Installation, Site Selection, and Finishing

 

There are some important points to note about installing, building and finishing your cabin.

 

  1. District Planning and Site Selection

As these cabins are prefabricated and below 30m2 there are exemptions in the Building Code specifically designed for these types of buildings, that in most cases mean a Building Consent is not needed.  However there are other factors that need to be taken into account to qualify for the exemptions.

Therefore you still need to check carefully with your local council, to make sure your proposed building work does not have any district or regional planning implications.

We assume that you have made these enquiries and that you have checked carefully that the building of the cabin does not contravene any laws or regulations.  The Lifestyle Cabin Co Limited accepts no responsibility for improper site selection or for the customer not making the correct enquires.

 

Plumbing and Kitchen.

Lifestyle cabins sell cabins that do not contain plumbing or cooking facilities.  The absence of these is one of the conditions for the exemption from the building code and not needing a building consent.

If you want to install these facilities you must contact your local council and check with them if it is possible.  If it is possible you will need to obtain a building consent.

The Lifestyle Cabin Co Limited accepts no responsibility for the installation of these facilities or if a building consent would be granted if the customer intends to install them.

 

  1. Foundations

Your cabin needs to be built on a perfectly flat surface. The foundations need to be built to the New Zealand building standard NZS3604:2011.  Other options may be available so you should check with your local authorities. Whichever approach you take you must ensure they meet all relevant standards.

Lifestyle Cabins supplies foundation plans for all cabin models.

We assume the site selection you have made has been in accordance with all your local regulations and Lifestyle Cabins assumes no responsibility for this.  As always with any building work you should contact your local authorities to check the local regulations.

 

  1. Building your Cabin

You have two options as to how to build your cabin. Professionally built by Lifestyle Cabins experienced contractors or DIY build it yourself.

Professionally Built

Lifestyle cabins is happy to build your cabin for you. This is an excellent option as it guarantees you a quality professional build, using our experienced contractors. There is a cost associated with this. The prices are in the table below.

Model Assembly Cost Including GST Indicative Days To Assemble Indicative No of Workers Required.
Grove $2,175 2 2
Meadow $2,655 3 2
Evergreen $3,150 4 3
Pineview $3,150 5 3
Woodside $3,495 6 3
Kowhai $3,995 7 3

 

DIY Kitset
Lifestyle Cabins is happy to supply you with your cabin in kitset form. It comes with a full set of assembly instructions. It is not hard to assemble but you should ensure that you allow sufficient time and assistance to do it properly. Please note that the warranty does not cover faults with the build if Lifestyle Cabins has not built it. The warranty in this case will only cover manufacturing faults.

 

  1. Finishing your Cabin

Your cabin is made of untreated Scots pine.  Wood is a natural material, affected by growing conditions and other conditions. Large and small cracks, colour and tone differences, and some dimensional changes are to be expected. This is all quite normal and contributes to the beauty of wooden products. These changes tend to enhance the natural look of your cabin.

Some settling of the cabin is normal as is some of the joins widening and changing.  If any gaps appear they can be easily sealed with a paintable silicone

In order for your cabin to remain in top condition and be durable it must have the appropriate coatings applied within two weeks.

 

Wood Oil (CD50)

The durability certificate states that the product CD50 should be applied.  This is an excellent product that contains non-toxic chemicals that prevent fungal and bacterial action as well as deep penetrating oils that reduce movement and cracking and stabilise the wood.

CD50 is able to be used both inside and out and on the ceiling and floor.

The best way to treat your cabin is to coat the timber pieces prior to assembly.  This gives the very best protection.

Be sure to always apply the product to the underside of the floor boards and the underside of the cabin prior to construction as these can be difficult to reach once the cabin is complete.

Applying CD50 to the rest of the assembled cabin is also a suitable solution.

 

Please consult the website www.cd50.co.nz for the specific instructions on application and other matters.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.  Your cabin is an investment and you want it to stay in excellent condition.

Be sure to recoat the cabin when the appearance deteriorates or according to the manufacturers instructions.

If you want to paint your cabin afterwards then you should wait 6 months from the time of CD50 application and then choose an oil based paint system.

Be sure to follow the paint manufacturers instructions precisely.

 

Exterior Painting (not oiling)

CD50 provides the best protection as it penetrates the timber.  Paint provides a surface protection only.  It is still however a suitable option.  If you choose this option then the following should be undertaken.

Please note our recommended paint supplier is Resene.  However other companies offer a similar product range.

Painting must take place within 2 weeks of assembly.  This prevents any deterioration of the timber and minimises the chances of excessive cracking, discoloration, or shifting of the timber.  It also ensures that moisture cannot enter the timber.

Firstly apply a coat of ‘TimberLock’. Wipe off excess ‘TimberLock’ at time of application and leave to cure for at least 48 hours before over coating with a full coat of Wood Primer. Apply an undercoat of ‘Quick Dry’ and finish with 2 coats of ‘Lumbersider’. If selecting dark top coat colours we recommend the Resene CoolColour version of the top coat colour. Application of a Resene CoolColour system will reflect more heat than the same colour made using non-cool pigmentation and reduce heat related stress on the substrate; it will not make the painted surface cool to touch.

A CoolColour system will not necessarily stop resin migration from resin rich timber such as pine which is painted in dark colours or colours with an LRV that is below the timber suppliers LRV restrictions. There is no difference in the LRV values between the non-cool and cool colours as LRV is a measurement of reflectance of visible light, colour only.

When the paint starts to deteriorate be sure to repaint before it gets to a poor condition.  Paint usually lasts between 5 and 10 years depending on the environment.  The time to first maintenance is 5 years so we recommend repainting every 5 years.

 

Interior Painting

Protecting the interior is important also.

The interior can be painted as well however this will cover the beautiful timber colours.  For this reason we suggest that a finish is used that allows the wood to show its natural beauty.

If a clear finish is required then 3 coats of Aquaclear.

If you do decide to paint then 1 coat of Resene quick dry undercoat and 2 coats of Spacecote Low Sheen.

 

Floor

Your floor is solid wood tongue and groove timber.  It will retain its beautiful look if looked after carefully

The first thing to ensure is that when the cabin is being constructed it is not damaged or discoloured in any way at all.

Be sure to follow these basic steps

Do not walk on them in dirty footwear. Be sure to only wear socks or other clean foot coverings.

Do not spill anything on them.

Do not expose them to rain or other moisture.

Make sure all contractors adhere to these rules.

 

As discussed you should apply a coating ASAP, so as to prevent any of the above issues developing.  Lifestyle Cabins required timeframe is within 2 weeks.  CD50 is the recommended product.

If urethane is desired check for a suitable product which reflects the level of wear the floor will receive.  If the underside of the floor has been treated with CD50 the supplier should be informed of this and will recommend a suitable product.

Failure to do anything will result in rapid discoloration and dirtying of the floor, as well as potential deterioration of the wood.

 

As always if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.