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A deposit of 20% is required at the time of order. You will receive an order confirmation, deposit invoice, plus a “What Happens Next” letter, a timetable of events, insulation fitting instructions (if applicable) & preservative treatment information.

An invoice for the balance of payment will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks prior to your cabin delivery. The balance payment is due Friday before the week of delivery.

Bearing in mind that most of our cabins are being made fresh especially for you to your design requirements, we need a sensible time frame in which to process the order, design, schedule production, source correct high grades of raw materials, manufacture, package and transport.

This is reliably achieved in 6 weeks on average.

We do offer an efficient installation service nationwide, although the majority of our customers take enjoyment from self assembly and we are available 24/7 to provide expert advice over the telephone should the need arise. Read more about our construction service.

Whilst we strive for perfection, sometimes (rarely) something goes wrong with your log cabin or a part is missing.

You can be sure that we will bend over backwards to get you out of a problem in the shortest possible time. We have several methods that can help us overcome difficulties.

We have thorough knowledge of log cabin construction and your design in particular, and will understand the problem.

We can often suggest a method of using another piece for the time being to allow the build to continue while we replace the part used.

There will always be several people to turn to within our organisation, all with experience in log cabin construction that can offer some assistance or advice.

We are contactable 24/7 and offer excellent before, during and after sales customer service and technical support.

We carry many spares in stock in Worcestershire, and if practically possible, will use express couriers and / or private cars to get the part to you.

Our lorries are loading in the factory every week so we can ensure that your part will be on the very next lorry.

Why not need read some of our many log cabin testimonials and reviews?

You are welcome to visit us here at Evesham by appointment. Our normal opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. We are able to make arrangements outside of the above mentioned hours during the week, however, in ALL cases, visits are by appointment only so that we can allocate a member of staff to be present to devote adequate time to our visiting customers.

KEOPS is the name of one of the great pyramids in Egypt, which has exceptional geometry, orientation and proportion and claims remarkable powers of longevity.

We at KEOPS Interlock didn’t have much to do with the building of the pyramids but we do strive to be just as awesome in the field of log cabins.

Residential log cabins have of course been around for many years. Over the past twenty years they have become increasingly popular in smaller versions for multi-purpose accommodation in the garden. Primarily recreational, home office, spa cabin, guest-room, to name a few uses, the growth areas have been in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Keops Interlock has been one of the fore-runners in testing and growing the U.K. market with this product.

We have compiled a most extensive range of standard designs, which provide for most solutions and are available on short delivery times.

However, to ensure we are able to satisfy everyone, we provide an extremely flexible tailor making facility where virtually everything is possible. Furthermore our portfolio of products extends to summerhouses, garages, holiday lodges, saunas and garden offices.

All of our product is sourced from manufacturers that have attained thirty plus years of experience. We only select product that is demonstrably of superior quality. The wood used is strictly from properly managed Northern Scandinavian resources.

We are Chartered Engineers and take responsibility and pride in advising our clients correctly in their selection, ensuring the design and specification is precise and project managing the contract until the customer is delighted. Indeed as professional engineers, we are very experienced in the design, structural construction and quality aspects of such projects.

Despite the high levels of quality and service that we provide, we offer the keenest prices. This is achieved, primarily by economies of scale, and strict control of overheads, never by cutting corners or supplying inferior product.

We are based in Evesham, Worcestershire and our displays are at our Evesham office or at various publicly accessible sites – click here for where to view Keops log cabins. Our market is nationwide and this is covered by several other display sites around the country. We have also undertaken national advertising, many shows and exhibitions throughout the years, notably the Ideal Home Show and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the internet and of course word of mouth. We actively support “keeping up with the Jones’s”.

We do offer an efficient installation service nationwide, although many of our customers take enjoyment from self assembly and we are available 24/7 to provide expert advice over the telephone should the need arise.

Please enjoy visiting our website and be sure to comment if you have a special requirement, require further help or feel you have seen better elsewhere to allow us the opportunity to prove we are the best.

Log cabins are complex structures and their designs and their relationship with the peripheral elements of the project as a whole require a sound knowledge of mechanical, structural, civil and electrical engineering practice and principles. A practical knowledge of strength and performance of materials is essential.

