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?

 

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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!”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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Joe’s Charming Country Cabin, Built to Last

“We built a house, and then with plenty of space, we decided to go for a cabin.”

 

Set on 10 acres of land, this Cedarspan™ creates a picture-perfect scene. 

“It was excellent value for money because it was affordable in the first place.”

 

It was 2005 when Joe added the prefab cabin to his property. 

Cedarspan™ 20C30 with cedar upgrade, and additional verandah and deck

“The structure is the sort of thing that would last for ages. We did sell it after 12 years, and at that stage, it looked good as new.”

 

He recalls the design process, choosing the size and orientation of windows and doors. 

“We came up and visited Cedarspan™, and I was impressed with the flexibility.”

“I was very impressed that you could choose a panel and the size of window you wanted in it.”

 

Sixteen years on, Joe remembers delivery day well. 

“It was daunting at the beginning, but as we got into it, we realised that all you had to do was a bit like following a recipe.”

“Each panel was easily managed by one or two people, which was an important factor because I was hoping to do it without needing builders.”

 

One by one the prefab Cedarspanpanels go up

The ease of construction made it a DIY project

Joe enlisted the help of his family. 

“My children, son-in-law, grandkids, and wife were all part of the building process.”

“All the panels were pre-drilled, so all we had to do was put the bolts through them and tighten them up. It was quite incredible how all the panels would line up.”

 

Joe painted his Cedarspan™ prefab cabin grey to blend in with the landscape

The country cabin also created a special place for the grandkids to enjoy a simpler life. 

“They loved coming up to our few acres there. It was a real opportunity for them to get into the bush and have plenty of room to play.”

 

The cabin provides a quiet place to retreat from the main house

Joe says the cabin was also a highlight for prospective buyers. 

“It certainly added more than the cost of it to the value of the property.”

“When we sold it, people were more excited about the cabin than the house!”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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Barbara and Ian’s Cedar Cabin, a Peaceful Backyard Retreat

“It was attractive, and because we were able to make it match the house, it didn’t detract from the garden.”

 

A prefab Cedarspanwas ideal for making Barbara and Ian’s cabin look like a natural extension of their home.

“It appealed to us because it was cedar and matched the house.”

 

They chose a 20C40 with cedar upgrade, cedar doors, and cedar windows.

Cedarspan™  20C40 with cedar upgrade, cedar doors, and cedar windows

 

“We were looking for something to house his workshop,” Barbara explained.

“Prior to that, any work that had been done on the verandah and if it looked like rain, everything had to be packed up.”

“We also needed somewhere to store our bikes and the woodfire.”

“The bikes and the wood did not get accommodated in the Cedarspan™  because it was far too good!”

 

Barbara recalls the easy process of designing their Cedarspan™ cabin.

“We have absolutely no complaints.”

 “One of the  attractive things was you dealt with the paperwork.”

 

The cabin also set the backdrop for their thriving garden.

“We utilised the front of it for growing passion fruit, and because of the sun, we had wonderful crops there.”

 

Prefab Cedarspan™ cabin assembled in panels, providing ease of construction

The customisable design also provided the couple with privacy.

Barbara and Ian chose the size and orientation of the windows and doors.

“We had no windows in the back of the building because that was against the side fence and our neighbour’s yard.”

 

Visitors and locals also admired the prefab structure.

“Because it had a workbench, a lounge chair, a refrigerator, a bed, a toilet, we called it the palace.”

“There was an old man who lived over the road, and he was a real Aussie, and he said, ‘I’m moving in!'”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

 

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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?

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Carol’s Country Cottage, a Mother’s Gift to Her Son

“If we ever had the opportunity to build one again. In a heartbeat. It was a wonderful experience.”

 

It was 2008 when Carol and her husband, Ian, looked into installing a prefab cabin.

“My son was going to university in Armidale, and he had a large dog, so we couldn’t find a house to rent.”

“We liked the look of Uralla, and so we found a block of land that was suitable at a very reasonable price and thought we would build a kit home on it.”

 

Cedarspan™ 30H50 with cedar upgrade, and additional verandahs and decks

And so began the process of planning and designing their Cedarspan™  cabin.

“What we were impressed by was how you could reconfigure the design.”

“The price was very reasonable.”

 

The prefab design provides ease of construction, which allowed Carol and Ian to help with the build.

“We found a local builder who was marvellous.”

“We participated, which made it feel special. Each wall we painted with the Cedarshield™ on the outside. My husband myself and my youngest son painted it before it went up.”

 

It wasn’t only a memorable experience for Carol but also for the locals.

“The whole town saw it go up.”

“People would drive past and wave, and sometimes they would drop in and have a chat because they wanted to have a look at what was going on.”

 

The prefab Cedarspan™  provided ease of construction. Panels stained with Cedarshield™ 

Carol also found joy in completing the internal fit-out.

“I’m a home decorator, so I loved the aspect of picking out our tiles, our tapware.”

“Painting the inside to the colours that we wanted.”

 

Reflecting on 2008, Carol says building the prefab Cedarspan™  cabin was a rewarding experience.

