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Ellen’s Peaceful Holiday Cabin

This Cedarspan™ cottage is loved by its owners and those who pass by the property.
 
“We often have people stopping, coming in to look at it, asking if they can see inside the cottage.”
 
“They often say it looks tiny from the outside, but once you get in there, there’s so much more space when you get inside. They call it the Tardis from ‘Doctor Who.'”
 
But Ellen’s country lifestyle dream is far from science fiction. It was meticulously planned.
 

The prefab Cedarspan™ panels going up

 
“It took us a while to save and be able to build.”
 
“We were looking for an affordable option to have somewhere to stay when we visited our property.”
 
Ellen and her husband Mark set out to create a peaceful rural escape by adding a 30C40 to their property.
 

Installed to lock-up stage, ready for paint and fit-out

 
“We wanted our children to have somewhere safe and warm when we went down there.”
 
“It’s lovely. It’s very comfortable. It’s easy to keep warm or cool.”
 
 
Now that Ellen and Mark’s children are grown up, the couple has big plans for the cabin.
 
“This property was built for our retirement. We’re not in a position to retire just yet!”
 
“Things have kept us close to the city, like elderly parents and growing families.”
 
“I lost my mother this year, and my husband lost his father this year. So that has meant we can start to make plans for our retirement.”
 

Inside ‘The Tardis’: Ellen and Mark have created a rustic country cabin

 
Ellen loves her cabin so much; she’s contemplating an extension.
 
“We are thinking of putting another Cedarspan™ adjoining our current house.”
 
 
When Ellen is away from the holiday cabin, she always has peace of mind.
 
“It’s very well sealed. So these are important things when you’re not there all the time.”
 

30C40 with cedar upgrade and additional verandah and deck

 
But, when they are there, it’s always special.
 
“My favourite moment is every time I get down there.”
 
“We have wonderful views. It’s a beautiful spot. It’s lovely to have a homely cottage to go and sit on a verandah and do my knitting.”
 
As for Mark?
 
“He loves everything about it. He would go down there and be there tomorrow!”
 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

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2 Country Cabins to Inspire Your Airbnb Project

Now that Summer is upon us, holidaymakers are flocking to the regions, skipping traditional hotels, and opting for cosy homes.

Cedarspan™ customers Tony and Karen share how they turned their cabins into successful Airbnb stays. 

Welcome to St Clement’s Cottage in Oberon.

This eye-catching cabin is a custom-made Cedarspan™ surrounded by English gardens on six acres of land.

The Cedarspan™ Verandah Design 3040, measures 7.2m x 5.6m

Karen, one of its owners, found inspiration for the colour while overseas.

“18 years ago, we were in France, and we saw a red house on a hill, and I thought we’ll go back and paint the house red, and my husband said ‘red’?”

 

When they had their Cedarspan™ cottage installed in 2011, they painted it to look like a natural extension of the house.

The Cedarspan™ cottage (left) looks like a natural extension of the main house (right)

Karen and her husband, David, chose the Verandah Design 3040, which includes a high pitch roof, elevated floor, verandah, and deck.

As optional extras, they added cedar windows and a cedar entrance door.

They wanted vertical timber for the exterior, so they chose board and batten cladding.

Winter Wonderland: the Cedarspan™ cottage looking picture perfect in the snow

“We thought it might look good to match the house, and everybody seems to say the same thing.”

 

Over the last decade, Karen says the Cedarspan™ has changed their lifestyle, giving them an appreciation for the simple things in life.

“It’s slowed us down to stop and smell the roses.

 

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4 Cedarspan™ Loft Cabins shape Lake Oberon Estate

For two decades, this has been a family-owned working farm.

2018 signalled a new era for the 120 acres when Tony and Julie opened their gates to holidaymakers.

And it’s where four Cedarspan™ Loft Cabins shape a stunning country venue.

“They are all part of Lake Oberon Estate. It’s a venue for weddings and corporate events and group gatherings.”

“We also have it as an option for people to hire each cabin out for a weekend away from the city,” Tony said.

 

Cedarspan™ 40H70 with cedar upgrade and two additional verandahs

It was 2013 when Tony and Julie began bringing their vision to life. They chose 4 Cedarspan™ 40H70 loft cabins for their property.

The couple has since created an idyllic escape from the city.

Today, Lake Oberon Estate is a luxury five-star getaway.

“The majority of people who come here want to get away from Sydney, so they turn off their phones. They don’t want the wi-fi, and in some cases, they don’t even want the TV.”

 

Inside the 40H70 with optional additional loft. Fit-out by Tony

And while Tony’s newfound lifestyle has been an adjustment, he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

“We still have our place in Sydney, and our kids live there. I only go there for necessity. I can’t handle the traffic anymore. When you’re up here and if you’ve got four cars in the heart of Oberon, that’s considered a traffic jam.”

