Cedarspan Barn Endures Black Summer Bushfires

145km from Sydney, on an isolated 100-acre property, stands a Cedarspan cabin.

Robust, resilient, and unscathed.

It endured one of the worst bushfire seasons in Australia’s history, known as Black Summer.

Simon, the barn’s previous owner, tells of its incredible survival.

“Waiting with bated breath,” he asked, ‘have I got a cabin still?’

It was standing there on its own.”

 

The aftermath: The Cedarspan barn stands strong after the devastating bushfires of January 2020

 

When the devastating Morton bushfire swept through the Southern Highlands, Simon was up North with family helping clear land for harvest.

“Watching the RFS fire website, watching where the fires were moving, I couldn’t leave, so it was a bit hopeless just watching this on the app on the phone.”

 

Realising how destructive the fires were, Simon called on his friends who drove from Wollongong to remove essentials and valuables from his cabin.

“Anything that was explosive or flammable, petrol, diesel, gas containers, lubricants, grease, we actually loaded up the bunker.”

 

Simon’s bunker was loaded up with flammables in preparation for the bushfires

 

On January 4, 2020, at 7:25 pm, the security camera on his property captured the moment the destruction erupted.

“The embers were starting to come through on the camera, and the motion of it was actually triggering the camera, and that went for about over an hour.”

 

Simon recounts the eerie feeling of watching the surveillance footage for the first time.

“It would have been 6 minutes when it did hit. It just burnt so hot and hard that it just went straight through in that time. It burnt everything in that instant.”

 

Pictures from a surveillance camera on Simon’s property

 

When Simon did return, he was amazed.

“Chest out shoulders back, telling the world have you got something better than that?”

 

In the aftermath, the area was patrolled by workers from Forestry, RFS, and National Parks.

“Some have come in on my bunker and scribbled onto the soot.

They scribbled ‘lucky’ onto the door of my bunker.”

 

‘Lucky’ scribbled onto the soot on the door of Simon’s bunker

 

But some weren’t so fortunate.

“There was a neighbour 600 metres to my east, and it was brick, older style brick, sandstone, and he lost that. It burnt to the ground.”

 

Simon’s tractor after the bushfire

 

When asked what could have possibly saved a timber barn from a raging fire?

“By putting *CEDARSHIELD™ on, it seals it,” Simon explained.

“I had only just put two coats on the southern side, so the fire side two weeks before I went north.

You can rub your hand up and down the timber, no splinters whatsoever. It’s just more of that glazed feel on it, so you know you are also reducing the flammable property of the timber.”

“I suppose if I hadn’t put in a bunker, hadn’t cleared it, hadn’t put *CEDARSHIELD™ on, and hadn’t prepared, I perhaps would have been lucky, but I’ve done all those things.”

 

One year on from the bushfires, the area is beginning to thrive.

“The southern highlands is probably greener and brighter than it’s been before.

A lot of the big trees are still in shock, and they’re shooting out a limb.”

 

‘The Hills Barn’ (Loft 30H40) with cedar cladding, measures 7.2m x 5.6m. Picture courtesy of Hindmarsh + Walsh Property

 

For five years, the barn was Simon’s getaway and a place for family and friends to enjoy camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and bushwalking.

To this day, Simon’s favourite memory from the cabin is the day it was installed.

“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.”

 

Day 2: The Cedarspan crew working through the night to complete installing ‘The Hills Barn’

 

Simon’s property borders both a national park and a forest, the only access for the Cedarspan crew was 50 minutes of 4-wheel driving through fire trails, with no mobile reception.

“I know how hard it is to get in and get out. They didn’t even comment on that. They just did it. Put the cabin up.”

 

The Cedarspan arrives, ready to be transported through tough terrain

 

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.”

 

One year on from the bushfires. Picture courtesy of Hindmarsh + Walsh Property

 

Now, Simon is in the process of looking at another Cedarspan barn for his new property.

“I’ve already been in touch and sounded out some ideas and enquired about product turnaround times which are way ahead of many other companies.”

 

*Disclaimer: The views represented in this article regarding CEDARSHIELD™ are based on the experience of the customer.

CEDARSHIELD™ has not been scientifically tested as a fire retardant and, as such, should not be relied upon in the event of a bushfire.

We encourage all residents in bushfire-prone areas to heed warnings and follow the safety advice of authorities.

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.

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.

When two rustic cabins become a forever home 😍

You’re looking at the forever home of a young Australian family. 😍

This classic rural home is made up of two Cedarspan Cabins, which we installed over 10 years ago.

The cabins feature cedar weatherboards, a classic pitched roof & a wide verandah – the perfect space to sit down & gaze out to the surrounding hill and pastures.

 

 

A charming ‘gingerbread house’

 Jackie, who shares the home with her husband and young children, calls it her gingerbread house, and loves the way the aged cedar gives the home so much character (and warmth!). ❤️

If they need more space in the future, Jackies family will be able to extend their cabins. Cedarspan’s modular building system means you can easily add more sections even 10/20 years after originally purchased, and they’ll blend right in. 

 

 

The Cabins 

The home is made up of two Cedarspan cabins; the 30C40 and 30C70.

