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Insulated Timber Frame Garden Room 7.5 m x 4.5 m (29.55 sq meters)

What is an insulated timber frame garden room, because there seems to be a mass confusion on this subject generally throughout this industry.

Size

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Cabin size – 7.5 m x 4.5 m (29.55 sq meters)
Decking – 4.2 m x 0.9 m

Window size – 2x 150 cm x 113 cm
Window size – 1x 75 cm x 113 cm
Window size – 1x 50 cm x 50 cm

Door size – 3x 80 cm x 193 cm (inside)
Door size – 1x 240 cm x 195 cm

Bedroom – 2.8 m x 1.95 m
Bedroom – 2.8 m x 1.95 m
Bathroom – 1.0 m x 1.6 m
Lounge – 2.4 m x 3.0 m

Ridge height – 2.47 m
Wall height – 2.0 m

Now there are many kinds of Insulated Timber Frame Garden Rooms, there are solid log cabins that are insulated internally and if you get a company that really truly knows what they are doing, ( how to put up false walls that move with the cabin shrinking) and are not using quick grown pine as the cabin body as this will shrink and the internal wall will crack and break before long, then your OK, then there are twin skin glulam cabins which are the best choice, as you can either twinskin them and add huge amounts of insulation between the walls also hide the wiring and services, pipes etc, and the shrinking is minimal.

OK.. Insulated means, insulation, but what kind of insulation should you use, and what kind of stud wall, or log would suit your budget the best. And this word budget seems to be the most dirtiest word in the business.

I have asked many customers what’s their budget, and they always say, OK, 99.9% of them say, I do not know, and this makes me smile, because i know that their thoughts are that if they say 20, 30 or even 70.000 we are going to take advantage of that and try and get as much from them as possible, and as I said it makes me smile, it also makes me angry slightly, because not all of us are crooks, and we need to know budget because we have a Massive Selection of different kinds of buildings available that would suit their purpose, but all come at different levels of pricing, we are also very busy people, all of us, customer and manufacturer, and offering this and then that and then this and then that, just takes up time and eventually we find out 90% of the time what they wanted was so far out of their budget the whole exercise has been a waste of time both ends. So it is helpful from first call, to tell us how much you want to spend, and what size of a building you are looking for and we will try our very best to get the into your garden or field, camping site, Holiday park the building or buildings you desire to price.

There are so many choices, but the best in my books is a Timber Frame Garden Insulated Office each and every time, as it takes very little time to erect, and when its finished it looks amazing and it really is insulated, quality and without doubt the best choice.

There are many many companies offering timber frame buildings for the garden, but the ones you must stay clear of are the ones that build it from scratch in your garden, you must only purchase made panels that are weather tight and if it rains will not hurt the interior of the build in any form., you do not want your building to rot from the inside out.. Fungus and rot are harmful to your health and are unseen if covered with plaster board.

Thank you for reading.

Log Cabins LV team

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Log Cabins VS Timber Frame

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Timber Frame Cabins VS Log Cabins, what are the pros and cons.

So many people ask us what is the difference between timber frames and Log Cabins, and which build type is best for a garden granny flat to name one structure we are asked about very frequently.

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The answer to this is quite simple, one is quite easy to put through building control and the other is not!

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If you are looking for a granny flat in your back garden, most of the time price is the arguing factor, so most people look for log cabins, and then try their best at insulating them and turning them into some kind of residential unit, when sadly they are not even close to getting them to residential specification,.

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This is really a no, no, as most log cabins sold to the public are designed for garden use, which means that the windows and doors are not residential quality, also the thermal value of a log cabin be it a single skin 70mm or a 90mm is not suitable for a cabin to live in full time.

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Also trying to insulate this kind of single skin solid timber structure is quite difficult.

Actually, it’s near on impossible to do correctly as the timber walls, roof etc moves too much!

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Twinskin log cabins made from solid timber, are also not a great idea to turn into a residential dwelling, in fact we tell all our dealers, or customers who enquire about twinskins that a solid 44mm x 44mm is not a residential unit, neither is a 70mm x 70mm.

 

The only kind of twin skin log cabin that we would put a thumbs up would be a glulam twinskin log cabin 80mm x 80mm and then only if inner wall is dove tailed to the outer wall, keeping cold bridging down to a minimum.

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Glulam Twin Skins are not what we would call a cheap solution, aesthetically they are beautiful, they are incredibly robust and sturdy, and they will last for almost ever.

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However, twinskin log cabins require quite a bit of work to get them to a full building regs and to get the certification of a residential full time dwelling.

 

Now timber frame buildings are on the other hand a piece of cake to get through planning.

Also unlike a brick house, they are easy to highly insulate and I mean highly insulate and make them low energy, low impact, housing.

I love timber frame buildings, as they are the future and they will become increasingly more sought after and common in the years to come.

 

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If your have land, or a large garden, and you want to build a granny flat for less than 40.000 pounds, then a granny flat, flat pack unit in timber frame construction is the way to go, forget about putting your mother in a hodge podge building, give your mum-dad a building they will feel comfortable in.

A building that is fit for purpose and a building you could actually resell!

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Yes I am sure some of you saw that resale word, well! Unlike logs or brick, and even sip panels, Timber frame is an easy one to take apart.

It can be manufactured from the off set to be taken apart.

And this means this new government tax on granny flats, just flew out the window.

Rather than knock them down, just take them apart, flat pack it, and sell it on!

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I love our government; they are always trying to find a way of making dying a more miserable experience for those left behind.

 

OK..I must not get all political, I am told off enough at saying the country is full up, it is though!

 

Granny flats and timber frame go hand in hand. Now this is why Log Cabins LV are the company to choose to purchase your granny flat from.

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We source the very best of the best timber, which you would never see in the UK, it would never be allowed to leave the Baltic’s, and the reason is, yes,,, you are going to be surprised at this…. we want the best first, and the rubbish can be sold to others. You see here in the Baltic’s, our forester’s look after the local companies, we do not sell our timber to the highest buyer; we make sure the local businesses get the first pick.

This is called looking after your economy; OK I will not talk about steel! This is also called making sure home produced products are better than anyone else. which of course means we get the edge in the market.

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Not forgetting also our hand made certified windows and doors on all our buildings are BM Trada certified CE certified and come with triple glazed units as standard.

Moreover, timber frame  is as cheap as Glulam-Laminated twin skins per sq meter.

 

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Our timber frame buildings come fully finished, they can be erected as quick as a log cabin, and they are so eco friendly, greenpeace members will give your house a hug daily!

I do not jest about the green credentials these building have they are so good for the environment, as all the timber is CE certified, forget about the profit making FSC culture, you need CE timber that comes from managed government forests, I hate any company that wants to add money to timber for profit! Only governments replant, not businesses.

 

As I live in a massive forest, and venture into them daily, take my word on that!

 

So if you are looking for a quality, low priced, eco alternative to a brick and block, or a log cabin granny flat, or maybe you have a bespoke design you would like us to look at, or you are interested in a house, or even garden office, then please give us a call and let us show you why Log Cabins LV is a great choice.

 

Log Cabins LV the sensible choice!

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