"This is a good value item. Purchased to provide extra storage, wife now wants it for a Summer House.!! Straight forward construct, take time to read instructions. Stack logs etc., by type or wall ready for selection to build, prep base well. Recommend first thing to make is the window frames, instructions / diagrams not the best but it's not that hard to work out. Will make wall construct quicker. Must check all components are present and serviceable. I treated all timbers with "NoNonsense Water Repellent" 24 hours before build - well worth it given the rain we had. No significant build issues. Can't comment on reliability - not had it long enough - so I am assuming it is good..?"
"So I received the material back in April 2012 and boy was it a task to move it to the back garden. Luckily the driver helped, but it took almost 1 hour in the rain too with the wife helping. The wood then sat there covered in the rain for a good 17 months where I made small attempts to treat sections of it.
Basically be prepared to spend around £220 on wood preserve. I bought the Ronseal Total Wood Preserver Clear 5L can (sets you back about £28 a tin). You'll need about 8 of these to treat the whole wood twice. I ended up doing the 1st coat by brush and then used a spray gun for the 2nd coat, which gave good coverage.
Then I decided to coat the whole wood before assembly with a decent wood stain and protector. I researched around and found that the Sadolin Advanced One Coat Woodstain 2.5L, was the best for the job. Again this is not an easy task as there's a lot of wood to paint and you'll need plenty of dry weather and space to leave them to dry. I was careful not to paint in the grooves where the wood joins as it would cause assembly very difficult. I ended up using 8 tins, again this stuff isn't cheap , about £42 a tin. I've kept another 2 tins which I'll use to paint the whole building after I assembled it. so be prepared for another £420 on external wood paint. I would recommend painting it before assembly as you'll treat the roof and floor and joints which won't be accessible after assembly, and further more in my case , one of the side walls which is against a fence.
After this, I assembled the whole building (I used 2 Chinese guys), they were brilliant under my supervision, with me explaining how the whole building goes together. They completed it in 2 full days.
Yes, be prepared that the instructions aren't fully accurate and it helps to have all the wood organised before assembly , this saved me a lot of time. You'll need to use some common sense when you get to the roof line to figure out what to do.
I also doubled up on the roof covering, I got the guys to put a first layer of thin underlay Slaters Felt 15x1m (£21 each)- 2 of them to cover the roof. After which they laid the tiles. I also put in silicon around all the joints as in the instructions, but also along the roof lines at the front and back. I also added in guttering at both sides to help protect the roof wood.
I used putty when I got the glass installed as this seals the glass with the frame and protects it from rattling / breaking if you suddenly shut the door / windows. This is "old school" , you could use silicon, but window putty is easier to remove if the glass ever needs replacing. The glass they supply is toughened and pretty strong.
I also spent a bit extra to extend the decking at the front with a step. See pictures attached. I'm a qualified electrician, so have fitted the electrics in the cabin myself which again will cost you.
All in all, this is a good project to complete, I'm so glad I finally got it done. The hardest part is the prep work on the wood treatment. Get that sorted first and the cabin will last. I'm going to paint the whole cabin next weekend with one more coat so that is lasts well and seals it all.
Everything is supplied from window and door locks to screws and even the small nails you need for the window beading. You'll only need extra roof nails if you put on a 1st underlay layer. I must say the tiles they supply look so lovely.
I am very pleased with the cabin, but be prepared to spend another extra £1800 with labour , paint , electrics and extras."