Sten Log Cabin Review

Sten Log Cabin Review

I have said it before but these are my favourite posts, I thoroughly enjoy hearing from customers with their thoughts on our buildings, service and other details.

Mr W has some good ideas on his base and how he carried it out which may well assist you.

This is Mr W’s thoughts on the Sten Log Cabin and his journey with it and us:

Sten 3x2m – Review Part 1.

This is my initial review having just taken delivery of the above cabin.

We were contacted in advance and advised of the delivery date but also given the opportunity to select days that would be suitable for us.

The cabin arrive on the programmed day and was dropped off in the requested location without fuss. Living in a cul de sac the package was transported to the house on the fork lift truck the delivery lorry was unseen.

The package consisted of the cabin weather proofed in plastic and securely strapped to a pallet. The floor boards and bearers were also strapped together but a separate entity. The roof shingles were loose on top of the package.
The main cabin packaging was intact and I would have been happy to leave it outside safe in the knowledge it would be well protected from the weather but because of the location it had to be moved.

The following weekend we set about moving the main cabin into the garage where I intent to apply a protective finish prior to erection. The timber elements were very securely strapped to a pallet with metal bands. Having removed the protective plastic the cabin was revealed.

Two of us moved the various components to the new location which gave the opportunity to become familiar with the different parts and do an initial sort into back front roof etc. I am a keen wood worker and was very happy with the quality of the wood noting the lack of sticky resin and the dryness and general finish. Important to note that the window and door was shipped glazed and arrive in one piece undamaged which is a reflection of the good packaging and handling considering its long journey.

With all the parts checked and accounted for I can say I am very impressed with the quality. The window unit is robust and the fitted hinges and catch work perfectly. Likewise the door and lift off hinges are also well constructed. Worth a note here most parts are screwed and not nailed to the door / window units. The roof shingles require careful handling and storage. Over all I am very happy with the product and would describe it as recommended. I look forward to erecting it in the near future when I will write part 2 of this review with photos.

Mr W then kindly sent us the following Part two of his review:

Sten 3x2m Erection Report- Review Part 2.

With the summer coming to an end I started by treating the components prior to erection. After careful research I went for a Ronseal product called ‘Total Wood Protection’ which provided both rot protection water proofing and colour. This product is oil based and quite thin and is absorbed by the wood rather then sitting on the surface like a paint would. This I felt was ideal because it would not prevent the log tongue and grooved joints fitting together. It was very easy economical and quick to apply probably because of the very good finish on the timbers and the drying time was down to a few hours on a warm day. I have to say this is a monotonous job but well worth the effort and finally all the parts were back under cover and by now quite familiar.

My thoughts were now on the base design and construction.

The site for the cabin was on an area of existing slab patio which was well constructed on a good sub-base. However it was a little uneven and subject to puddling in heavy rain so not an easy base option.

Because I was also not keen on a concrete slab base which was not practical in this situation I decided to go for a timber ring beam footing with centre spine beam all on concrete piers as this would minimise the amount of concrete required.

The cost of the ballast, cement and timbers was a hundred pounds delivered.

The existing patio slabs were lifted and cut back under the building foot print and nine holes dug to a depth of 500mm below the existing finished ground level. These were filled with concrete to the level of the adjacent patio slabs.

Sten Blokhut

The 3×3 timber perimeter ring beam then was cut ,jointed and assembled on the piers packed level and then sand and cement grout applied to fill any gaps between the under side of the timbers and the top of the concrete foundation piers.

Once the grout had gone off the 70×40 timber foundation beams supplied with the cabin were cut to length and screwed in place on top of the timber ring beam with a mastic sealant to prevent water seeping into the joint At this stage the base was level and all that remained was getting the frame square by checking the diagonal dimensions were equal.

This work was the hardest part of the build but provided an elevated level and square base which made the cabin erection trouble free.

Blokhut Sten

Floor joists for the Sten

So at last I was able to start the cabin build. The first logs were set out on the base and checked for square. After that it was simple to build up the walls log by log.

One thing I did do was apply a mastic sealant to the perimeter under the first log at base level between the log and the top of the timber foundation beam. This was to prevent water seeping into the joint as it is a butt joint with out the benefit of a weather proof tongue and groove joint.

The quality and precision of the components made the erection very simple and with the roof purlins dropped in place the roof boards could be nailed down ready for the felt singles.

The felt singles are in fact easy to fit probably easier than roll roofing felt, and also provide a quality roof.

I did not rush this build which took me several weekends to complete and by now the weather was against me I even had to brush frost off the roof to finish the roof shingles!

Sten log cabin build

The floor was the final element of the build and I used the 40×40 bearers supplied spanning on to the centre spine beam. These 40×40 bearers have provided a solid support because of the short span and close centres.

There is a 125mm void under the floor boards which is ventilated and all of the floor members are sat on a damp proof membrane.

One point to note here is because I had used 3×3 ring beam timbers I had to screw a batten to the inside face to provide end support to the floor bearers. If I had used 3×4 or 4×4 timbers the floor bearers would have sat on the top of the ring beam.

Finally the door and proper lock assembly supplied (not padlock) were fitted and the cabin was complete.

The cabin has been up for several months now and over the winter. It has with stood some very windy and wet weather with out any problems. I did screw fix the purlins to the fascia using small steel angle brackets internally for peace of mind.

Sten Blokhut Tuindeco

Sten Log Cabin complete

One small issue was the line of ridge tiles some of which blow off during a very windy period. This I put down to not using mastic to fix the free edge due to the cold damp conditions at the time and also the the roof nails being a little short as I had several layers of shingles at the ridge. I had folded the top singles over the ridge and so there is not a roof leakage problem, the ridge tiles being aesthetic only.

The cabin has proved to be dry and very practical. We installed the solar lighting option which is a great success and adds to the usability over the winter months. I will apply a further coat of finish externally early in the spring and sort out the ridge.

Do not confuse this product to a DIY. Store shed. It is a real building with a solid quality feel. We look at the Cabin as an extension to our living space not as a garden shed.

Mike W.

Thank you Mr W, I hope you enjoy your log cabin and the presents we sent you as a thank you.