Is there something in the water that keeps affordable, attractive, and simple constructs from crossing over to the United States from the United Kingdom? There seem to be a host of products available in the UK that simply are not available in the US. The log cabin series from Natural Gardener Company seems to fall into that category.
The log cabins are designed to be accents to your backyard, adding a much needed home office or guest room or recreation room. However, in the modern tiny house movement, at 182 sq.ft. they could certainly serve as a tiny house on foundation.
The model referred to is the Harlech Log Cabin and is shipped with 44mm machined logs, double glazed windows (6 fixed and 6 opening), double doors, and T&G flooring and ceiling. The kits also come with green felt shingles for the roof covering.
The largest cabin being offered is the Cheviot at 226 sq.ft. Designed as a single room, it could easily have a couple of interior walls added to provide privacy for a bathroom, amongst other idea. Because of its A-frame design and generous roof pitch it may even be able to have a loft added.
Log cabins have been a popular form of home building for hundreds of years now, and their popularity is as far-reaching today as ever. The seem more predominant in the UK because standard housing in the UK is smaller, on average, than an American house. They are simple and add space. Nothing fancy. Just extra space. They are also fairly simply in design, which may be why so many people like them.
Log homes and cabins have been an efficient style of home building throughout history, since there has always been an abundance of strong, durable wood to use. Historically, every aspect of building a log cabin was done with simple handsaws, hammers, and other hand tools. They were easy to construct by one man or a family, they were fairly easy to move since there were no nails, screw, glue, etc, and they were attractive, aging naturally along with the landscape from whence they came.
There are a fair number of American companies selling log cabin kits. The noticeable difference though is that the American version of a log cabin is much larger in footprint, more complex to build, and oftentimes constructed of wood siding with fasteners (such as nails or screws).
It is no secret that log homes and log cabins are a great (and cozy!) way to enter the modern tiny house movement, and do so in an affordable and sustainable way.