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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

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.

 

Click here to see more of Karen’s cabin 

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.”

 

Click here for more of Tony’s story

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

 

Tony’s Horse Stables and Guest Accommodation

“We love it, and everyone comments on how great they look.”

 

Two Cedarspan™ structures stand side by side, adding both value and charm to this rural property.

“From our perspective, having them in there looks appealing, and part of the joy of having a horse property is being able to put beautiful buildings on there.”

 

Tony chose two Cedarspan™ 20H60 structures.

“We were always going to have the horse stables, and the second building has been turned into a studio.”

 

20H60 in board and batten with additional verandah

Tony says working with the Cedarspan™ design team was a flexible process, allowing him to make his horse stables fit for purpose.

“It was straightforward, pretty easy.”

“I gave them dimensions of openings for stable doors. We were then able to utilise our supply of stable doors.”

 

Tony added his own stable doors to the Cedarspan™ structure

Those who visit are impressed. 

“When we bring clients onto the property, they can see that the stables are nice and the horses are very well looked after.”

“What mainly appealed to me was the design. I didn’t want to build the typical steel fabrication horse stable.”

 

Side by side: Two Cedarspan™ 20H60 barns add value and charm to this property

The second structure is used for accommodation.

The loft design gave us a lot of flexibility in how we were going to use the space.”

“We have a person renting that at the moment.”

 

Fit-out arranged by Tony. Images by Oakwood Bathrooms

“The plan is that my daughter might move in there down the track. We might use it for farm accommodation.”

 

The Cedarspan™ loft provides extra lifestyle space

Tony says, adding the Cedarspan™ structures to his property has been a wise investment.

“The stables are part of the commercial enterprise we run here, and the studio is paying for itself.”

 

For anyone considering adding a prefab structure to their property, Tony shares his advice.

“If you want something with a bit of character, these designs work well.”

“It’s easy to put up if people have a small acreage and want to build a secondary dwelling.”

 

Want to build your own rural lifestyle?

 

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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

3 Majestic Barns to Inspire Your Country Lifestyle

Living off the grid is a dream many Australians hold.

These days more and more people are making it their reality.

Cedarspan™ customers share how their classic barns shaped their country lifestyles.

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

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

“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.”

 

Making a 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 focusing on family.

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

 

Form meets function: A traditional barn and a multifunctional space

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.”

 

Click here to see more of Scott’s barn

 

Loft Barn 40H60 in board and batten with barn-style double doors

Mel has built not only a practical barn but also a beautiful space.

“We have people stopping in the street, looking at it and taking photos.”

 

White, traditional, and loved for its simplicity.

This Cedarspan™ barn is set on three acres of land.

It stands amongst a homestead and cottage, complementing its surroundings.

All-white inspiration, the Cedarspan™ barn complements the homestead at Belle Heath

Mel and Matt chose a custom-size Loft Barn in board and batten with barn-style double doors.

“We wanted a barn, and thankfully Cedarspan™ had the design we were after. They had the traditional style.”

“I think board and batten is making a comeback. The fact that it’s been around for a long time, it is quite on-trend.”

“The barn doors attract people. It’s a huge feature.”

 

And a photographer’s dream.

“Every week, I have a photoshoot.”

“Oz Design, Flower Power, Pet Barn, and Married at First Sight have filmed here.”

 

Away from the lights and cameras, the barn takes on practical use.

“My husband races cars. We needed something that could be multi-purpose, a larger three-car garage.”

 

Multi-purpose space, the barn also serves as a three-car garage

The barn has since provided Matt with a space to pursue his hobbies.

“It’s man heaven.”

“He adores that space. He loves it.”

 

Mel says she and her husband have embraced the rural lifestyle since fleeing the big smoke.

“The barn certainly goes a long way to give us that feeling.”

“It did start us off on a beautiful path of designing the rest of the three acres.”

 

Click here for more of Mel’s barn

 

30H40 with cedar upgrade. Measures 7.2m x 5.6m

This barn was Simon’s getaway for five years.

It was a place to enjoy camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and bushwalking.

To this day, Simon’s favourite memory from the cabin is the day it was installed.

The Cedarspan™ crew working through the night to complete the installation

“When the boys were putting the cabin up, I went up there. I missed them on the first day.”

“When the walls were put up, I just realised the size of it.”

“It was perhaps beyond my expectations, and it’s a solid piece of kit.”

