Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Choosing a US shed – Modern Cabana

'Not a shed, a living space', says the family-run Modern Cabana of its range of garden offices (though I'll always think of mine as 'the shed'). The Cabana comes as a flat pack - or as they marvellously call it 'designer pre-fab' - and the makers claim it is easy to assemble and requires only basic tools since it was designed to enable two people to install the Cabana over a weekend. The Cabana comes standard with kiln-dried hand-selected lumber, environmentally sensitive sheathing, stainless and galvanized hardware, tempered insulated glass windows set in anodized aluminum frames, polycarbonate translucent panels and tough enamel coated steel for rust prevention. Other options include: Roof Insulation Kit; Custom Polygal Windows; Polyshade Low-E Window Panels; French Doors; and Floor Insulation.

On the issue of planning permission, they add that generally a Modern Cabana does not need building permits since most communities in North America allow homeowners to incorporate a freestanding accessory structure as an addition to their property of up to 140 sq. feet without a building permit.

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