The base of a log cabin – best available options and recommendations for construction

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When it comes to purchasing a log cabin, the prospective log cabin owners mainly focus on the design, the layout and the colour of the facade. Of course, if the owners want to enjoy their garden building for many years, the visual appearance is an important aspect. However, in terms of longevity of the timber structure, there are a few technical or assembly related factors that must be considered, like the quality of timber, the construction system and the base of your log cabin. In this article we are going to discuss the latter in more detail – keep reading this article if you are interested in finding out more.

Requirements for a log cabin base

Just like with any other structure, the base is a very important part of a log cabin. Most importantly, a high-quality log cabin base will ensure that your garden building won’t sink into the ground, while also preventing against the moisture building up from the ground. In addition to that, a well-built base will also help you to assemble the structure correctly, avoiding the deformation of the timber structure in the future. So, what are the main log cabin base requirements that must be met? First of all, the base must be strong and durable (considering the soil type), the base must also correspond to the size of your log cabin and it must provide good drainage as well.

Base types for log cabins

The most popular question among prospective log cabin owners is usually ”What type of base does a log cabin need”? As mentioned, it mostly depends on the type of soil and the log cabin itself. There are different types of log cabin bases that are offered, however the most popular base types among the log cabin manufacturers, builders and owners are a concrete base, a base made of paving stones, a pad foundation or a deck base.

Recommendations for construction

When it comes to building a strong and durable log cabin base, the first thing to do is to choose a type of base that’s appropriate for your garden and log cabin. Secondly, but, perhaps, most importantly, the base should be laid and levelled correctly to ensure a long-lasting log cabin. Even materials of the highest quality won’t provide a strong and durable base if the construction is done poorly. Therefore, here are the main construction recommendations – first of all, choose the right location and prepare it appropriately, by clearing the area from any bushes and trees, secondly, during the construction process, make sure that the base is laid and levelled correctly, to avoid any problems in the future.

We hope that this article has given you an insight into log cabin bases, which play a very important part in the longevity of log cabins. If you are ready to purchase your own log cabin, discover the log cabin range at www.lugarde.com

Top-Tipps wie Sie Ihr Blockhaus sicher machen und Ihre Immobilie schützen

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Es gibt zwei Hauptgründe, warum Gartenblockhäuser übliche Ziele für Einbrecher sind – die wertvollen Gartengeräte und die einfachen Sicherheitssysteme, mit denen Gartenblockhäuser ausgestattet sind. Natürlich hängt die Sicherheit Ihres Gartenhauses mit der allgemeinen Sicherheit Ihres Grundstücks zusammen – des Hauses und des Gartens. Daher müssen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen wie ein guter Zaun, eine Innen- und Außenbeleuchtung sowie ein Haus- und Gartenalarmsystem unbedingt getroffen werden. Es gibt jedoch einige wichtige Dinge, die jeder Blockhüttenbesitzer beachten sollte, um die Gartenhütte zu sichern und Einbrüche zu verhindern. Um Ihnen dabei zu helfen, haben wir die Top-Tipps in diesem Artikel zusammengestellt!

Blockhaustüren und Schlösser

Ordnungsgemäße Türen und Schlösser sind das Erste, um das Sie sich kümmern sollten. Wenn es um die Türen und Schlösser geht, denken die Leute als Erstes daran, schwer zu brechende Schlösser zu installieren, was natürlich eine gute Idee ist. Die besten verfügbaren Schlösser schützen Sie jedoch nicht, wenn Sie die Türen Ihres Blockhauses nicht abschließen oder die Fenster offen lassen. Es mag wie ein zu simpler Tipp erscheinen, aber eine überraschend große Anzahl von Menschen sperrt ihre Blockhütten nicht ab, wenn sie sich nicht in ihrem Garten befinden, weil sie der Meinung sind, dass sie verdächtige Aktivitäten im Garten vom Haus aus bemerken. Die Wahrheit ist jedoch, dass Einbrecher oft nur wenige Minuten brauchen, um unbemerkt davonzukommen, wenn die Türen unverschlossen bleiben.

