WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CEDARLODGES?
A detailed and important subject, and to avoid repetition, may we refer you to the option on the menu bar of www.cedarlodges.co.uk
WHY DO WE USE CEDAR?
Cedar is a well-accepted timber from British Columbia, renowned for its beautiful appearance, its ability to last for centuries without maintenance, and its sound and warmth insulation properties. lt is the product of choice amongst architects, and recognised worldwide as being the ideal material for garden buildings & lodges. We buy in container loads, direct from the sawmills of British Columbia, and as a result, we are able to pass on to our customers, the benefit of the savings that we can achieve.
CAN I HAVE A VERANDAH LARGER THAN THE STANDARD INDICATED?
The standard terrace is 2 metres wide and shown on our illustration. If you have a particular requirement for a different shape, that can be arranged.
WHAT ARE THE INTERNAL FLOOR DIMENSIONS OF THE CEDARLODGES?
These are fully detailed on the appropriate section of our website.
ARE CEDARLODGES INSULATED?
The floor is insulated with 50mm thick insulation boarding. Likewise the walls. The roof has 70mm of insulation.
The windows have double glazing as standard. Full length glass e.g. on the French doors, is double glazed and toughened. Cedar, MDF, OSB and all the other products that we use within the fabric of the floor, walls and roof has a very high insulation value. This means warmth in the winter and coolness in summer.
We have commissioned some very extensive reports on heat loss and likely energy costs, and would be only too pleased to share these with you with the appropriate explanations.
Cylinders can vary from 13 kgs up to 37 kgs. Maybe we could assume a very, very average cost of about 12p per kilowatt hour, and the overall energy consumption will still be very attractive, as will the flexibility and “off grid” convenience.
In cooperation with the well-established insulation material manufacturer, we have done considerable research into the optimum insulation that we can provide. We incorporate a high degree of insulation in the floor, the walls, and most particularly, the roof. Windows and doors are double glazed.
In practical terms, this means that the unit remains very warm in cold and adverse conditions, and cool in summer. And even more importantly, it means that the lodge can be used all year round in total comfort… an important concern for operators of lodges wanting to extend the season to the maximum… and by the same token it enables holiday makers to enjoy the lodges well into the “shoulder” and off season periods.
HOW IS THE WATER HEATED?
Electric through-feed heaters are our standard. Upgrades/options include different versions of the Morco rnage of LPG gas fired heaters, suitable for water and radiator heating.
HOW IS THE CEDARLODGE HEATED?
As standard is an electric wall panel heater. This has a fairly low, therefore acceptable, power requirement. And because of the very high insulation of our units, it is usually extremely adequate to heat the air to a very acceptable temperature even in cold winter periods.
Additionally there is an electric low wattage towel rail, which is ideal for the shower room.
As an alternative, an electric fired stove, typically on the style of the shepherd’s hut woodburning stove, but not dependent on wood supplies. These units can be supplied an optional extra.
We have established the names of the leading manufacturers of woodburning stoves suitable for smaller spaces, and would be pleased to pass on our findings. We would prefer our customers to arrange that installation with a local supplier and local service, who can offer a direct warranty, and probably install at a lower cost.
WHAT TOILET SYSTEMS ARE AVAILABLE, AND REQUIRING WHAT FORM OF DRAINAGE?
As standard, we offer a typical WC, supplied by fresh water, piped to site, and with a standard domestic drainage system, connected in turn to the site drains. In some instances, customers prefer to have an independent sceptic tank, which are now simpler and easier to install than in the past, and are ideal for a grouping of say 3 or 4 lodges, and where access to the main system is more difficult.
An alternative is the typical “cassette” type toilet, which depends on a small holding tank to which water is provided by way of mains water supply, or an “Aquaroller” portable unit. This system depends on the use of chemicals and discharge into a cassette, which from time to time, is removed and wheeled to a disposal point. Alternatively a macerator system worked on a similar principle to the chemical system, but where black waste is size reduced and capable of being pumped in a much smaller diameter pipe over long distances, and even uphill.
We will be happy to share our experience in these respects to enable you to choose the best system within the confines of vour particular situation
WHAT SERVICES ARE THERE TO THE LODGE BY WAY OF WATER?
lf there is no water “piped” to the immediate vicinity of the lodge, then the caravan type “Aquaroller” is an industry-wide well recognised facility for bringing water in a rollable container from the nearest available tap, directly to the lodge. And thereafter, a pipe with a submersible pump, enabling it to be drawn directly into the lodge.
Alternatively, and in most instances, mains water is available in terms of a “stand pipe” arrangement with on/off control taps. Or supplied underground through blue water pipes. These are connected directly to the lodge, and the pressure controlled by regulator.
WHAT SERVICES ARE THERE TO THE LODGE BY WAY OF ELECTRICITY?
Electricity can come in several forms.
Most sites have mains electricity, which is either connected permanently to the input lead on the lodge or alternatively it comes to the lodge on an underground electricity supply feed, and connected via blue plug and socket system.
Large multi-bedroomed lodges would typically have a 70 or 80amp supply. Many touring and pitches carry a 32 amp supply. A 16 amp supply is the norm for the average touring pitch.
ln a totally isolated area we can come up with a proposal for an “off grid” supply. If water heating is taken care of by LPG propane gas, including maybe a gas powered stove, then the electricity requirement can be minimal and can be satisfied by solar panels and even wind turbine, in turn triple charging a large battery, referred to as a “leisure battery” ,which is usually very adequate to power a low wattage LED lighting system and other low consumption items like ipad charges etc.
IS THERE SMOKE DETECTION EQUIPMENT?
Yes, there is a carbon monoxide detector, combined with a smoke detector, all in the same unit, and fitted as standard.
IS THERE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?
Yes, fitted as standard.
IS THERE A WATER ISOLATOR VATVE?
IS THERE A MAIN ELECTRICITY ON/OFF SWTTCH?
Yes, next to the main consumer unit.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMPERAGE DRAW?
This will vary tremendously depending on the customer’s specifications. We have drawn up detailed schedules showing the amperage draw of various electrical units e.g. through feed shower heater, a 2kw fan heater, lighting, toaster, kettle, oven etc etc.
And thanks to Mr OHM and his law, we have converted this into amperage to see whether a certain specification will fall within a 16 amp supply, a 32 amp supply or a much heavier supply e.g. 70 or 80 amps. We would be only too pleased to consider this with you, but the starting point is what form of energy is currently available, or practically and economically made available.