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On this page you will find some pictures and a detailed description of the sequence of events that took place during the Log Cabin build. Click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.


The Log Cabin was going to be placed on the banking opposite my House so we needed to demolish a retaining wall ready for the excavation of the banking. I have employed, Ronny, a local digger driver to excavate the space needed for the Log Cabin.
Ronny will excavate for the Log Cabin during the week whilst I am traveling. He calls me to say that there is a problem, he has hit solid bed rock and his digger is not capable of removing it. The only option will be to hire a mini digger with a hydraulic pecker to break up the bedrock.
So Ronny agrees that he will hire one and let me do the work the next weekend. he also leaves his trailer so that once the rock has been broken up I can load it into the trailer. Luckily its a fine weekend and I enjoy every minute of using the hydraulic pecker. Never used one before so it was a great learning for me.
  Log Cabin base preperation There had to be a lot of excavation work before I could lay the base for the Log Cabin. I had decided that the best base was going to be concrete paving stones levelled with a sand/cement mix over a limestone chip base. This will allow water to drain away easily. This shows the 3 ton pile of limestone.
  Log Cabin garden Tools required to lay the paving stones. Cement mixer (makes life easier) borrowed from a neighbour, long spirit level and a laser level. It is essential that the paving stones are perfectly level and laid in the correct place. I had decided that 4 lines of 8 pavings (450mm x 450mm) would support the bearers correctly.
  Log Cabin base ready for construction Base complete and awaiting the arrival of the log cabin. The fence has been erected to hide the rough finish of the ground that has been dug out.
  Log Cabin delivery This is the Glastonbury Log Cabin arriving. I cheated by asking the local farmer to forklift the log cabin package off the truck. Otherwise it would have been a manual job in unloading it. The driver will assist you and it would take about 90 minutes and 3 cups of coffee.
  Log Cabin quality timber The only problem with taking the log cabin off with a forklift is that the pressure treated bearers that you need first are on the bottom of the package. So I had to manually sort the timbers into correct piles ready for the construction of the cabin. I am already impressed with the quality of the timber, absolutely first class.
  Log Cabin base and pressure treated bearers What a good start, the pressure treated bearers actually fit the base and everything seems level. I was a little worried that the pavings might not support the cabin but the base feels very solid.
  Log Cabin wall construction The logs for the walls are perfectly notched so that they slot into each other at the corner. The cabin logically fits together so that reading the instructions was only needed when you hit a snag. That's always my problem, I am too eager to build and do not have the time to read the instructions.
  Log Cabin An hour or so later and the cabin is really taking shape. Everything so far has fit perfectly and it feels a really solid structure. The hardest part so far has been fitting the door on the left hand side of the cabin. This was an extra door that we ordered and the logs had to be cut to allow the door to be inserted.
  Log Cabin Really happy now that the complete shape of the cabin can be seen. Note that the pallet is now empty of timber, the roof and floor timber is stored under rainproof covers ready for installing. The floor will be the last timber to be installed so that it does not get dirty footprints all over it.
  Log Cabin The roof bearers are now in place and they are a lot stronger than I expected them to be. I want to put natural Welsh Blue slate on the roof and was unsure if the roof could take the weight but now I have no worries.
  Log Cabin Continuing with the roof, needs to be watertight before the weekend ends because I will not be able to work on it until next weekend.
  Log Cabin Late Sunday evening it is watertight. The roofing felt is a temporary covering until I can fit the battens and slates.
  Log Cabin My wife has been busy all week coating the timbers with a clear wood preserver and 2 coats of Sikkens wood stain. Its been good to get the wood treated without getting too wet. I have opted for an optional veranda, you can just spot the veranda base fitted.
Log Cabin Now time to slate the roof. Never slated a roof before so I hope that I can figure out how to do it. The slate lathes have been purchased from a local builders merchants, underfelt came from Screwfix and the Welsh Blue Slate was purchased on ebay.
Log Cabin The slate is looking great, it matches the slate on the house quite well. The plan for the Log Cabin was to use it as a store room but because of the real quality of finish we have (my wife) decided to use it as a play room for our daughter and a workshop for me.
Log Cabin We now need to partition the area to make 2 rooms, that is why I purchased the extra door, to allow entry to the 2 rooms. The partition is made from timber studding and 75mm pine matchboard from B&Q. This made a really sturdy partition and you cannot see that it was additional.
Log Cabin Now a few pictures of the finished Glastonbury Log Cabin. Stunning. I was so impressed by the quality of the timber, the design and the ease of building that I now sell these Log Cabins as well.
Log Cabin You will see that I have installed a guttering on this side of the cabin. It stops rain from wetting you when you use the door. Guttering and downpipe was purchased at Wickes DIY.
Log Cabin An electrical supply has been installed, with a consumer unit feeding the interior lights, sockets and exterior lights. The veranda is now finished and it provides a wonderful area to sit and "chill" in the late afternoon/early evening. Window blinds add to the finish.
Log Cabin We just about finished our Log Cabin. Hope that you will get as much joy out of your log cabin build. The finished cabin has made a wonderful play room for our daughter and we have slept in there on certain occasions.




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