Sichere Fenster

Auch jede noch so sichere Tür kann Ihr Gartenhaus nicht vor Einbrüchen Schützen, wenn Ihre Fenster nicht ebenfalls dem höchsten Sicherheitsstandard entsprechen. Wenn Ihre Fenster von außen leicht zu öffnen oder aufzubrechen sind, müssen die Einbrecher nicht einmal versuchen, die Türen zu öffnen. Daher ist es wichtig, Fenster zu installieren, die sicher und hochwertig sind, damit Ihre Blockhütte ein schwierigeres Ziel für Einbrecher wird. Wenn Sie der Meinung sind, dass die aktuellen Fenster Ihrer Blockhütte nicht sicher sind, Sie diese jedoch momentan nicht ändern können, gibt es einige andere Lösungen, die Sie einsetzen könnten, z. B. die Installation von Fensterstangen oder Fenstersperren im Inneren.

Vorhänge und Jalousien

Ihre Blockhütte wird zu einem begehrten Ziel für Einbrecher, wenn sie genau wissen, was sie darin finden können. Deshalb ist es eine gute Idee, Vorhänge oder Rollos in Ihrer Blockhütte zu befestigen, damit niemand hineinsehen kann. Darüber hinaus schützt es nicht nur vor neugierigen Blicken, sondern bietet Ihnen auch etwas Privatsphäre.

Blockhaus-Alarmsystem

Maximalen Schutz für Ihre Blockhütte erhalten Sie natürlich durch die Installation eines Alarmsystems, das Sie benachrichtigt, wenn jemand eindringt und die Eindringlinge abschreckt. Es gibt eine Reihe von unterschiedlichen Systemen, zwischen denen Sie wählen können – angefangen von klassischen Alarmsystemen, die ausgelöst werden, wenn jemand die Tür öffnet oder ein Fenster aufbricht, über Sicherheitsbeleuchtung, die durch Bewegung oder Hitze ausgelöst wird, bis hin zu komplexeren Optionen, wie dem Anschluss Ihrer Blockhütte zu Ihrem hauseigenem Alarmsystem und / oder CCTV-System.

Möchten sie eine neue, sichere Blockhütte kaufen? Schauen Sie sich die Blockhüttenauswahl von Lugarde an auf www.lugarde.de.

Power your log cabin with renewable energy – install solar panels on top of its roof!

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Solar panels are becoming more and more popular as a source of energy in many households. Have you ever wondered why solar power has been so popular lately? The main reason for their popularity is that solar panels are great for incorporating renewable energy in the overall household energy consumption. In addition to that, their growing popularity is also based on low maintenance costs and low energy bills. Because of that, more and more log cabin owners choose solar panels to provide electricity for their garden buildings. Keep reading this article to learn more about powering your log cabin with renewable energy!

Off-grid power for log cabins

One of the main problems that can be faced when building a log cabin or any other garden building, is getting the electricity into the timber structure. There are two main options to choose from – the first one is supplying the electricity from the house, the second is to provide an off-grid power source like solar panels. While traditionally the most popular option has been the first one, off-grid power sources have been getting more and more popular among log cabin owners, because of the simple installation and low long-term maintenance costs. In addition to that, using solar power is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint!

The roof of a log cabin – the perfect location for solar panels

When you decide to invest in solar panels, the main thing to consider is the planned location of the power source – the more sun the solar panels get, the more power is produced. Therefore, there are a few aspects to keep in mind when choosing the right location – the direction (where the most sunlight is received both during the summer and winter), the shaded areas (the trees and branches) and the access (the panels should be cleaned occasionally). One of the best options is to install solar panels on the log cabin roof. This way you get the maximum sunlight all-year-round and provide an easy access to perform the maintenance work.

Are solar panels the right choice for my log cabin?