Keops Ltd is an engineering company which was formed and is run by its directors.
Richard M Lewis B.Sc C.Eng. MIMechE MIEE, Managing Director is a Chartered Engineer in mechanical engineering. To achieve such a professional status he was required to demonstrate to the Royal Institute of Chartered Engineers achievements by way of academic qualifications in the subject, a considerable number of years experience in the field of engineering and the holding of a senior post of engineering responsibility.

As a professional engineer Richard has an obligation to the public to be trustworthy and to provide honest accurate information and service which others can rely on.

You, the customer, will soon realise how important this is. If for example you need to know the merits or needs of a particular method of insulation, or the differences in grades of wood, or the ability to span a certain distance with a roof beam or the benefits of a particular glazing type, and so on, Keops will give you facts which can be supported by theory and practice.

All of our team are trained in the technical aspects of log cabins and will provide consistent information.

Additionally we can call upon a wealth of experience gained from over sixteen years in the log cabin industry. During this time we have designed and supplied thousands of log cabins to all types of customer and for all types of use. Aside from the multitude of domestic installations in gardens we have provided solutions for commercial buildings, farm buildings, holiday applications, educational establishments, council projects, sports venues, the National Trust and the Caravan Club none of which would be entertained by the client if they didn’t put their trust in our expertise to deliver a building that was entirely fit for purpose.

Furthermore, whilst we were one of the first companies to recognise the possible market for log cabins in the UK back in year 2000. They had been made to service the Scandinavian and Northern European markets for many years prior to this and hence our machining resource has been producing these buildings for over 35 years and can also contribute a wealth of experience.

Finally, we keep totally abreast of what is happening in our market place. We make a point of being knowledgeable of the competition, what they do well, what is not so good, their abilities and so on. If asked, we are happy to point out the difference in what we offer and the way we work.

Some of our recent clients

KEOPS LTD GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OFFER AND SALE

Definitions

Buyer shall mean the purchaser
Company shall mean KEOPS INTERLOCK

Conditions

shall mean the Company’s general terms and conditions of offer and sale set out below
Contract shall mean the agreement between the Buyer and the Company for the execution of the Works howsoever made, including therein the Conditions and all other documents to which reference may properly be made in order to ascertain the rights and obligations of the parties under the said agreement
Contract Price shall mean the sum in the Company’s quotation increased or reduced
by such sums (if any) as under the Conditions are to be taken into account in ascertaining the Contract Price
Company’s shall mean all plant, vehicles, machinery, stores, tools and other things brought on to the site by the Company and required for the Equipment construction and completion of the works but not for incorporation therein.
Materials shall mean the goods to be supplied under the Contract
Site shall mean the address specified by the Buyer to which delivery of the materials shall be made by the Company
Works shall mean all the Materials to be supplied and the work and labour to be done by the Company under the Contract.


1.0  Offer and Acceptance

1.1       The Company’s quotation shall constitute an offer to supply Materials or services or to carry out any Works referred to therein on and subject to the Conditions.

1.2       An order placed by the Buyer in response to a quotation shall only be binding on the Company if it is accepted by the Company in writing. Notwithstanding that the order form or other document whereby the Buyer places his order with the Company may contain or refer to printed terms or conditions inconsistent with or differing from the Conditions.  Such order form or other document shall unless the same be accompanied by a separate letter expressly requesting that the Conditions be waived or supplemented in such specific respect or respects as may be particularised in such letter, be deemed to constitute an unqualified acceptance of the Conditions, which shall apply to the exclusion of any other such printed terms or conditions as aforesaid.

1.3      No variation, waiver or supplement to the Conditions shall be binding on the Company unless expressly accepted by the Company in writing.

1.4       An order must be placed by the Buyer in response to a quotation within 28 days of the date of the quotation, failing which the quotation shall be deemed to have been withdrawn.

2.0  Point of Delivery

2.1       Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the Buyer shall be responsible for the provision of labour and equipment to offload the Materials upon their arrival at the Site.

2.2       Unless otherwise specified, the prices of Materials are quoted “Carriage Paid to Site”.

3.0  Buyers Risks

3.1       From the time of their arrival at the Site, the Buyer shall be responsible for loss or damage to the Materials and to the Company’s Equipment howsoever caused or arising (except to the extent that it is caused by or arisen from the acts or omissions of the Company’s servants or sub-contractors) and shall indemnify and keep the Company indemnified to the full value thereof until the Contract is completed or the Materials and Company’s Equipment have been removed from the Site by the Company.

