Everyone loves log cabins. They are vintage, cozy, and have an unbeatable rustic appeal. What’s not to like?

Most people know and love log cabins but what they don’t know is that they can have different types, designs, costs, and structures.

Log cabins have been steadily growing in popularity since they are not only more appealing than conventional homes but they are sturdier and more functional as well.


Garden Log house


Having a log cabin for a home is everyone’s dream but let’s face it, not everybody can afford the time and money it takes to completely change or move their home. 

However! An equally attractive but more affordable dream is having a garden log cabin.

A garden log cabin comes with all the perks of having a log home but with fewer requirements and prerequisites. You can build a garden log cabin and have access to it anytime in your already existing home’s garden or backyard.

A garden log cabin can have countless functions and uses. It can be a guest house, a home gym, or a home office. 

The appeal and functionality of garden log cabins are undeniable, so it’s only natural to consider having one in contrast to much more costly alternatives.

So, today you are going to find out everything you need to know about garden log cabins, including their types, benefits, and requirements to have your own.


What is a Garden Log Cabin?


As the name suggests, a garden log cabin is a log cabin or a log structure that is located in your house’s garden. A garden log cabin can be used throughout the year in any type of weather since its wooden walls help keep the interior warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 

Furthermore, a garden log cabin is very similar to a garden room; however, the differences mainly lie in the thickness of the walls and the complexity of the structure. Garden log cabins tend to have thicker walls than garden rooms, as well as potentially featuring more complex structures and designs.

Keep in mind that garden rooms and garden log cabins still share many similarities and usually have very similar uses and functions. For example, both structures can be used as a home gym or a home office. 

Additionally, both structures are typically constructed using wood which means that both are considerably sturdy and can be comfortably utilized during the winter.


Log Cabin Interior Designs


Log cabins interior designs are incredibly versatile and can vary based on the purpose or function that you have in mind for your garden log cabin. Furthermore, you can use a garden log cabin as a hobby room, meditation space, or home office.

Each of these functions has different interior design elements which align and complement the main purpose of the garden log cabin.

That being said, garden log cabins share a common element no matter the function or purpose they are being utilized for. You guessed it, it is wood.

No matter how you plan on using your garden log cabin, it will have a rustic look due to the exposed wood or logs, which means certain interior design elements can complement this rustic appeal further than others. 

For example, string lights used as decoration can create a magical atmosphere when used in a log cabin. Additionally, warm colors, artwork, and natural materials blend in with a garden log cabin’s rustic charm and can even amplify it.


Types of Garden Log Cabins


Garden log cabins can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes with different types to suit different needs. There is a  variety of Log houses that can range not only in size but in the number of rooms and floors as well. Garden log cabins can have as little as a single room, with other log cabins featuring as many as six rooms and an interior space of 67 square meters!

Additionally, log cabins have two main different roof types, flat roofs, and gable roofs. Gable roofs are typically more favorable since they are cost-efficient, more aesthetically appealing, and can withstand harsher weather conditions.

Finally, a garden log cabin can have different types of foundations as well, such as concrete foundations, paving stones, and thermal blocks. The ideal type of foundation for your garden log cabin can vary based on its size and the function you have for it in mind.

At the same time, a concrete slab is usually the go to foundation for log cabins since it is both sturdy and low maintenance in the long run.


Do Log Cabins Need Planning Permission?


This is a frequently asked question by many who are interested in having their own garden log cabins, with some even shying away from the whole process because of the hassle of having to obtain planning permissions.

I mean, who likes all the paperwork? There are some log cabins that may require planning permissions, while others don’t base on the size of the log cabin itself as well as the total space available in your garden. 

In Ireland, if your garden log cabin is no bigger than 25 square meters in size and 4 meters in height, then you won’t need planning permission, given that you have another 25 square meters of free space on your garden property, with the sides and rear being included.

There are some further guidelines and criteria as well that you will have to follow in order to have your garden log cabin without having to acquire a Planning Permission.


What Are the Benefits of a Garden Log Cabin?


Each individual use of a garden log cabin may yield different benefits, but the one thing they will all have in common is the simply irresistible rustic charm, all while being cost-efficient and eco-friendly. 

A log cabin is a flexible structure that can change and adapt as your needs and priorities change over time. You may use it as a hobby room at one point and then repurpose it to be an extra living space.

We can go on for days listing all the potential benefits of having a garden log cabin. That being said, one of the first and most important benefits of a garden log cabin is that it is your personal space to get away from everything. 

Whether you use it as an office, gym, or hobby room, it is a space that allows you to get closer to nature and away from the noises and stresses of the world.