What to be aware of when putting up a log cabin ?

I'm intrested in buying some land next to a lake and build a log cabin. What things should I be aware of what kinda of permission do I need and where to get started. Any advice welcome. Based in Northern Ireland

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  • F
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Log cabins are "temporary structures", planning permission is not required. Also beware of dropping a very heavy log on your wife.

  • james
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    If you have the land & permission. On log cabins. As they heat the logs get longer. As they cool they get shorter. So lots of wall movement. Also they develop cracks between the logs so air gets in. So while attractive most who own them learn to hate them. They take special building skills. & materials to overcome this. Also wood rot as water runs down the logs & finds places to set & settle.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Assuming that Northern Ireland has the same planning laws as the rest of the UK, you should first get "planning permission" for any dwelling of any sort. Nobody is allowed to put up a building "just anywhere".

    So contact the local council of the area in which you want to erect your cabin. Do not spend any money before being assured that planning permission is available. Do not even buy the land. Possibly the land is being sold "with outline planning permission" for a dwelling - if so all well and good, but you will still need to submit plans before having a legal right to erect a building of your choice.

    First call should be to the council.

  • 1 month ago

    first..you do not buy land without at least outline planning permission ...sofirst stop is to the planning office ....but look at it this way ...this lake ...how many other structures are around it?...none? think your the first to think about it?...

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You will only be purchasing land that is allowed to be built on, likely sold with OPP and then you will need to speak to the planning office about what type of building you would be allowed to build before you spend more money on architect plans and full planning permission which will take at least 3 months to get and could take longer depending on which council area it is in

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Land by a lake will cost millions. Everyone would want to build a log cabin, it's a dream. Find the land then apply to the council for planning.UK

    • Maxi
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      "You can get land near lakes /coast starting at 20k" not available at this price for building on and NI planning do not 'like' log cabins, so very hard to get permission to build them

  • 1 month ago

    Contact the local council you will need planning permission from them.

  • 1 month ago

    You need planning permission from your local council and need to build it well enough to satisfy their building inspectors. Best to go to an architect initially to draw up a proper plan for it

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