3.2       Should any Materials required for the installation be lost or damaged by acts or omissions of the Buyer or of others (not the Company’s servants or sub-contractors) such Materials shall be replaced by the Company at the Buyer’s expense.  The Buyer shall accept any delay to the Works due to the need to replace lost or damaged items.

3.3       The Buyer is required to acknowledge receipt of all Materials delivered at the Site by signing the appropriate Delivery Note.  The Delivery Note duly signed, should then be forwarded to the Company Contracts Co-ordinator, Five Oaks Farm, Sheriffs Lench, Evesham, Worcs. WR11 4SN

4.0  Price Variations

4.1       Unless otherwise stated in the quotation, the Contract Price is deemed to exclude VAT.  To the extent that the tax is properly chargeable on the supply to the Buyer of any Materials or services provided by the Company under the contract, the Buyer shall pay such tax as an addition to payments otherwise due to the Company under the Contract.

4.2       The contract price is based on the cost of materials, labour and other rates and prices ruling at the date of the Company’s quotation, If, by reason of any rise or fall in the rates of wages, salaries or other payments (including allowances) payable to labour or in the cost of material or transport or of conforming to such laws, orders, regulations and by-laws (including the imposition of any new such matter) as are applicable to the Works above or below such rates and costs ruling at the date of the Company’s quotation, the cost to the Company of performing its obligations under the Contract shall be increased or reduced, the amount of such increase or reduction shall be  added to or deducted from the Contract Price as the case may be.  For the purposes of this Condition, the cost of material  shall be construed as including any duty or tax by whomsoever payable which is payable under or by virtue of any Act of Parliament on the import, purchase, sale appropriation, processing or use of such material.

4.3       Where the Works include the erection of Materials the Contract Price is based upon the Site being available to the Company between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.  Monday to Friday inclusive unless otherwise agreed and on the assumption that full and free access to the Site will be open to the Company during these hours and that the facilities specified in paragraph 5 hereof will be provided by the Buyer shall be added to the Contract Price and shall be paid by the Buyer.

5.0  Obligations

Unless the Buyer shall be otherwise advised in writing he shall at his own expense and at such time or times as may be specified by the Company:

5.1      Provide covered and secured waterproof accommodation within the immediate vicinity of the Site in which erection of the Works is to take place to ensure the safe custody of and minimise deterioration to Materials and Company’s Equipment whilst on Site.

5.2       Provide adequate lifting facilities and personnel to handle Materials and Company’s Equipment into store as provided in paragraph 5.1 above prior to commencement of Works.

5.3       Provide a satisfactory and continuous means of access to the Site free form all obstructions together with offloading facilities and parking facilities for vehicles of the Company, its servants and agents.

5.4       Effect and complete all works of preparation and construction necessary to receive the Materials including clearance of all obstructions from the area of the Site in which erection of the Work is to take place.

5.5       Ensure that there is a sufficient and continuous supply of electric light, power and water available at all points where necessary for the performance of the Works by the Company prior to the commencement of such works.

5.6       Provide a level and even floor capable of supporting the Works and the loads imposed upon the Works.  The company reserves the right to suspend the Works until such time as the floor meets its requirements or at its discretion the Company may proceed with the Works and any additional costs incurred shall be added to the Contract Price and shall be paid by the Buyer.  The Company will advise the Buyer when the Work is stopped because of these reasons.

5.7       Provide any health and welfare facilities which may be required by law under the regulations current from time to time for employees of the Company while they are engaged at the Buyer’s premises in the performance of the Contract.

5.8       Supply all such plans, data and information together with Site plans and levels (in every case to an identified scale) as the Company may reasonably require from time to time in connection with the Works.

6.0  Limitation of Liability of Company

6.1       The Company’s quotation is based upon an analysis of advice, information, drawings and specifications (as the case may be) supplied by the Buyer regarding the Buyer’s requirements for storage and materials.  The Company shall not be responsible for any discrepancies, error or omissions in its analysis nor in any drawings, data, specifications or information prepared by it utilising or incorporating all or any plans, data and information supplied by the Buyer pursuant to paragraphs 5.6 and 5.8 above.  The Buyer shall pay the extra cost reasonably incurred by the Company due to alterations to the Works necessitated by (a) reason of inaccurate drawings or information in whatever form so supplied to the Company and (b) any delay in commencing or interruption in the programme for the Works drawn up by the Company due to the non-performance by the Buyer of all or any of the obligations to be performed by him pursuant to paragraph 5 hereof; such extra costs shall either be added to the Contract Price or may be the subject of a separate payment at the discretion of the Company.

6.2       The Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including consequential loss or damage) in any way suffered by the Buyer or any other person, firm or company whatsoever (whether on the grounds of negligence or otherwise) by reason of the fact that the Company may have inspected, advised on or approved the Site and/or any plans, data and information supplied by or on behalf of the Buyer whether prior to the date of the Company’s quotation or pursuant to paragraphs 5.6 and 5.8 above and the Buyer shall at all times indemnify and keep the Company indemnified against all losses, claims, damages, charges and expenses for injury (including death) suffered by any person or loss of or damage to property belonging to any person, firm or company for which the Company, its sub-contractors or their respective employees may be liable or be deemed to be liable under the Contract except where such losses, claims, damages, charges and expenses arise out of or are caused by the negligence, wilful misconduct or breach of warranty of the Company, its sub-contractors or their respective employees.

6.3       If the Company is held to be legally liable for any breach of the Contract or shall become legally liable to the Buyer in any way howsoever, the liability of the Company in respect of any or all causes of action shall in no circumstances exceed in the aggregate (100 per cent of) the Contract Price.

7.0  Builders Work and Alterations to Premises

Unless otherwise specifically agreed, the Company will not carry out under the Contract any builders work or alterations to premises.

8.0  Payment under Buyer’s Default

Unless otherwise agreed, payment terms are strictly not later than 7 days after the date of invoice(s), time being of the essence of the Contract.  Amounts and times of payments are set out in the quotation.

8.1       If under the Contract deliveries are required over an extended period, each consignment shall be invoiced separately.

8.2       If the Buyer fails to make payment of a sum when the same becomes due whether under the Contract or any other contract which the Company may have with the Buyer, the Company shall be entitled to charge the Buyer interest on the sum due under the Contract and unpaid calculated at a rate of two per cent per annum over the Bank of England minimum lending rate (minimum 5 per cent) from time to time ruling and further to suspend the Works.  If such payment or any part thereof, shall remain in arrears for (7) days after written demand shall have been made therefore, the Company shall have the further right to cancel the Contract and/or any such other contract and, in either case, without prejudice to any other right or remedy which the Company may have.

8.3       If the Buyer makes any composition or arrangement with or assignment for the benefit of his creditors or has any process of execution levied upon his goods or being a corporation goes into liquidation or has a Receiver appointed or being a person becomes bankrupt or commits any act of bankruptcy, the Company may without prejudice to any other remedy determine the Contract and resell the Materials and any loss on such resale shall be paid by the Buyer.

8.4       Where the Company tenders the Materials but delivery is not accepted, the Company may store the Materials in its own or any other warehouse for the account of the Buyer and the Buyer shall be liable for the cost of storage, additional handling, transport and any associated costs.  The Company may also deliver its invoice for the Materials stored and payment thereof shall be due at the same time and in the same manner as if the Materials had been delivered to the Buyer at the time they were placed in store.

8.5       Any concession, latitude or waiver the Company may allow or has allowed the Buyer at any time shall not prevent the Company subsequently exercising its full right under the Contract.

9.0  Right to Set Off

No right of set off shall exist in respect of any claims by the Buyer against the Company unless and until such time as such claims are accepted by the Company in writing and the Buyer shall not withhold all or any part of any sum which has become due for payment under the Contract.

10.0  Suspension and Cancellation

10.1    In the event of suspension or cancellation of the Contract by the Buyer for any reason whatsoever (otherwise than in consequence of some default on the part of the Company) the Company reserves the right to make a charge which shall be paid within 7 days of the notification of the charge by the Company to the Buyer.

The charge may include:

(a) A sum representing the difference between the Contract Price and the cost of the Materials to the Company

(b) Where the Materials have been specially prepared or manufactured for the Buyer and are not readily re-saleable, the cost of the Materials to the Company and in cases where manufacture has not yet commenced, a charge in respect of any preliminary and terminal costs including preparation of drawings, site plans and specifications.

(c) In the case of contracts which include erection a sum calculated on the value of the labour content of any works already carried out

(d) All other costs, charges and expenses which the Company has or will become liable to pay to any person, firm or company in consequence of or arising out of the suspension or cancellation of the Contract

10.2    Upon the resumption of the Contract after suspension, the Company shall be allowed such extensions of time for the performance of its obligations as is fair and reasonable having regard to the period of suspension and the Contract Price shall be adjusted in accordance with the provisions of 4.2 above.

11.0  Title

The property in the Materials shall remain with the Company until it has received in cash the whole of the Contract Price.  On completion of the Contract all surplus Materials supplied by the Company shall unless otherwise agreed remain the property of and be removed from the Site by the Company together with the Company’s Equipment (if any).  Until such removal the buyer shall continue to take reasonable precautions for the safe custody of such surplus Materials and Equipment.

12.0  Patents and Copyright

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12.1    Where the Materials agreed to be sold or any part thereof shall consist of any article to be manufactured altered or worked upon by the Company in accordance with the design specification or instructions of the Buyer, the Buyer warrants to the Company that any such article or the design of the construction thereof shall not in any way infringe any letters patent copyright or any other protection subsisting in favour of third parties and agrees to indemnify the Company against all actions claims and demands which may be made against it by such third parties including any costs and expenses incurred by the Company in respect thereof.

12.2    In all other cases, in the event of any claim being made against the Buyer in respect of infringement or alleged infringement of letters patent copyright or other protection in respect of Materials designed and supplied by the Company, the Buyer shall inform the Company immediately.  Thereupon the Company shall be at liberty at its absolute discretion to conduct all negotiations for the settlement of any such claim or any litigation or proceedings which may arise therefrom.  The liability of the Company to the Buyer in any such cases whether or not the Buyer shall be permanently prohibited from using the Materials by reason of such claim shall be limited to accepting a return of the said Materials and refunding the Buyer, the purchase price thereof paid by him less a fair proportion thereof for the benefit which may have been derived from the use of the Materials whilst it remained in the Buyer’s possession.

12.3    Any specification and/or drawing prepared by or on behalf of the Company submitted with or expressly referred to in a quotation shall form part of that quotation.  The copyright of all such specifications and drawings remains the copy right of the Company or the Company’s suppliers (as the case may be) and may not be divulged or used without the Company’s permission in writing.
13.0  Warranties

13.1    The Company warrants that the highest standards of workmanship and raw materials have been used.

13.2    If within a period of six months

(a) after the despatch of the Materials in the case of a single consignment, or

(b) after the despatch of the final consignment of the Materials in the case of delivery by instalments, or

(c) after the Materials have been taken over by the Buyer in the case of a contract with erection

any fault is found in the Materials, in the opinion of the Company, is not attributable wholly or in part to inexpert installation or repair by persons other than the Company or a subcontractor of the Company and is a fault within its control, then in each such case the Company shall at its own expense and sole discretion either repair or replace the faulty Materials provided that notice of the fault is given in writing to the Company by registered post not more than 7 days after the expiry of the said period of six months.

13.3    Save as aforesaid, all express or implied warranties, terms and conditions, statutory or otherwise, as to the quality or fitness for any purpose or the soundness of performance of the Materials or any component thereof whether manufactured by the Company or a third party are hereby expressly excluded from the Contract notwithstanding that samples of materials or merchandise to be handled or products to be produced by the use of the Materials shall have been supplied to or by the Company.

13.4    The warranties and undertakings contained in paragraphs 13.1 and 13.2 above do not extend to any Materials not manufactured by the Company but wherever possible the Company will extend to the Buyer the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given to it by any other manufacturer of Materials.

14.0  Substitution of Materials

The Company reserves the right to substitute without prior notice or consultation other materials for any which may be specified on the Contract provided that the operating capabilities and technical properties are not in the opinion of the Company, adversely affected.

15.0  Alterations to Design or Specification

Any alteration to design and/or specification requested by the Buyer shall be notified to the Company in writing.  Any costs incurred in complying with such alterations shall be added to the Contract Price and shall be paid by the Buyer.

