log cabins. This gives you an even sturdier construction and further usability throughout the year.  Underpinning the outstanding strength of the Cabin is that it has been constructed from individual logs, which provides excellent insulation for the inside.The doors can be locked securely using the mortise lock and 2 keys are provided, giving you peace of mind when leaving items inside.

You also have the option to upgrade to double glazed windows for an all year-round cosier feel. Optional Celotex floor and roof insulation is available so you can make full use of your log cabin whatever the weather. 

Why Others Tell Us They Love the Contemporary

As with all Shire Log Cabins, the quality is apparent straight away. The Shire Contemporary combines generous headroom with plenty of natural light from the windows and double doors to give it a spacious, open feel. The fully-glazed front of the cabin combines the best of the most popular summerhouse designs with the more traditional look and cosy interior you expect from a log cabin. Its reverse apex roof is an eye-catching design feature, adding a distinctive touch that many customers find especially attractive. Inside, the classic look of the timber walls and its thick roof beams make the interior a stylish and inviting space.

The handcrafted joinery of all windows and doors completes the charm of this fantastic log cabin. Our showsite model (pictured) also features two optional side windows; you can upgrade your cabin to include one or both side windows above. In addition, our showsite model also features stylish, hexagonal roof tiles, another extra you can choose to include which will enhance the look of your cabin. Our customers often like to add their own personal touch by painting their log cabins and they look fantastic in any colour. Shire recommends you use Protek paint, available from elbec in a wide variety of colours.


We recommend that log cabins are sited on pre-laid, level, solid and dry ground, with a foundation of hardcore, compacted, and concrete to give a stable and even footing for your cabin to sit on. You can request 'Guidelines for Preparing a Concrete Base' through our 'Contact Us' Section. This log cabin is supplied with comprehensive fitting instructions and fixings provided. Two people are required to build. 

Optional Assembly Service

We’re pleased to offer the option of booking our dedicated professionals who will assemble your log cabin quickly and correctly. However, you can choose to use the comprehensive instructions included with the log cabin and construct it yourself. The Contemporary, like all Shire Log Cabins, can be dismantled and rebuilt should you ever decide to move, a useful feature when investing in a log cabin.

Creating a stylish log cabin with our Protek Paints

All Shire Log Cabins are supplied untreated. You must apply a wood treatment to the exterior. Shire recommends Protek Royal Exterior wood treatment, available from elbec in many different colours.  You can add your personal touch by painting your log cabin in many of the fantastic colours. This will protect the timber from weathering, making it last longer. The timber treatment will need to be repeated in line with the manufacturer's instructions.  Protek Royal paint is available from elbec in a wide variety of colours. By using Protek Royal Exterior, you can make the Contemporary look exactly how you want while adding extra protection to the timber. Whether you love bold, bright colours or a more natural wood finish, Protek has a colour to suit any taste. Take a look at the Protek range by clicking here

Range of Customisation Options

At elbec, we offer a wide range of customisation options on all our Shire log cabins to help give you your perfect cabin. Why not opt for double glazing for an extra snug interior or add the additional side windows to your cabin as we have on our showsite model? Take a look at our range of customisations above to make the changes you want.

Feel free to email us to discuss our full range of customisation and product options, or better still, give us a call so we can find the perfect log cabin to suit your needs.  Alternatively, why not visit us at our Brookfields Garden Centre showsite near Nottingham? One of our helpful advisors will be on hand to show you around so you can really appreciate the look, feel and quality of our Shire log cabins.

Bespoke and Made to Measure Cabins

All our Shire Log Cabins are made to order. You can choose to have the Contemporary designed by you from scratch. Browse our bespoke and made to measure page where you will see there are loads of ways we can make changes to your log cabin to suit your needs.

Many customers choose this service if they have a certain size for their log cabin in mind that is not offered on our website. But did you know that as well as made to measure sizes, you can also add additional doors, change the positioning of windows and much more? Send us an email or call us today for a free quote or if you have any queries about what we can provide as part of our bespoke and made to measure service.

About the Timber

You will be impressed by Shire's use of natural products and their environmental credentials. A high quality timber log cabin starts with high quality timber, so it is important to know exactly what timber is being used for your log cabin. The most commonly used timber for garden buildings is pine (pinus) as this is widely available for a very cheap price, however all of Shire's garden buildings are constructed using high quality spruce (picea) and is sourced from Siberia and Scandinavia under strict FSC guidance.

Spruce is more durable than pine and provides a higher quality finish. This timber is slow grown unlike fast grown British and Eastern Europe's timber, being slow grown timber means a tighter grain, less sap and with far fewer knots. The timber used on Shire's log cabins is therefore a more durable timber that will last much longer than other timbers used on log cabins. Spruce is therefore the timber of choice for companies such as Shire who always look to produce the best garden building. 

