Log Cabin Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need planning permission to build a log cabin?

In most cases, you do not need planning permission to build a log cabin. The construction of a 2.5m high log cabin is already permitted under permitted development rights. Taller log cabins can be allowed as long as they are 2m from the boundary. It is always best to check with your local council that your property/region holds the standard permitted development rights.

To learn more about planning regulations for building a garden building, click here to read our planning guide.

Can you live permanently in a log cabin?

If the log cabin is built to the correct specification, you can live there permanently. The log cabin will need to be built to full building regulations or alternatively, it can comply with the mobile home specification.

Speak to the team at Garden Affairs to learn more about the permissions and specifications needed for a new log cabin home.

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Is it legal to build a log cabin in the UK?

Yes, it is legal to build a log cabin in your garden in the UK. It's even legal to have a flat roof cabin with timber veranda. Depending on the size of the cabin, and region that you reside in, planning permission may be required.

For more guidance and to check if you require planning permission, click here to read a log cabin planning guide.

How long should a log cabin last?

If you invest in quality materials, maintain your building well and protect it from the elements, a timber-based log cabin could easily last you 25 years, or more (check out our L-shaped cabin).

The longevity of a log cabin largely depends on the environment you subject it to.

  • Make sure your timber is adequately treated (you may need to retreat it every 3-5 years or as required, as exposure to the elements will wear down protective layers).
  • Check for surface water pooling on the building base. Ideally, your building should be raised from the ground using treated foundation beams.

To prevent build-up of dampness, make sure your cabin is well-ventilated. Remove any vegetation or debris from around the building and roof.

Click here to read more about the lifespan of a log cabin.

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Do log cabins get damp?

If the log cabin (or painted shed) has been built on a suitable base - supported by pressure-treated timber and raised off the ground, the cabin has very little chance of getting damp. The timber walls are breathable which prevents moisture buildup within the building which is the main cause of damp.

Do log cabins need guttering?

A log cabin with a pitched roof can benefit from guttering to help direct water run-off, but it does not need a gutter. Flat roof log cabins require a gutter outlet on one side of the building to avoid pooling water on the roof.

Log Cabin pitched roof with guttering.

Are log cabins a good investment?

Log cabins can be a great investment for your lifestyle and property value if your home is short on space. A log cabin is a cost-effective solution to adding floor space and a well-designed good quality log cabin will add value to your home.

A log cabin can add upwards of £22,000 to your property value according to thisismoney.com. Click here to read the full article.

Does the wood in log cabins rot?

If a log cabin is correctly treated and maintained it will remain rot-free. A log cabin should be initially coated with an anti-fungal preservative pre-treatment, and then painted or stained every 3-5 years to ensure the wood stays protected.

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If you have any unanswered questions about Garden Log Cabins, get in touch with the team at Garden Affairs.

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