Tony tells us about his fantastic new Keops Classic multi purpose log cabin!
My cabin is a great success, and as promised, I am now ready to provide you with pictures and feedback on how things have gone over the last 3 months since the Rick and his team built the cabin.
I have learned a lot when decorating and fitting out the cabin, which I have done entirely myself. I guess everyone taking on such a project goes through a learning curve, and that’s part of the fun. But I will mention a few points which may help you when advising future customers with their projects, and hopefully increase their satisfaction:
The cabin fulfilled my wish for a spacious, high quality, multi purpose room with facilities for an office with built-in shelves, work surface (even a fridge!), TV and hifi, seating, and outlook onto decking and a sunny corner of the garden. The 56mm log walls give the cabin a feel of solid quality, and the extra log in the walls creates useful interior headroom. The high precision of the factory machined timbers is amazing, giving a high quality finish to the walls, corners, ceiling and roof.
Keops Classic log cabin
The extra 440mm overhang of the side eaves works well in appearance and gives the walls more protection. However, this increases the effective footprint of the cabin, which is something to be aware of, e.g. when planning paths to avoid passing under the eaves or under the corner of the canopy.
Sikkens Novatech and Novatop wood stain used outside and inside for the floor and ceiling: Excellent, well worth the additional cost, enhances the grain, and available in a wide range of mix-to-order colours.
Outside of the cabin showing extra deep fascias and side overhangs
It was great to install wiring “tails” in the roof and under the floor, plus take the option of the box skirting. Fortunately I had worked out where the lighting and power points would go in advance, and bought the correct wire and cable clips, so installing the tails did not take too long on the day of the build. Regarding minimising the clutter of wiring to light switches: The light switches are mounted on the walls next to the door (behind the curtains). The related wiring runs over the top of the doors/windows concealed in a shelf (made from left over timber), entering the ceiling in the corners of the cabin. Hence there is no surface wiring visible except where cables emerge behind the purlins for immediate connection to light fittings.
The fan installed centrally works well for both cooling, and for stirring the air when heating (with reverse fan direction). The fan looks right in the high area of the room.
Painting the interior walls white (a few coats of B&Q primer/undercoat) provides a light spacious feel, and looks attractive when lit in the evening. Ikea white roller blinds and curtains blend into the white walls.
Ricks’s building team were fantastic! The timber base and decking were built in one day to high precision. The cabin itself was erected in one further day. Where planks were cut to size, box skirting installed, etc, everything fitted precisely. A problem of a missing window frame was solved on the day, and couriered to the site.
The wider facia board over the canopy and the rear is perhaps a bit wider than I had expected, but I think looks better than the default narrow facia.
Showing the built in desk area
Log Cabin Specifications
Keops Classic style log cabin with standard 19 degree roof
- 4850mm x 4500mm in 56mm logs
- 19mm pine tongue and groove floor
- 2268mm eaves wall height
- 3189mm ridge height
- Black felt roof shingles
- 1m canopy to front gable
- 1 x VDD34 double door 3/4 glazed
- 1 x VDE00 single door solid wood
- 1 x VRC single letter box window
- 1 x VRM single window top hinged
- 2 x VRGL tall double windows
- Double glazing upgrade to 4/6/4mm
- 19mm pine tongue & groove ceiling
- Comfort grade roof insulation
- Comfort grade floor insulation
- Interior partition walls 2600 + 1000mm
- Deep fascias 245 x 28mm
- Extra deep eaves overhangs 440mm
Why not combine a day out with viewing a Keops cabin at the same time? There are a few cabins dotted around the country that are open to visitors.
- Butterfly World – The world class butterfly and moth visitor centre. Visit the Keops Cafe, Education Centre & Plant Shop.
- National Botanic Garden of Wales - Not to be missed are the The Great Glass House & The Double Walled Garden. Stop and have a cup of tea in the Keops ‘Gatehouse Cafe’.
- The Star Inn – A traditional country pub experience with guest ales and open fires. Try the home made country food in the Keops restaurant.
- Rodbaston Visitor Centre – A great day out for the kids. Lots of farm and exotic animals to visit. Stop by the tearoom and shop, built by Keops.
- Meynell Langley Gardens – Nursery with tea room provided by Keops. The hot chocolate looks amazing!
- Style Acre Team Rooms – Visit the charity run tea rooms at Savages. Open 7 days a week for breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea. Opened by Tim Henman in 2010!
If you would like to visit us here at Evesham, Worcestershire, please do phone and make an appointment.
No, we’ve not gone quackers! We were all very excited when Daphne and Dylan the Mallards decided to make our lake their new home. After a few flying visits to check out the facilities, they took to the lake like proverbial ducks to water.
Concerned for their safety and well being and to keep them away from Mr Fox, Richard designed and built the new “duck kennel”. Measuring a spacious 800mm x 1000mm in our finest 28mm log, the Keops Classic style residence features front and back doors both with ramps for easy access. And of course, it’s painted in a very cheery (nearly) duck egg blue…well, what else! The whole thing is built on a floating platform with non slip astro turf decking, which is tethered to the island in the middle of the lake and safe from any predators who may fancy a duck supper.
Daphne & Dylan's new "duck kennel"
It’s taken a short while for Daphne and Dylan to get used to their new des res, but now they’re firmly established as the lake’s new residents. Over the last week or two, Daphne has ducked out of the limelight and has hidden herself away. She has rarely left the duck kennel, except to stretch her legs and to feed. If she stays put on her nest for around 28 days, we believe we may shortly hear the splash of tiny webbed feet!
We’ll keep you abreast of progress, just check “Duck Watch” on our blog for regular exciting updates!
p.s. no MP’s expenses were spared in the making of this duck house!
Thinking of a place in the sun? This ramshackle shed (or beach hut if you have a vivid imagination) is on offer for an eye watering £40,000. Tight on space, no door, leaky roof but in a fantastic location in Southwold.
Well, we can’t guarantee you the sea view or a sandy doorstep, but here at Keops we can offer you a comfortable cabin with all mod cons such as an insulated roof that doesn’t leak like a sieve and a door that fits and opens.
Life’s a beach!
This DIY dream is on offer through Durrants Estate Agents
If you live in the north of the country or find yourself visiting the Morpeth area, why not pop into Stannington Nurseries and take a look at the new tea room. Designed and built by Keops, the “equestrian style” log cabin is situated behind the main nurseries.
Inside the large 8 x 10 metre cabin the walls are decorated with artwork from local artists and a wide range of food and drink is available at very reasonable prices. Why not pick up a plant for the garden, enjoy a hot cup of tea and admire the lovely log cabin surroundings. Stannington is open 7 days a week and there’s also free parking. Read the rest of this entry »
“But perhaps the best thing about Cafe Ginkgo is the space. The main dining-room looks like the interior of a Norwegian log cabin, with plain wooden surfaces and simple wooden furniture. The front is made up largely of glass and the back opens out on to the garden centre giving the restaurant a wonderfully airy, al fresco feel. For somewhere so achingly trendy, its refreshingly down-to-earth and unpretentious.”
That was the review written by Toby Young in The Independent about the fantastic new log cabin cafe at Ginkgo Garden Centre designed and built by us at here at Keops. If you’re in the London Hammersmith area, why not pop in and sample the wonderful food available, pick a plant or two for the garden and take time to enjoy the log cabin atmosphere!
You can read the full review here or why not visit the Ginkgo Gardens website to find out about opening times and directions.