Essential Log Cabin Maintenance Guide

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A useful guide to help preserve your Garden Log Cabin.

 

Our Log Cabins are built using 44mm thick logs, which provide greater natural insulation and strength compared to many of our competitors. However like most purchases they do require some basic maintenance to ensure they stay in good condition and ultimately last for a lifetime. With a car for example, they require their oil to be topped up occasionally and even changed from time-to-time. There are similar maintenance tasks that need to be performed on Log Cabins. We recommend you follow each and every one of these processes, as they will greatly increase the life-span of your garden building.

 

Treatment

The timber used in Log Cabins are untreated, this means they will IMAG1366be permeable and will absorb water. If the timbers are left without treatment, this absorbed water will become a breeding ground for mold. This mold will spread and cause the timber to rot, destroying the log cabin very rapidly. Your log cabin will look something like the model on the left without treatment. Although some people prefer this natural look, the cabin still needs treatment. Don’t worry, you can use clear treatments allowing you to preserve the natural look of the timber.

Step One

Every Log Cabin comes with a free can of Protek Wood Preserver, you must use this immediately after erection of the building. This step is vital as this preserver kills any traces of mold or fungus. It is a clear treatment that can be painted on using a brush, however we prefer using a pump sprayer as it’s a little more efficient.Wood Preserver

Step Two

We advise to cover hinges, locks, handles and edges of glazing with masking tape, similar to how one would prepare a room before decorating. Ground sheets are also advisable as splashes of treatment can be difficult to remove. Check your cabin is completely dry before beginning the treatment.

Step Three

Apply at least two coats of a proprietary Wood Stain & Protector, we recommend using Protek’s Wood Stain & Protector. Application should be performed on a dry day and the first coat should be left to thoroughly dry before the second. There is a huge range of colours to choose from and this step really allows you to make the cabin your own. Typically most customers pick two colours, one for the main wall sections and one for the trims. Obviously now remove all the masking tape and ground sheets!

Step Four

Every six months apply an extra coat of Wood Stain & Protector. Not only will this protect your building, it will also improve the appearance of the building.

Note: Water should bead and run off the treated surfaces. If this does not occur and the timber appears to absorb the water, apply another coat of Stain & Protector immediately.

 

Trees and Bushes

We always recommend situating a Log Cabin in an area free from overhanging branches and bushes. This is for several reasons. Firstly in a storm a tree branch will move around and potentially hit your log cabin. This might not cause much damage to the overall structure of the building, but rather it may tear roofing felt or damage felt shingles. Prevention is better than cure in this case, so make sure you prune trees adequately.

Secondly a bush or shrub may grow closer and closer to the building. This means that applying treatment will be difficult. Furthermore a shrub or bush will hold water in its foliage, even if the cabin has been treated, this is forcing water unnecessarily onto the building’s surfaces. Again, its just a case of ensuring the area is kept clear, and pruning shrubs & bushes when required.

 

Settling

After the building has been assembled it will go through a period of settling. This is where the timbers react to their new environment, shrinking or expanding depending on humidity. This is a normal and natural process which occurs with all timber products. During this period you may notice cracks in the timber or logs slightly moving apart. This is normal and natural, however it does need to be anticipated. Cracks in the logs can be filled in using a flexible sealant.

If you are installing an electrics pack, ensure that your electrician understands that the building will move slightly. Therefore its advisable to opt for conduit pipes that have a certain amount of flexibility in them rather than rigid ones.

 

Drainage

Although its preferable to place the cabin on the highest part of the garden, this is not always possible. If this is the case we recommend you opt for our heavy-duty timber base, which is a frame leveled onto 4″x4″ pressure-treated posts concreted into the ground. This provides an elevated frame, allowing water to pass underneath it.

If you are self-installing, do not place the cabin directly onto the earth under any circumstances. Although the floor bearers have been treated, they are not designed to be in direct contact with the ground. Our heavy-duty timber base uses pressure treated posts, which are used for that purpose.

