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Case Study: Atlas Commodities Office Cabin - A Masterpiece by Timber Building Specialists

Case Study: Atlas Commodities Office Cabin - A Masterpiece by Timber Building Specialists

The Genesis of a Project

Our journey begins with a successful project, the Keedwells Office cabin in Somerset, that caught the attention of the MD of Atlas Commodities. Intrigued by our work showcased on our social media posts, he approached us with a vision: to create a similar structure for his company situated in Seaham harbour, a location known for its relentless winds.

A spacious, empty site in Seaham harbour, prepped and ready for the construction of Atlas Commodities' log cabin.

Designing the Dream

Working closely with our client, we engaged in several design iterations before finalising an impressive 18m x 5m structure. The layout was divided into three distinct areas: a shower and toilet facility, a canteen, and an office—each designed to offer functionality without compromising on aesthetics. More about our design process can be found here.

 

Early phase of the cabin's construction with Timber Building Specialists' craftsmen at work.

 

The Cabin Specifications

Craftsmanship and quality were at the forefront of our construction. The cabin's walls were made from solid 68mm logs, providing robustness and longevity. The doors and windows were of premium grade, pre-painted in a stylish anthracite, and housed 26mm double glazing. The floor was made of sturdy 28mm boards, insulated with 100mm material for optimal thermal efficiency. The roof was also insulated with 200mm material and covered with black roofing shingles. You can read more about our construction materials here.

 

Side view of the nearly complete Atlas Commodities office cabin, showcasing its impressive structure amidst the seafront landscape.

Interior Finishing

Inside, two rooms were finished with dark grey laminate flooring that added a touch of elegance, while the third room, destined to house internal toilets, was covered with 12mm Ply board in preparation for altro finished flooring. Each room was designed with a unique purpose in mind, ensuring every space within the cabin was utilised effectively.

First internal view of the log cabin, highlighting the spacious office room with dark grey laminate flooring."

Overcoming Challenges

The project location presented its own challenges. To accommodate pipework connectivity underneath the cabin, we raised the floor level using a 4” x 2’ subframe. Furthermore, a 1200 gauge damp proof membrane was used to prevent water ingress at ground level—a critical consideration given the seafront location. We also added guttering to complete the build and ensure effective water management.

Second internal shot displaying the canteen area within the cabin, featuring premium grade doors and windows.

Project Timeline

Despite minor disruptions due to rain, we completed the project exactly as planned in just seven days, showcasing our commitment to delivering projects on time without compromising on quality.

Third internal shot showing the bathroom facility, covered with ply board preparing for internal toilets and altro finished flooring

 


The Atlas Commodities office cabin stands as a testament to our expertise in designing and building high-quality log cabins, even in challenging conditions. Through careful planning, innovative design, and quality craftsmanship, we were able to transform a windswept seafront location into a functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace.

If you're considering a similar project, don't hesitate to get in touch with us through our Contact Page. Let us help you transform your vision into reality.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

What were the dimensions of the Atlas Commodities office cabin?

The office cabin was designed to be an 18m x 5m structure, split into three separate rooms for a shower and toilet facility, a canteen, and an office.

What materials were used in the construction of the cabin?

The cabin was constructed using solid 68mm wall logs, premium grade pre-painted anthracite doors and windows with 26mm double glazing, and 28mm floor boards. The roof was insulated with 200mm material and covered with black roofing shingles.

How was the flooring of the cabin designed considering the pipework connectivity?

To accommodate for pipework connectivity underneath the cabin, the floor level was raised using a 4” x 2’ subframe. A 1200 gauge damp proof membrane was also used to prevent water ingress at ground level.

How long did the construction of the Atlas Commodities office cabin take?

The construction of the office cabin was completed in exactly seven days, as planned, with only minor disruptions due to rain.

What kind of insulation was used in the cabin?

The floor was insulated with 100mm material, while the roof was insulated with 200mm material, ensuring optimal thermal efficiency.

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