Is solar power the right choice for you if you’re not living in the south and if the amount of power you consume in the log cabin is pretty low? In terms of the region you are living in, solar panels are suitable for colder climates as well because the power is produced from the sunlight, not the heat.  Regardless of how you use your log cabin (a guest house or a garden office) and how much power you consume, the solar panels are worth investing in – because the investment in renewable energy almost always pays off in the long term!

If you are still looking for the right log cabin, take a look at the log cabin range at https://www.woodpro.co.uk/

Doors for garden buildings – the best door styles for summerhouses and log cabins

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When purchasing a summerhouse or log cabin, it’s crucial to pay attention to its doors. Mainly to make sure that the doors are made of premium quality materials, but also to choose a style that is functional yet complements the overall design of the timber structure. It’s quite easy to choose the right door based on the quality of materials – just choose the one that’s made of premium-quality laminated solid timber and equipped with quality locks (preferably 3-point locks), as well as double-glazed windows. Meanwhile, it can be quite a bit harder when it comes to the functionality and style of garden building doors, and people often become confused looking at the wide range of styles offered by manufacturers. To make choosing the doors for your garden building easier for you, we’ll take a look at the most popular styles of doors and explain the aspects of their functionality.

Single doors

Single doors are the most popular exterior door style for garden buildings. Both the panel doors and the doors with windows are popular among garden building owners because they are perfect for all types of garden buildings, including octagonal and corner garden buildings. In terms of functionality, the main aspect to consider is the need for natural lighting. The panel doors are recommended if a timber structure is used for storage, while doors with windows are better suited for timber structures that are used for living, working or other activities that request a source of natural lighting. In terms of the overall appearance of the garden building, single doors can be used to achieve both a classic and modern look.

Double doors

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your garden building, then double doors or French doors will be the right choice. The luxury of double doors lies in both their appearance and functionality. The wooden frame with divided glass panels will add natural lighting and an increased appeal to any garden building. The combination of the size of the door and its glass panels is an excellent source of natural lighting – moreover, the double door creates a sense of spaciousness which makes it the perfect choice for garden offices, guest houses and other living areas.

Sliding and folding doors

Garden buildings with glass sliding walls or doors are becoming more and more popular among the owners of summerhouses and log cabins who want to achieve a modern and sleek look. However, the appearance is not the only advantage – glass sliding walls are recommended if you’re looking for a versatile garden building that can be easily transformed from a closed to an open structure. Moreover, the glass panels let in a lot of natural light, while also creating a sense of continuity between the indoors and outdoors space.

Which style of doors is your favourite? If you’re still looking for the perfect garden building for your garden, then take a look at the luxury summerhouse range at https://www.lugarde.com

Turn your garden building into a real eye-catcher by choosing the right type of roof!

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When you buy a log cabin, of course, you’ll want it to be both durable and beautiful. The main things that people pay attention to in terms of design are the size, the shape, and the colour. However, one of the main design features that create the overall appearance of the garden building is the roof. A certain combination of the roof type (an apex roof or a flat roof, for example), roofing material and roof finials can make or break the overall appearance of your log cabin or summerhouse! Do you want to learn more about the roof types available for garden buildings and how to choose the right one? Keep reading this article to do so!

An apex roof

An apex roof is among the most popular roof types for timber garden buildings. This classic style really helps to enhance the different shapes of garden buildings, yet it’s easy to assemble. Moreover, apex roofs are also versatile in terms of achieving a certain look. Whether it’s a classic style or a contemporary design garden building, you’ll never fail to achieve either one with an apex roof. Although the apex roof style seems to be pretty common and widespread, the right choice of roofing material can turn every apex roof into the focal point of your garden building. Usually, apex roofs are supplied with shingles that are available in various colours. All you have to do is to choose the right colour that will enhance the look of your garden building!

A flat roof

A flat roof is a type of roof that has become more and more popular among garden building owners, as it helps to achieve a more contemporary look. However, it’s also possible to achieve a very classic look for your garden building using this roof type as well. No matter what kind of design you prefer, the clean lines of the flat roof certainly help the structure to stand out! The most durable roofing material for flat roofs is the EPDM roof covering, which is extremely durable and requires minimal care. The clean lines are enhanced by aluminium trims that also create a put-together look.

