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How you intend to use the cabin is also an important factor. For example, an office garden log cabin up to 25sq meters does not require planning permission but a one bedroom log cabin designed to live in will require permission.
According to Ireland’s Local Government (Planning and Development Act )1963, you can build a non-habitable log cabin at the rear of your house up to 25sq meters in size without seeking planning permission. Our beautiful Linus Log cabin fits into this category.
If you build a log cabin to live in permanently you will certainly need to obtain planning permission and adhere to all building regulations.
However, as some of our log cabins are built on a timber frame or a block pad foundation they do not technically classify as ‘permanent dwellings’.
We would however advise you to check with your local council regarding planning permission before construction. Some local authorities will allow the construction of a log cabin over 25sq meters without planning permission while others will not.
Planning permission for log cabins can be refused for reasons such as the visual impact the cabin may cause or the cabin being built in an area of natural beauty.
Download the official planning permission leaflet from “Department Of Housing”
As Ireland has an independent third party planning appeals system, An Bord Pleanála, you can appeal a decision for planning permission for log cabins even if your planning application has initially been refused. You may be able to have the decision overturned. Retention can also be sought at a later date.
It is common for people to outgrow the size of their existing home, whether you now have children or simply need more living space to feel comfortable. We know how expensive and stressful it can be to build an extension. A traditional extension can take months to build, with lots of disrupting building work and it can work out very expensive and often over budget.
A better alternative is to choose a log cabin. A log cabin is one of the best ways to expand your property and enjoy eco-friendly living. At Eco Home Log Cabins we provide standard and bespoke design log cabins that will suit your needs and offer great value for money. Made from quality Scandinavian spruce, our premium log cabins are built to last.
There are many advantages in choosing a log cabin over traditional brick extensions. They are eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Timber is a material that can naturally hold heat, which means you will be spending less on heating bills. Timber also has thermal mass which means that your log cabin will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year ensuring better insulation while using less energy. Log cabins are approximately 30% more energy efficient than a traditional extension. It has never been easier to reduce your impact on the environment while expanding your existing property. Our log cabins are a lot more affordable than a brick extension. In fact, our quality log cabins cost approximately only half the price of a traditional brick house. This enables you to get much more for your money and enjoy living or working in a bigger space to suit your needs.
Log garages are becoming an increasingly popular new way to keep vehicles safe and sheltered from Ireland‘s changeable weather. They are durable, long lasting and look attractive on your property. We would definitely recommend choosing a log garage over other carports and structures. There are lots of designs that you will love and now they are more sophisticated than ever. For example, you can choose a log garage that has a locked garage and a carport for two vehicles, as well as featuring roof shingles to complement your property.
You can build a garage, carport, shed, greenhouse, kennel for domestic pets etc., as exempted development as long as it does not extend out in front of the building line of the house and does not exceed 4 metres in height, (if it has a tiled or slated pitched roof), or 3 metres (if it has any other roof type). The floor area limitation for any combination of this type of exempted development is 25 square metres and must ensure that at least 25 square metres of side/rear garden/open space remains available. The structure may not be lived in, used for commercial purposes or for keeping pigs, poultry, pigeons, ponies or horses. Garages, sheds etc. to the side of the house must match the finish of the house.