Build­ing a cabin house

Wowed by the Dou­glas’ rus­tic home? Get the lowdown on what build­ing a cabin in­volves

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Cabin home­own­ers swear by the warmth, cosi­ness and feel­ing of be­ing close to na­ture that you get with this type of dwelling. Fac­tor in the ease of con­struc­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and ar­guably mod­est costs in­volved, and this eco-friendly so­lu­tion to Bri­tain’s hous­ing short­age is fast grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. How­ever, gain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion isn’t al­ways easy, so un­der­take thor­ough re­search be­fore com­mit­ting.

Seek per­mis­sion

Style-wise, cab­ins tend to suit ru­ral lo­ca­tions. You’re less likely to get plan­ning per­mis­sion for one on a street of Vic­to­rian ter­races, but they can be ideal for wood­land set­tings or back gar­den bolt­holes like the Dou­glas’ – pro­vided the coun­cil will give con­sent. A de­tailed over­view of the cur­rent plan­ning rules and reg­u­la­tions can be found at plan­ning­por­tal.co.uk. If you are buy­ing a cabin from an over­seas firm, you may need to source an en­gi­neer in

the UK to fi­nalise your plans for Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions ap­proval. How­ever, some cabin man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as Fin­log, are able to ar­range this for you.

Speak to the ex­perts

Whether you opt for a be­spoke or a ready-made de­sign for your cabin, be sure to find a man­u­fac­turer, ar­chi­tect or builder who has ex­pe­ri­ence with cabin homes in the UK – they will have knowl­edge of the plan­ning sys­tem, build­ing reg­u­la­tions and struc­tural war­ranty providers, and they’ll be more fa­mil­iar with the cli­mate, too. When it comes to ma­te­ri­als, tim­ber for con­struc­tion is typ­i­cally sourced from Fsc-cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able forests, mostly in Canada and Scan­di­navia. How­ever, it is pos­si­ble to ob­tain it from wood­land in the UK, too: visit fsc-uk.org for more in­for­ma­tion. Self-build kits are an­other op­tion. These are of­ten sup­plied with in­struc­tions, but it may be worth sign­ing up for a course to learn the ba­sics – Bri­tish Log Cab­ins runs a two-week work­shop.

Build­ing with wood al­lows for unique fea­tures Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as leather work well in a cabin

Tim­ber walls cre­ate a cosy feel in a bed­room

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