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Morning GLP, hope you all well :) I need a little advice regarding building my little log cabin, any builders here?

 
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11/01/2012 07:44 AM
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Morning GLP, hope you all well :) I need a little advice regarding building my little log cabin, any builders here?
So I am building a "small" log cabin in my garden for a small workshop/office.

I have built the frame for the concrete and have placed 2 inches of hardcore down. I intend to pour 3 inches of concrete over the hardcore base.

My question is, I am putting a Damp proof membrane down but not sure where to put it. Some say it should be "under" the concrete and used as a liner for the wooden frame mold, others say the membrane should be placed between the floor bearers and the floor itself.

This is The cabin, its only 11 feet by 9 feet.

[link to www.gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk]


So as you can imagine i am a little stumped :(

Any help most welcome.

Thanks
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11/01/2012 08:12 AM
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Re: Morning GLP, hope you all well :) I need a little advice regarding building my little log cabin, any builders here?
I think ideally you should do both.

I hope someone who knows more will post soon. In the meantime I would Google it.

Hope you get an answer soon OP.
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11/01/2012 08:32 AM

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Re: Morning GLP, hope you all well :) I need a little advice regarding building my little log cabin, any builders here?
You should have a footing around the perimeter, with a couple couses of rebar too. Not only for support and structure, but it will lock the slab in place as well. 3" is too thin for a slab, 4" should be the min. 12" x 12" is fine for a footing for little shed, that would be an 8" deep trench around the border. The plastic goes under the slab, so it can "float". You should have pressure treated lumber as your base plate that will go against the slab.

That's how I'd do it...but I prefer any structure to be stronger than it likely will need to be...

Honestly I would probably just frame the thing myself...lumber is pretty cheap and you would end up with a better and more custum result probably for the same money...that thing is either gonna cook or freeze with all the windows which I'm sure are not real efficient at that price and there is probably zero insulation or room to put any.

Take the same $...build a little 2x4 building the right way and it'll last for as long you maintain it...virtually forever...I find the sheds in a box don't last long and are never really usable for much more than storing lawn and garden stuff in.
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11/01/2012 08:48 AM
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Re: Morning GLP, hope you all well :) I need a little advice regarding building my little log cabin, any builders here?
I agree with everything SHR said and wood is a horrible insulator. Wood was a R-value of about 1 per inch, so you would need some hugh logs. I did see something cool recently and that was a cordwood house. The logs were short and perpendicular around the perimeter. The logs had mortar between them and had to be extremely dry. The logs were 16" long and the house was built very inexspensively.

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