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Setting Up To Build Your Wooden Garage
When you start to construct your wooden garage using an interlocking log style kit, there are two means to ensure your building starts square and remains that way.
- First, select one of the long sides and fix it to the concrete base using an appropriate fixing. It is advisable to run a string line along its length to ensure this side is as close to straight as is possible.
- We now want to position the first log of the rear wall at right angles to the first log we have just fixed in place.
- Using the 3-4-5 method to achieve a perfect right angle.
- Measure along log 1 from the join intersect, a multiple of 4. This could be 1x4m or 8x1ft for example – remember the multiple.
- Next, measure along the first log of the back wall, again from the intersect a multiple of 3. So if you used the multiple of 1m for the first side log, this measurement will be 1x3m = 3m or if you used 8x1ft, for the first log of the back wall use 6x1ft=6ft
- Now measure the distance from both marks to form a triangle. If you were using the 1m option, this distance should be 5m when the angle in the corner is a perfect 90° or if using the ft measurement, it will be 10ft.
- So now you have the first two sides set up. Fix the rear wall log in place to prevent it from moving whilst you set up the remainder of the garage.
- Using the same method as above, set up the opposite long wall log shown here in BLUE
- Now add the 2 short returns that form the door opening.
- Check the Diagonals for Square
- Now, if the previous work has gone to plan, the next bit is purely for double checking !
- Measure across the diagonals in both directions. If everything is in order and perfectly square, the distance across both diagonals will be exactly the same. Adjust as necessary !
By using the above methods, you should ensure construction of your timber garage starts in good shape, nice and square !
Insulating the roof makes perfect sense – this is the first place warm air will try and escape, warm air rises after all ! So insulate the roof to reduce losing heat into the outside air.
The simple way of insulating the roof can be seen here in our article “Easy Roof Insulation” If, however, you have a cabin with a full cavity such as the Royal Log Cabin with double wall construction then it is likely the roof void will house some form of insulation material such as a Celotex type or Rock Wool.
In either case it is good practice to provide ventilation across the top of the insulation material to avoid the build up of moisture and risk this getting to such a state that this moisture then falls back into your cabin as water.
Depending on how the roof cavity has been constructed make sure each area, if segregated by roof joists, have their own ability to ventilate moisture out of the building.
By cutting holes in an appropriate place adjacent to the void above the insulation layer, glue a plastic soffit vent cover to keep the job looking tidy and to prevent vermin from accessing the roof void.
With more and more people deciding to take the plunge and work from home, a cheap garden office is often the solution to the required extra space. More often than not there is available real estate in the garden rather than converting an internal room in the house – this can have other benefits too. By making the conscious transition from house to office you can seperate domestic demands with work demands and conversely when finishing at the end of the day you still close the door on the office and return to the domestic environment.
We have a great range of log cabins suitable to be used as a garden office. It is our belief that a cabin with a wall log thickness of no less than 44mm is most suitable. With walls this thick, in most cases by adding insulation under floor and to the roof then with some form of heating, in all but the extremes of temperature you will be sufficiently warm all year.
Heating options are many and varied and your choice will depend on available fuel type (electric / gas), environmental implications and personal choice. A log burning fire, for example, is probably the most aesthetically pleasing but choosing this option comes with its own issues – fuel, have you got a good supply of seasoned timber ? The stove will require regular maintenance and cleaning ? Unlike other heaters, the production of heat is not immediate, it will take time to reach operating temperature ?
To summarise, the costs involved in setting up a home office in the garden is not as expensive as you might first think. If this is something that might suit your needs, give our office a call and we will be pleased to offer further advise and assistance in choosing a suitable building for your needs
Most garden buildings are constructed from timber. This medium provides all the necessary qualities including the way it looks such that it blends in seamlessly to a garden environment. The UK started importing interlocking log cabins from Scandinavian sources where the design originated, more recently more cost effective units are arriving into the UK from the Baltic states including Lithuania and Estonia.
These wood cabins are proving very popular to the UK home owner.
By Martin Corby