 

If you are unsure on any of the maintenance procedures, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to provide advice to existing customers and even if you are unsure if a log cabin is right for you. We can also organise a site visit to your property to advise on individual requirements.

New Winter Log Cabin Extras

If you’re considering a log cabin or home office for this winter, we are proud to now offer a few new upgrades. These two upgrades will turn your garden room into a cosy snug, perfect for those winter evenings.

1. Enviromat Living Roof

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Bring your garden building to life with a living roof from Enviromat. Not only does this provide even greater insulation but provides a haven for wildlife such as bees and butterflies. With a mixture of different grasses and flowers, the Enviromat roofing will make your Home Office blend in with its natural surroundings. The great thing about Enviromat is it arrives with at least 95% plant coverage, which means it looks great from the day it arrives. The thickness of Enviromat means that it absorbs sound, allowing you to enjoy whatever you are doing in peace and quiet. We use the experienced Enviromat roof install team, to ensure a smooth, hassle-free construction.

This cannot be fitted retroactively, so please just let us know if you you would like to add this in the future. Currently it’s only available on the Home Office – but watch this space as we are working on fitting it to our Log Cabins.

 


 

 

2. Heat Solutions Clearview Stovespioneer-400-large

Sitting around a fire is always comforting. Not only is it a tradition, but it was a necessity. It provided our ancestors with light, heat and a place to gather with family. Just the sight and sound of a fire is relaxing and can lower blood pressure. A log cabin evokes ideas of warming oneself up after coming in from a cold winter’s night, so a log burning fire seemed like a perfect fit for our log cabins. A traditional fireplace however did not quite seem like the right fit, so we contacted local company Heat Solutions. They had a fantastic range of stoves with models featuring different aesthetics, so there is something to suit every log cabin.

As with the Enviromat, this upgrade cannot be fitted retroactively, as the building needs to be constructed from scratch to comply with safety regulations. This is available only on twin-skin log cabins – which offer the greatest insulation.

Contact us today for a quote!

 

Royston Apex Shed

November Special Offers on Sheds and Summerhouses

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We have a fantastic offer on many of our sheds and summerhouses this November with free upgrades on most of our models. Further to this we have 10% off of six garden rooms in our Superior Summerhouse range.

Free upgrades

 

Heavy Duty Floor

Do you need to store heavy items in your shed? Perhaps you have boxes of stock for your business that need to be kept dry, but weigh too much for a conventional shed floor. Or you may have a heavy, professional grade roller lawnmower that you would not want falling through your shed floor.

The heavy duty floor upgrades the tongue and groove floor boards from 12mm up to 20mm which provides greater strength and longevity to your shed or summerhouses. This can net you a saving of £250 on selected models!

Toughened Glass

Toughened glass is ideal when safety is a concern. That’s why you can find it as standard on models such as the Acapulco with its full height glazing, to ensure safety for all users of your garden – big or small! On most models toughened glass is an optional upgrade, which can cost over £450 in some cases. Do you have kids or grand-children who like to play ball in the garden? If so this is a perfect free upgrade for your shed or summerhouse.

 

10% Off

Although Autumn is upon us, and summer seems so far away; the prospect of purchasing a summerhouse may be furthest thing from your mind. However many of our customers find that it takes a while to settle into their new garden room. For example: sourcing the perfect piece of furniture can take months for delivery. Perhaps you may want to organise electrical power for your summerhouse, and you electrician may be booked until the spring. With Christmas fast approaching, a Summerhouse might make excellent storage for all those presents you have (yet) to buy.

With the 10% off offer, it is just one more reason to consider a Summerhouse this Autumn – save up to £796! And have your dream garden room ready for next spring.

10% off applies to the following models

 

Free toughened glass and heavy duty floor upgrades available on the following models

Summerhouses Summerhouses Sheds Sheds
Algarve Henley Ultra Suntrap
Lugano Wentworth Royston Apex Potter
Valencia Kingstone Notton Pent Cawthorne
Helmsley Richmond Barn Security Apex & Pent
Monte Carlo Askern Clayton Supreme
Bowness Acapulco Apent Premier Pent
Copeland Vittoria
Dovedale Palermo
Wingroves Milan
Riviera Sorrento
Portofino

 

*Terms and conditions apply

Christmas Sale!

