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6 Frequently Asked Questions About Arctic Cabins

Arctic barbecue cabins are timber garden buildings that are equipped for indoor cooking, so they can be used all year round as a space to socialise away from the main house. They feature a central fire pit and a ventilation system that allows people to gather round and cook, eat and chat in a warm and convivial atmosphere, whatever the weather.

They originated in Scandinavia as a way of providing a safe and warm retreat for those who worked outdoors during the long cold winters. They consisted of a simple ventilated wooden hut and were welcome places of rest and respite from the harsh climate, hence the name arctic cabins.

These attractive huts have now evolved into more general zones for socialising and relaxing, and can be the perfect way to enjoy barbecue style food all year round and to feel connected to nature in a cosy all-weather environment. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about timber barbecue cabins.

Do you need planning permission?

In most cases, planning permission will not be required. In England, garden buildings that are placed at least two metres from a boundary and are below 2.5 metres in height will fall within permitted development rights. The building should not take up more than 50% of your overall garden space.

For a garden building that falls outside of these measurements, planning permission may be required. If you live in a listed building, or within a conservation area, National Park, area of outstanding natural beauty, or other designated areas, then planning permission may be required and you should check with your local authority first.

What foundations are needed?

The supplier will be able to advise you on the exact foundations needed. Generally this will be a 150mm concrete base or other suitable firm level surface.

How long do they take to install?

90% of the cabin will be pre-constructed off site, so installation in your outside space typically takes one to two days. Internal fittings and finishes such as cladding, electrics, and insulation may take an additional day.

Can you provide bespoke buildings?

Yes, we can provide made-to-measure buildings that are perfectly designed to fit into your garden space. Optional extras such as a drinks bar extension are very popular choices. You will be sent drawings for your approval to make sure that the design meets your requirements.

What maintenance is required?

As with all timber buildings, the cabin will need to be kept weatherproof with an application of wood treatment or paint every one to two years, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This helps to preserve the building from rot and will prolong its lifespan. Wood stain is available in a range of natural tints to enhance the appearance of the hut.

Is the grill only suitable for cooking burgers?

The central barbecue grill is a versatile cooking space that can be used to prepare a wide range of foods, and you are certainly not just limited to traditional sausages and burgers. You can slow-roast whole chickens or cuts of meat for example, and cook vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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