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.