Bespoke roof ideas

Both for the apex and flat roofs, different bespoke roof design ideas can be implemented. One of the most popular roof design ideas for the apex roofs is the roof finials. The roof finials not only enhance the overall design of the building but also add a unique, bespoke feature that no one else will have. Meanwhile, for the flat roofs, one of the latest design trends are the green roofs – partially or completely covered in grass!

Do you prefer the look of the apex or the flat roof? If it’s still hard to decide, take a look at the Woodpro flat roof and apex roof log cabin range https://www.woodpro.co.uk!

Ein Blockhaus im Garten, in dem Sie sich in Ruhe entspannen können – ein Whirlpool-Blockhaus einrichten

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Haben Sie bereits eine gemütliche Lounge oder einen Grillplatz in Ihrem Garten geschaffen, aber in Ihnen fehlt noch ein Ruhebereich, in dem Sie und Ihre Familie nach einer langen Arbeitswoche entspannen können? Eine der besten Entspannungstechniken, um Stress zu reduzieren, ist die Hydrotherapie. Wenn Sie jedoch nicht gerne Wassertherapiekurse besuchen und sich lieber alleine oder mit Ihren Liebsten entspannen, ist es eine gute Idee, ein Whirlpool-Blockhaus in Ihrem Garten einzurichten. Auf diese Weise erhalten Sie einen privaten Spabereich, wo Sie die Vorteile der Hydrotherapie genießen können, wann immer Sie möchten! Lesen Sie diesen Artikel weiter, wenn Sie mehr über das Einrichten eines Whirlpools in einer Blockhütte erfahren möchten!

Die Wahl des richtigen Blockhauses

Wenn Sie eine Whirlpool-Blockhütte einrichten möchten, sind die beiden wichtigsten Dinge, um die Sie sich kümmern müssen, eine hochwertige Blockhütte und ein Hydrotherapie-Whirlpool. Achten Sie bei der Wahl der Blockhütte auf die Qualität des Holzes, die Größe und das Design. Ein Home-Spa-Bereich ist eine Investition, die Ihnen für eine lange Zeit dienen sollte, daher achten Sie auf das Holz und das Bausystem für das Modell, das Sie mögen, um sicherzustellen, dass es stabil und langlebig ist. Der zweite zu berücksichtigende Aspekt ist die Größe – die Blockhütte muss groß genug für den Whirlpool sein. Sie müssen auch entscheiden, ob Sie ein zusätzliches Zimmer im Gebäude haben möchten, wo Sie eine Lounge oder eine Sauna einrichten können. Anschließend bewerten Sie, welche Art von Design am besten zu Ihrem Home-Spa-Konzept passt. Vielleicht ist es eine Blockhütte mit einer Überdachung, wo man nach dem Entspannen ein Glas Wein trinken kann oder vielleicht eine Blockhütte mit Glasschiebewänden, sodass man die Wand öffnen kann, um den Garten zu genießen?

Blockhausisolierung

Wenn Sie eine Blockhütte gefunden haben, die Ihren Anforderungen in Bezug auf Qualität, Größe und Design entspricht, ist die Isolierung der nächste Schritt. Mit einer isolierten Blockhütte können Sie den Whirlpool unabhängig vom Wetter genießen. Eine geeignete Isolierung hält die Struktur im Sommer kühl und im Winter warm und trocken. Stellen Sie daher vor dem Kauf eines Blockhauses sicher, dass es für die Isolierung von Wänden, Dächern und Böden geeignet ist. Denken Sie auch daran, eine qualitativ hochwertige Blockhausbasis zu bauen – das wird Ihnen bei der Langlebigkeit Ihrer Blockhütte helfen!

