Building a Log Cabin Home in the UK – Construction Basics

For me, nothing beats the smell, look, feel and ambience of a log cabin home. Traditionally log cabin homes have been more popular in timber rich parts of the world like Canada, the US, Scandinavia or Eastern Europe. In the UK, log cabins have been more commonly used as garden buildings, outdoor offices or summer houses. These days however, log cabin homes are an increasingly common sight in the UK, particularly in rural areas.

The UK log cabin market is in somewhat of a boom fuelled by enthusiasts and self-builders. The log cabin home trend is especially strong in Wales and Scotland, who are bucking the UK norm and opting for the delights of a log cabin home.


Broadly speaking, there are two main log cabin construction methods to choose between when planning your new log home.There are a whole range of variations of the basic approaches detailed below but the basic method of construction underpins the entire process and build. For example, a wide range of cornering techniques, joint styles and square, round or D shaped log profiles can be employed.

Handcrafted or Scribe-Fit Log Cabin Construction

The traditional handcrafted approach to timber building construction is commonly referred to as the scribe-fit approach. The scribe-fit approach uses naturally shaped logs which are scribed, jointed and then fitted together.

Building a handcrafted log cabin requires both skills and expertise. The damp and cool UK climate also brings its own challenges. An experienced log cabin builder will understand the allowances needed for settling and movement. This understanding is required at every stage of the hand crafted cabin build from design to build and maintenance.

Milled Log Cabin Construction


As the name suggests, the milled log cabin uses machined timber. The milled timber is machined to uniformed log sizes. The uniform logs are machined with tongue and groove joints, effectively providing the elements of a log cabin kit.

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Self-Build Log Cabins

Unless you are an experienced log cabin builder, you are going to need a clear step-by-step plan with instructions on how to build your cabin. A log cabin build plan put together by an expert will ensure that your new cabin is both structurally sound and able to stand the worst weather conditions that Mother Nature can throw at it.

A good log cabin build plan will outline concise and clear construction methods. Your finished cabin is sure to be rigid, durable and above all inhabitable.

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