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.


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 more timber is required to give it strength, 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 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 wine.


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 15m² 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 10m² cabin and at least 3-4 people for anything larger. Also allow plenty of time, at least a full day or more for up to 10m² and longer for larger cabins.



Our Grill Cabins, Sauna Cabins and Deluxe Cabin are all supplied with a 12 month 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.