DIY Installation Guide
Here is a simple step by step guide to help you achieve your new timber cabin.
Before you consider taking on this project yourself here are a couple of thing to think about first. This task is not a one man job by any means! As some lengths of timber are of some considerable length and weight you may risk injury to yourself or damage to the cabin. Although our log cabins are made of the finest timber and precision cut to the highest standards, timber is a natural material it is impossible to guarantee 100% no natural movement of the timber, you may have to carry out some minor alterations. Therefore you must be a competent wood worker with the correct tools or again you risk damaging your cabin. If you feel in anyway you may not be capable of carrying out this kind of work, then please leave it to us the professionals or a suitable contractor who are able to do this for you.
When you have purchased your new timber log cabin its time to get your tools out, and build yourself something to be proud of!
- Firstly lay your new shed base level with concrete or 50mm thick paving slabs. If you already have a base, double check your new cabin fits and check its level. If your base is slightly out of level, a 4 parts sharp sand and 1 part cement screed mix tamped and levelled off may sort this out, depending on the size.
- On the day of delivery, your cabin will arrive in one large pack. Important! When unpacking the individual items, check all the parts are present against your parts list which is provided with the cabin, and check for any damages. If any parts of the cabin are missing or damaged, do not start the construction of your cabin and report immediately!
- When checked all is present and correct neatly stack as near to the proposed site as possible.
- Set out the flooring bearers on a damp proof membrane. When in position its time to lay the first course of timber logs, this consists of 2 half cut pieces and 2 full pieces.
- Now you are ready to start building. Systematically work your way around the cabin building and interlocking each course before the next. Always refer to the plans provided. If the logs struggle to fit easily in to place then gently tap down with a rubber mallet.
- Before sliding doors and windows into position, make sure you have built up a further 5 courses of logs first. This will hold the frames in position whilst you carry on building. Never screw fix frames to the logs! Use packers on the sides only to prevent any movement. Do not pack on the tops of the frames as this will prevent the timber logs from settling after completion and during the changing seasons.
- Finish building up the gable ends then slide the roof purling into the pre-cut notches.
- if you are building an insulated twin skin cabin, we recommend you leave a 50-60mm gap at the top, as this could force the roof to lift up as the cabin settles.
- Place on the roofing timber and screw downward onto the walls and purlins, then fit the drip beams to the underside of the roofing timber.
- Lay flooring timbers as shown on you build and parts plan.
- Fit a suitable roofing membrane and guttering.
- Fit the wooden trims inside and wind breakers to the bottom log and to the first log of the gables, as there is no interlocking timber at this point.
- Attach windows and doors to the hinges provide adjusting where needed, window and door furniture is already fitted.
- Preserve your timber cabin with a micro porous paint/stain as soon as possible.
- Enjoy your timber log cabin.
Now you have built your log cabin, it will take 2 to 3 weeks for it to settle. This may cause the windows and doors to bend a little and move. Simply adjust the brackets to suit.