3 questions to ask yourself before buying your wooden cabin

Bunkie Basics Adeline Navarro


When planning to build our garden, we always imagine a green, well-laid ground, warmly flourished but not too much. We want our garden to be clean and functional; combining spaces for all.

Wooden cabins take on an increasingly important role in this thought, which ultimately does not make it so idyllic. Due to their substantial versatility, wooden huts provide a practical and effective solution to the majority of our constraints!

However, the acquisition of a wooden cabin is not a decorative purchase and requires a real upstream reflection. Here are 3 basic questions to ask yourself before buying a bunkie cabin.

1. What do you want to do with your log cabin?

This is a simple but essential question! If there is a thought to have before anything else, it is to question your motive, the value that you want to gain from this project. The answer to this question will come from many thoughts and will ultimately have a significant weight in the selection of a wooden cabin.

Are you looking for a simple storage space? Do you want to be able to live all year in your wooden cabin? Are you going to make it a space for leisure or work?

For a wooden hut dedicated to DIY or creative art projects to be functional, you could settle for a simple interior layout. However, a room or an office would require another type of installation that would include, potentially, the need for water and electricity.

Ask yourself about the actual use of your wooden cabin. Beyond the beautiful ideas on paper, how often will you use your bunkie in the long term and considering the various seasons of the year? Think about what to do with your cabin when you will be using it but also what to do when you will not be using the shed despite having to maintain it

2. What will be the real cost of your project?

Certainly, there is the initial cost of the purchase, but buying a wooden cabin is not a simple investment that is completed and suddenly it is ready for use.

First of all, think about the additional costs that could be added to the actual installation of your Woodhouse. At first, the foundations need to be poured to support the structure of the cabin and then we put in place the covering and the insulation of the roof. In most cases, these two steps will be at your expense and you will not be able to disregard them. Also, note that it is always good to verify if windows and doors are included in your initial purchase; this could increase your bill if you have to buy them next door.

Ask yourself if you have the required skills (or friends) to do the work yourself or if you prefer to outsource these installations to a contractor.

Then comes the big winter season question: do you want to winterize your wooden cabin? If so, the installation of water, electricity, heating, and connection to septic tanks if toilets are to be installed will be required. If not, you will still have to take into account additional insulation costs for your cabin to spend the winter serenely.

3. What kind of maintenance is your wooden cabin going to ask for in the long run?

It would be naive to think that once the bulk of the work is completed, you will be done and you will enjoy your wooden cabin with your mind at ease. As a housing annex, a bunkie maintains the same status as your main home. Small maintenance work here and there should be considered, and keep in mind that some monthly bills – such as electricity, internet or TV – will increase.

It is always good to wonder if you will have the necessary financial and human resources to maintain your wooden cabin. On a more or less regular basis, you will need to be able to inspect and repair as needed four elements of your bunkie:

  • Roof covering to ensure that it is properly cleared and guarantee the removal of debris and moisture.
  • The waterproofness of your cabin has no other option than to be impeccable at all times, especially gaskets.
  • Closing mechanisms should not be subject to alteration due to wind or snow storms.
  • Clear your bunkie as often as possible to lighten its weight and prevent excessive buildup on the roof.

Once you have a clear and established project for your wooden cabin – which includes a plan for all seasons and options for periods of non-use of your structure, add up all the actual costs that will be added to the initial label then compile an exhaustive list of the maintenance of your bunkie. It will be much easier for you to cross these results in order to choose the wooden hut that best suits your needs while optimizing your budget.

If you are interested in obtaining a wooden cabin, contact Wiserwood at 1-888-749-4737 or by email at info@wiserwood.com. You can also visit their website atwww.wiserwood.com.