Two Cedarspan Cabins, a Red Door and One Spectacular View

Here on this Southern Highlands 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. We wanted to copy that and add it on here,” Maren explained.

 

Built to last: The original Cedarspan™ cabin was installed in 1996

Maren and her husband, David, then began the process of bringing their vision to reality.

“When they first put up the bottom part, that was so exciting. We were running around thinking it’s so big, and the next day it was finished.”

 

For the barn’s exterior, Maren found an unusual source of inspiration.

“I had the horse paddocks with post and rail fences redone, so I used this black paint called ‘StudX’. I was obsessed with it, and then everything was painted black.”

“This paint goes into the wood. You still see the grain, so it is a strong stain, and it lasts for a very long time.”

 

Maren and David extended their deck area for the ultimate pool house experience

Rustic Luxury: An outdoor shower with a view

 

Step inside, and it’s all about the view.

“I saw it in a magazine, and I thought I love that.”

“It makes the room. It’s beautiful. We absolutely love it.”

 

What a view! The bay window was added by Maren and David

The bay window isn’t the only feature that gives the room a wow factor.

Maren painted the Cedarspan™ steel trusses black, enhancing the high-pitched ceiling’s striking appearance.

“I thought it is more interesting to look at rather than a flat surface.”

 

Six years on, Maren shares fond memories of having the new Cedarspan™ installed.

 

The Cedarspan™ 20C40 cabin with cedar upgrade and Colorbond roof in Woodland Grey

“It was very easy. We ordered it, they gave us a date, and they built it in the time frame.”

 

While insulation to the roof and all walls are standard features of all Cedarspan™ structures, Maren opted to make it cosier.

“We put in insulation from underneath, and it made a huge difference.”

“It’s comfortable, and it’s always a good temperature in here.”

Maren has added a wood heater in her Cedarspan™ cabin, creating a cosy loungeroom

Maren credits her mother for the idea to join the two Cedarspan™ cabins with an annex.

“My mother is living in Germany. She’s been here a few times, and she loves it.”

 

In keeping with the Nordic theme, she has combined simplicity with comfort.

“I never wanted too much stuff to clutter it.”

“Everyone who stays here loves it.”

 

For the kitchen, she paired neutral colours with a distinctive splashback.

“I wanted that green Scandinavian theme.”

 

Maren’s Nordic-inspired kitchen with a green Scandinavian theme

Joined by an annex: where the two Cedarspan™ cabins meet

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Maren has truly settled into country life. 

“My daughter is in Sydney. I go quite a bit to see her.”

“Do I miss it? Do I want to live there? Probably not!”

 

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

 

Cosy Cedarspan Cottage Makes the Perfect Weekend Retreat

Charming.

Picturesque.

And red.

This eye-catching cabin is a custom-made Cedarspan™, set on six acres of land, surrounded by English gardens.

Welcome to St Clement’s Cottage in Oberon.

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.

“It complements the autumn foliage, and we do have snow, so the red looks fabulous in the snow.”

 

The Cedarspan™ cottage (left) looks like a natural extension of the main house (right)

 

Winter Wonderland, the Cedarspan™ cottage looking picture perfect in the snow

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.

“We thought it might look good to match the house, and everybody seems to say the same thing.”

 

The Cedarspan™ cottage in board and batten cladding with additional cedar door and windows

The Oberon couple has since had a custom-designed Melwood garden room installed on the property.

“It’s a mini version of the cottage,” Karen said.

“It’s a garden shed, and it’s quite a feature. It’s like a ladies’ cave for me by the vegetable garden.”

The custom Melwood Verandah 10, measuring 3.6m x 2.6m is used as a garden shed

Inside the Melwood, here’s what lock-up stage looks like with the visible foil sarking. External painting by Karen and David

And in keeping with the theme, David has built a cubby house inspired by the cottage.

“Everyone thinks it’s a Cedarspan™,” Karen laughed.

In the coming weeks, Karen and David will have another Melwood garden room installed.

“We’re going to leave that as a cedar. We don’t want to overdo the red!”

 

The cottage has since become a popular holiday stay on Airbnb, but family always comes first.

“We have children and grandchildren, and everyone always wants the cottage.”

“It’s almost a lottery for who gets the cottage!”

Karen and David have created a warm and cosy cottage

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.”

 

Cedarspan™ and Melwood™ are registered and trademarked brands of the Greenspan Group, a family-owned and operated company since 1976.

 

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

Tips for Holiday Property Owners & Airbnb Hosts

As our beautiful country slowly opens back up again, we’re thinking about all the wonderful Aussie Airbnb & holiday property hosts who have had a rough time of it lately. 

As and where regulations permit, now is the perfect time to get your holiday property ready to welcome guests for the upcoming summer season. Roadtripping and staycations are becoming the new normal (and only option) for holiday-makers.

Here are a few key tips & pointers to help you get back on your feet, illustrated by examples from some of the many beautiful Holiday Properties in Australia!

 

Make it Memorable

As a host, it’s important to create memorable experiences that your guests will remember and talk about long after their stay with you. ⁠
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Think about special touches that you can offer your guests as part of their stay.

Do you offer a welcome hamper on arrival? Bespoke local supplies for a DIY breakfast the next morning? Perhaps coffee tokens for the local cafe? ⁠When your guests get home from their weekend away, it’s these special little touches that they’ll remember and tell their friends about. And as we all know, word of mouth is the best marketing!

Make sure these gestures are photographed and mentioned in your social media and listings – these are the things that guests will remember you for.

 

Small gestures like a token that entitles your guests to a free coffee at the local cafe are a great way to make guests feel welcome. Image: Salt at Shoal Bay on Instagram

 

Make it Easy to Book

Make sure it is clear how & where guests can book a stay at your property.

