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Helsinki Log Cabin Installation By Cabin Living

One of our latest projects was the Helsinki log cabin made by Finnforest or Finnlife built in Tetsworth close to Thame and Oxford.

helsinki log cabin instalation

In total there were 3 pallets of timber roughly six metres long x 1m x 1m and a further standard pallet size full of roofing tiles.

helsinki log cabin instalation

Just over a third of the cabin carried round to the site ready for the build.

helsinki log cabin instalation

The base was done in three seperate sections the two main wings on day one and the central section in the morning of the second day. In total its roughly 10m x 4m. This required over eight jumbo bags of ballast, quite a bit of hardcore from the old base and in excess of 30 bags of cement.

helsinki log cabin instalation

Base complete and set ready for the start of the cabin assembly. First job is to arrange the 4 x 2 floor joists and fit damp proof course to each timber. Our client also supplied damp proof membrane for use beneath the concrete base itself.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

The first row of 44mm wall logs roughly in position and you get an impression of the layout on the ground floor with a hallway and four rooms leading off this area. Our client had already made a trench for a water pipe and soil pipe for connection at a later date positioned in the smallest of the four main rooms.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

Once a few of the wall logs are in place it is a good time to fit the doors.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

The rest of the doors in place and the walls continue until it is time to fit the windows.

helsinki log cabin instalation

Again two or three wall pieces in place it is a good time to fit the windows.

Additional windows were ordered with this cabin to be fitted to the rear walls of the main rooms. We cut the walls once the main structure was in place but it would probably be easier to cut the walls and fix them at this stage rather than attempting to remove the trim from one side and fit them retrospectively.

helsinki log cabin instalation

It is already getting quite high but there is still some way to go yet!

helsinki log cabin instalation

Finally up to roof height and the roof joists are fitted.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

A view of the attic space prior to fitting the roof boards. The instructions from finnlife for the attic space are little bit vague but it soon becomes clear how it should be fitted.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

The main spaces are now covered with roof boards and the centre section is finished in a herring bone arrangement which involves quite a lot of work with a chop saw.

helsinki log cabin instalation

You need to be extremely careful fitting the roof tiles on a cabin of this size. Scaffolding would be a wise safety precaution and certainly good steps and ladders are required. The pitch on the roof is quite steep and is not suitable for walking on safely until you have firmly fixed tiles to walk on.

helsinki log cabin instalation

The roof complete and ready to be trimmed to fit fascia boards.

helsinki log cabin instalation

helsinki log cabin instalation

Internally we installed our floor and ceiling insulation options. We use 50mm Celotex boards in both the ceiling and the floor. In the floor the celotex is suspended between the floor joists prior to fitting the tongue and groove floor and in the ceiling it is suspended between the roof joists. Timber battens are fitted to the roof joists and plasterboard is fitted, then tape and joint filler is added and finally it is sanded ready for painting.

helsinki log cabin instalation

The loft space creates a few headaches as there are quite a few angles to consider. But the good news is you'll be able to make the body for a stealth bomber when you're finished!

helsinki log cabin instalation

The decking is suspended on roughly 26 fence posts which were driven into the ground to support the deck frame.

helsinki log cabin instalation

And there you have it, the Helsinki log cabin with a enough room for a music room, a play room at least one garden office, and maybe a home cinema!

helsinki log cabin instalation

Log Cabin Installations by Cabin living

A few examples of the different types of log cabin installed by Cabin Living can be viewed here: