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Frequently asked questions

The questions and answers listed below relate to Norwegian Log's products in general. You will find specific FAQs under individual product ranges.

Annexes sited in the garden for the exclusive use of a family member are usually exempt from planning permission. You can read more about this in our handy guide to mobile home Planning Permission. Or contact us for some straightforward advice.

We do recommend that we obtain a Lawful Development Certificate from your Council which confirms that planning permission isn't required - we will even handle this process on your behalf. If Planning Permission is required, our experts will be happy to guide you through the process and deal with the application.

We have a fully fitted out 2 & 3 bedroom log homes as well as contemporary garden rooms at our HQ in Reading with viewings welcome by appointment only. Give us a call on: 0118 966 9236 or send us an email at: [email protected].

A garden annex will add value to your home, and with our annexes designed to last a lifetime it could prove to be the perfect long-term investment.

If family circumstances change, an empty garden annex can quickly begin paying its way to increase your garden’s income potential. You can offer B&B rooms or provide a self-contained home in your garden for rental. Business use is subject to a different Planning regime, of course, so please consult a professional.

When you’re looking to sell up, annexes are a popular way to stand out in the property market, with estate agents reporting that properties with an existing annexe are in high demand and tend to sell quickly.

Granny annexe garden buildings are a great way to gain extra space within the home and provides accommodation for elderly parents, children, extended family, or friends. Norwegian Logs' granny annexes range from £61,703, to £291,230 depending on size and fit-out options.

Another advantage of our residential log homes is that there’s no VAT to pay – a big saving on your initial costs.

This is dependent on your local authority policy. If the granny annexe is used by a relative over 65 or a dependent relative it will typically be exempt from council tax, otherwise up to 50% Council Tax is payable.

All our granny annexes have floor plans that meet DDA guidelines for disabled access. These can be further adapted to suit individual requirements. We also offer several options to make life easier and safer. For example, we can provide a remotely controlled (Wi-Fi) heating system that enables you or a relative to control the heating via a smart phone or laptop. We can also provide a monitoring system that uses sensors to measure movement and temperature in the granny annex. It maintains privacy (no cameras or microphones) while detecting any lack of movement that might suggest a fall or illness.

Yes, you can rent out your granny annexe - maybe to a lodger as a home or to guests in need of a holiday cabin. Business use is subject to a different Planning regime, of course, so please consult a professional.

Generally yes, provided you have the necessary local authority permissions. We normally recommend seeking a Lawful Development Certificate. Our transportable log homes conform to The Caravan Act, and we adhere to the relevant British Standards.

Yes, even if you have limited space. Our smallest Granny Annexe, the Kelso, features a double bedroom, bathroom and lounge with kitchenette all within 29 square metres (7m x 4.13m). If your garden has a patch of ground which can accommodate this with room to work around (such as 800mm between the annex and the boundary) then it's suitable. Need to go smaller? Ask about our bespoke annex service. Contact Us.

We offer a groundworks service for all our annexe installations, meaning Norwegian Log can offer a complete service from concept through to completion.

Alternatively we can work with a local provider of your choice should you prefer to manage this element yourself.

Yes, we covere the entire UK. Over the last 20 years there are probably very few areas that we have not worked in and we are geared up to work nationwide.

Reassuringly our team of experts will deliver the components of your Norwegian Log home to site even where access is narrow or awkward. We're yet to find a garden we can't access!

Once you have confirmed your order, our standard delivery time is approximately 10 weeks (subject to design, site conditions and our workload at the time). If we can deliver your granny annex as pre-assembled modules, we only need a few days on site. Assembly from individual components may take 4-10 weeks depending on your design.

No. We take care of that aspect, including plans and advice on obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate. This is all part of our planning service package.

Yes, subject to the scale and geographical location of the works. For full clarification on your individual product, please send us an email at [email protected].

We’ll be happy to work with your own contractors for groundworks and installing services.

For second homes and holiday homes, please see our holiday homes for sale section. For residential and park homes, we suggest you contact a park of your choice and ask the site owner to supply you directly with a Norwegian Log transportable home.

