Barbecue Cabin FAQs
Do I need planning permission?
The short answer is probably not. The long answer is since October 2008 outbuildings in England have been covered by ‘permitted development’ rights, meaning you have automatic planning permission without application subject to certain restrictions. So basically, if you live in ‘Designated Land’ such as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Parks, conservation areas or a World Heritage Site or if your house is ‘Listed’ you need to check with your local planning authority.
If your house does not fall in one of these areas/categories, then you should be fine under these criteria:
- The cabin is not within 2m of a boundary eg Garden Fence
- Does not take up more than 50% of your garden space
- Is not sited on land forward of ‘Principal Elevation’ (The front of your house)
What kind of foundation do I need?
A concrete base of 150mm is recommended with 100mm drainage pipe for adequate ventilation for the central grill to ensure a good hot barbecue, and draw for the flue. We can however build your cabin on any pre-existing level concrete or paving areas, but will need to pre-vent the floor and add ventilation to the walls. Another option is a timber base, which although not as long lasting as concrete or paving can be a much more suitable option for uneven terrain or sites with tricky access for materials.
You have different types of cabin, what’s the difference?
Besides the obvious, not much. The sloping walled barbecue cabins are both more visually appealing, and comfortable to sit in with the angle of the walls to your back. The construction is more complex than a straight walled cabin and they also have a much heavier duty 28mm T&G floor, hence the extra cost. The benefits of straight walled buildings are the fact that you can utilise the inside space better if you chose to add your own furniture – and a more manageable price tag.
What maintenance do they require?
Very little! Your building will arrive untreated and should be treated or painted as soon as possible. Apart from good housekeeping, The exterior should be maintained in accordance with whatever treatment, paint or preservative you use, and tidied up after each use. We do suggest treating the interior wood on parts at risk from food and drink stains, the grill tables and perhaps the benches, to help create a wipe clean surface. The floors should be treated with a hard wearing varnish or treatment such as yacht varnish, which has the added benefit of being extremely water repellent for the eventual spills of food and drink.
How difficult are they to construct?
Not difficult, but to do it well in under a day does take skill and knowledge. Our team are well practised in constructing cabins and can expertly construct a 17m² barbecue cabin in a day. If you were to attempt constructing your own cabin we would recommend at least 2 people for up to a 7m² cabin and at least 3-4 people for anything larger. Also allow plenty of time, at least a full day for up to 10m² and longer for larger cabins.
Our Grill Cabins are all supplied with a 5 year statutory warranty. This guarantees replacement of any component parts should they be found to be defective within this period, however it does not cover accidental damage or weather damage once building is delivered or constructed. Customers should also note that timber is a natural product and prone to changes in appearance, including some movement and the occurrence of small knot holes or splits in extreme temperatures and weather conditions. These will not be accepted as valid reasons to claim against our warranty as they are visual imperfections and do not affect the buildings structural integrity.
In addition to our warranty;
Our Grills and Flues are guaranteed for 12 months.
Our roofing shingles are guaranteed for 10 years.
Real World Cabin Lifespan
If well looked after, we would anticipate our cabins to last for decades. Our sloping walled cabins have the added benefit of the receiving less weather on the walls than the straight walled cabins, which in turn means a longer lifespan. Unfortunately we haven’t had the pleasure of owning a cabin for multiple decades as yet, but we would expect a well looked after straight walled cabin to last at the very least 20 years, and a properly maintained sloping walled cabin to last 30-40 years or as long as the roofing shingles last.
To give some insight, our Garden Centre Shop & office building is roofed with the same type of shingles, and they have lasted for nearly 40 years!