About Shire

Established in 1945, Shire is the country's leading, and one of the oldest established, manufacturers of garden buildings. Shire benefits from being adjacent to the Port of Wisbech, through which Shire discharges timber into their warehouses. Shire is the proud manufacturer of the largest timber garden building range produced in the UK. At peak times they produce thousands of buildings a week. Their range includes Garden Sheds, Log Cabins, Eco Homes, Home Offices, Sheds, Workshops, Summerhouses, Playhouses, Arbours, Storage units and Pet houses. Their production facilities cover some 23 acres and include huge undercover stock holding facilities for many of their ranges, an advanced high-speed timber planing mill, a modern well-equipped joinery production facility and semi-automated production lines. All Shire garden buildings are manufactured in the UK using the finest spruce timber, imported directly and machined through the most up to date machines to ensure the best quality and best value for money log cabins in the UK.

About your Log Cabin Order

If you think a Shire Contemporary Log Cabin is perfect for you, have a look at our FAQs for Shire Log Cabins where we go over the finer details. These range from preparing the base to build your log cabin on, to arranging delivery of your purchase. We hope you’ll find the FAQs informative and comprehensive, but do not hesitate to contact us with any queries you feel we haven’t covered or would like to discuss in greater detail. It is supplied with heavy-duty green mineral roofing felt, and all fixtures necessary to complete assembly. Floor joists are supplied properly pressure treated through the Shire in house facilities. Timber sizes stated are the actual size of the timber after planing and machining and may vary slightly. 

Our Showsite Model (Pictured)

Please note: Pictures show the 8'G x 12' (2390mmG x 3590mm) Contemporary Log Cabin as it appears on our showsite. Our showsite model features two additional side windows, and has double glazing. Both of these features are optional upgrades and can be made on this page. Our showsite log cabin also features hexagonal roof tiles, which are optional. You can add these to your cabin above. Our showsite cabin has 34mm thick wall logs, as opposed to the standard 28mm. The base sizes are taken to the extreme external length of the log including the corner joints that protrude. The base measurements do not include any roof overhangs. The double door is shown on the 3590mm (12ft) side. Decking, accessories and painted finish shown in images are all for display purposes only and are not included.

Key Features

  • With its modern style and front roof overhang a great building for any type of garden.
  • Exclusive to elbec
  • FREE Delivery to UK Mainland*.
  • FREE Planning friendly ridge height now available up to and including 12ft (3590mm).
  • High grade slow grown Spruce timber means a tight grain giving extra strength, a much longer life and superior build quality that looks attractive in the garden.
  • High quality 28mm interlocking logs as standard for a strong and durable log cabin, with optional 34mm, and 44mm log upgrades.
  • Shire Draught Seal System included on all external window(s) and door(s).
  • Drip Bars above window and doors to help divert the rain away from the log cabin.
  • The roof and floor are made from thick tongue and groove making them durable and provides an attractive interior to this log cabin.
  • 34mm x 61mm Pressure treated floor bearers ensure a high quality and long-lasting building.
  • Full length joinery glazed lockable double doors for an impressive and secure entrance.
  • 4mm toughened glass as standard for extra safety .
  • Glass is used so you can rely on the clarity of your windows and doors for years to come.
  • The roof overhang adds an impressive touch to the exterior and protection when entering the log cabin (the roof overhang is not included in the base measurement).
  • Generous roof height.
  • Inside is finished off neatly with skirting boards.
  • All buildings are made to order and are built and designed in the UK.
  • Delivered flat packed with comprehensive instructions, fittings and heavy duty roofing felt to ensure installation is as straightforward as possible.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified timber is used throughout to produce an environmentally friendly log cabin.
  • Optional 14mm double glazing can help keep youngsters safe and adds even more insulation and warmth.
  • Optional side window(s)  to style the log cabin to make sure it is just right for you.
  • Option to have your log cabin installed by our professional team of fitters.
  • Made to Measure Service available on this Log Cabin to whatever size and style you require just call or email for a free quote.



FREE delivery is offered to the majority of mainland UK postcodes but some areas may incur a surcharge and some postcode areas are not covered at all. Please check your postcode in the ‘Delivery cost checker’ above to confirm availability and any possible surcharges.

Delivery Leadtimes
The estimated delivery lead time for this product is identified on the product page above. Lead times are in working days (Monday - Friday) excludes Bank Holidays. These estimated lead times are provided by the manufacturers and are not guaranteed - due to fluctuation in demand - but are provided in good faith and are representative of delivery at that time. Some remote areas will take a little longer.