Following the success of our November sale, we are proud to offer our December deals on the run up to Christmas. Most of our standard sheds and summerhouses are eligible for a 5% discount – the only exceptions are the affordable Popular lines.

On top of this 5% discount we are now including heavy duty floor upgrades – free of charge! This upgrades the tongue and groove floor from 12mm to 20mm. This provides better structure and strength to all sheds and summerhouses; this is a great opportunity to improve your garden building at no extra cost. Make sure to drop us a line, email or visit us at Merriments to see how much you could save!

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This offer runs until the 5th January – although we are closed over Christmas, we will endeavour to fulfill orders made over the Christmas break.

Christmas Shutdown

Just to inform all of our customers (past, present and future), that we will be closing down for a Christmas break. Our Christmas break begins on the 22nd December and we return on the 4th January. If you wish to place an order, especially to make use of our Christmas Sale – make sure to use the form on the Contact Us page, as we won’t be manning the phones.

You can still make use of the 5% off right up until the 5th January – there are huge savings to be made with this offer!

The entire Newton and Frost team wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

The Merriments journey so far

As the opening of our first show centre draws ever closer, it is amazing to look back and see how far the place has come in just four weeks. The very first task was to install the decking area, which has become our shed display and location for the office. Our lads got the decking up in good time and proceeded to build their first Contemporary Home Office. By the end of the first week, both the decking and Home Office were complete in terms of construction. However the decking was bare, with just the unpainted and unoccupied home office standing there. Read more

Acapulco Summerhouse

New Year, New Shed?

Our sale continues!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year! We are pleased to announce the continuation of our Christmas Sale, which is 5% off the list price on selected sheds and summerhouses. Along with whis we can. offer free heavy-duty floor upgrade too.

The heavy-duty floor upgrade replaces the standard 12mm tongue and groove floor boards to the more robust 20mm deluxe floor boards. On the largest models of Summerhouses, this can work out as a discount worth over £350!

On top of the free heavy-duty floor, the 5% can work out as another discount worth £350.

This special offer expires on the 31st January 2016 – so there’s no better time to order one of our superb garden buildings. Contact Us for a bespoke quote and choose from one of our many extras, such as toughened glass, cedar cladding, insulation and even painting options!

Royston Apex Shed

These special offers are available on the following models:

Summerhouses Summerhouses Sheds Sheds
Algarve Henley Ultra Suntrap
Lugano Wentworth Royston Apex Potter
Valencia Kingstone Notton Pent Cawthorne
Helmsley Richmond Barn Security Apex & Pent
Monte Carlo Askern Clayton Supreme
Bowness Acapulco Apent Premier Pent
Copeland Vittoria
Dovedale Palermo
Wingroves Milan
Riviera Sorrento
Portofino

Log Cabins and Sheds Display Centre Opening With special guest Jayne Torvill

This Good Friday, 3rd of April at 11am, our new display centre of log cabins and sheds at Merriments, (Hurst Green in East Sussex) will be having its grand opening. Come and see our brand new range of log cabins including Elm and Chestnut. Our log cabins are built using 44mm thick logs and are fully double glazed as standard.  We have a range of sheds, summerhouses and wendy houses on display for you to browse so there is something for the whole family, whether its a place for gran to read a book or a place for the kids to play! Stables and Mobile Field Shelters are also on display courtesy of our sister organisation NFF Equestrian. Our fully insulated and double glazed Home Office is also on display as our sales office. We have installed a panel heater which is thin and discrete, whilst being very efficient.

We are offering £100 off Log Cabins for orders placed on the day

This is a fantastic special offer. Place your order on the day and make the most of your garden this summer, with one of our superb garden buildings.