Wählen Sie einen Whirlpool

Wenn Sie die richtige Blockhütte gefunden haben, ist es Zeit, den Whirlpool zu wählen. Abhängig von Ihrem Budget und Ihren Wünschen können Sie sich entweder für einen Jacuzzi oder einen Whirlpool mit vielen verschiedenen Funktionen und Einstellungen entscheiden.

Möchten Sie in Ihrem Garten eine Blockhütte mit einem Whirlpool aufstellen? Werfen Sie einen Blick auf www.lugarde.de, um die richtige Blockhütte für Ihre Pläne zu finden!

6 tips for a winter-proof log cabin

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Do you like spending time in your log cabin, enjoying a cup of afternoon tea? Wouldn’t it be nice to keep using your log cabin during the winter as well? If your log cabin is currently far from a cosy living area where to spend time with friends and family, read on to find out five easy tips on how to turn your log cabin into a winter-proof log cabin.

  1. Basic cleaning

First of all, the log cabin has to be cleaned from top to bottom and necessary repairs should be made. This gives you the opportunity to already do the spring cleaning before it actually is spring to have a comfortable atmosphere in your log cabin in winter.

  1. Insulation

If you want to use your log cabin as an extra living space all year round, then it is necessary to properly insulate it. There are different ways of insulating a timber structure, the easiest one is installing double glazed windows. However, to properly insulate you log cabin, it is necessary to invest in floor insulation, wall insulation, and roof insulation. Remember – a properly insulated log cabin is more energy efficient and cost-effective.

  1. Heating

The easiest options for heating a log cabin are electric radiators and electric stoves. Both are easy to use and don’t require regular maintenance or cleaning. However, if your log cabin has enough space and you want to turn it into a real winter haven, choose a wood burning stove. Of course, the installation of a wood burning stove will require extra planning and costs, but it is definitely worth it!

  1. Lighting

If you want to spend time in your log cabin during the winter, take care of proper lighting. First, think about the function of the room – what are you going to do in your log cabin. Accordingly, choose the right light bulbs for your log cabin, also paying attention to how energy-efficient they are!

  1. Staining

In the autumn and winter, your log cabin is exposed to adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, wind etc.). Therefore, it is important to treat it properly with a stain or other timber preservation treatment. In addition, you can paint the interior walls as well, to create a cosy atmosphere.

  1. Guttering

To turn your log cabin into a winter-proof timber structure, it is necessary to take care of the roof gutter before it starts to rain and snow. Roof gutters collect the water and divert it at all times, protecting from repeated dampening damage of wooden parts.

Find more useful tips and a great selection of log cabins, garages and more on www.woodpro.co.uk

Choosing the right porch type: an open front porch vs. a porch with glass sliding walls

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Have you considered attaching a porch to your home, to expand your living space outdoors? What type of porch do you prefer – an open porch or a screened porch with sliding glass walls? If you haven’t thought about the options you have, first of all, you must learn more about the types of verandas offered by manufacturers, and then evaluate what kind of timber structure – an open, or a partly closed one – do you need. Before you decide, read this article to find out which type of porch is more suitable for you!

An open front porch

An open porch with railings is a classic design that people choose to complement the house and to add some extra living space. What is the main advantage of such an open timber structure? It provides shelter from the sun and rain! Set up a cosy lounge area with a coffee table and lounge chairs and enjoy your garden regardless of the weather. Open design verandas are available with flat or apex roofs to allow the structure to perfectly blend into your property.  Whether you opt for a classic white porch or a porch with a more rustic appearance, it will make your house and garden look like brand new!

A porch with sliding glass walls

If you want to get a better protection from the rain and wind, as well as to be able to use the extension all year round, you have to opt for a porch with glass sliding walls. Thanks to the sliding glass walls, a screened porch is extremely versatile. Open the sliding glass walls when the weather is nice, to enjoy a cup of tea in the sun or close the doors when it’s raining. In fact, a porch with sliding glass walls is hardly even a porch at all – it’s more like a living room where you can bring all your family and friends together.

