Frequently Asked Questions
Log homes are becoming more and more popular all over the UK, and offer some rather large advantages for homesteaders and commercial clients alike.
Strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing are the obvious characteristics that spring to mind when considering timber as a building material. It is also environmentally friendly. This is in part due to its sustainability as a plentiful and renewable resource, and also because it is a great insulator. It has an excellent capacity to store thermal energy in its dense cellular structure. For this reason timber is very effective in preventing the transfer of heat and cold, maintaining a comfortable temperature all year round. Heating costs are often much lower than that of a conventional brick built house.
Buildings constructed using the "log throughout" technique will have an indefinite lifespan provided that they are properly maintained. Timber is one of the most durable building materials and there are many examples of log houses in parts of northern Europe and north America, which are well over 300 years old.
Once the final drawings have been submitted delivery will be approximately 6-8 weeks.
In most cases the answer is no, provided it satisfies all the criteria for Permitted Development:
- It is a freestanding building at least 5 metres from the house and not attached to it
- It is less than 4 metres high at the ridge
- It is at least 20 metres from the highway
- It is behind the building line
- It takes up less than 50% of the curtilage (garden) of the property excluding the house
- The house is not listed, or in a Conservation Area
We always advise that you check with your local Planning Office before proceeding.
It should be noted that local authorities would decide on each cabin on a case-by-case basis.
One of our representatives will inspect your site before confirming that access is adequate. We are aware that each building we deliver will be influenced by its site and environment. Access and terrain are of paramount importance when deciding the most efficient and safest way to distribute materials.
We are able to evolve to suit a projects needs. For example we have the capabilities to manoeuvre materials in bulk by forklift or carried by hand where access is difficult.
Yes. We are aware that sustainability is extremely important both in our domestic and commercial projects. We pay particular attention to parts "L" and "F" of the building regulations in an attempt to find low carbon solutions. We work closely with a number a companies to ensure that our buildings always perform well with regard to air tightness tests and energy performance.
We are committed to the design of buildings with the capacity to harness renewable technologies.
Whether this be the installation of solar PV or rain water harvesting we are always looking for new ways to make our buildings greener.
We take Health and Safety extremely seriously on every project we undertake. This has even more significance when working on large commercial building sites.
For this reason we provide a fully-qualified health and safety professional as part of our "project management" service. With NEBOSH qualifications including the Diploma and over 30 years experience in health and safety, our Safety Officer offers a common sense approach and is able to recommend realistic, cost-effective solutions to help us fulfil our legal and moral responsibilities.
Working alongside our health and safety adviser we are able to achieve a high standard of health and safety management. By developing new health and safety management systems for a specific project or building upon our existing systems, our adviser has helped us to implement better procedures and raise health and safety awareness amongst all staff.
Our Safety Officer makes regular on site visits to review procedures, carry out audits and provide ongoing health and safety advice, training and management support.
This work can cover:
- Health and safety policy
- General risk assessments
- Manual handling assessments
- Personal protective equipment assessments
- Young worker assessments
- Display screen assessments
- COSHH assessments
- LEV measurements
- Air quality checks
- Fire risk assessments
- Noise assessments
- Hand arm vibrations assessments
- Maintenance register
- Various take such as logs of record keeping
- Basic health and safety training for key staff