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.”

 

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Michael’s Beautiful Barn Set on a Vineyard

“It’s a quick architectural solution.”

“We got what we were after; a functional building that looked great as well.”

 

Four years ago, Michael and his wife, Julie, added this Cedarspan™ barn to their property.

“They are designed with nice symmetries. We thought it would look good on a vineyard.”

 

Cedarspan™ 30H60 Loft Barn with cedar upgrade

Michael chose a 30H60 Loft Barn with a cedar upgrade.

He added an awning, cedar windows, and custom barn doors.

“It’s a storage barn. We don’t like having machinery out.”

“We have guest accommodation as well as a cellar door. There’s a lot of public traffic, so it has to look right.”

 

It’s the ease of construction that appealed to Michael most.

“It was very straightforward. My guys put it together in 4 or 5 days.”

 

The prefab Cedarspan™ barn after assembly, ready for paint and fit-out

Michael has since sold the property but says the barn’s new owners have a new vision for the cedar barn.

“They have taken a different approach to it. They’re going to clean it out, line it, and transition it to accommodation.”

“They’re a flexible design, so there are a million things you can do with them.”

 

Form & Function: Michael chose a Cedarspan™ barn for storage and its classic design

The most satisfying aspect of adding the prefab barn to his property was seeing his vision come to life.

“Getting it completed and standing back and looking at it. It sat beautifully on the block.”

 

And to this day, he praises the process from start to finish.

“Cedarspan™ certainly did what they said they would do.”

“It’s an easy project to run – on time, on spec, on 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.

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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.

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Gail’s Charming Bed & Breakfast

It was the year 2000 when Gail and her husband Terence changed their lives.

“We decided we were moving to Victoria.”

 

They settled in Daylesford, a picturesque town known as the spa capital of Australia.

“We bought a property with a view to set up a Bed and Breakfast, which we did.”

 

Gail’s Bed & Breakfast cabin in Daylesford, Victoria

Gail and Terence chose a Cedarspan™ 30C30 with a cedar upgrade and an additional verandah and deck.

“We saw an advertisement in a magazine.”

“It came with all the parts ready to assemble.”

“We didn’t have to get builders involved. We had to get council approval, of course.”

 

The Cedarspan™ verandah and deck, a perfect addition to any cabin

Although it’s been 21 years since the cabin was built, Gail has fond memories from the time.

“My husband and a friend spent a week putting it up, and we took our time fitting it out.”

 

And while it was a place for guests to stay, they too had created a lifestyle for themselves.

“It generated an income for 20 years for us.”

 

Gail named it the ‘Rose Cottage.’

“It was very private. We had a beautiful garden. Guests couldn’t see us, and we couldn’t see them.”

“It was well before the era of Airbnb.”

 

The couple parted with the property a few years ago. But Gail says the Cedarspan™ cabin was an attractive feature to prospective buyers.

“It was a selling point. It added $100,000 easily. Probably more.”

 

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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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.

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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.

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Nick’s Peaceful Cabin, a Tree Change Dream

 

In a small town in the mid-north region of South Australia, Nick has built a home and a lifestyle.

“It’s 120km from Adelaide, but it’s way off the beaten track.”

“I always wanted to build a home. My father was a builder, and my brother had built his own home. So I thought it was time that I had done the same.”

 

Off the grid! Nick has built a cabin as well as a lifestyle

As a retired pilot, Nick had no prior building experience.

“The idea of a kit was appealing because the kit comes with everything.”

 

He chose a 40C50 with cedar upgrade, an elevated floor, and two verandahs and decks.

“I lived in it for about seven years by myself, and now I have a partner, and she comes with a dog and a cat.”

 

Inside the Cedarspan™: Fit-out completed by Nick

These days, Nick and Judy are living off the grid.

“There’s no power. There’s no water, so we had to build a power plant and a rainwater tank.”

“I listen to everyone else complaining about their bills.”

 

Nick says he hasn’t paid a water or electricity bill in the last ten years!

“Apart from that, it’s insurance and council rates and with every house – maintenance.”

“I’m a bit smug about it at times.”

 

Weathering the elements: The Cedarspan™ has withstood harsh conditions

The prefab cabin has also stood firm against harsh weather conditions.

“Very hot summers, very cold winters. There’s plenty of wind, too.”

“It wasn’t long after I put it up that we had some of the worst storms in the area.”

“We’ve had gusts with over 100km per hour. So there’s no problem.”

 

Shortly after painting! Building the prefab Cedarspan™ was a DIY project

When it came to designing the cabin, Nick recalls it as straightforward.

“It was easy. It was a pretty hands-off process.”

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.”

 

Building the prefab cabin was one of Nick’s most enjoyable projects

Assembling the prefab cabin was a DIY project with help from friends.

“I don’t want to oversimplify it because it is a physical job, but you don’t have to know everything before starting.”

“There’s an instruction manual, of course.”

 

And Nick can’t wait to build another Cedarspan™

“It’s a very enjoyable process.”

“If anyone in the area is building one, I’ll come over and help build it. It’s fantastic!”

 

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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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.

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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!”

 

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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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