A bespoke design veranda

Do you want to design a bespoke porch to combine the best of the aforementioned porch types, creating a partly closed timber structure? Maybe you are looking for specific measurements, to make sure the porch fits your house perfectly? Choose the bespoke design option provided by manufacturers to create your own design that perfectly meets your needs and reflects your style!

If you want to give your home a makeover, while also creating extra living space, a porch is what you need! Whether you’re looking for an open porch or a porch with glass sliding walls, discover the range of luxury verandas at https://www.lugarde.com/.

A log cabin garden guest house – the best accommodation solution for guests

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Do you often host overnight guests in your home? And do you have to deal with having only a small space for them or no guest room at all? If you are living in a small home, where having guests can make you feel uncomfortable, but you still enjoy hosting your friends and family, you have to find a solution to the guest accommodation issue. In case if you have a garden, the easiest way to give your guests a little space is to set up a guest log cabin. This way you can give them a little privacy as well as keep your personal space for yourself. Could this be a suitable solution for you and your guests? Keep reading this article to find out how a log cabin guest house can ease hosting overnight guests!

The size

Before you head to a sales point to choose a log cabin you like, you have to consider the size of the log cabin for your guests. To find the perfect size for both your garden and your guests, first of all, evaluate the size of your garden. Do you have enough space for a multi-room log cabin or do you have to choose a single-room log cabin? Secondly, think over how many guests usually visit you at once and how long they stay. If you usually host a couple, a small log cabin will do, however, if you host more people at once, consider investing in a larger log cabin. The same applies to the time you guests spend at your house – if they stay longer, more space will be needed to make them comfortable.

Insulation

Summer is the time when people tend to visit each other more often. However, if you have decided to set up a guest log cabin, make sure your guests will be able to stay there comfortably during the Christmas holidays as well. To turn your log cabin into one you can use all year long, you have to take care of the insulation and heating.  An insulated log cabin, equipped with an appropriate heating system, is going to be welcoming and cosy all year long.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guest log cabin to give your guests a little privacy? Imagine no more chaos and mess at home while your friends and family are staying over! To find your perfect guest log cabin head to www.lugarde.com!

The perfect working space – a log cabin home office

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What do you like the best about the idea of working from home? Saving on travel time and costs, maybe being away from the city or having a private workspace? While working from home has many advantages, it also poses some challenges – your work-life balance, for example. To create and maintain a healthy work-life balance the only thing you can really do is to separate your living and working spaces. If you have a spare room, you can set up an office at home, but if you don’t have a free space at home and you want to avoid any distractions – assemble a log cabin home office in your garden. If you want to learn more about the advantages of working from a garden office, keep reading this article!

Save time and money

If a commuter lifestyle is what makes you anxious and exhausted, maybe it’s the right time to consider the option to work remotely. In addition to mental health benefits, working from your own garden office can be quite beneficial in terms of saving the travel time and money. The sooner you start working remotely from your garden office, the sooner you can start to forget about the early mornings, late evenings and rush hour traffic. With a log cabin home office in your garden, you will also save you money on travel expenses, food, and coffee.

A sustainable home office

If it is important for you to support global sustainability and lessen your impact on the environment, choosing a log cabin home office is the right choice. Since timber is natural, reusable and recyclable, it is the most environment-friendly building product. Moreover, a timber structure is healthy to live and work in.

Timber is not only a sustainable building material but also a great choice for creating a relaxed workspace interior. The timber walls and wooden floors give the workspace a cosy yet productive atmosphere.

Use your garden office all year round

With a log cabin garden office, you can enjoy working from your garden all year round. A properly insulated garden office provides excellent working conditions in terms of temperature, humidity, and ventilation, and it’s more energy efficient as well. If you enjoy working from home, don’t quit it just because the temperature is dropping. Just take care of the insulation and heating for your garden office.

How do you feel about working remotely? Is it the right thing for you, but you need to work on a healthy work-life balance? Find your perfect garden office at www.lugarde.com