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Building Materials

The old fairytale story about the three little pigs who built their cabins from straw, sticks and bricks might have had a different ending had the pigs chosen timber as a material – sturdy, strong, durable and resilient, timber is the ideal building material.

New Zealanders have a choice of building materials and options for garden cabins, but, as this blog shows, materials matter. Whether it’s for a cosy home office, a personal retreat, or a practical storage solution, the material influences the cabin’s look and feel, functionality, and longevity.


Timber Cabins

Timber cabins are renowned for their classic aesthetic appeal because they merge with the natural environment, which makes them a perfect fit for any garden. In essence, they fit right in as a natural part of the landscape while also offering the natural insulation properties of wood for comfort all year around.

Another significant advantage is customisation. Lifestyle Timber Cabins can be tailored in design, size, and finish, serving various purposes. Moreover, responsibly sourced timber is a sustainable choice.

Metal/Tin Cabins

Metal or tin cabins can withstand harsh weather and are fire-resistant, making them suitable for workshops or storage spaces requiring extra safety measures. However, they lack the natural timber aesthetic and quickly shift between too hot and too cold, depending on the weather.

Container Cabins

Container cabins, which are repurposed shipping containers, offer a unique, industrial look and are incredibly sturdy. However, unlike timber, which has naturally insulating properties, they may require significant modifications for insulation and comfort. A shipping container is not a sanctuary space and is probably more at home on an industrial building site.

Plastic/PVC Cabins

Plastic or PVC cabins are valued for their low maintenance and because they resist rot and pests, making them ideal for long-term storage solutions. However, they do not offer the same warmth and natural feel as timber cabins, and their environmental impact is a consideration for those seeking sustainable options.

Glass Cabins

Glass cabins are perfect for those who want to bring the outdoors in. They make excellent greenhouses or sunrooms, providing ample natural light and shelter. The drawback is their limited insulation properties and potential vulnerability to extreme weather conditions.

While each material has merits, timber cabins stand out for their perfect balance of aesthetic appeal, functionality, and environmental friendliness. Their natural insulation and the ability blend in any environment make them a highly versatile choice. 

Whether you’re looking for a retreat to relax, a space to ignite your creativity or a home office, a Lifestyle Timber Cabin will meet your needs.