Manufacturers of Timber Garden Buildings

Est. 1984

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Charnwood A


  • Apex roof log cabin
  • 33mm interlocking tongue & groove logs
  • Floor is 15mm tongue & groove shiplap on 45 x 34mm joists
  • Roof is 15mm tongue & groove shiplap on 34 x 120mm purlins
  • 2.0m eaves height
  • Joinery quality hardwood double door with mortice lock
  • Joinery quality hardwood opening window
  • 400mm roof canopy
  • Toughened glass as standard
  • Supplied untreated in kit form, doors and window are pre-hung in a frame
  • Reversible door & window positions



Eaves heightEAVES HT:

Mortice Lock


  • Treat floor and roof
  • For verandah see Charnwood B
  • Side window (central or towards front)
  • Change to large pane 'Modern' style doors and window
  • Green felt tiles
  • Shedsheet rubber roof covering
Charnwood A 1008
Charnwood A layout Interlocking log construction Charnwood A 1010 with large pane 'Modern' style doors & window Charnwood A 1008

Sizes & Information

Size Code Size FW x D x H Internal Size Windows Door W x H Floor Plan Assembly Guide
806 2.4 x 1.8 x 2.4m * 2.1 x 1.5m 1 ** 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
808 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.4m * 2.1 x 2.1m 1 ** 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
810 2.4 x 3.0 x 2.4m * 2.1 x 2.7m 1 ** 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1006 3.0 x 1.8 x 2.5m * 2.7 x 1.5m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1008 3.0 x 2.4 x 2.5m * 2.7 x 2.1m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1010 3.0 x 3.0 x 2.5m * 2.7 x 2.7m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1012 3.0 x 3.6 x 2.5m * 2.7 x 3.3m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1208 3.6 x 2.4 x 2.5m * 3.3 x 2.1m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1210 3.6 x 3.0 x 2.5m * 3.3 x 2.7m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)
1212 3.6 x 3.6 x 2.5m * 3.3 x 3.3m 1 1200 x 1800mm Floor Plan (PDF) Assembly Guide (PDF)

* Logs overhang 10cm each side on front width & depth (included in size).
** 2.4m wide models have a narrower, 6 pane window

Size Code: Approximate size in feet, for example 1008 = approximately 10ft x 8ft.

Size FW x D x H: The Front Width x Depth (front to back) x Height (to the top of the apex) in metres. Non-standard sizes are available.

Internal Size: A nominal 0.3m has been taken off the log size on the Front Width and Depth to give an approximate internal size. This is to allow for the 100mm log overhang in each corner and the 33mm thickness of the logs.

Windows: Quantity of hardwood opening windows. Extra windows can be added if desired.

Door W x H: Width x Height of the door in millimetres. Please note the door gap is slightly smaller than the door itself.

Floor Plan: Select by size from the table above. These show the size of the floor along with the joins (if any) and direction of the floor joists. Please note the direction of the floor joists can change so must be checked before ordering if critical.

Assembly Guides: Select by size from the table above. Please note that due to the number of sizes, models and variations offered, the assembly guide may not be 100% specific to your building, but should provide you with all the necessary principles.

Interlocking log construction
Interlocking Log Construction

Log cabins are constructed with logs that slot together row by row, resulting in an attractive appearance inside and out. The logs used for this building are sustainably sourced and 33mm thick. Unlike many log cabins, which are imported, we manufacture our Charnwood Range in the UK. The 15mm thick tongue and groove floor and roof are pre-made in sections for quicker and simpler assembly (many log cabins are just supplied with loose boards and framing for the floor and roof).

Interlocking log construction

Eaves Height: Internal height at the lowest point of the roof (at the sides).

Lock: This building comes as standard with a mortice lock and two keys.

Roof cover: Supplied with high quality polyester-based roofing felt.

Log Movement: Due to the construction of log cabins, over time the logs settle down and move in changing weather conditions, due to the natural expansion and contraction of the timber, especially in the first year after assembly. If any of the logs are being held in place, gaps can appear between the logs as adjacent ones move. If this happens the obstruction should be removed and the logs should normally close back up when downward pressure is applied to the roof. For this reason we do not recommend insulating log cabins. The expansion and contraction of the timber that causes this issue can be limited with the right timber treatment.

Building Sizes
All sizes are approximate, based on external measurements (unless stated otherwise) - they do not include roof overhang. Please allow for any overhangs when choosing the size of your building, bearing in mind space required for installation and maintenance. We advise you check internal sizes if buying a building for a specific purpose, or any other sizes if critical. Planning permission can be required on some buildings depending on size and location, please check with your local council if unsure.

For delivery times please contact your local retailer. General lead time varies throughout the year but we are busiest in the summer so please allow extra time when ordering. Assembly guides are available in the table above, but most retailers offer an assembly service or can recommend someone.

Will this building fit into my garden?
You should consider whether you have any height restrictions (doorways, archways, gates within walls or with bars across the top) or sharp turns. Some panels can be quite large, especially on larger sizes, so if you have any concerns please check before ordering. Generally, if you have a side entrance to your garden with no height restrictions or turns, it is unlikely there will be any problems.

What sort of base do I need?
We cannot stress enough the importance of putting your new Albany building onto a solid, flat, level foundation. Get it right and your building will fit together properly and last for years. Get it wrong and you could have problems with assembly, the shed will not last nearly as long and the doors may not close properly. Your local retailer may be able to offer a base-laying service or recommend someone who can.
See Base Requirements for more details.

All Charnwood Log Cabins are supplied untreated and require treating as soon as possible. If the building is not treated within a reasonable time frame after being exposed to outdoor conditions the guarantee will be void. The floor and roof can be treated in our factory upon request but the logs cannot. If the floor and roof are requested to be treated please note it is normal to have some irregularities and drying marks from the treatment process. If the floor is supplied untreated, the underside at least should be treated before assembly. Treating your shed is an important part of keeping the building weatherproof as it helps to seal the timber and repel water. We recommend buildings are re-treated every year, though the higher the quality of wood preservative, the longer the protection should last.

What should I use to treat my building?
The two main categories of timber preservative are water based and spirit based (which is also known as oil or solvent based). Spirit based treatments are traditionally considered to give better protection, however, improvements in water based treatments mean some now give as good protection whilst being more environmentally friendly. Timber preservatives are available in many colours so finding a colour you like may be a large factor in choosing your treatment. Cuprinol, Ronseal and Barrettine are all well known and widely available brands with a large choice of colours. A high-quality treatment we have experience of using is Sadolin Classic, which is used as a base coat on untreated timber, and Sadolin Extra as a top coat on treated timber. Or for a wide range of colours, consider Sadolin Beautiflex.

Hardwood doors & windows
This building features joinery quality hardwood doors and windows, which should be treated accordingly with a high-quality wood preserver suitable for exterior joinery. To keep them in the condition they deserve, we recommend treating the doors and windows with two coats of a suitable timber protection as soon as possible on all sides. This limits the movement of the timber, so it will help stop them from swelling up as much, as well as stopping cracks from developing and keeping them looking great. If left untreated or treated in a cheaper wood preservative, the doors and windows are more susceptible to absorbing a lot of moisture and swelling up, or surface splits opening, depending on the weather conditions. This is a natural characteristic of the timber and not considered a fault by the manufacturer, but can make the doors and windows difficult to open and not look as good, so is best limited in the way described. Please use the turn buttons supplied to keep the doors closed when not in use. Below are some side-by-side comparisons of similarly aged hardwood doors that have not had a top coat and ones that have had two coats of Sadolin Extra.

Door without high quality treatment Door with high quality treatment
Door without high quality treatment Door with high quality treatment

Can I keep my shed exactly the same colour?
The colour of the shed will gradually fade over time. If you like the colour it is currently, your best bet is to find the nearest match at your local store. Please note the colour may darken slightly with every extra coat. The treatment we use in the factory is not available to buy in exactly the same form as it is specially made for us and not a branded product you can buy in a shop. Some of our retailers stock our Albany Brown treatment, but this is a slightly darker colour than the one applied in our factory. We do not recommend clear treatment.

Why are your sheds not tanalised?
We believe tanalised or pressure treated sheds are frequently misrepresented as being maintenance-free, whereas in our experience the best and only proper way to keep a shed in good condition is a regular coat of treatment. Pressure treatment is necessary for timber that has to go in the ground, but although it sounds like a good 'selling point', many in the shed industry agree that it can lead to more shrinkage and cracking than would otherwise occur. If left untreated, any tanalised shed would soon become an eyesore as it begins to look grey and unmaintained; it would also be more likely to leak in wet conditions.

Buildings are supplied with a standard 12-month guarantee covering faulty parts and workmanship. In the unlikely event you have a have a problem that needs addressing please contact the company you ordered the building from. Photos may be required so the problem can be assessed. Timber is a natural product subject to shrinkage and expansion throughout its lifespan. Cracks, splits, loose knots, resin pockets and general movement are beyond our control and not considered a fault. Most buildings are made to order and cannot be cancelled once the manufacturing process has commenced. The guarantee covers the cost of replacement goods only. Components should be inspected for problems before assembly to allow for replacement parts to be supplied if required. Albany Shed Co Ltd are not responsible for any costs incurred due to the incorrect manufacture of products, missing items or delayed delivery. We do not recommend storing items in outdoor buildings that could be adversely affected by damp air. We recommend not leaving items unchecked for long periods and to regularly open the shed door to allow fresh air to circulate. Failure to do so will increase the risk of mould developing. Items should be dry prior to storing in your shed. Please consider whether items are suitable for storage in an outdoor building before putting away. We recommend you check if your building is covered by household insurance in case of storm damage etc.

Why do you not offer a 10 year guarantee like I have seen on other websites?
This is used as a selling point by some other suppliers. However, if you look into the details of these guarantees you will discover that this is essentially only an “anti-rot” guarantee that is void if you do not treat the building every year with a high-quality wood preservative, as well as a long list of other terms & conditions, so does not really mean anything. We agree that a regular coat of quality treatment is the best way to keep your building in good condition – if you do this your building should not rot for a long time!

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