PRO­FES­SIONAL AD­VICE

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONVERTED SHED -

‘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

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