 

Once installed to lock-up stage, Simon made it his own.

“I like the contrast the standout. The red door, for me it was a standout.”

“When you see it, it’s a beacon looking back through the bush.”

 

The classic cedar barn even endured one of Australia’s worst bushfire seasons.

Click here for more of Simon’s story

 

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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan

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.

A Warm and Cosy Home, a Daughter’s Gift to Her Mother

One in seven Australians is over 65.

And as our population ages, more and more families are caring for their parents.

“Having your independence and having community nearby is part of your humanity. It’s what builds our confidence and what makes you feel capable and needed.”

 

When Emma needed a comfortable and safe home for her 87-year-old mother, Elma, she chose a Cedarspan™ cottage.

“She had spent years with us taking care of her, and she felt ready to live a bit more independently again but wasn’t ready to stray too far away from us.”

Classic charm, the Cedarspan™ cottage looks right at home in the Southern Highlands

 

When the family moved from Victoria to the Southern Highlands, they bought an acre of land, intending to build a cottage close to the main house.

“We are in a weatherboard cottage; it’s about 100 years old. We wanted something that was a natural echo of that.”

 

Emma chose a 30C50 with cedar upgrade and an additional verandah along the length.

“All the people I dealt with, and any flexibility I wanted with it, there was always an openness for discussion. They were fantastic.”

“We added the stairs, and we put the verandah on the front in a way that we could then potentially add a ramp for mum if we do get to that stage.”

 

The customisable Cedarspan™ has given the family flexibility to add a ramp for improved access

The cottage has been renovated to suit Elma’s needs.

“She’s had a major stroke since then.”

“My brother did a lot of the fit-out for the kitchen and laundry to her specifications.”

“It’s an adjustable little design, and it amazes me how flexible it can continue to be.”

 

Emma’s brother completed the fit-out for the kitchen and laundry

 

Roof and wall insulation is a standard feature of all Cedarspan™ cabins.

“I put some good heating in as well, and because it’s so well insulated, it heats and cools so beautifully and easily for her.”

Emma has created a warm and comfortable home for her mother

Handcrafted and customisable, this classic Cedarspan™ cottage provided a straightforward and convenient process for the family.

“Cedarspan™ had a lot of options. The fact that you can change dimensions and measurements, those things worked well.”

“The price point was pretty fantastic for what you get in the end. It’s an enormous amount of work.”

“Very, very quickly up pops up this gorgeous little home.”

 

The foundation: Our Cedarspan™ Engineered GRID Pier Floor System results in extra stability

Quick assembly, saving you from lengthy, messy, and noisy construction

Once installed to lock-up stage, Emma chose to complement the character and charm of the Southern Highlands area and the main house.

Cedarspan™ 30C50 with cedar upgrade, measures 5.6m x 9m

“We wanted something fairly neutral, so we went with dark charcoal that would blend into the landscape a bit more.”

“We didn’t want to go into contemporary, new-age designs.”

“It looks quite natural and beautiful in the setting.”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway?

 

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

Experience Oberon – and stay in a 5 Star Cedarspan Alpine Chalet!

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway just a short road trip from Sydney, you can’t go past Oberon.

Write a bucket list, pack the car and escape the city for a few days of relaxation. 

From Jenolan Caves to the stunning Mayfield Gardens, there are plenty of attractions to explore while you’re in the area, and top-rated local dining options to get your breakfast, lunch or dinner.  

Now, you can also stay in a classic Cedarspan cabin as you enjoy all that Oberon has to offer!

Scroll down to see the beautiful Alpine Chalet that our clients have created with their Cedarspan loft cabin. 

“Lake Oberon Estate is arguably the best location in Oberon & the perfect destination to simply escape from the city to the mountains for a relaxing weekend with family and friends.

Our 5 Star spacious Alpine Chalets are fully appointed with many luxuries to make your stay a memorable country experience on over 120 acres with some of the most amazing views and direct access to Lake Oberon.”

 

Images via Lake Oberon Estate on Airbnb

 

 

 

Lounge & Dining in Cedarspan Loft Cabin on Airbnb

The loft + high pitched ceilings of the cabin create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere

 

Cedarspan Cabin Airbnb

Spacious & well-furnished, for a relaxing stay

 

The Chalet was created using a Cedarspan 40H70 Cabin with two lofts.