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Meet our special guest Winter Olympic gold medalist: Jayne Torvill! She will be there for a friendly chat and also as a patron of Tomorrow’s People. Refreshments will be provided in the form of tea, coffee, cake and soft drinks. Why not make a day of it, and enjoy a stroll around the delightful gardens and stop for a delicious bite to eat in the restaurant! The gardens will be opening on the 1st of April, so why not make it the first visit of the year!

There is plenty of parking and access is easy via the A21 from Hastings or Tunbridge Wells. From Maidstone, Merriments is towards the end of the A229. So if you are in that part of East Sussex or Kent this Good Friday, make sure to stop by and visit our festivities.

We look forward to seeing you there this bank holiday weekend!

Address

Merriments Gardens,
Hawkhurst Road,
Hurst Green,
East Sussex
TN19 7RA

 

 

Post and Beam

Big Savings on an Ex-Demo Post and Beam!

Save over £1,400 on a Post and Beam!

 

Less than a year old, this beautifully crafted garden room is looking for a new home. With just one careful owner, this garden building will add character to any garden. The Post and Beam is on display at our offices in Horam and we recommend a visit to see the building before purchase!

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Price:

£2,950

Manufacturer’s description

The Timeless Timber Post and Beam shed is an example of
fine craftmanship. Constructed with a post and beam frame
made from high quality Douglas Fir, the mortise and tenon
jointed framework is hand selected, planed and chamfered
before being coated with a semi clear brown preservative to
protect the natural beauty of the timber . This is then
combined with a feather edge timber which is painted in a
rich cream contrasting perfectly with the Post and Beam sets. The
unique door design and ironmongery make this product a
very attractive addition to any garden. Typically these designs
are used as garden rooms.

 

Specifications

2400mm wide.
3300mm long.
2960mm high.
1830mm eaves height.

Cladding: Planed Featheredge.
Ironmongery: Brass.

Frame: 38×89 construction timber.
Roof Covering: Antique Red Metal Composite Tile.
Material: European Softwoods.

1 fixed sash window.
1 pair of doors, glazed. 1550mm wide.

Post and Beam

This building is self-takedown and collect. It is imperative to visit us and view before purchase, along with an individual possessing carpentry experience. The building is sold as seen, and our normal delivery & installation options are not available with this particular special offer.

Special Offer – £100 off Log Cabin orders!

Following on from the success of our launch over the Easter Weekend: NFF are offering £100 off Log Cabin orders placed at our Merriments Display Centre until the 30th April. Make sure to quote MERRIMENTS2015 to qualify for this amazing discount.

 

This special offer applies to our entire range of premium Log Cabins.  All our Log Cabins come complete with full double glazing and are built using strong 44mm thick logs. This ensures that they are highly insulated and are designed to last for many years.

Oak Log Cabin

If you visit our Merriments Display Centre you can see a selection of our Log Cabins. Oak  features large 1.5m high windows providing ample light. This is an excellent choice for a west-facing garden, to make the most out of those long summer sunsets. One of our customers uses their Oak as a personal art studio. Another appealing feature of Oak is it’s under 2.5m high, which typically more planning friendly – as always check with your local area authority before ordering!

Elm Log Cabin

 

For those looking for something larger, Elm features 3 separate rooms. Although most use the two rooms to the rear as bedrooms, they can be used for much more.  For instance, one room could be used to store books in, while the other could be a mini gym. The large room could be used as a seating area, while another used purely for storage. The possibilities are endless!

Cherry Log Cabin

Perhaps space is an issue? Cherry is the smallest of our Log Cabins, however it still features all the benefits of our larger models. This can make an excellent guest room at an incredibly low price. Using this months special offer, the price is just £1,200!

 

Getting to Merriments is easy; from Hastings or Tunbridge Wells its just off the A21 at Hurst Green. For those coming from Maidstone, its on the A229. For the rest off us here’s the address!

Merriments Merriments Gardens
Hawkhurst Road
Hurst Green
East Sussex
TN19 7RA
www.merriments.co.uk