If you have your own website, but all bookings are through Airbnb or similar, make sure there is a clear button on your website (ideally in the top right hand corner), so visitors can click and make a booking. 

People shouldn’t have to hunt around for your booking link.

If the link is clearly mentioned on all of your social media pages, and listings online, it will be easy for guests to book, and your calendar will fill up!

 

This Cedarspan cabin is a beautiful Airbnb destination in Oberon, NSW known as St Clements Cottage.

 

Tell us about the Locals

It’s important to remember that guests staying at your property are not familiar with your area, and looking to you for advice!

They might not be sure where is the best place to eat, the best coffee in town or local tourist attractions. 

What do you love most about your area? Where’s a great place to eat? Where should guests visit? Are there any hidden local gems that tourists don’t know about? When you share these local secrets with your guests, you make their stay easier, and at the same time increase interest in your property.

Bonus Tip: Create & print a checklist for your guests to tick off during their stay. 

 

Is there anything better than a hot cinnamon doughnut? And I'm not talking about the day-old ones you can get from that dodgy bakery in the train station. At the Berry Donut Van, they'll make your order fresh, which means a piping-hot cinammon creation that tastes like nothing you've ever tried before. So. Damn. Good.

Suggest where your guests can get coffee, meals or snacks nearby, as well as places to visit and things to do. Image: The Berry Donut Van is one of the highlights of Berry, NSW; a must-visit if you’re in the area!

 

Define your ideal guests

As with any company selling any product or service, it’s important to define who you are trying to reach.

This will allow you to tailor your words to speak right to your ideal guests (and will make your words more effective!)

 

Are you trying to reach:

  • young families with kids or pets? (mention that your venue is kid or pet friendly!)

  • road trippers? (mention how far your property is from Sydney, or whichever is your nearest capital city!)

  • beachgoers (mention local beaches and tourist destinations)

  • honeymooners (mention the privacy of your location, and special gestures like champagne and strawberries on arrival)

  • couples looking for a wedding venue? (mention the features of your venue, and packages you offer to couples)

  • businesses who will use your venue for meetings or events? (include photos and descriptions of your venue: large meeting areas or conference tables etc).

 

Once you know who you are speaking to, it will make it much easier to write your posts and listings, and your words will resonate with your ideal client!

 

For example – here at Cedarspan we help people turn properties into destinations with beautiful hand-crafted prefab buildings.  So we’ve created this post to help you if you’re a Holiday Property Owner, or inspire you if you’d like to become one!

 

No. 20H30, cedar cladding upgrade, additional Windows, Cedar Window upgrade, Add verandah & deck, add elevated floor, solid timber door

 



Post beautiful photos from your area

What do the local attractions look like? How far are they from your stay?

By posting photos of local attractions such parks, beaches, wineries or other tourist destinations, you’ll make it easier for people to plan out their weekend, and make yourself the obvious choice for their accommodation. 

Another benefit of this is building healthy relationships with the local businesses.

When ‘out of town’ visitors stop for coffee and ask “where is a good place to stay round here?” guess who they are going to recommend? It’s a win-win.

 

Post images of local beaches and tourist attractions to inspire your guests. Image: Jervis Bay, NSW. Via Pinterest

 

Add a CTA (Call to Action) 

It’s important that you add a CTA or Call To Action at the bottom of every post you share about your Airbnb location. Every post should have a purpose.

What do you want people to do after they read your post? Call you? Ask a question? Message a friend? Book a stay? 

Ask them to do exactly that, give them the link to do it, and you’ll see results. 

For example “We have a few slots left for a weekend stay in December! Click the link here to secure yours before they’re gone. We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful [your suburb].”

 

Feeling inspired?  Create your own Airbnb or Holiday Property.

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, or you can use any qualified local builder to assemble the kit on your property.

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. 

 

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. 

 

This holiday home in Kalamunda, Western Australia was built in just 5 days

Buying rural property and escaping the city smog is a dream many Australians have. The rolling hills, fresh air and warm sunshine make the perfect setting for a holiday home.

But there’s one hurdle – building a home on rural properties isn’t easy, and can take months on end.

One Aussie builder overcame this problem by using a prefabricated kit from Cedarspan. He assembled this classic holiday home in just 5 days on a property in Kalamunda, Western Australia.

 

cedarspan cabin constructed in just 5 days | the pefect holiday home or airbnb for rural property

The perfect setting for a rural weekend escape, airbnb or holiday home. 

The large verandah creates the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun rise (or set) with a warm cuppa in hand.

 

Prefabricated in a few weeks, assembled in 5 days.

The cabin was prefabricated in-factory into sections, so once it was delivered to the property, the builder just had to follow the included instructions to put the pre-made pieces together. This took just 5 days, and he’d never done a project like this bef0re.

Cedarspan Cabins are made-to-order, so you can select the size, finishes, options and layout, and really make it your own! 

The cabin is the Cedarspan 30H50 Loft Cabin. It measures 5.6 x 9m, providing enough space for 1-2 bedrooms, a kitchenette, bathroom and living area inside. Also shown are the extended verandah, premium Western Red Cedar cladding and handcrafted cedar windows.

Click here to download pricelist with all options & dimensions. 

 

No concrete slab or site levelling required

Another time-saving factor is the raised timber floor system. This means that a concrete slab is not required, saving time and money onsite. It also means no site levelling was required, so the cabin could be installed directly on the sloped property.

 

Want to see inside a Cabin?

We’ve got a few buildings 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, try out the windows and swing open the doors. To step inside and be able to picture what you will create in your airbnb or holiday home cabin.

Appointments essential. Call 1300635966 to book your appointment now.

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 occasional walkthrough video.

 

Cabin Prices & Dimensions

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.

 

Cedarspan Cabin Kit Holiday Home assembled in 5 days

 

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.