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Our fantastic gym and family room where we can all chill out

Garden Gyms

Step into the Borlase’s new gorgeous garden room and you are treated to a warm, light-filled space designed perfectly for exercise and relaxation for the whole family. 

Gym equipment sits behind a stylish room divider at the far end of the room, with a massage treatment table next to that. At the other end, comfortable seating and a large TV invite you to snuggle up and watch your favourite box set.

Erika and Joseph Borlase, plus their two children, are the lucky owners of this solid log building which has been cleverly added by Norwegian Log as an extension to their open plan, barn conversion home. With an internal access door from their kitchen, it also has its own external ‘front’ door and two sets of large bi-fold doors which look out onto the courtyard garden and vegetable parterre. 

Joseph was born with a bone condition which means he has to exercise regularly. “Having our own gym at home has been brilliant. A friend of mine owned a gym that sadly shut down, so I bought the equipment and installed it here,” explained Joseph.

The 48m2 space also allows Erika to practice her hobby of holistic massage and the children to chill out, play games and watch TV. “It’s becoming a bit of a man cave though, I must admit,” chuckles Joseph.

As the rest of his Oxfordshire home is timber-clad, Joseph is already a fan of wood as a building material. “I like wood as it’s so much easier and a lot cleaner than brick. It’s natural and much nicer than a plastered wall. It’s also really calming,” said Joseph.

He likes it so much he also recently had installed on his family camping and caravan park, a smart new Norwegian Log reception building and shop.




It's warm and it's cosy; it's solid and it's quiet. The fragrance of pine reminds you of Scandinavian forests and summer evenings. Your imagination starts to take you places. You imagine a wood burner, perhaps a desk or why not just some space to think?

Our show home is 35 years old, yet customers still say it looks and feels brand new. That's the quality of our workmanship and the materials. When you step into a Norwegian Log building you're stepping into a feeling and just like our buildings it's one that will last.

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