 

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Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

 

3 Cabins to Inspire Your Tree Change Dream

Rural towns have become in-demand tree change destinations.

According to ABS data, migration to the regions has reached its highest record in two decades.

Looking for a change in pace often inspires the big move, and Cedarspan™ customers share how they realised their dream.

40H50 with cedar upgrade, rear enclosed verandah, front verandah, deck and elevated floor, and steel pier upgrade

Set on 224 acres, this rural oasis adjoins a national park.

Making a move from Sydney, Alistair planned a prefab project for his rural property.

He chose a 40H50 and customised the design with an enclosed verandah.

An off the grid lifestyle was ideal for Alistair, using the second bedroom as his work from home office.

The ultimate tree change: off the grid living, set on 224 acres

“I worked remotely for 20 years, so it was one of the reasons we went bush.”

“It’s lovely, no traffic, no travelling. It was nice working from there with the bush setting from the cabin’s perspective.”

 

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Cedarspan™ 20H70 with cedar upgrade, cedar French doors, cedar windows, and verandah and deck

In the quest for a slower pace of life, this classic 20C70 cabin inspires a country lifestyle dream.

The cedar cladding upgrade, cedar windows, and doors give the cabin a classic look.

Step inside, and the Cedarspan™ high-pitched ceiling creates a spacious and inviting atmosphere.

After settling into country life away from the hustle and bustle, Maren says there’s no turning back.

“My daughter is in Sydney. Do I miss it? Do I want to live there? Probably not!”

 

Here on this rural property, a red door joins two Cedarspan™ cabins.

Nordic inspiration sets the scene where classic charm meets minimalism.

Nordic inspiration: Two Cedarspan™ cabins joined by an annex

It was 1996 when the first cabin was built, inspiring its new owners to replicate it.

“We moved here nine years ago, and it was always here.”

“We thought it’s easy to add on another section. So we wanted to copy that and add it on here,” Maren explained.

 

Step inside, and it’s all about the view.

The bay window isn’t the only feature that gives the room a wow factor.

What a view! The bay window was added by Maren

By painting the Cedarspan™ trusses black, the high-pitched ceiling is even more striking.

Six years on, Maren shares fond memories of having the new Cedarspan™ installed.

“It was very easy. We ordered it, they gave us a date, and they built it in the time frame.”

 

Click here to see more of Maren’s cabins 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

David’s Rustic Cabin, a Family Holiday Home

A trip to the Cedarspan™ display centre led David on a path to a tree change lifestyle.

“We were looking around at what was available, and we went out to Girraween. I said to Doug, ‘how much is this one?’”

 

As it turned out, it was for sale.

“We bought your ex-display cabin.”

 

30C70 with cedar upgrade, elevated floor, and additional verandah and deck

Since then, it’s been a holiday home and a place for his children to experience a simpler life.

“We’ve got two money drainers. They’re both young adults now.”

“They all learned how to drive out there.”

 

The Cedarspan™ verandah and deck is the perfect spot to enjoy nature

Set on 110 acres, it’s far from city life.

“We escape out to the bush on weekends.”

 

David recounts how he and his wife built their country lifestyle.

“It was already erected. The guys at Cedarspan™ pulled it all down, and Elke and I rebuilt it on our property.”

“Doug supplied all the plans, and there was always the backup there by phone. So it was all pretty straightforward.”

 

The Cedarspan™ prefab panels arrive, ready for assembly

It was the ease of construction that appealed most to David.

“There’s good engineering behind it.”

“You can pick up a panel and bolt it together in the modular style, and away you go.”

 

Rustic charm: A partially complete internal fit-out

In completing the internal fit-out, David says he’s in no rush.

“We don’t make it a chore. We do a little bit each time. Finally, we’re up to finishing the ceiling one day.”

 

And his advice for anyone considering a tree change?

“If you can handle being out in nature and not having a coffee shop around the corner. Do it! Personally, I enjoy the bush.”

 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

Rick’s Cedar Cabin, a Family’s Special Place

Rick was once an empty-nester, but circumstances have changed.

“The problem with older girls is they tend to go away and come back.”

“I have wound up having a full house again.”

 

It was 2006 when Rick had his Cedarspan™ installed.

“At the time, we had a full house and nowhere for guests to stay, so we wanted to build a cabin.”

 

The prefab Cedarspancabin was built 15 years ago

He chose a 20C50 with cedar upgrade and an additional verandah and deck.

“Shortly after it was finished, my kids moved out and then we had a big house full of empty rooms.”

 

But soon, his children were back. It seems the cabin is the place where his children love to return.

“Now, my eldest daughter lives in the cabin by herself.”

