Using Your Garden Log Cabin in the Winter
Log Cabins are great for expanding your living space into the garden, but can they be used all year round – especially in the darkest depths of a UK Winter?
There are investments and practices you can use to ensure your Log Cabin is just as warm and comfortable in the Winter as it is in the Summer.
The best way to keep heat in your cabin is with good-quality insulation. While the cabin walls tend to be thicker, the flooring and roof usually comes thinner. Insulating these is a great way to keep heat within the cabin on those dark Winter evenings.
You can also get varying sizes of log thickness – if you can, invest in a thicker log so your cabin will be stronger, more durable and retain as much heat as possible.
So now you’ve got insulation sorted to retain the heat in your cabin, you need something to generate it!
The easiest option for a log cabin is to install underfloor heating. They take up less space than a conventional heater and will heat at a considerably lower temperature – making it cheaper to run!
Electric heaters and radiators can be used to heat your cabin but may not be as cost-effective at heating the whole room.
If you prefer a more authentic look for your cabin, you can opt for a log burner! They can be pricey to set up but running costs are low – especially if you have access to free fuel! To keep you and your cabin safe, you should use a HETAS professional and install a carbon monoxide alarm.
Maintenance and Preparing for Winter
To ensure your garden cabin can stand the test of time and stay comfortable Winter after Winter, you need to look after it.
Regardless of whether your cabin is just for Summer or all-year-round use, you need to treat the wood. Treatment types vary in effectiveness, from water-based right through to pressure treatment. You should check every year whether you need to treat the cabin again and look out for rain damage or leaks.
Cabins are a great addition to any household, increasing your usable living space and property value. With a little prior planning and maintenance, you can equip your cabin to be the comfortable, homely space you dreamed of – even in the Winter!