“To think we were providing a home for our son, we got a lot of satisfaction out of that.”

“We did enquire at one stage about extending it, and it wasn’t a problem. Very versatile, and the range of designs is just lovely.”

“If we had the opportunity to do it again, we would.”

 

For Carol, the most significant highlight was witnessing her son living independently.

“When Tim was a young man at home, he was a little grub, but he took pride in this little home.”

“You opened his pantry, and everything was so tidy and in place.”

“He took pride in it, and it was his little domain.”

 

Dreaming of your own rural getaway or home?

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Inside Andrew’s Cosy Country Cabin

“It’s one of the ideal places you could live.”

“It’s set amongst gum trees, overlooking paddocks, and there’s also a view of the city of Adelaide.”

 

For Andrew and Esther, adding a Cedarspan™ to their property was all about family.

Cedarspan™ cabin with cedar upgrade, and galvanised steel piers, an upgrade for bushfire prone areas

“It was built as an extra dwelling for a family member who wants to live independently.”

“We have a rural property in the hills area. So we wanted to choose something compatible with the natural surrounds.”

 

For 45 years, Cedarspan™ has been building barns, cabins, and cottages all around Australia.

Andrew recalls the day his prefab cabin arrived by truck from New South Wales to South Australia.

Delivery day: Prefab Cedarspan™ transported from NSW to SA

“Delivery was terrific. It all went smoothly.”

“My sons, who are carpenters, built it. Even someone without carpentry skills can put it up because it’s modular.”

“From start to finish, the team were really helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We had all the information we needed whenever we wanted it.”

 

Cedarspan™ prefab panels provide ease of construction, making it a DIY project

In 2012, the family built a 30C40 at the rear of their dwelling on their rural acreage.

“It’s 60 metres away.”

“It’s peace of mind to have a family member close.”

 

The Cedarspan™ verandah, a quiet place to relax among the gum trees

Completing the internal fit-out, Andrew and Esther have created a warm and inviting home.

“It’s classy. We took time to make it pleasant.”

 

Nine years on, Andrew says the Cedarspan™ cabin is a highlight of the property.

“I highly recommend it because it’s compatible with the environment. It’s also a very flexible design. It’s compatible with any terrain.”

“It’s beautiful. It will add value to your property.”

“It’s something a lot of people admire when they come to our property.”

 

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.

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A Country Oasis, a Tree Change Dream

It’s the perfect place to escape from city life.

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

Making a move from Sydney to Laguna, Alistair planned a prefab Cedarspan™ project for his rural property.

 

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

For ten years, he and his wife called it home.

“It was a beautifully designed cabin. Everything fitted like a glove.”

 

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

“When I was talking to Doug, we designed it with the bathroom and laundry on the back verandah rather than putting them internally.”

 

Step inside, and the Cedarspan™ steel trusses are a standout feature of the open plan living area.

“We didn’t bother painting the trusses. Those are part of the bones of the property.”

 

The unpainted Cedarspan™ steel trusses give the cabin a distinct look

That modern rustic theme continues throughout the kitchen.

“I had a ladder hanging up over the island bench with the chain so that it melded in with the unpainted trusses.”

 

Alistair completed the fit-out with a modern country interior

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

 

“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.”

 

Inside the Cedarspan™ main bedroom

Comfortable and cosy, like a country cabin should be.

“It was a warm house. We had a combustion fireplace plus a wood-burning AGA.”

 

The wood-burning AGA cooker adds extra warmth to the country style kitchen

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

 

“My son, he’s a plumber. He’s pretty handy. If you have a bit of practicality in you, I think anyone can do it.”

“The manual was great. We put it up ourselves. We got a lot of friends up for one weekend. We put the walls up and the roof on, and we had it to lock up stage in one weekend, which was amazing.”

 

Ease of construction with a prefab Cedarspan™ made it a DIY project

 

For many of us, Covid has brought about unexpected change. As Alistair’s life changed, he too embraced a new challenge.

“I had been made redundant, and I decided to retire. So we enacted our retirement plan, which was to sell the property and find our next stage of a house somewhere else.”

“It was a great experience to live off the grid. It was the right time to sell. We loved it, and it was time for the next stage.”

 

Cedarspan™ 40H50 cedar cabin stained with Cedarshield™

Last year, as city dwellers were looking to make a tree change, Alistair listed his property on the market.

“It was such a good time to sell.”

“With Covid, because there was such a surge of people wanting to buy a property outside of Sydney.”

“We managed to sell it in four weeks.”

“Normally, it takes a year to sell a property. It went like hotcakes.”

 

The Cedarspan™ front verandah: country living at its best

Despite parting with the property, Alistair keeps in touch with the new owners.

“They are enjoying the isolation there.”

“We intend to go back and stay the weekend with the new owners and hand over some more knowledge of the property.”

 

The ultimate tree change: off the grid living in Laguna, NSW

Would he do it all again?

“I would probably go for a bigger one.”

“I think value for money it’s the best thing you can get.”

“The affordability and the design are just brilliant.”

 

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