1. This is so inspiring! I’m sure there’s a way of having a party at home that would suit just about anyone.

  2. Great advice, thank you. I prefer the security of shelves with visible supports, but floating shelves do look very impressive!

  3. These are really good tips, thank you. Putting as much available space as possible to work as storage really helps.

  4. Hi Ben, Fantastic post and patio looks awesome! I was intrigued by the part when you talk about the slurry primer and noticing a few rocky tiles towards the end. We’re currently having a porcelain patio laid and have used your blog to ‘gently nudge’ the chaps in the right direction. I think this is relatively new for them. Last night I managed to just lift up a couple of slabs from the front edge despite them using slurry primer and a nice mortar bed. Quite disappointed. So did you have to lift up slabs and replace them again when you found bonding wasn’t sufficient? And now a year on, is everything nice and secure? There’s no rocking on any slabs but I worry about months down the line and whether they will lift or rock, esp the ones in the centre now.

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration. I added the decking and lighting too. Furniture on the way. Was a big project (for me anyway) but it looks fantastic. I’m a software developer so stuff like this isn’t remotely what I do. But I really enjoyed it – and wouldn’t have started it if I hadn’t stumbled across this guide. Photos here:





    • Nice work Gabhan! Looks like you have a good level of skills for the work. I worked in IT when I completed mine so in a similar boat. You have a lovely garden. Ben

  7. Thank you for this very informative article. The blog is great! You have written a lot of things that will surely benefit many. Hope you will continue sharing your knowledge with us.

  8. I have been reading about the benefits of having a veranda for years. I was so excited to find this guide! It gives great tips on how to build your own veranda and what you can do with it once built. The guide is very detailed and has lots of pictures which are easy to understand. I love that it provides details on different types of wood, materials needed and the step by step instructions. Thank you for this wonderful article.

  9. Hi there, I’m looking at purchasing one of these cabins – I can’t seem to find the answers on the Billy Oh website so thought I would ask you. Do you know if you can orientate the the doors/windows differently on these office? Like, for example as you are looking at the office, could you have the door to the right instead of the left?

  10. I just wanted to reach out and say thanks for the awesome article on how to lay a porcelain tile patio. I have been thinking of getting one put in my garden and this was such a great post!

  11. Hi Ben – I’m looking to buy the BillyOh Fraya Pent Log Cabin 4×3 for a garden office to use all year round. I’m thinking of putting it on a solid concrete base. I’m based in Scotland so was looking into good insulation options to keep it warm during the colder months. Any advice please?
    I was thinking about insulting the floor (underneath the floor supplied) , roof (underneath and then covering with a plaster board and three walls (internally by building a frame) from inside using something like a 44mm kingspan. Any thoughts?
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Max
      I guess there are many way to achieve this. This is how I would approach it personally.
      For the floor/base, a solid concrete base is always a good option. It provides a sturdy long lasting foundation for your building. It does however make it a little more difficult to insulate. I would still build a ~100m thick wooden frame on top of the concrete base which will house the Kingspan insulation boards you mentioned. (The thicker the better). You can then build the log cabin directly on top of this frame. (discard the bearers provided with the kit as this will allow cold air between the insulation and the cabin.)
      As for the walls, I would use Rockwool insulation and plasterboard over the top. The thickness will depend on how much space you’re willing to sacrifice inside. (4x3m isn’t that big. Taking ~80mm off all the interior walls will reduce the interior significantly). I would go with a 25mm Rockwool and a 9.5mm plasterboard, just to keep the thickness to a minimum. If however you are happy to lose the space then again, thicker is better.
      There is plenty of space in the roof of these buildings so some more Kingspan boards are a good idea and easier to fit than the Rockwool.
      I hope this has helped. Remember, this is just my opinion. Please do your own research. There are some good videos on YouTube if you need more ideas.
      I’ve also written a post about how I insulated my old shed conversion. See it here: https://wood-create.com/2021/02/14/how-to-build-a-garden-office-from-scratch-on-a-budget/
      Thanks for reading my post and all the best with your build.

  12. Hi there, what was the total length of the table? You mentioned cutting the boards in half to fit into the van. So we’re the boards just 1.8 m x 6?

    • Hi, not sure I understand the question. Cutting the boards in half is irrelevant for the purpose of the build. It was just part of the story of how I could fit them in the van.

  13. I’ve never built a shed before and now really need a studio outside . Thanks for so generously sharing your knowledge, challenges, costs, photos and tips! Congratulations on your progress. Pleased to have found you!

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