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Constructing a log cabin

A quick guide to the stages of erecting a log cabin

Want to know how a GardenLife log cabin is constructed? The following slideshow provides a quick step-by-step guide that covers the main areas of log cabin construction (in this case, the Emily (40.1 + 5.2Sq m) log cabin holiday chalet). Click on the right/left arrows in the slide show or the icons in the top right hand corner to navigate.

  • Constructing a log cabinThis is the early stage of construction of an Emily (40.1 + 5.2Sq m) log cabin. This cabin has been built on a concrete block foundation strategically placed to support pressure treated foundation beams. These pressure treated foundation beams are included with all GardenLife cabin kits. This cabin could also be built on a concrete pad if preferred. Please note wall logs have been individually labelled for ease of construction. For ease of identification it is also recommended to take some time to lay out all component parts to ensure all parts are present and to hand during construction.
  • Preparing log cabin apexesThe cabin is now at eaves height and the construction crew are preparing apexes. Make sure there are steps to hand once the wall height exceeds your manageable reach.
  • Quickly adding purlines to the log cabinThe cabin has now had apexes fitted. The purlins slip in to pre cut notches and are screwed in to place. The top of the purlin needs to be flush with the top of the apex to ensure no gaps will appear when roof boards are nailed in to place.
  • Insulating the log cabin roofThe roof insulation is being fitted to the roof and is inserted between roof purlins. Please note an internal roof cladding kit needs to be purchased as an extra in order to achieve this. Alternatively roof insulation can be put on the outer roof boards if preferred. Please call for advice on options.
  • Putting log cabin roof boards in placeThe tongue and grooved roof boards have now been nailed in place and the roof is now ready to be made watertight. Bitumen shingles are ready to be fitted.
  • Fitting roof shingles to the log cabinBitumen shingles are being fitted by the crew ensuring the cabin is now watertight. These shingles are easy to apply and also give you a nice natural slate effect . Heavy duty roofing felt can also be chosen as an option on the majority of GardenLife log cabins.
  • Installing plumbing and power to a log cabinThe strip foundation allows for easy access to install plumbing and power. Please note that these services would need to be completed by qualified plumbers and electricians. Generally these services are sourced locally by our customers and not undertaken by GardenLife.
  • Cozy  log cabin mezzanine areaThis is the completed mezzanine on the Emily (40.1 + 5.2Sq m) log cabin. This provides ample storage space, a really cool sleeping area for children or just a quiet area to chill on a bean bag!
  • Log cabin mezzanine safetySteps and a safety rail for the log cabin mezzanine are included with the kit.
  • A watertight log cabinThe completed Emily (40.1 + 5.2Sq m) log cabin ready for painting. The external deck boards and terrace have been installed. All external deck boards come pressure treated and cut to size - a nice area to sit and relax of an evening!
  • The finished log cabinThe fully finished and painted Emily (40.1 + 5.2Sq m) log cabin - ready for use! Please note all log cabins should be treated with a preservative suitable for smooth or finished timber. There are many suitable products on the market - the particular favourites for GardenLife would be Butinox or Cuprinol, but please call us for advice if you are unsure. Log cabins need to be painted as soon as possible after construction.
Constructing a log cabin1 Preparing log cabin apexes2 Quickly adding purlines to the log cabin3 Insulating the log cabin roof4 Putting log cabin roof boards in place5 Fitting roof shingles to the log cabin6 Installing plumbing and power to a log cabin7 Cozy  log cabin mezzanine area8 Log cabin mezzanine safety9 A watertight log cabin10 11 12 The finished log cabin13 14 15 16
Need help constructing a log cabin?

You can construct most GardenLife log cabins with only relatively basic DIY tools, but if you need assistance building your own cabin please feel free to get in touch to make use of the GardenLife on site construction service.