The cabins measure approximately 5.6m x 7.2m, and 5.6 x 12m, providing over 100m2 internal area. 

Described as ‘deceptive in size’, the home includes a lounge room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large country-style kitchen.

Click here to download pricelist & view all available designs & sizes. 

 

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

 

Surrounded by acres of rolling hills and bucketloads of fresh air, it’s easy to see why Jackie’s family instantly fell in love with the property!

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

A charming courtyard separates the cabins and the matching cedar barn.

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

Farmhouse style kitchen, complete with ceilings soaring to 4.4m high.

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

Timber wall panelling has been used in place of traditional plaster, giving the cottage a homely feel.

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

The spacious master bedroom measures 3.6 x 5.4m, and features luxuriously high ceilings.

 

two charming cedar cabins, one forever home

Handcrafted cedar windows provide a glimpse out to the rolling hills of southern NSW.

 

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.

We’re a 3rd-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.

 

More pics? Join us on Instagram: @cedarspan 

 

 

When two rustic cabins become a forever home

This charming rural home is made up of two Cedarspan Cabins, which we installed over 10 years ago.
The cabins feature cedar weatherboards, a classic pitched roof & a wide verandah – the perfect space to sit down & gaze out to the surrounding hill and pastures.
Continue reading to see more photos + hear what the homeowners have to say…

Loft Barns: Your Questions answered

Chatting to a client from Mudgee recently about his plans for a Loft Barn, we realised there’s a few really helpful things you should know before you purchase or build a loft barn, and a few key questions you’d probably love the answers to.

So here’s the answers to all of the important questions about Loft Barns. 

 

What is a Loft Barn? 

A Loft Barn is a traditional, high-walled building with an A-Frame roof, and an internal ‘loft’ that creates a second level. 

Often featuring traditional barn doors and wooden cladding, they can be painted or stained and add classic charm to any property.

 

Do you need a concrete slab? 

The answer to this is really up to you! If you’re going to be using the Barn as a Garage (hey, nice garage!), then you’ll want to arrange a concrete slab, which we can install your barn onto. 

If you’re not using it as a garage, or you want to be able to transport the barn easily in the future, you can purchase a raised timber floor system with your Cedarspan Barn. This system uses piers to elevate the barn off the ground, and creates a timber floor inside that you can stain or add floor coverings (tiles, carpet, floorboards) on top.

(And if youre thinking…. termites?? Don;t worry, it’s all treated, and complies with Australian Building Standards, so you’re safe).

 

What sizes are they available in? 

Cedarspan Loft Barns come in a range of sizes, from approximately 20m2 up to 80m2. Larger barns and other customisations are available upon request. 

You can download our pricelist here, which contains all of our available sizes. 

 

How much does a Loft Barn cost? 

The answer to this depends on size and options, so we recommend downloading our pricelist which contains prices + dimensions. 

Compared to a ‘traditional build’, a prefab barn has cost-saving and time-saving benefits. Not only is it a set price, the whole installation is done in a week, meaning you get to use your new barn quicker!! 

 

I have a builder who can assemble my barn for me, can I purchase a kit? 

You sure can!

We’ll pre-make your Barn in sections in our factory, and then send it (with instructions and video tutorials), ready for your builder to assemble onsite for you. 

Most installations are completed in under a week. 

 

I want to be able to drive right into my barn… can I get automated doors? 

We’ve got just the solution for that! Simply purchase your barn with some of our handcrafted barn doors, and then attach Gate Automation to the doors. With a press of a button, your barn doors will swing open and you can drive into your new barn/garage/buildingthatmakesneighboursjealous.  It’ll work like a treat! #thankuslater!

 

Do I need council approval for a barn? 

Ok, reeeally good news on this point!

In NSW, if your property is Rural-Zoned, you can add a barn up to 200m2 in size without council approval!

Here’s some more detail on that.  

Outside of NSW, or non-rural properties, we recommend checking with your local council to get their advice.

 

How big is the loft? 

Good question! When you’re standing in the loft, there’s 2.4m to the highest point, and it tapers down to 60cm on the sides. (Yep, it feels roomy. And a bit whimsical. And very instagrammable. ;) ) 

 

Want to see inside a Barn? 

We’ve got quite a few barns on display at our factory in Girraween, NSW (about a 40 minute drive from the Sydney CBD). It’s amazing to be able to experience them in person. To feel the wood grain, undo the latch and swing open the door. To step inside and be able to picture what you will create in your barn.

If you can’t come and visit the displays in person, next best option is to stalk our Instagram (go for it, you’re welcome!), where we share photos, tips and the occassional walkthrough video. 

 

We hope this post has answered some of the Loft Barn questions you’ve had! 

If you have any more questions, or there’s something we havent answered, send us a message here and we’ll get right back to you! (and add them to this post for the benefit of everyone else!)

For inspiration on turning your Loft Barn into a destination for Barn Weddings, Cellar Doors, a Dancefloor, Photo Studio or a Stylish Garage, check out our inspirational Pinboards.

 

 

Yours in Good Barn Taste,

Team Cedarspan. xx

 

Finishing off this post with a little Pin-Worthy Barn Inspiration for you! 😍

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