 

Rick’s daughter has created a comfortable home

It’s been 15 years since Rick set out to add a prefab structure to his property.

He recalls working with the Cedarspan™ team.

“They were very accommodating.”

“It was easy for us. We knew what we wanted.”

 

Cedarspan20C50 with cedar upgrade and additional verandah and deck

Reflecting on how the cabin has improved the property, Rick says it was a wise investment.

“It was very good value for money.”

“We certainly couldn’t have built anything better for what we needed.”

“My daughter, who is living in it, wants to build one when she finally moves out.”

 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

Linda’s Stylish Cabin, a Place for Happy Family Memories

A visit to the Cedarspan™ display centre inspired Linda to add a prefab cabin to her property.

“I liked the look of them and how they fit together as a kit.”

 

That was 25 years ago.

“It’s been wonderful.”

“It’s sturdy. It hasn’t moved. It hasn’t leaked.”

 

Cedarspan™ 20C30 with cedar upgrade and double-hung windows

Linda and her husband chose a 20C30 with a cedar upgrade.

By adding an annex, the couple has divided the space, creating two zones.

“The back part serves as my husband’s tool shed, and the front part has served as an extra family room for many years.”

 

Over the years, the cabin’s use has evolved.

Back when Linda’s sons were teenagers, it served a whole other purpose.

“It was a music practice room for two sons who are now professional musicians.”

 

Linda added an annex (left) creating two zones within the cabin

Linda and her husband even used the space to host a marching band.

“Because it’s insulated, it turned out to be a perfect music room for a couple of trombone players.”

 

Nowadays, it’s Linda’s dedicated creative space.

“I’m using it for my upholstery studio. I do lots of different crafts.”

 

Linda uses the cabin as an upholstery studio

When it came to assembling the structure, it was a DIY project.

“My husband and a kid from down the street who was doing his carpentry apprentice put it together. It went together easily.”

 

Form & Function: the multipurpose cabin is a striking feature

For the outside, Linda and her husband chose a striking colour scheme.

“We decided to spruce it up, so we put some black paint on it. It looks really smart, and we went with a red door just because.”

“I love the look of the English cabins. We travelled a bit, and that certainly was an inspiration.”

 

And what’s Linda’s advice for anyone considering a Cedarspan™?

“I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s great quality, very flexible. You are getting full use of the space.”

 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

Two Rustic Cabins Make a Country Lifestyle Dream

It’s a tale of two Cedarspan™ cabins.

One old.

One new. 

The original has been standing for 25 years.

When Max moved onto the property, he decided to add another.

“Once we determined we wanted to keep it the same, we contacted Cedarspan

 

A 30C50 was added beside the existing cabin, and an annex joins the two. 

A Cedarspan™ 30C50 joins the original cabin

“There were a few different designs we went through. Doug helped us out with that process.”

“Cedarspanwas quite accommodating when we needed to change things.”

 

The prefab Cedarspan™ being built beside the original cabin

On the inside, the theme is rustic charm. 

“It fits into our country style living. It fits with living in a rural setting.”

The Cedarspanexposed beams add warmth and texture to the room

The Cedarspan™ high-pitched ceiling and steel trusses create a distinct look

Anyone who visits the property agrees. 

“They think it’s gorgeous. They think the spot itself is gorgeous. They love the timber.”

Side by side: The 30C50 (left) and the original cabin a 30C30 (right)

A decade on from adding the second cabin, Max is glad he did. 

“It’s improved the value of our property significantly.”

“For what we wanted and the price we paid, it was well within budget.”

 

Are you dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

A Country Cabin, a Place for Family Memories

“It’s so functional. It’s fantastic.”

“We can’t imagine not having it.”

 

It’s here where Glynis and her family enjoy a separate and practical space on their property.

“We use it all the time.”

 

She chose a Cedarspan™ 40H60 with Wethertex cladding and two verandahs.

By adding barn doors, she’s given it a distinct look.

“We wanted ours to look like a rural barn. We wanted it to compliment the house that we built.”

 

Cedarspan™ 40H60 in Wethertex cladding with additional verandahs and barn-style double doors

So what does Glynis love most?

“The loftiness of it. We went for extra height. We went for higher walls, and you’ve got such a fantastic sense of airiness and space.”

 “It makes it seem so much bigger because of the height.”

 

The Cedarspan™ high pitched ceilings create a welcoming atmosphere

Glynis says the cabin has exceeded expectations.

“I can’t put a figure on it, but it has been far more useful than we could have ever imagined.”

“In terms of its use, it’s invaluable.”

 

Assembling the prefab structure was a team effort.

“The barn was incredibly easy to put up.”

“We don’t know what we’re doing, but my son does know what he’s doing, and he has two friends who are both carpenters.”

“So four of them with us as labour put the whole thing up to a weather tight stage in one weekend.”

