Can’t see the Professional Log Cabin and Garden Room Builders for the tree!!
Out of the Darkness Came a White Van Packed with Bespoke Garden Room Log Cabins – My Idea Solved!
Sometimes we know you can’t see the Professional Log Cabin and Garden Room Builders for the trees!! That is though mainly because our location in Fife is surrounded by – trees! But we are not hiding from you, far from it!
Welcome to Log Cabins Scotland and let us start by saying we are not suggesting that you are a confused, perplexed, person that is bewildered by information, is unable to think straight, or is unable to get something done or make a decision. You are way beyond that. Why? – well because you have kindly dropped into read this article. This might be the most important blog you read this year if making big purchase decisions in life like a new garden room log cabin. We can at times all lack intelligence concerning topics we know little about, and we need to know more. And what we don’t know about log cabins!
Your Thought today then – Is a garden room worth it? And who will Build it?
Log Cabins Scotland have over 30yrs experience in delivering our bespoke log cabins and contemporary modern garden rooms. But only across Scotland.
Here at LCS we will tell you that a garden room is worth the investment for any homeowner and provides a huge range of benefits. Investing in a garden room is a big decision that can impact your property and living environment.
Do Garden Rooms add value to your property?
The good news is that garden rooms do add value to a property. It’s common to see a return on investment of between 1.5 times the value of a garden room. Calculating the exact value is tricky due to lots of different factors. But research across the internet suggests that an approximate increase in house price value of 5%-15% is possible.
Do You Need Planning Permission for a Garden Room?
Garden rooms don’t require the same planning permission as an extension to a home. Post pandemic has become one of the primary reasons in this popularity surge towards investing in garden rooms over the last few years.
During the pandemic period the primary use was to have a garden office. It continues that since the pandemic more people than ever remain now working from home for the foreseeable future.
A considerable number of our clients were looking for a dedicated workspace. While trying to dedicate a room within the home as an office is great, we believe a stand alone garden office is even better. Your garden room becoming a functional office can provide a completely separate location to work from. Browse our website and you will find our Garden Rooms can become anything you want it to be. From just popping outside to your workout gym or have your own private bar or garden pub with your big-screen TV and even a few bar stools for your friends and neighbours to have some quality time to socialise.
Do I Need Planning Permission for any type of Wooden Building Structure in my Garden?
In Scotland – you can go to 4m ridge height, and 2.5m high within 1m of your boundary when considering investing in outdoor garden rooms. However, it should be noted that we recommend you give a building 1m space to boundary or existing structure – note – they have .300mm roof overhangs – minimum – .200mm – so to paint and maintain, you need a body space/ladders and some space to work!
How Big can a Wooden Structure be without Planning Permission?
When building a garden room you can go up to 30m2 floor area without planning – unless you are in a country park, listed building, or a conservation area!
How Long will a Wooden Building from LCS last? They can last for – as long as you keep up maintenance. Annual / twice year wash down – how long would your car paintwork last if you never washed it? Check paintwork at this time, fill and re-paint as required, recoat our paintwork every 4 – 5 years maximum – its Scotland! Windy blown rain!
Can I have a Multi-Purpose Garden Room?
You can have any design or layout you want – look at our gallery, you won’t see the same building built twice, all are built to your specification and layout – we don’t have a standard range as most other suppliers, all are made with you name on it.
A common misconception is that garden rooms can only be used throughout the summer months. Fortunately, this is not true, and a garden room can be used during all months of the year, including the winter if you aim to invest in a fully insulated garden room. Our garden rooms are constructed from solid log of minimum 58mm, more often 70mm and in some cases from 94mm or even 112mm solid log,
The interior of a garden room will look like the same as the exterior, as it’s the same log inside and out, this speeds up our build process, so we can in many cases have the exterior walls up, roof purlins in and roof boarded in 1 day, making it weather tight faster than most other construction types,
And in 70mm log with our insulated roofs and floors, they exceed the insulation levels of a park home in which many folks live in all year round,
You can also insulate the walls, on 1 side, or even better if you wanted a super insulated building on both sides of the log inside and outside,
Also take a look at our range of Katepal shingle roof coverings, which are fire rated 1 and 2, and don’t blow of in Scottish winds, also note that shingles require a minimum roof slope of 12 degrees, or the wind could blow water back up and underneath them, though many manufacturers of the 2.5m ridge heigh (for English planning rules) will have slopes of less than 12 degrees, but they will not tell you this and still sell you shingles!
