Residential Log Cabins
Our sister company IFORM BUILDINGS specialises in larger, timber frame and log cabin residential buildings for homeowners looking to add that extra living space, the ‘self-build’ generation with plots to build homes on, housing projects/developments or leisure resorts looking to add accommodation. Please visit our sister company at www.iformbuildings.co.uk.
All buildings are precision engineered and crafted to order using premium, quality grade, sustainable timber, and build quality is to full residential house standard for all-year round enjoyment – to comply or exceed UK Building Regulations for ultimate quality and future proofing.
There’s a wide range of models to choose from – including timber frame houses, residential log cabins, mobile homes/granny annexes, park homes, glamping accommodation and passive timber frame – which can be tailored to your needs. Alternatively, if you are looking for something bespoke, IFORM BUILDINGS can work from your own plans/drawings, or with you, to design your dream living space.
Alternative to timber frame construction, offering the traditional log cabin look of timber inside and out with interlocking exterior feature corners. Constructed logby- log, rather than from sections/panels, this type of build is well suited to sites with restricted access. Log buildings are available as single or twinskin glulam.
Type of log construction featuring a single wall layer, or skin. With only one wall layer, plumbing and electrics are facemounted – so pipes and cables (inside conduit) can be seen running along walls – and the wood itself is the insulation. For hidden electrics and plumbing, and additional insulation see ‘twinskin’.
Type of log construction featuring two wall layers, or skins. The plumbing and electrics are hidden between the two wall layers. Insulation is added here too, which makes twin-skin a good option for residential log builds, particularly if building regulations are required.
For maximum quality we use glued laminated timber (glulam) for our residential log buildings, as opposed to standard solid timber. Solid timber moves throughout the year because of shrinking/swelling, and it splits easily, too. Glulam is engineered from 40mm layers of timber (woodgrains in opposing directions) bonded together to increase strength and stability. It won’t rot, shrink, crack or split – it’s virtually maintenance free, and lasts a lifetime. Glulam can conform to building regulations because structural calculations can be made that aren’t possible with standard solid timber. If you prefer a plasterboard interior finish in line with modern houses, rather than the traditional timber look, glulam makes it possible to add framework and plasterboard to the internal walls that are external facing.
4) Building Regulations
Building regulations are in place to ensure your finished build is safe, efficient and long-lasting. Our timber frame and twin-skin log models are designed to fully comply with UK building regulations (including the new Eurocode 5) as standard. In fact, we can build to stricter, Scandinavian regulations and Tek10 for ultimate performance and future proofing. Not all buildings/instances require building regulations, but if you intend to use your new building for sleeping accommodation, and it can’t be classed as a ‘mobile home’ building regulations will usually be required.
Our buildings are designed to be enjoyed all year round, with unrivalled levels of insulation as standard. Insulation is built into our timber frame panels, and is added between the wall layers of our twin-skin log buildings. We can insulate according to the U-values the building needs to achieve, right up to passive house standards, but as a guide 100mm of insulation is very efficient for most requirements to cover walls, 175mm insulation for floors, and 215mm in the roof.
6) Planning Permission
Full planning permission is normally required if a building does not fit the criteria for a ‘mobile home’ or a ‘permitted development’. More information can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk
7) Permitted Development
Single-storey outbuildings can be considered as permitted development; without needing planning permission. Located to the rear or side of a property, they must be ancillary to the main dwelling and not contain living accommodation – office/studio space for example. The footprint can be up to 50% of the total area of land around the house. The maximum height for a dual pitch roof is 4m (3m for other roof types [e.g. mono pitch or flat]), and 2.5m if within 2m of the property boundary. Building regulations approval is not usually required up to 30m2 in floor area (no sleeping accommodation). More information can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk
Timber is the only mainstream 100% renewable building material. Increased demand means increased sustainable managed forest to supply it, so its a win-win situation. Timber has the lowest embodied energy and best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream building material. Our timber is FSCapproved and comes straight out of the forest and into the mill, so handling is minimal. Our timber buildings are built to order and precision engineered in factory-controlled conditions, so wastage is minimised, and so are post erection quality/snagging issues. Timber buildings are quick to erect, so on site construction time and resources is greatly reduced.
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