Booking Delivery
By entering your postal code in the ‘Pick a delivery day. ENTER POSTCODE’ Box above you can select a delivery date. The evening before this delivery date you will be sent a text message (where a mobile has been provided) with an estimated delivery window.  This update can only be provided where a mobile number has been supplied on the billing address section at the time of checkout.

Upon Delivery
Delivery is made by Shire the manufacturer. Delivery of this item is typically made by a 17 ton flat-bed (similar size to a council refuse lorry). Delivery is typically between 7am and 7pm. The delivery drivers are only insured to deliver to kerb side or driveway. We would not risk damaging your property whilst delivering a product. Unfortunately we will not be able to go through your property. Deliveries are hand-balled off by the driver.

We would recommend against arranging for a third party to install the building before it's been delivered and checked that all parts are present, as we cannot be held liable for any third-party costs.

Installation option
If you are choosing the installation option after placing your order you’ll be contacted within 5 working days by Shire the manufacturer either by a text message or automated telephone message (the latter if a mobile number is not supplied). This message will supply you with the name of the website to go on to where you will be required to accept the terms and conditions for assembly. Any delay in accepting these terms and conditions may affect your timescale. Once you have accepted these terms and conditions you will be contacted during the timescale with a date for the delivery/assembly of your order. The installation option will extend your lead time by up to 15-25 working days. This may take longer during seasonal periods. Please be aware that the installation team will require full access to your garden, 18" clearance all around the building and a firm and level base. Shire's installation team will not bring a building through your home as they are not covered by insurance to enter a customer’s home.

Marlborough FAQs

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 Garden Office, Games Room, Hobby Room or for Dining. We also have Log Cabins with multi rooms. We offer a made to measure and design service where you can dictate your own log cabin size and design.

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 assemble the roof and 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.

What is the best way to prepare a base for my Log Cabin?
All log cabins require a well prepared, solid, flat, level concrete base to ensure a long lasting and stable installation. It should have a very slight fall to prevent water laying on it. We do not recommend slab and / or shingle bases as an uneven base or subsequent settling will cause excessive strain and may damage your building. Guidelines for preparing a base are issued subsequent to placing an order and are also available upon request.

What tools do I need to build my Log Cabin?
Good quality DIY hand tools, such as: Drills, Hammer, Pozidrive Screwdriver (Electric), Rubber Mallet, Sand Paper, Cutting Knife, Tape Measure, Step Ladder, Pencil, Saw, Damp Proof Strip, Silcone Sealant, Oil for Lock, Level and 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 (where applicable), 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 your log cabin 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 with a suitable external wood treatment (there are some parts which will need treating prior to assembly which are detailed in the instructions) 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 your 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 28mm 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*. Installation by one of Shire's experienced assembly teams. If this is not displayed as an option on the product page, please call our Sales Team on 0115 965 9900 for a quote. Due to Seasonal fluctuation when choosing this option Installation may take up to 6 weeks.

How is the delivery of my log cabin arranged?
You will be contacted by Shire the manufacturer of your log cabin within 1-3 working days via a text message to the telephone number you have provided either a mobile or landline to inform you of how to book your delivery date. This will involve visiting their booking website. You will then either be able to book your delivery date online, or be advised that Shire will call you once a date is available. If having assembly of your log cabin you will still be sent a text message to go on to the booking website to accept the terms and conditions for assembly you will then be contacted at a later date by the delivery team with an assembly date for your log cabin.

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.   YOu are also supplied with spares for some parts just in case. However, if you feel that you need a little advice or just have a couple of questions to ask, you can call Shire's Technical Team on: 01945 465 295 who will be happy to help.

Can I insulate my log cabin?
The floor and roof of our log cabins can be easily insulated (We do not recommend insulating the walls of the log cabin as they need to be able to move slightly with the changes in weather). 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 optional 11mm thick double glazing. On many of our log cabins we have the option to increase the log thickness

Can I have electricity in my log cabin?
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.

8G x 12 (2.39m x 3.59m) Shire Contemporary Log Cabin (28mm to 44mm Logs) WIPAH

from £3,282.00

Product code - CONT-10250033-8Gx12


Description Information

A firm favourite amongst visitors to the elbec showsite, the 8 x 12 Marlborough Contemporary Log Cabin is an extra-modern take on one of our most popular log cabins. Exclusive to elbec, the Marlborough Contemporary catches the eye with its nearly fully-glazed front and striking reverse apex roof. The key features include:

  • Fully-glazed front featuring wide opening double door and two full-length opening windows to either side
  • Attractive reverse apex roof adds a modern look and feel to the cabin
  • Strong, sturdy construction typical of all Shire products
  • Optional side windows and option to upgrade to double glazing (quality toughened glass supplied as standard)

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