We have two methods, depending on the access available. We deliver the pre-manufactured components to your site, ready for our experts to assemble. Alternatively, if crane access is available, we can deliver our mobile granny annexes to your site in pre-assembled sections.

Bear in mind that your granny annex adds value and buyer appeal to your current property. Should you move to a new house, it probably makes better financial sense to leave your annex behind and buy a new one for your new property. If you do decide to relocate your annex, our mobile log homes can be removed and re-assembled in the same way as they are delivered.

For optimum convenience we offer an internal fitout service on all of our log homes. There's a wide choice of styles for kitchens and bathrooms to really bring your dream home to reality.

All of our annexes come with a five-year warranty which is extendable to 25 years and covered by a comprehensive maintenance package.

Norwegian Log homes are highly energy-efficient as they are excellent at retaining heat and conserving energy. This is owing to the logs' natural insulation combined with modern cavity insulation. This combination, with the natural temperature control properties of the logs, means your log home/cabin will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The high levels of insulation keep running costs to an absolute minimum, reducing exposure to rising energy costs. Our log homes are sustainable, eco-friendly and cause minimal disruption to the environment.

Our granny annex structures range from 311sq.ft all the way to 1,356sq.ft. Having standard options of 1-4 bedrooms, the more you need, the larger the granny annex will be.

Yes. We believe it is very important that you get the home you want, so we offer a bespoke design service as standard.

All our logs come from Northern Scandinavia, where replanting to ensure sustainability is a legal requirement. The cold climate means the trees grow very slowly, giving a very strong, close-grained log resulting in a robust, well-insulated home.

Norwegian Log granny annexes are fit for anyone to live in. Elderly parents, wider family members, and even children. Not to worry if you're concerned about wheelchair or mobility aid access; all of our granny annexes have floor plans that meet DDA guidelines for disabled access. This makes them ideal homes that will save on care costs and provide reassuring closeness to the family.

All our logs are first kiln-dried to ensure a low moisture content. This reduces shrinkage and settlement. Once erected, all our buildings receive a coat of microporous natural oil preservative in your choice of colour, followed by a further coat of UV protection.

When well-looked after, a wooden log cabin will have an indefinite lifespan. Our log cabins are made for life and built to last, requiring very little maintenance. In fact, one of our show homes is over 35 years old and looks as good as new and there are log houses in Norway that are centuries old..

Simple maintenance contributes towards a longer lifespan of your log cabin. A coat of clear UV protection externally is recommended every 2-3 years.

In terms of materials, at Norwegian Log we only use logs from northern Scandinavia, where the climate is cold and the trees grow slowly. This produces logs that are very strong and close-grained. These characteristics result in log that are inherently stable and a home that will stand the test of time.

We manufacture all our residential log homes to the very highest Norwegian standards. Our log cabins come with a 5-year warranty as standard which can be extended to up to 25 years and is backed by a comprehensive maintenance service. With proper maintenance, your building will have an indefinite life span.

Provided the main component of the building is log, we can build a structure of almost any size within reason, and for a wide range of applications.

We can provide a budget cost, or a fixed-price quotation if you have full plans approval.

All of our log homes are designed for permanent, year-round living. They're highly insulated and have very low running costs.

The heating can be treated exactly the same as a conventional house, for example electric heaters or underfloor heating, gas or oil central heating, heat pumps, either air or ground source.

Yes, a large proportion of our residential homes have log burners, it is always wise to let us know where it is going so we can advise on cutting the hole in the roof for the flue.

Yes, provided all care is taken to seal all fittings.

Not with our granny annexes, which are classed as mobile homes and are therefore exempt from Building Regulations. That means there’s no need for expensive deep foundations, for example. And you can position your granny annex closer to a boundary than would otherwise be possible.

Using the highest quality materials combined with expert craftsmanship means our lodges will stand for generations. This is backed up by our 25-year warranty option, so you can be confident of the quality we provide.

Yes, have a look at our case study for Binneford Holiday Lodges. Their investment in our holiday cabins was returned within 5 years. The exceptional quality of our lodges means higher occupancy rates and nightly tariffs, which means more revenue for you.

Our natural log finish is robust which does not require any painting inside, and our durable solid log structure requires minimal maintenance. We do offer an optional maintenance service (contact us to find out more).

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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