 

The cabin also finds practical use.

“The verandahs are so beautiful. On and off, we store so much stuff under the verandahs because they’re so weatherproof.”

 

The Cedarspan™ prefab design provided ease of construction, making it a DIY project

Most of all, the Cedarspan™ is a focal point for family memories.

“We had a Christmas in it once, and we had 16 sitting in it for dinner. It was great.”

 

And it’s convenient when the adults need a break, too.

“We dump all the kids in there. All the teenagers all go over there, and we have some peace and quiet over here!”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve been building cabins, barns & cottages across Australia for over 40 years.

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

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

A Charming Cabin, a Couple’s Solution to Different Needs

It was 2009 when Wayne and Carol added a Cedarspan™ to their property.

“I would have been happy with one of those prefab steel sheds. But I thought we’d get something that’s nice.”

“My wife doesn’t like ugly,” Wayne said.

 

And so, here stands a robust, functional and aesthetically pleasing structure.

Cedarspan™ 20H40 with cedar upgrade, additional windows, and skylights

Two years ago, a storm caused a large tree to fall on their cabin.

“It was cosmetic damage to one end of the roof and the side.”

 

After the storm: A fallen tree caused minimal damage to the cabin

“That little bit of damage to the shed allowed us to get an insurance claim to have another tree removed from the property.”

“The council was resistant to cutting it down even though it looked like it was going to blow down.”

“In the end, it got cut down because it had fungus in the roots.”

 

Flexible design: Wayne and Carol chose the size and orientation of windows and doors

Wayne recalls the flexibility in designing the cabin with the Cedarspan™ team.

“It was an evolving process. I kept sending my ideas to Doug, and he kept updating the plans.”

“I was amazed at the speed at which it went up,” Carol added.

 

Split in two – the bottom level of the Cedarspan™ allows Wayne to store his belongings. While the loft is Carol’s domain.

The Cedarspan™ loft area: Carol’s creative domain

“I love it. I’m a bit of an introvert, and I need alone time. So it’s a bit of a haven there.”

“She sews and paints up there, listens to her music and does yoga.”

“She puts on her music, and she goes into another space,” Wayne added.

 

The couple’s different lifestyles allow them both to enjoy the space.

Here’s what lock-up stage looks like with the visible foil sarking

“Wayne has a lot of stuff, and I needed some space of my own.”

“I get up there, and he’s not even allowed up. So he put that ban on himself.”

“Carol is a minimalist, and I’m into detail. We’re opposites. She wants to throw out all my stuff!”

 

An easy and economical way to add space and value to your property

As a Former Tax Auditor, Wayne is pleased with his investment.

“If it’s attractive, it has to improve the value of the property. If anyone bought this property as it is, I’m sure they would knock the house down and leave the shed.”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve 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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

 

Scott’s Man Cave and Sheep Shearing Shed with a View

“I wanted it to blend into the hillside.”

“I’m very happy with the way it looks and sits in this environment.”

 

What a view! The Cedarspan™ cottage (right) creates a contrast with the main dwelling

Set on 13 acres with North Bruny Island as the backdrop, what’s not to love?

Before moving here, Scott lived on a commercially operated farm.

“I needed a shearing shed barn combination.”

“I tried in Tasmania, and nothing came up. That’s when I checked out your website, which looked like it had the aesthetics I was requiring.”

 

The prefab Cedarspan™ panels made their way from New South Wales to Tasmania.

Road Trip: The Cedarspanpanels transported from NSW to Tasmania

“I wanted to make sure it was an authentic barn rather than building one of those iron sheds.”

“I was very impressed with cedar as a timber.”

 

The Cedarspan™ creates a contrast to the rest of the property. It also gives Scott a comfortable home away from home.

On the inside, he added a partition wall to separate the living space from the shearing shed, making it a multipurpose area.

“It’s given me what I wanted, and efficient small space to have as a house, but it’s a cottage.”

“I’ve moved out of the Airbnb which was my home. I can now have 14 people staying in my B&B.”

 

Cedarspan 30H60 with cedar upgrade and additional verandah

He calls it ‘The Caretaker’s Cottage’.

“It’s morphed from being a shearing shed and storage area to now having a functioning kitchen and bathroom.”

“I reconstructed the doors, so I’ve got a catching pen outside. I bring them through some swinging doors. We have a letting out pen as well.”

 

Scott has further changed the design by modifying the original verandah. He also added an awning, sliding doors, and a tennis-hit-up board.

Scott has modified the original design to suit his needs. Click the image to enlarge

And the highlight so far?

“Having my friends up here for the first time to entertain them in my cabin.”

“I have grandkids, so they all use it for their little play hut.”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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

As a 3rd-generation family business, we’ve 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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan