16 Feb Log Cabin Legacy
Ever wondered where the log cabin came from? We thought we would give you a quick history lesson on log cabins and their legacy!
Log Cabin Roots
Log cabin construction began its roots in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, with the first log structures having been built in Northern Europe around 3500 BC (the Bronze age). One of the first types of log cabin was a structure known as the ‘pirtti’ – which consisted of round logs laid on top of each other, with the gaps filled in with mud. This later developed into a more sophisticated build consisting of square logs with interlocking double notch joints.
The wood used for a log cabin was traditionally pine or spruce, and with suitable tools, a family could build their own log Ccbin within days! If you are interested in the different profiles available, The Norskfolke Museum in Norway has a display of 14 different styles of log cabins.
Nowadays log cabins often feature fibreglass insulation and are sold as pre-fabricated kits. A far cry from sourcing your own wood and building from scratch!
Log Cabins in Ireland
Garden Rooms was one of the first Irish companies to construct log cabins in Ireland. Garden Rooms Director, John Sherry, believes that to withhold the Irish weather, the logs would need a minimum thickness of 75mm. Also important to watch out for is the constant contraction and expansion of the log walls. Air gaps could potentially appear above the windows and doors if you don’t allow the plasterboard to move with the log expansion. It is also very important the logs are pre-drilled for threaded bars at all corners, which will prevent wind uplift in exposed areas.
Next Level Log Cabins!
Our modern contemporary Garden Rooms have taken log cabins to the next level. Our Garden Rooms are architecturally designed with generous insulation and quality materials. We build onsite within 10-14 days with little disruption to your home. Have a look at our garden room designs here and give us a call on +353 1 8642 888 or contact us online for more information.