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23. January, 2016|Testimonials|Comments Off on Log cabin at Woodmansey – A Unique Challenge

We have been working for Jon Los at Keygrowing Limited near Beverley for a few years now. Most of the jobs are routine and involve installing meters, checking faults and upgrading wiring on a 50-acre business park where around 14 tenants employ about 400 people. But there were a few raised eyebrows when Jon asked us to help with constructing a log cabin.

It’s not the sort of holiday park place where you put wooden cladding over the frame of a house. This two-bedroomed house arrived as tree trunks. They pressure wash the bark off, cut a U-shape in the bottom and stuff it with sheep’s wool then fit the logs on top of each other.

There are not many people round here who can wire log cabins. It’s not the same as putting cables in brickwork. It’s not standard construction and there were various issues that we had to deal with.

It’s got the usual electrical facilities. There’s a burglar alarm, CCTV, phone points, TV points and outside lighting and all the cabling had to be concealed.

One complication is that the building moves. There is interaction between the green timber and the dried timber, shrinking from the top down by about 2.5 inches over 18 months so everything that goes into it has to be movable or able to take movement.

Jon was happy with the outcome, which is important because the house will be his mother’s retirement home and she’s lived on the site all her life.

He said: “Generally on the site there’s always a need for electrical work and it’s important to find a good local firm. Merlx did some work for Smith & Nephew and we knew from someone else that they were good. A lot of it is word of mouth.

The good thing with Tony is that he takes an interest. He doesn’t just send his men. You are dealing with the owner of the business and that’s good for us. He will also contribute ideas to the project. A lot of contractors expect you to tell them what you want but with Merlx it’s a two-way flow.”

British Log Cabins, who are based in Wales and who supplied the log cabin, were also impressed with our work. They asked us to do another one for them in Scotland.