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.

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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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.”

 

Click here to see more of Alistair’s cabin 

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan