Archive for the Category Barns


Inside this Cedar Barn, Bruce is King of his Domain

A man cave.

And a quiet place to retreat.

This is Bruce’s sanctuary.

“That’s my little play area.”


It was 2015 when Bruce set out to add a prefab structure to his property.

“We did a bit of research, and we found the Cedarspan™ buildings, and we liked the look of the barns.”

“It’s already added value to the property.”

“I rate it highly.”


Cedarspan™ 30C40 with cedar upgrade, cedar windows and cedar doors, and additional verandah

The cedar barn is a striking feature of the farm.

“Our house is on the top of the hill, so the barn is as you drive in on the property.”

“They love the cedar look. Everyone comments on it when they get here.”


Bruce says the prefab barn has changed how he and his family use their property.

“Before the barn, we had a carport next to the house, and I used to put the mower there and put a tarp over it.”

“Now that I’ve built the barn, I’ve been able to free up so much space.”


Bruce later added his own additional verandah

It’s also home to some of his favourite things.

“It’s functional for what we need. I’ve got all my surfboards and farm equipment.”


But it’s off-limits to the rest of the family!

“We made sure we told the children that the barn is not a place to put all their junk.”


The ultimate man cave: Bruce uses the barn to store his farm equipment and surfing gear

The barn also doubles up as a multi-purpose space. 

“The selling point for us was also the loft. I’ve put my office up there so I can record all the details of what I’m doing around the farm.”

“I’ve put the internet in there for my office.”


While designing his Cedarspan Bruce was initially considering a smaller structure.

“We did a bit of planning around what we wanted to put in there.”

“We then chose the larger one, which is the perfect size for my farm machinery and farm equipment.”


Six years on, Bruce fondly recalls building the prefab barn with his son.

“He and I built it together. It was a fun exercise for both of us.”

“He picked up a lot of building and plumbing experience while he was an electrician. So I was learning from him, but I didn’t want to tell him that!”


Dreaming of your own rural getaway or barn?

We’d love to show you just how fast & easy it is to add a Cedarspan™  building to your property.

We’re a third-generation family business and have been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

Click here to download prices, or give us a call on 1300 635 966 to get your project underway.


This Majestic Cedar Barn is a Family’s Multipurpose Space

It was a childhood memory that inspired Scott to build a barn.

“My father had a cedar shed when I was younger. I was looking to create something similar that suited the property.”


That’s when Scott came across Cedarspan™ 

“I was searching a few sites on the internet. It was convenient that we didn’t have to build from scratch.”


Prefab Cedarspan™ Loft Barn 30H40 installed to lock-up stage


30H40 with cedar upgrade, cedar French doors and windows, and barn-style double doors

On an acre of land, a short distance from the home, this traditional barn provides a family with valuable space.

“It’s a workshop, music and storage area, and garden shed.”


How’s that for multipurpose?

Scott customised the design with loft balustrades and ladder

Making the move from Sydney, Scott and his family relocated to the Southern Highlands a few years ago.

These days, he and his wife are giving their teenage kids a taste of the simpler life with a focus on family.


“I feel pleased to be able to offer that to them. It’s been a worthwhile move for us.”


When asked what his favourite moment from the barn has been so far, the answer is simple.


“It’s the kids playing their instruments and our family standing around listening to them.”


Form meets function: A traditional barn and a multifunctional space

And while it’s a space the whole family enjoys, it’s become somewhat of a man cave.

“I get teased a little bit. It’s always claimed that I have all these things in the barn, yet I try and make sure everything is neat in the house.”


A mechanic by trade, Scott enjoys having a workshop on his rural property.

“I always love being in it, I guess. I love the ability to go somewhere and spend some time that isn’t so structured.”

“I don’t need to go in there with a plan, but I can come out with feeling like I’ve achieved something.”


Cedarspan™ 30H40 with cedar upgrade and Colorbond roof in Woodland Grey

For those who visit, the reaction is almost always the same.

“The common feedback is ‘oh, love that!’”

“They tend to enjoy what it looks like from the outside looking in. Sometimes, if people do end up coming in, it’s got the split level in there, and they see it as practical.”


As this traditional barn meets both form and function, its owner would happily do it all again.

“Ours has been fantastic.”

“I would be happy to use Cedarspan™ again should we buy another place and need to do that.”


Dreaming of your own rural getaway or barn?

We’d love to show you just how fast & easy it is to add a Cedarspan™  building to your property.

We’re a third-generation family business and have been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

Click here to download prices, or give us a call on 1300 635 966 to get your project underway.

How the NSW HomeBuilder Grant can help you bring your dream Barn Home to life!

With the NSW Government announcing their generous HomeBuilder Grant, there has been a flurry of activity in the NSW Construction Industry.

But what exactly does the HomeBuilder Grant involve, and can you use it towards something like a prefab Barn-style home?

Short answer, yes. 

We’re here to explain the HomeBuilder grant for you, and how it could help you convert a Cedarspan Barn into the Barnstyle home of your dreams.

Mel's Cedarspan Barn


What is the HomeBuilder Grant?

The Revenue NSW website states that “HomeBuilder will provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home where the contract is signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. Construction must commence within three months of the contract date.”


There are a few requirements to be able to claim the grant, such as the value of your property, and your personal income, however for most Australians, this will be a welcome cashboost to help them kickstart their dream home project. 

Click here to see the Australian Government Fact sheet about the Homebuilder grant & assess your eligibility.


Do other grants still apply? 

Yes. If you are eligible, alongside the HomeBuilder Grant you may also be able to receive the First Home Owner Grant, the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme or the First Home Super Saver Scheme.




How does this work with a Cedarspan Barn?

If you love spacious, open-plan living, and soaring pitched ceilings, you’ll love living in a Cedarspan home. With 3m high walls and 5m pitched ceilings, there’s a level of class & quality that you don’t get anywhere else. 

If you are building on a vacant block of land or replacing your existing home with a new one, you can have your Cedarspan Barn engineered to meet dwelling regulations in your area, manufactured in our factory in a few weeks, and delivered to your property, ready for quick assembly.

Because of our specially-engineered prefabricated panel system, Cedarspan barns are very quick to assemble on site. Most of the work is completed in our Sydney factory and then delivered to your property in sections. This means that you save a lot of the typical costs associated with traditional building, but, most significantly – time! A Cedarspan building can be assembled in as little as one week – something no traditional builder can match.

To find out more, please click here to download our pricelist. 


Everything you need to know about Loft Barns | Cedarspan


Everything you need to know about Loft Barns | Cedarspan

Loft Barns: Your Questions answered

Chatting to a client from Mudgee recently about his plans for a Loft Barn, we realised there’s a few really helpful things you should know before you purchase or build a loft barn, and a few key questions you’d probably love the answers to.

So here’s the answers to all of the important questions about Loft Barns. 


What is a Loft Barn? 

A Loft Barn is a traditional, high-walled building with an A-Frame roof, and an internal ‘loft’ that creates a second level. 

Often featuring traditional barn doors and wooden cladding, they can be painted or stained and add classic charm to any property.


Do you need a concrete slab? 

The answer to this is really up to you! If you’re going to be using the Barn as a Garage (hey, nice garage!), then you’ll want to arrange a concrete slab, which we can install your barn onto. 

If you’re not using it as a garage, or you want to be able to transport the barn easily in the future, you can purchase a raised timber floor system with your Cedarspan Barn. This system uses piers to elevate the barn off the ground, and creates a timber floor inside that you can stain or add floor coverings (tiles, carpet, floorboards) on top.

(And if youre thinking…. termites?? Don;t worry, it’s all treated, and complies with Australian Building Standards, so you’re safe).


What sizes are they available in? 

Cedarspan Loft Barns come in a range of sizes, from approximately 20m2 up to 80m2. Larger barns and other customisations are available upon request. 

You can download our pricelist here, which contains all of our available sizes. 


How much does a Loft Barn cost? 

The answer to this depends on size and options, so we recommend downloading our pricelist which contains prices + dimensions. 

Compared to a ‘traditional build’, a prefab barn has cost-saving and time-saving benefits. Not only is it a set price, the whole installation is done in a week, meaning you get to use your new barn quicker!! 


I have a builder who can assemble my barn for me, can I purchase a kit? 

You sure can!

We’ll pre-make your Barn in sections in our factory, and then send it (with instructions and video tutorials), ready for your builder to assemble onsite for you. 

Most installations are completed in under a week. 


I want to be able to drive right into my barn… can I get automated doors? 

We’ve got just the solution for that! Simply purchase your barn with some of our handcrafted barn doors, and then attach Gate Automation to the doors. With a press of a button, your barn doors will swing open and you can drive into your new barn/garage/buildingthatmakesneighboursjealous.  It’ll work like a treat! #thankuslater!


Do I need council approval for a barn? 

Ok, reeeally good news on this point!

In NSW, if your property is Rural-Zoned, you can add a barn up to 200m2 in size without council approval!

Here’s some more detail on that.  

Outside of NSW, or non-rural properties, we recommend checking with your local council to get their advice.


How big is the loft? 

Good question! When you’re standing in the loft, there’s 2.4m to the highest point, and it tapers down to 60cm on the sides. (Yep, it feels roomy. And a bit whimsical. And very instagrammable. ;) ) 


Want to see inside a Barn? 

We’ve got quite a few barns on display at our factory in Girraween, NSW (about a 40 minute drive from the Sydney CBD). It’s amazing to be able to experience them in person. To feel the wood grain, undo the latch and swing open the door. To step inside and be able to picture what you will create in your barn.

If you can’t come and visit the displays in person, next best option is to stalk our Instagram (go for it, you’re welcome!), where we share photos, tips and the occassional walkthrough video. 


We hope this post has answered some of the Loft Barn questions you’ve had! 

If you have any more questions, or there’s something we havent answered, send us a message here and we’ll get right back to you! (and add them to this post for the benefit of everyone else!)

For inspiration on turning your Loft Barn into a destination for Barn Weddings, Cellar Doors, a Dancefloor, Photo Studio or a Stylish Garage, check out our inspirational Pinboards.



Yours in Good Barn Taste,

Team Cedarspan. xx


Finishing off this post with a little Pin-Worthy Barn Inspiration for you! 😍

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