An All-White Barn to Inspire Your Country Lifestyle Dream

“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 amongst a homestead and cottage, complementing its surroundings.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Custom-size Loft Barn 40H60 in board and batten with barn-style double doors, and colorbond roof in Woodland Grey

 

“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.

 

It’s a nice day for a white wedding, the Cedarspan™ barn provides the perfect backdrop

 

“Every week, I have a photoshoot.”

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

 

The classic barn inspired a coastal-themed photoshoot. Picture credit @ozdesignfurniture

 

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

 

It was 2016 when Sydney couple Mel and Matt hit the road searching for a tree change, settling in Grose Wold.

“We ended up finding this house outside of the bubble that we lived in forever, and we are happy that we moved up here.”

“We needed a single-story house because my husband had some big health issues, and he couldn’t manage the stairs very well.”

 

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

“It’s man heaven.”

“He adores that space. He loves it.”

“Everyone needs to have their space to go to unwind. He is such a good handyman, so he makes things and builds things.”

 

The Cedarspan™ Loft barn, manufactured in a few weeks, installed in a few days

 

Installed to lock-up stage, insulation is a standard feature of all Cedarspan™ barns, cabins, and cottages

 

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.”

 

And now, Mel has a new vision for the property.

“Our plan moving forward is to open our garden for people who want to visit. Our barn will feature heavily in what we do here.”

 

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.

 

 

Exploring NSW: Brooklyn

Sydneysiders, the ultimate weekend escape awaits you!

Brooklyn, just a short drive from Sydney, is a cozy waterside town that will make you feel a million miles from the city. 😍

Enjoy a relaxing cruise of the Hawkesbury via @theriverboatpostman, grab a fresh bite to eat at Life Boat Seafoods, and then stay the night in a cozy Airbnb on Dangar Island. 🌲👌😉

Scroll down for our full list of what to do & where to stay in Brooklyn. 

 

EXPERIENCE: A relaxing river cruise 

 

The first Riverboat Postman started the run in 1910, delivering mail and essentials to residents of nearby Dangar Island.

The tradition continues today, where you can join the Postman on his run and experience a relaxing river cruise, beautiful scenery and a hearty lunch onboard.

The friendly skippers are locals who have lived in the area their whole lives, and will tell you all the best stories of the river, 95% of which are true. 😂

 

The cruise departs daily every weekday (Monday to Friday) except Public Holidays from the Brooklyn Public Wharf (see the ferry icon on the map) at 10am, returning at about 1.15pm.

 

Bookings are essential. 

Call 0400 600 111 or click here to book online. 

 
The Riverboat Postman : an unforgettable cruise

No complaints about the view! #luckyskipper

 

The Riverboat Postman's ticket office is a custom-order Cedarspan Loft Cottage!

The Riverboat Postman’s ticket office is a custom-order Cedarspan Loft Cottage. Manufactured in-factory in a few weeks, delivered and assembled in a few days. 

 

EAT: Unforgettable Anzac Cookies & Super-Fresh Seafood

 

Let’s not forget the most important part of any weekend escape: FOOD.

Whilst exploring Brooklyn, a must-visit for lunch or dinner is Life Boat Seafoods.

Just a short walk frrom the Riverboat Postman ticket office, this venue offers a wide selection of fresh seafood, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. 

Whilst exploring the Brooklyn area, a must-visit for lunch or dinner is Life Boat Seafoods.

Whilst exploring the Brooklyn area, a must-visit for lunch or dinner is Life Boat Seafoods.

 

You didnt think we’d forget to explain the Anzacs, did you?

A highlight of taking the Riverboat Cruise is the unforgettable Anzac cookies served onboard.

 Put best by the skippers themselves: “Our coffee is real, our tea is hot, and our famous ANZAC biscuits are home-made daily to Grandma’s recipe!”

(If youre lucky, you might even walk away with a copy of the recipe!) 😉

 

STAY: in a cozy cabin on Dangar Island

 

 A cozy waterfront timber cabin on the beautiful Dangar Island, The Boat House is our pick for where to stay on your Brooklyn getaway!

Set on the beautiful Hawkesbury River, this is not just a ‘river view’. The boathouse is literally on the riverbank. Tastefully decorated with a cosy wood burning fire, your own bathroom. Bring whatever you need to eat and drink and settle in to get away from it all. We have cosy blankets, great books, games, wine glasses and everything you need for a romantic getaway or some family time.”

The Boathouse is boat-only access, and there are no shops or restaurants on the island, so make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the night.

If you’re on The Riverboat Postman,  get off at Milsons Point Wharf, ready for a cozy night in the cabin by the fire or on the beach under the stars!

