When it comes to choosing residential log cabins, you will be very surprised at how many options are available from Beaver. Cabin living can be a hassle-free and cost-effective solution for providing extra accommodation. Insulated log cabins are becoming a popular choice for residential living year on year. We have been developing a range of residential cabins which are not only an investment for your home but also a cost-effective way of adding additional space.
In line with the relevant rules and regulations regarding residential buildings, we are continuously trying to improve what we are able to offer our customers and move with the times. Gone are the days where twin skin cabins are the only choice of a well-insulated structure.
We have a number of options available from single log construction where the log itself is the insulator to a single 70mm wall construction with breathable membranes. Foil backed insulation is added and finished internally with a choice of cladding to suit your personal requirements or taste.
Residential Log Cabins – Design & Build
All our residential timber buildings are built to a very high standard and can be easily built to comply with the caravan act as mobile homes. This can be a huge benefit as the building can then be considered VAT exempt and will also avoid UK Building Regulations.
Building regulations are put in place to safeguard any work that is carried out and ensures it is done to a safe standard. Nearly all buildings under 30m squared or any buildings that are transportable or mobile are exempt of these regulations making residential Log Cabins an ideal choice.
We are passionate about what we do and have many years in manufacturing here in the UK. Over the last six years, we took our manufacturing abroad to keep our prices competitive. In doing so we have taken our work ethic overseas to our mill to ensure that all our buildings are built to the exceptionally high standard we are known for.
If you require building regulations we are able to submit our buildings to a UK registered structural engineer to gain the appropriate reports. We can do this on your behalf or we can provide all plans for you to submit yourself. The main reason we don’t include full building regulations is that requirements vary from county to county, therefore every report will be case dependent.
Working in this way allows us to provide a building that is not only affordable but safe and built to the standard we would expect from our own manufacturing here in the UK
This can be a frightening aspect of any residential self-build home, as there is no rule book written in a way which is easy to understand. It is, however, something we have past experience of. We already construct all our buildings as close to the rule book as possible ensuring that when working with building control we work closely with you as the customer to ensure all regulations are met and understood.
To ensure the building is structurally safe, building control would ask for the following main reports from qualified professionals:
• Structural Calculations: Structural Engineer
• SAP Report: Energy Assessor
• Electrical Certificate: NICEIC Approved Electrician ( or equivalent )
• Gas Safe Certificate: Gas Engineer
It is best to stick to our expertise and forge strong working relationships with the right professionals for each job. To ensure this we always hire trusted professionals on your behalf who provide us with reports or calculations and specifications to work to, this ensures the residential wooden building meets all building control regulations.
As a well-connected family run business, we are fortunate to have networks with a wide variety of professional trades at our disposal. This ensures the job runs smoothly from build through the first and second fix stage to the final handing over. As always, we can support you with as little or as much as you require in regards to planning.
When it comes to choosing one of the residential log cabins we hope you will be surprised at how many options are available. Cabin living can be a quick and cost-effective solution.
It is very important that planning laws and building regulations are followed. You as the customer is ultimately responsible to ensure compliance with any relevant regulations however Beaver Log cabins are able to help and advise with this process. It is however always recommended to consult Local Planning Authorities and the Building Control Service prior to going ahead.
Most log cabins have a very distinctive look on the outside, this does not mean that you are required to have that look on the inside, you can choose to have the look of log walls, or can have drywall installed and give the finished look of a regular home.
That is one of the great things about choosing to live in a log cabin as a residential dwelling. You get the benefit of the unique exterior and the choice of what kind of interior you would like to have. Another thing that may prevent some people from looking into living in a log cabin as a residential dwelling is the notion that a residential log cabin only has one floor. When you choose a cabin as your home, you can have a basement and a second floor if you so choose (subject to planning permission).
The technology used to build log homes enables them to have everything a standard bricks and mortar home would have but with that very distinct timber look. Beaver residential log cabins are insulated buildings making them a viable and cosy option for all year round use.
If you have any questions, concerning a timber log cabin for residential usage please give us a call 01606 590 609
3D Drawings are available on request, this can be a great help during the design process. Just send in your ideas and a quick basic sketch showing dimensions and we can provide drawings to scale.
When buying a residential log cabin, insulation is extremely important. It depends on the thickness of the wood that you choose for the original spec. We have a range of different options to suit. All of our residential have the option of floor, ceiling and wall insulation.
44mmm Wood thickness
For this thickness of wood we would recommend that you choose wall insulation. This is fitted in foil-backed sheets which are placed internally, then covered with horizontal tongue and groove. The truth is that although 44mm sounds quite thick it is not thick enough to be naturally insulating.
Floor insulation is set between the joists and then covered with board or tongue and groove depending on your choice of floor covering. Simlarly ceiling insualtion is placed between the roof beams and then covered in tongue and groove.
Take a look at the photo on the left. This is an example of how the ceiling looks after the insulation has been covered with tongue and groove planks. In this case the client painted the ceiling with the paint we recommend which allows the wood to breathe and is low in fumes, Sadolin. The result is completely invisible integrated log cabin insulation which does the job of keeping the heat in.
70mm Wood Thickness
Our premium log cabins are made from 70mm planks. These are naturally insulating and don’t need to have insulation fitted. Wood is naturally insulating because of its low porosity. In fact the insulating properties of wood fall as the density of the wood falls, which makes sense. Clearly lightweight wood is less insulating than heavy, dense wood. It’s all to do with thermal resistance which you can read more about here.
Double Glazed Insulated Log Cabin Windows
As you woudl expect with a quality product all of our residential log cabins come with double glazing as standard. There are double glaed panels in the doors as well.
One thing to note is that wood is a natural product. Over time, with settling and slight contraction as the wood dries out, the building will move. This is perfectly normal andnothing to worry about. It may mean that doors and windows become sticky and may need re-aligning. We are always happy to speak to you about this and give you all of teh advice you need to make a the right decision when ordering your building.
Andy and his team started construction in early March 2015, and the whole 2 bedroom cabin was completed in just over 3 weeks. The lads were the best team you could wish for. They were fast and efficient and even made their own tea! The whole building is made to a very high standard and the doors and windows are lovely. We have been living in the cabin for five months now and still smile every time we come through the door. Lots of people have looked around it and they all love it.
We bought our Cabin in 2011 when we started our Fudge and Tablet business. The boys who built the cabin were fast and professional and we were delighted with the quality and service. 5 years down the line the building is still doing exactly what we wanted from it, although we have now outgrown it's size! However it will still be used in our new expansion plans. We would have no hesitation in using Beaver Log Cabins in the future again. Campbells Fudge Ltd, Biggar, Scotland.
We can’t thank Andy and his team enough for all their help and hard work. They have provided us with the best home we have ever had. If you are considering having a cabin built we strongly recommend that you talk to Beaver Log Cabins, as it was the best decision we have ever made and love every minute in our new home.