16.0  Sub-Contracting

The Company reserves the right to sub-contract any part of the Contract, but in so doing the Company will not be relieved of any liabilities under the Contract.

17.0  Force Majeure

Whilst the Company undertakes to make every endeavour to execute orders as near to the date specified for delivery as possible, all orders are accepted subject to delays caused by fires, industrial disputes, non-availability of raw materials or power supply, acts of Providence or through any other cause whatsoever beyond the control of the Company and the Company shall not incur any liability or be responsible for any inconvenience, costs, losses or damages suffered by the Buyer arising from such delays (unless otherwise specifically agreed by the Company in writing, no penalty shall apply).

18.0  Statutory and Bye-Laws Approvals

It shall be the responsibility of the Buyer to obtain all necessary permissions and licences and to conform to the provisions of Acts of Parliament and to any bye-laws orders and regulations for the time being in force affecting any works of construction under the Contract and the Buyer shall pay and indemnify the Company against all fees payable, costs, claims and actions in connection therewith.

19.0  Materials Lost or Damaged in Transit

19.1    If goods have not been received within two days of despatch, the Buyer shall advise the Company in writing immediately.

19.2    Upon the receipt of such notice within the period specified, the Company will use its best endeavour to assist the Buyer to obtain proof of delivery or admission of damage or short delivery from the carrier

19.3    Failure to comply with the requirements of paragraph 19.1 may invalidate any claim by the Buyer in respect of damaged or lost Materials.  In any event, the Company’s liability shall be limited at its option to the replacement, rectification or repair of such items or the reasonable costs of repairs carried out by others on the Company’s behalf.

20.0  Completion/Cleaning

The Company will make every reasonable effort to clear the site of all surplus materials and waste, the latter being placed on a central dump to be provided by the Buyer for subsequent disposal by the Buyer and the Company will make every reasonable effort to leave the installation clean and ready for use but it accepts no liability whatsoever for any deposits of dirt or other materials, or damage to the installation, subsequent to the completion of the Works, occasioned by the buyer or any Third Party.

21.0  Completion/Take-over

Upon the practical completion of the Works the Buyer shall issue to the Company a take-over certificate in the form nominated by the Company signed by the Buyer’s authorised representative in which shall be certified the date on which the Works were completed and the Buyer shall be deemed to have taken over the Works on the date so certified.  Where the Works are to be undertaken in defined phases, the take-over of each phase shall be executed in the same manner as if it is constituted the whole of the Works.

22.0  Applicable Law

The Contract shall, unless otherwise agreed in writing, be construed in accordance with English Law and any legal action resulting therefrom shall be brought in an English Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June, 2000

To delight our customers by providing desirable products of exceptional quality at keenest prices on time.

To gain the trust of our customer by demonstrating an in depth knowledge and experience of the product and by having a flexible approach to their needs.

To maintain this relationship throughout the project and thereafter by providing first class ongoing service.

To strive for continuous improvement in all that we do..

Richard M. Lewis BSc. CEng. MIMechE MIEE
Managing Director

Keops Ltd is a company engaged in the manufacture, supply and construction of interlocking log cabins.

Protection of the environment in which we live and operate is part of Keops Ltd’s values and principles and we consider it to be sound business practice. Care for the environment is one of our key responsibilities and an important part of the way in which we do business.

In this policy statement we commit our company to:

  • Complying with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and approved codes of practice
  • Protecting the environment by striving to prevent and minimise our contribution to pollution of land, air, and water
  • Seeking to keep wastage to a minimum and maximise the efficient use of materials and resources
  • Managing and disposing of all waste in a responsible manner
  • Providing training for our staff so that we all work in accordance with this policy and within an environmentally aware culture
  • Regularly communicating our environmental performance to our employees and other significant stakeholders
  • Developing our management processes to ensure that environmental factors are considered during planning and implementation
  • Monitoring and continuously improving our environmental performance.

The policy statement will be regularly reviewed and update as necessary. The management team endorses these policy statements and is fully committed to their implementation.

Richard M Lewis
Managing Director
January 2009

It is the policy of Keops Ltd to develop a positive health and safety culture throughout the organisation because we believe that high health and safety standards are a pre-requisite in the pursuit of company efficiency and competitiveness.

To achieve this the Company will progressively identify all workplace hazards and take appropriate measures to eliminate or control risks to employees and others affected by our operations by applying positive control standards and provision of information, training and supervision as needed.