 

Where to stay in Brooklyn: The boat house on Dangar Island

Where to stay in Brooklyn: The boat house on Dangar Island

 

We love exploring rural NSW and all of the treasures this beautiful state has to offer!

Where should we explore next? Tag us on Instagram (@cedarspan) and we’ll add your favourite place to our #explorensw bucketlist! 

xx Team Cedarspan

 

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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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Exploring NSW: Things to see & do in Gerringong

The second exciting destination of our #explorensw series is the town of Gerringong.

Just 10 minutes from iconic Kiama on the south coast of NSW, Gerringong boasts gorgeous beaches, fine food and fun experiences to be had. 

We first came across this little gem of a town when we stumbled upon the @soulofgerringong Instagram account which paints a gorgeous picture of cozy weekends away: soft crushed linen, long starry nights and hot chocolate by a crackling fire.

Read on for our roundup of The Best things to See & Do in this charming seaside town.

 

1. EAT // Piles of Pancakes, Local Sweets & Good Coffee

A key ingredient to a good time is good food and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Gerringong.

 

The Blue Swimmer Restaurant

First stop is the Blue Swimmer Restaurant. Open from 7am every morning, this charming European Bistro by the Sea is the perfect spot to drop by for a relaxing brunch with ocean views.

(Kitchen closes at 3pm most days, so we’d suggest you make this right after your sleep in and before the day’s activities).

More stunning pics from The Blue Swimmer here and here

 

 The Blue Goose Cafe

If a quick bite and a good coffee is what you’re after,  The Blue Goose cafe is a must-visit.

This pretty little location boasts mouthwatering cakes and slices, all made in-house, as well as towering burgers and pancake stacks. (Holiday appetite activated!)

There’s also plenty of gluten-free options available (and they look amazing too!) 

 

2. EXPERIENCE // Hands-on Workshops at Buena Vista Farm 

An ‘old farmhouse by the sea’, Buena Vista Farm will take you back to your roots with hands-on classes taught right on the farm.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at sourdough baking, cheese making or fermenting, be sure to secure your spot before this popular activity sells out!

And for the coffee lovers, there’s a ‘Bean to Barista’ course which takes you through the whole process of harvesting, processing & roasting coffee beans. (You’ll also take home a small tree in a pot and a bag of roasted coffee. All snacks and a delicious farm lunch are included.)

For bookings visit buenavistafarm.com.au and definitely check out @buenavistafarm on Instagram to see Fiona’s inspiring updates from the farm.

 

 

 

3. EXPLORE // Saddleback Mountain & Werri Beach 

Rising to about 600m above sea level, Saddleback Mountain is a photographers dream.

You can drive up to the lookout, or if you’re keen for some cardio, follow one of the bushwalking paths up the mountain.

The views at the top will be worth it!

image via instagram @nbattishall

 

image via instagram @trinnny93

 

Werri Beach

Another must-visit whilst in Gerringong is the family-friendly Werri Beach.

The beach is 1.5km long, and great for paddling and surfing, with a lagoon & rockpool at one end for the kids.

The beach is also the access point for the Werri Beach to Kiama Coastal Walk, which is approximately 6km. Find out more about the walk here.

image via instagram @mmikibacksunday

image via instagram @___forthelove

 

4. RELAX // The Soul of Gerringong & Jerrymara Farm

At the end of each activity-filled day, sit back and relax with a glass of wine.

 

The Soul of Gerringong

The lounge area, outdoor seating and inground pool at Soul of Gerringong set the scene for perfect long summer nights, whilst the indoor fire makes a winter getaway look good too! 

soul of gerringong accomodation

Image via @soulofgerringong

soul of gerringong accomodation

Image via @soulofgerringong

soul of gerringong accomodation

Image via @soulofgerringong

Bookings can be made at www.soulofgerringong.com.au.

 More eye candy here: 

 

Jerry Mara Farm 

Another pretty accommodation option in Gerringong is the Jerry Mara Farm.

A secluded rural estate set on a large property, the farm boasts two spacious cottages with stunning interiors. Relaxing bedrooms feature private ensuites and inviting lounge areas will make you feel right at home.

Outdoors, guests can enjoy a vine-covered patio with outdoor seating, a large deck, fire pit with seating, tennis court and a gorgeous pool!

It’s easy to see why Jerry Mara farm was named as one of the best Airbnb’s by Urban List! 

Click here for more photos of this beautiful location.

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We love exploring rural NSW and all of the special treasures this beautiful state has to offer!

Join us at @cedarspan as we celebrate the Relaxing Rural Lifestyle.

 

Adding a Cedarspan barn, cottage or cabin to your own property is easy & fast.

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