Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Cabin build - part 1

Well, the cabin build day went on its third rescheduled day due to the storm we had on the 28th October! 

The build was scheduled to take one day, but the main cabin man under estimated how big the cabin was and it actually took a day and a bit! So, we were good to go on the 29th October and it didn't rain! Three men arrived appropriately dressed, it has been cold here in Norfolk!
We were so relived to find the wood that had been stored was bone dry...our rain and amp protection worked! Phew! Our garden resembles a builder's and lumber's yard, because we are having bathroom one completely refitted too...yes all at the same time! No, we didn't plan it like that....just the way it happened! lol  
The pieces had already been checked and sorted prior to wrapping it up till we were ready to build.
 The ready pressure treated preserved floor beams are put into place.
 It looks like a floor! lol 
I'd still be looking at the instructions....I would have no idea! lol
Once the walls started to go up, it was rather like a giant Lego build! lol 
Window frames going in!
 More still! It's starting to take shape!
 Getting there....still only mid morning at this point!
 The walls nearly done...
The roof and ceiling beams go in...
The sun shows its face! lol
I'm having the flooring insulated after the wooden flooring. You can insulate at this point and then lay your wooden flooring on top of that.

The cabin is fully double-glazed with toughened glass etc. The cabin came with many spares and we had no missing parts or damage...a huge relief! The spare wood will come in handy and my window boxes will be made with some of it. ;o)
It's looking good! 
The roof starting to go on...
 Half on...
 Getting there with the roof...
 YAY! It's on! 
The Georgian bars still need to be added to the doors and narrow windows. 
After the first day, inside. 
This photo is taken on the second day with the internal Storm Braces on. They bolt all the way through to the outside wall. I am going to check to see if its a good idea to have ones that bolt from the outside floor into the ground for good measure. I have been told though that its so heavy it won't move...I will see! 
Another partial interior view to all the mess outside! lol
Before the men came back to add the roof felting (it's on in this photo), my Dad and Mum started to apply the fire retardant. No protective paint can be applied until this is on. It needs an hour to dry between coats and 24 hours there after if possible. It's very watery and goes on frothy and sinks into the wood, it has a milky look to it, rather weird! lol

Because of the size of my cabin and where it was, to meet UK Building Regulation fire retardant needed to be applied. I did months of research and checking to make sure everything was as it should be. 

The supplier of the cabin were very good at advising what checks needed to be made and what the requirements were etc. All cases are different, it isn't a case of just buying a cabin...homework must be done too. :o)) 
The second day. The roof felting is applied. Good job we had no rain overnight! The front fascia will be put on. There will be a small gap between the felting and the fascia to allow the rain to run down in between so the rain can escape quickly from the roof. The cabin man and the bathroom chippie advised this.   I was going to have guttering on the back of the roof, but my Dad says its not necessary.

The fire retardant goes on first..under the undercoat which is seen here on the side and and part of the front. There's enough fire retardant for 3 coats and more. It's been a race against time to get this on, so we could apply the weather protective base coat.
On the narrow windows, the Georgian window bars have been put in the wrong place (top and bottom of the windows lol ). They all have to come off to be painted, as they are only nailed in with panel pins they will easily come out. 

No change since the photo was taken. Fire retardant and paint is still being applied. Almost four sides now painted, just that far corner needs to be painted (see in this photo) as that was the last part to have fire retardant applied to it. 
I'm having a path going to my cabin...we are also having a pergola. The plan is to plant with cream and pink roses. I love this photo as inspiration....we aren't having the gate though! lol  

More soon! Oh and I will be back to re-check and edit...I always do typo's galore, I think faster than I type! lol 

I hope you don’t mind my ramblings and madness! :o))

Michelle xxxx 


  1. It is looking amazing Michelle, and will be gorgeous
    once the pergola and roses are in. I wanna come and play --):

    1. Aww Jayne,

      The outside landscaping is being planned. I don't think the path will be too long coming, I need it to get in safely as our garden is a mess until we redo it! Lots and lots of roses..the garden has a colour theme. :)

      Michelle xxxxx

  2. So pleased for you Michelle. Won't be long and your be in there, but you won't want to go indoors...LOL Have fun xxx

    1. I'm over the moon! lol It will be long enough...oodles to do. I know, I will be eating in there as I work.

      I never wanted to stay in my summer house once it was dark, so I wonder whether I will want to work out there at night? I know you do, but you're brave! lol

      Michelle xxx

  3. Gosh what a difference a couple of days make!! It looks like great fun Michelle

    1. I know my family said that. In a matter of a day and a bit I had a cabin! The men fitting the bathroom have made good use of it, lots of space to store things and check things! lol

      I'm so looking to forward to the next stage now. :o)))

      Michelle xxx

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    1. Aww thank you Debie, I adore my little play space. :o))

      Michelle xxx

  5. you lucky devil! it will be wonderful when it's finished I wish I had something like that..I am so jealous of you right now but so happy for you too :)


    1. I'm very fortunate Marisa, it's been nearly a years wait, but well worth it. :o)) The outside it doesn't look that big, but the inside says it's much bigger than I envisaged! lol

      We have to paint the inside now...we won't apply the top coat until the Spring now, it's had 2 coats of protective base coat which acts just like the top coat! ;o))


  6. My goodness they are quick builders its just perfect! love the double doors, so exciting for you!

    1. Amazing huh Deni!! I can't believe it's there and it's mine! lol :o)

      I can't wait till the warmer weather is back, to sit in there with the doors open as I work away. ;o)

      Michelle xxx

    2. I cant wait either Michelle..... will be so exciting to see all your setup! and to see you sitting there making your minis! its going to be really really lovely!

    3. I'm hoping the inside painting will be started soon, we don't have to rely on dry weather for that.

      We've had workmen using it as their storage area because we've had the first of our redecoration being started on the new as soon as they are out of the cabin, we can go in! ;O) xx