‘if your you’re cabin planninga permanenton making residence, getting approval from the local council can be tricky. however, you don’t have to give up on the dream altogether. Consider instead a little garden hideaway; in most cases, smaller cabins can be built without planning permission – check planningportal.co.uk for rules and regulations.
Decide in advance what timber you’d like to build with. Western Red Cedar is renowned as the best choice for outdoor use due to its ability to fend off decay and withstand the elements, not to mention its aesthetic benefits. However, if protected properly, Larch or Douglas Fir trees also provide a solid and cosy shelter. ensure any timber you use has been treated beforehand to avoid long-term problems, such as wet rot and wood-boring insects.
Like any other building, a cabin requires maintenance. If protection treatment is applied every 2-3 years, foundation timbers are kept out of the ground and gutters are kept clean, there’s every chance it could be inhabited by your great grandchildren. When it comes to decor, keep it rustic and simple with an earthy, neutral palette, reused materials and upcycled furnishings.’ Martin Cordingley, British log Cabins