 

Cedarspan Airbnb floorplan

With so much space, the beautiful chalet is perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

 

 

 

 

The chalet can accommodate up to 6 guests in its 3 bedrooms.

 

The full kitchen means you can prepare your own meals during your stay

 

The chalet also boasts a well-equipped, spacious laundry

 

Plenty of dining areas for relaxing over a great meal

 

Enjoy the breathtaking views during the day, or sit under the stars at night around a cozy campfire

 

Outdoor bar + bbq area for summer nights

 

These stunning photos have us all wishing we could stay a night here, and adding Oberon to our bucketlists!

Now, more than ever, it’s important to support our local tourism industry if we can (and as government regulations permit). 

Click here to see this property or book your stay on Airbnb.

Find out more about Lake Oberon Estate at lakeoberonestate.com.au

 

Feeling inspired?

If you’re thinking about creating your own Airbnb with a prefab Cedarspan cabin, we’re here and ready to make it as easy as possible for you.

CEDARSPAN™ buildings are pre-made in our western Sydney factory to lock-up stage (externally complete) and then assembled onsite in just few days. 

It really is the quickest & easiest way to build on any rural property and has been proven time & time again since we started in 1976.

We have installers we can recommend to make it even easier for you.

Click here to download our price list, which contains dimensions + pricing for the Cedarspan range. We’ll be in contact within a few days to answer any questions you may have.

Already downloaded the price list? Click here to schedule a phone call so we can help you further. 

 

A holiday home built in under a week!

Approximately 6 hours’ drive north of Sydney, in a cozy little corner of New South Wales, you’ll find a fascinating place called Hanging Rock.

This picturesque town is exactly where one Sydney family chose to build their Holiday Home. (in under a week!)

  

 

The Holiday Home was a traditional Cedar Loft Cabin.

After being factory-constructed in panels, the cabin was driven to site and construction began.

Cedarspan’s prefab construction method means that large trucks and cranes are not required, and the piered floor system means no concrete slab is required.

Once the panels arrive onsite, it only takes one week for the entire building to be assembled. 

 

 

With Cedarspan’s Quick Installation, the Building was complete in under a week.

Click here to watch us build a cabin!

 

A beautiful outlook. This Cedarspan Loft Cottage in Hanging Rock, NSW was built in under a week.

A beautiful outlook. This Cedarspan Loft Cottage in Hanging Rock, NSW was built in under a week.

 

The large verandah creates the perfect space for a cuppa or two. 

A great escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.

 

The Holiday Home features premium Western Red Cedar Cladding, stained with Cedarshield and a Colorbond Roof in 'Woodland Grey'

The Holiday Home features premium Western Red Cedar Cladding, stained with Cedarshield and a Colorbond Roof in ‘Woodland Grey’

 

Pitched ceilings create the most beautiful atmosphere inside a home. 💕

You will notice there are no cross braces required inside,  making the room seem more spacious.

This special construction style is unique to Cedarspan, proving popular with Australians over the last 40+ years.

  

Inside, the walls are lined with EasyCraft wall lining - a quick and tidy alternative to traditional plasterboard.

Inside, the walls are lined with EasyCraft wall lining – a quick and tidy alternative to traditional plasterboard.

 

The view looking down from the Loft of a Cedarspan Holiday Kit Home in Hanging Rock, NSW

The view looking down from the Loft. Cedarspan Holiday Kit Home in Hanging Rock, NSW

 

By incorporating natural timbers, white walls and muted colours, the owners have turned this holiday home into a cozy, relaxing retreat.

Beautiful natural patterns of the wooden floor separate the kitchen area from the living area.

This flooring (available with all Cedarspan buildings) has been stained to protect against spills. A quick & easy DIY project.

 

The ownders have added corrugated steel siding to prevent animals and snakes from getting under the home. The piered floor that the home sits on means that no levelling or concrete slabs were required.

The owners have added corrugated steel siding to prevent animals and snakes from getting under the home. The piered floor that the home sits on means that no levelling or concrete slabs were required.

 

Photos courtesty of Ray White Tamworth. View the original listing here. 

 

 

Cedarspan is a 3rd-generation family business that have been building cabins across Australia for over 40 years.

We’d love to show you just how fast & easy it is to add a barn, cabin or cottage to your property.

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

More pics? Come & say hi on Instagram: @cedarspan 

 

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Australian Family had their holiday home built in a week.