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How To Get Your Garden Cabin Ready For Autumn

If you are fortunate enough to have a timber garden building, then you will want to make the most of this asset all year round. They are a wonderful way to feel closer to nature during the colder months. If you plan to use your cabin as an office or a workshop, you will want to make sure that it is a warm and inviting place to work throughout the winter.

A well maintained garden cabin should last for many years, and can increase the value of your house should you wish to sell it. Here are some tips to getting your building ready for the wet and chilly season.

Carry out an inspection of the exterior

First of all, take a look around the exterior of your cabin to check for any signs of cracks in the timber and other damage. Make checks for mould and mildew, which should be removed with sandpaper so that the wood can be treated with preserver if necessary. Take a look at the roof to check for any sign of wear and tear, and carry out repairs if necessary.

If you have a fireplace or chimney, inspect these for cracks, blockages, or other signs of damage. Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.

Check that all of the doors and windows are in good condition, and fit properly with no gaps or cracks anywhere. If you do not already have double glazing, consider this if you want to use your cabin as an office or workroom over the winter, because it will provide a significant amount of extra insulation.

Check the gutters and drains

Clear leaves and debris from the gutters and drains to avoid pooling and running water on your garden cabin. Rake the lawn and sweep the paths regularly to reduce the amount of garden debris that will clog up your gutters. If you have a lot of trees and bushes, trim them back to reduce the amount of leaf fall.

Consider insulating any external water pipes to help prevent them freezing or cracking during cold weather.

Check the heating system

If you have a heating system in place, check that this is in good working order in time for winter. If you don’t have a permanent heating system, you can always use portable oil-filled or electric radiators. However, in the long run, installing a permanent heating system may be more cost effective.

This should be done by a qualified heating engineer with the relevant experience. Options include under floor heating, gas-fed appliances, or air-source heat pumps.

Consider roof and floor insulation

If the cabin will be used for working purposes during the winter, then insulating the roof and floor will provide extra warmth and prevent heat loss. This will reduce your heating costs and make your cabin much more energy efficient.

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