And, all our buildings and garden rooms feature multi laminated timber doors and windows, with double glazing to near house quality, triple glazing is also available, they have branded German tilt and turn mechanisms, 3 point locking as standard, 2m high and can come painted in any RAL colour, heavy duty hinges are also available for commercial applications and bi-fold doors, as well as Harmonica doors,
Sliding doors and circular, crescent or triangular feature windows,
Invest in Insulated Garden Rooms
Keeping Warm in Winter Your Bespoke Garden Room and Cool in Summer
During the conversation we have with clients when planning out the interior features you want in your garden room, keeping warm during the colder weather is something we chat about.
And what we hear is – “and we would like a log burning stove”.
The answer to that request you might be surprised by when we suggest – you don’t really, you want one of these – and pointing to our office wall where there is a mounted air conditioning unit.
Some of our customers have never seen one and ask – what’s that?
A brand arm within our business is HEATEASY. Here we can offer an energy efficient air to air heat pump that in the summertime also provides air conditioning.
This gets our customers thinking about the advantages of our air to air heat pumps. And as professional registered installers we can help answer some of your questions?
A Heat Pump costs less to supply and fit than the average log burner.
You set the desired temperature on the remote control, and when you come into your building or room – it can be set at the same temperature.
You can leave it switched on or use the timer – a log burner does not do that!
And a log burner will not cool you on very hot days! What other sort of heater can heat – then provide cool air if you want?
With your log burner, you will have to light it – prior to when you want to heat up the room.
Imagine, you light it by having to throw some sticks on, maybe some paper to get the fire to take hold, this part all takes time.
Then you are just getting warm when the fire dies down and you may let it go out. In the heat of the moment that crackling fire looked warm and inviting, but now you realise whilst in the grip of a cold spell you can’t control the temperature. You will have to buy logs and kindling, store them in a dry shed area which could be added to your bespoke garden room, as often, you have to let your logs and wood dry before you can use them.
In the cold morning and maybe using your garden room as a home office, the day will then start with you having to clean the fire out – creating ash dust and mess, and what type of material is your garden building built with?
Convinced, and now you put the log burner on the back burner and explore the type of air heat pump we fit.
Our HEATEASY engineers only fit Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) air heat pumps, which come with a 5-year parts warranty.
You pay the labour, the parts are under warranty,
How good is a MHI air source Heat Pump?
Let us tell you just how good they are:
For every 1kw of energy they use – you get up to 3.5kw of heat or cool air
A 5kw output unit for example, only uses 1.36kw of electricity, to give you 5kw of heat.
The electricity is not what’s heating your log cabin garden room, its fridge technology compressed gas that creates the heat, ever felt the back of your fridge? It’s warm – yes?
So, with your fully installed air heat pump, electricity only runs a small compressor and a fan on the inside and outside units.
What Foundations do you need for a garden room?
A key benefit of becoming a customer with us is this where you you get one bit of the very best advice we offer to anyone planning on purchasing a garden building. That is, to ensure you have a solid and level base.
Garden buildings are precisely machined with little tolerance and a base not put in place by us could end up seeing it not being thus leading to unwanted challenges and your garden room not fitting together properly during installation.
A concrete base is often mentioned, and our reply is – is this to park a car in? answer is no, so what’s the point in all that wasted concrete that our joists won’t be sitting on?
So we have many different types of foundation solutions we can use, which we can discuss the many options available for your scenario,
How much is a garden room from Log Cabins Scotland?
Now you are much more informed about the approach you should take to owning your purpose garden room built to quality standards and you are ready to showcase this indulgence of added luxury, then this is the question you are most wanting to get a favourable answer too. After all, you need to have an idea of how much one of our buildings you have looked at on our website might cost? But we aim to give you a sensible quote to deliver on your desired needs and wants. Since post pandemic there are featured garden room projects on our website that have cost £5000 and some that those that cost more at £50,000 or more! So the quick answer is our garden room prices will vary depending on the size of the building and its specification.
On day 1 the floor joists were in place and by the end of day 2 the kit was sorted out and building by LCS began in earnest.