NEW PRODUCT – A traditionally handcrafted log cabin built as a mobile home!
Over recent months BLC has been developing The Nook, our new product which is not only a traditionally handcrafted log cabin but also meets the requirements of the Caravan Act and can be used as a replacement for a mobile home. We are also proud to announce the opening of our first development of these cabins at The Station Inn in Marshbrook, Shropshire.
The popularity of log cabins in the UK is spiralling out of control, especially traditionally handcrafted cabins, along with this the market for log cabin holidays has dramatically increased. Hundreds of thousands of Brits take their holidays in mobile homes which are scattered throughout the spectacular countryside of the UK. Our mission is to improve the experience of the British countryside holidaymaker by replacing these ugly, flimsy, shipping container-esk buildings with our handcrafted log cabins.
This is not a simple feat, the engineering and design that has gone into creating a handcrafted log cabin which can be delivered in two sections (and therefore be classed as a mobile home) is quite substantial with each half of The Nook weighing in at just over 10 tons!
This is a building which will outlast your grandchildren and create a cosy, natural and sustainable environment from which to enjoy the countryside, coastal regions and back gardens of Britain.
With the advent of AirBnB and other similar platforms accommodation can be rented out far more easily than used to be the case. The Station Inn at Marshbrook have three of these cabins installed (completed this week) and already have a massive influx of bookings for the coming months.
As this product is classed as a mobile home general planning permission is not necessarily required – in fact The Nook can be located in the garden of your house without planning permission at all! For more information see our ‘Mobile Home Planning’ page.
Where did it all begin?
Log building as a construction method and art-form has been around for centuries. It’s origins were in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. As a trade it has a long established history…
“By stacking tree trunks one on top of another and overlapping the logs at the corners, people made the “log cabin”. They developed interlocking corners by notching the logs at the ends, resulting in strong structures that were easier to make weather-tight by inserting moss or other soft material into the joints. As the original coniferous forest extended over the coldest parts of the world, there was a prime need to keep these houses warm. The insulating properties of the solid wood were a great advantage over a timber frame construction covered with animal skins, felt, boards or shingles. Over the decades, increasingly complex joints were developed to ensure more weather tight joints between the logs, but the profiles were still largely based on the round log.”
Weslager, C. A. (1969), The Log Cabin in America, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press.
These skills mostly skipped over mainland United Kingdom on their way to frontier America. Medieval Brits tended to build with local stone, and hardwood
timber frames, not having the access to the abundance of fast growing coniferous forests of Scandinavia or the much established softwoods to hand in the land of the free. But since the evolution of commercial forestry and the introduction of suitable species into the UK this has been changing…this is where British Log Cabins steps in. Using modern handcrafted log building techniques to provide log homes around a once deprived country.
The beauty of the log cabin is not only in its aesthetic form but in its function, log building has come a very long way since its inception, but our need for shelter remains as important as ever, even if we take it for granted in the modern era.
The essence of log building is to use the materials around you, that are close at hand, to build shelter in order to survive. Due to the way in which the trade has evolved this raw and natural need for shelter is evident in even the most elaborate log homes built today. The materials we use are the same as they were 400 years ago and the techniques are merely refined versions of those used by generations gone by.