Log cabins - elegant buildings for your home
Timber framed buildings are a great way to add extra buildings to your home. With a great choice of woods and plans, there is a building for everyone's needs.
As we are becoming more environmentally aware demand for timber framed buildings has increased dramatically. These elegant buildings are normally much easier to construct than traditional bricks and mortar buildings, and normally need less planning consent.
Wood cabins are beautiful in their design and construction, and nearly everyone is impressed by the feeling they give, inside and out. They can be used for a wide range of buildings, including:
Summer houses - a beautiful way of adding more space to your garden area. Particularly good if you have children and enjoy spending time in your garden.
Extra bedrooms - a cost effective way of adding more bedrooms to your home. It's much easier to add rooms outside the property than inside.
Extra property - if you have lots of space in your garden imagine adding a completely new building. Perfect for when family visit, and also for housing growing kids.
Garage - imagine a garage made of wood, rather than brick. Changing the interior for storage is much easier with a wood based construction.
Storage - add more buildings to your property to store gardening tools, motorcycles, camping equipment, bicycles and just about anything else. As your family grow, you can easily add more buildings as required.
Offices - if you work from home, imagine having a timbre framed office right next to your house. I have spoken with many designers who have found their creativity greatly increased by working from a wood based building, rather than one of traditional construction. Having a separate office from the home encourages better separation of home life from work life.
Holiday homes - many companies and individuals use log cabins as vacation properties which they rent out during holiday times. The initial build cost is less than a brick building, and typically returns greater rental value.
Wood cabins have the same interior finish as a traditional build. Lights, electrics, double glazed windows, central heating, and everything else would imagine in a home. Fitting time and cost is normally less than a brick build, as wood is more flexible. There is a vast range of materials to use for the construction, including woods for the frame, interior and exterior finishes, floors, and walls.
Many people opt for using energy efficient materials such as straw bales as wall insulation. Not only more natural than synthetic materials, but more efficient, cheaper and much better for the environment.
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North Coast Log Cabins design and build log cabins in Cornwall & Devon. With more than 10 years of experience, we are passionate about the buildings we design and make.