With the greatest care and expertise, Tuindeco log cabins and summer houses are produced from high quality pine (spruce) with 14-16% humidity in a modern workshop. As Tuindeco utilizes all-natural ‘live’ building materials for building and constructing log cabins, the occurrence of slight inflections, shrinking seams or small cracks in the wood surface cannot be avoided; in addition, an irregular pattern of side branches is characteristic for spruce.
- Always make sure the substrate is completely level and well founded. The foundation (with drains) can be supplied as an option, but it can also consist of pavement kerbs and stones, sleepers of a cemented foundation. In case of purchasing a wooden floor in addition, you can support the floor beams that need to be placed every 50 cm with pavement stones or by sinking a hardwood picket next to it. With a wooden floor, you can choose to mount the floor first, but it can also be done when the log cabin is constructed.
- Before beginning, put all elements that belong to a wall on that dedicated side. Sorting out wooden elements will save on efficiency and will simplify the assembly.
- Make sure that wall boards link up well. Use a wooden chock or a rubber hammer to ensure this. Check if the construction is set square with the first layer and after the first 5 layers. At a height of about 5 boards the door and its frame cab be lowered into the dedicated opening. The wall boards below the window are usually 10 boards high. If you have stacked the boards up to the window, add another 3 or 4 next to window. Then lower the window frame into the opening. The window is at its top 3 to 5 cm higher than the door. This is normal, since the window will settle slightly afterwards.
- Having arrived at the correct height, mount the ridge elements at the front and back. After this, you can easily place the roof-beams at the appropriate spot. Important! The log cabin will settle a number of centimetres.
- The roof will be finished with tongue-and-groove roofing boards. The best thing to do is to temporarily nail one board at the front, back and in the middle. Like this, you can position the log cabin exactly at right angles. When mounting the roofing boards, bear in mind to allow about 2 mm between boards, in consideration of the warping of wood. The final roofing boards will need to be cut to size; start mounting the roofing boards at the front. When all roofing boards have been spiked, you can finish the roof round the edges, using ridge-pieces and fascia boards. Fix the finishing block on the top of the roof.
- Start fixing roof shingles at the bottom and follow the instructions as shown on the packing.
- Now the log cabin is in position, mount the frames using the provided screws. Perform this at every third or fourth board, as it will allow the wood to warp.
- To prevent damaging the rods while mounting the pane slats, you had better fix the pane slats to the window frame first and then the rods. Like this, the rods will be supported by the slats and will not easily break.
- Wood warping may require you to adjust some elements to get a proper fit.
- Log cabins with 170 cm porches require a nook to attach the middle standard to the purlin. Make sure that columns are founded securely, e.g. by using post holders. This last point also applies to log cabins with side porches
All Tuindeco log cabins will be supplied with a comprehensive assembly manual. It describes more details and uses graphics. Moreover, several tips and tricks will be addressed to facilitate the construction.
- Stanley knife
- rubber hammer
- battery powered drill
- levelling ruler
- measuring tape
- drilling bits