Employees are reminded that they have a duty to ensure that the Company’s Health and Safety Policy is observed and in particular they are required:-

  • to take reasonable care for their own health and safety at work and of those who may be affected their actions, or by their omissions.
  • to co-operate with their employer to ensure that any duty, or requirement, for health and safety imposed upon their employer by law is performed or complied with.
  • not to intentionally, or recklessly, interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare.
  • to report to supervisory staff hazardous conditions or defects in the company safety arrangements.

The company recognises that it has the ultimate legal responsibility for health and safety. Accordingly the Managing Director accepts overall responsibility for policy formulation and implementation. In turn, all levels of management and all supervisors are responsible for carrying out those health and safety duties placed on them. The Managing Director will ensure that the safety plan includes sufficient resources for the successful implementation of the Health and Safety Management Policy.

Where appropriate, the monitoring and review of the Company’s Health and Safety Management Policy will be carried out by the Health and Safety Management Committee under the direction of the director responsible for health and safety within the Group who will be appointed from time to time by the Managing Director.

Development of the Health and Safety Management Policy will be conducted through the normal business meetings where health and safety will be given standing equal to other activities of the business.

The company will appoint a number of competent persons to assist the company directors implement this policy. The Safety Officer’s role is to provide independent and authoritative advice to managers with individual responsibilities for health and safety.

Richard M Lewis
Managing Director
January 2009

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Aka bespoke, customised, made to measure, original, individual, flexible design…

Our ability and success in producing 1000’s of tailor made log cabins over many years has been the envy of many other supplier. They all realise that they need to make similar claims to exist in this market place. However their definition of “tailor made” is always very different to ours.

We define “tailor made” as our ability to provide the log cabins in ANY size, ANY shape, ANY layout of internal walls, ANY configuration of doors and windows, ANY standard of glazing to suit the application, ANY standard of insulation to suit the application and ANY choice from our wide menu of other options and upgrades and to suit ANY use and within ANY reasonable budget.

By implication, EVERY log cabin is made fresh especially for you.

Remember “tailor made” is not just limited to special, unusual or difficult designs. We make ANY design. It is important to understand this concept because it allows us to make whatever you might have seen elsewhere in some standard range, exactly as you saw it or we can still enhance such a design if required with additions or changes as you might like and often at less cost.

How we compare

Some suppliers with just a little flexibility in their design term their products as tailor made, but they are not truly tailor made.

Some examples of so called tailor making that we have noticed amounts to little more than offering a few options, as follows:-

  • If the suppliers range has a large number of standard cabins.
  • If the supplier is able to supply the cabin without any cut outs for doors and windows so that you can cut them in yourself wherever you wish.
  • If the same cabin is available with different windows or doors.
  • If the same cabin is available in different log thicknesses.
  • If a standard cabin can be taken from stock and altered on site to be closer to your requirements.
  • If a complex layout cabin is made up of any assembly of smaller cabins.

Not what we call “tailor made”!

Height is always measured from the highest natural part of ground next to the cabin. So if for example your cabin is sited on sloping ground, the overall cabin height measurement is always taken from the highest ground to the top point of the cabin. You can read more about measuring log cabin height here.

One company insists that it is important to have the circular growth rings of the log ends all aligned in the same direction in the wall stack. They claim that the small radius growth rings indicate the centre of the tree where the wood is older and therefore harder. Thus the harder wood should all face outwards from the walls to give the best weather protection.

We will concur that the smaller radius growth ring will indicate the centre of the tree and therefore the oldest wood. All good quality timber is cut from the central area of the tree known as the heartwood. If the wood is Northern Scandinavian Pine then the tree will have been slow growing and will have attained an age of at least 70 years. For typical 45 or 56 mm thick wall logs there will be miniscule and negligible change in hardness from one side of the log to the other. However there may be a significant change in hardness if the heartwood is compared to the young new growth around the outer surface of the tree.

Firstly, if the company is genuinely concerned about hardness variation across their log width then it might indicate that the logs are not cut wholly from heartwood but instead from younger smaller trees and that the logs contain both hard heartwood and soft young wood.

