First things first a bit of background. After working from home for the last couple of years building the business, we had accumulated a lot of stock , materials and manufacturing equipment . Originally we were using a spare bedroom, which then evolved into two bedrooms and eventually into the kitchen and every cupboard and shelf in between. It was all becoming a bit inefficient and stressful locating and storing all the different things you need for making skincare products, if your anything like me I was starting to think I was going mad with it all. Time for a rethink, that’s where we came up with the idea of creating a purpose built workshop in the garden.
We used a company called TUIN – see bottom of the page for website! They were recommended to us by a friend and they produce lots of different styles of garden summer houses and office workshops. The quality seemed fantastic for the price. So after a few measurements and scrolling through the cabins over a glass of wine . We picked the “Daisy”.
First you need the space, as there are lots of different styles, it was easy to find one which would fit into the area of the garden we had chosen.
The cabin arrived on time and was well packaged. The instructions said to unpack all the different components and lay them out according to their ident numbers , which we did . This made it so much easier when it came to the build as you just checked the drawing against the component number stamp on the wood.
Next the base had to be constructed, we used 3×2 cls timber which we then painted with wood protector. We used some old slabs for this to sit on. And levelled the ground, which is really important. The way the cabins are constructed, you don’t need any glue or nails, it relies on the grooves cut into the logs to hold it all together . Like a big jigsaw puzzle . We used some damp proof course under the timber (plastic sheeting) so the damp can’t rise up from the ground and damage the base.
The cabin is super easy to construct , the instructions were really comprehensive and there are a lot of instruction videos on the Tuin website .
We insulated the floor and roof with 100mm of Kingspan , and used an adhesive glue to secure the roof shingles down instead of nailing through into the roof slats, which wouldn’t have looked good from the inside .
We ran power out to the shed for lights and sockets (helps when your partner is an electrician), and installed an electric heater for the winter .
There was an old bit of worktop left over from a new kitchen we had installed which we used to make a bench and construced shelves from 3×2 timber , which looked pretty good and are really sturdy for holding all the large and heavy material boxes .
A few licks of paint on the outside to protect the wood , and the workshop was finished .
All in all it took around a week to construct and probably spent around £300 extra on insulation, paint, glue and an alarm system. But worthwhile to have a building that will be protected against the elements, secure and last for years. Its cosy and warm and the perfect place to spend time making products . If you have any questions please get in touch
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Link for the cabin – https://www.tuin.co.uk