It is well known practice in woodworking that it is always best to orientate the grain direction of two mating timbers in opposing directions in an attempt to neutralise the forces that cause warping. Thus if all the logs are stacked in a wall all orientated the same way it is more prone to twisting or curvature than a wall stacked with logs in random orientation. This is why all other companies do it this way but one chooses to be different.

We would also suggest that the driving force is really a manufacturing difficulty that they are trying to overcome, perhaps they have to deal with non flat or non straight raw stock and by feeding the stock unidirectional into the machine they get some dimensional consistency but if so, it is probably that the resulting logs cannot be assembled in reverse direction.

Fancy having to look at the grain direction of each log during assembly! There are enough pieces in the jigsaw without having to sort into grain direction as well!

We are suspicious that their so called unique selling point is really a cloak for some deficiency earlier on in their process and which may lead to warped walls.

Several companies will show off that their logs are machined with double tongue and groove and therefore twice as good as single tongue and groove!

This could be debated at length and fortunately we do both types so we are not biased one way or the other, but it is worth exploring a little further.

In general the actual tongues and grooves in the double system are less robust than the single system There are three situations where the tongue and groove is important:

  • During construction, the tongue and groove engagement will have an influence on the control of log straightness. If an occasional log is a little out of straight over the long length then we find that the controlling effect of a deep wide bodied single tongue is far stronger than shallow narrow bodied twin tongues. If the twist is severe then the weak tongues or grooves can break away.
  • During movements in the cabin as logs swell and contract, it is possible that two logs may try to come out of engagement. The difference between double or single tongue & groove is irrelevant in this situation; it is the depth of engagement that is critical. A shallow tongue will be out of engagement long before a deep engagement tongue.
  • During normal use when the logs are closed tightly together under the weight of the superstructure. The tongue and groove has little significance in the draft proof ability, because the remaining top and bottom faces of the logs are tightly in contact with each other and create an adequate seal.

In conclusion it is the depth and strength of the individual tongue that is important rather than quantity.

We use a very deep tongue that is wide at the base on all logs up to 45 mm thickness. Our 56 mm log has adequate width to allow us to use a double tongue but still with deep engagement and wide base width. This is far superior to some of the double pimples we see in the marketplace these days.

Many suppliers will claim that their thicker logs will mean better log cabin insulation.

We will agree that a thicker log is a better thermal insulator than a thinner log. However this is only part of the story. You should be concerned with the overall performance of the cabin as a whole. It is necessary to appreciate that the primary heat loss zones are the roof, glazing and floor. There is absolutely no advantage in making the wall logs thicker and thicker if the weak links (roof, glazing and floor) are not capped as a priority.

Also it is possible that low grade, open grain wood used to produce some thicker logs are not in fact as good insulators as the high density Northern Scandinavian Pine at less thickness.

A customer recently summed this up by saying, “it’s not much use putting on an extra coat in the cold if you’re not wearing socks and a hat!”.

One cabin manufacturer claims that if you stand your log cabin on a concrete base then the floor will rot. Their argument is that if you elevate it off the ground on pillars then air will flow underneath and keep it dry.

This is only true if the air is not moist! We find that it is more likely that the air underneath the elevated building will be very damp at times of the year from the ground conditions under the cabin and that there is an even greater risk of subjecting the under boarding to dampness. If the under boarding material is not totally impervious to moisture then rotting will take place much sooner. In fact the same company use chipboard as the under boarding and sometimes its purpose is to contain the Rock wool type insulation material under the top floor. So not only does the under boarding rot but then the insulation degrades in the moist environment also.

The use of a concrete base is a tried and tested method for all manner of building foundations.

It is good practice for it to be laid onto a plastic membrane to prevent it from curing too quickly. This also controls rising damp through the concrete after curing. The overall size of base should be dimensioned so as not to create too much of a rain trap shelf around the perimeter.

Timbers in contact with the concrete base should be pressure treated to preserve them. If the cabin floor is not to be insulated then a small airflow is permissible across the dry top surface of concrete and the underside of the cabin. If the floor is to be insulated then a small void under the insulation is good practice but otherwise the perimeter sole plate of the cabin can be sealed to the concrete base to prevent ingress of moisture from the sides of the cabin joist network and entering below the cabin.

There are occasions when the cabin does need to be elevated off the ground, and in these situations we would always choose marine ply or similar as the under boarding to combat the rising damp issue.