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!”

 

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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!'”

 

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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!”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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Genny and Steven’s Charming Country Getaway

“It was the love of my life.”

“I can’t talk about it without having a cry.”

 

Parting with her beloved cabin was a tough decision for Genny.

“It was beautiful.”

“We’ve had some lovely homes, but there is nothing that will ever mean to me as much as that place.”

 

It’s been four years since she and her husband Steven sold their property, but the memory of the place is as strong as ever.

“So many people were involved and had some little piece of them there. That’s what made it special,” Genny explained.

“When my mum passed away, we inherited a little bit of money from her and what we had saved.”

“We had enough to buy a small block of land and then it all went from there.”

 

Genny had long dreamed of owning a country cabin, and she soon realised that dream.

“I saw in a magazine, Cedarspan’s™ ad of the cabin, the small one, and I said to Steven, that’s the one I want.”

“I had it posted on my fridge for years.”

 

The couple had drawn inspiration from their lives overseas.

“I had seen a cabin similar to that one so many times when we used to go skiing in America, and we thought one day we’d have a cabin like this.”

 

And one day, they did.

A Cedarspan™ 30C30 was a perfect choice for Genny and Steven’s country retreat.

Cedarspan™ 30C30 cabin with cedar door, and cedar windows. Neville, NSW

“We didn’t want a big cabin. We wanted an intimate space that both of us could enjoy,” Steven said.

“We had a budget and they managed that whole thing.”

 

Genny and Steven created an idyllic weekend escape, which their dog, Scooter, equally loved.

“We wanted somewhere he could roam and enjoy himself and where I could put all my mum’s things and all my collectables from the U.S. and Canada where we had lived.”

 

From planning to building, Genny recalls the whole process.

“From the day that I saw it in the magazine to going there to Cedarspan™ to meet Doug and what a wonderful person he was. It was meant to be.” 

 

She recounts how the installation of the cabin became a project for their family and the locals.

A hard day’s work for Scooter the dog

The Cedarspan™ prefab panels going up

“Even the staining of the cabin, my sister and my niece helped with that.”

“This lovely old handyman in the town of Neville helped us lift the panels, and it was the windiest day!”

“He loved Scooter, so he made this funny rustic sign and hung it up. It was ‘Scooter’s Lodge.’”

 

Genny & Steven’s cabin was named ‘Scooter’s Lodge’

 

In summing up, Genny says it best.

“It was one of the greatest achievements of our lives.”

“How much longer have you got, and I’ll keep talking!”

 

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A Cosy Cabin, a Family’s Great Escape

Here at Hanging Rock, a few hours from Sydney, a family created lasting memories.

It’s where Craig and Christina decided they would build a home, a holiday retreat.

“I decided on a Cedarspan™ for the simplicity of the build. Also, the fact it came on the back of a truck I found to be quite appealing,” Craig explained.

 

For six years, the family of five enjoyed their much-loved escape from the city.

“It was a lifestyle choice to build it, and in the time we had it, we certainly used it to the utmost.”

 

Cedarspan™ 30H50 Loft Cabin with cedar upgrade, and Colorbond roof in Woodland Grey. Hanging Rock, NSW

In 2015, the family was forced to put the country cabin on the market.

“My job was looking a little shaky. But, as it turned out, it was a worst-case scenario.”

“We sold it without any problems, and the people who bought it are in love with it.”

 

It was a conversation with the neighbour which inspired the build.

“We were talking to him over the fence. He said, ‘I bought it from Cedarspan™’. I thought rightio, so we did a bit of research, and the rest is history.”

 

Craig added corrugated iron around the base, preventing animals from getting under the home

Fast forward six years, and Craig still holds satisfaction in building the Cedarspan™.

“It took us about six weeks from woe to go. That’s not a bad effort.”

“In the end, we stood back and quite admired it, quite proud of the job we did.”

 

Craig and Christina completed the fit-out, adding their own finishing touches

The couple chose the 30H50 Loft Cabin with Western Red Cedar cladding which they stained with Cedarshield™. 

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

“I’m not a builder. My mate was a builder. He was a carpenter by trade, and between the both of us, we had no problem erecting it and installing it. It was a good quality build.”

 

Craig also recalls the process of designing his cabin with the Cedarspan™ team.

“I do remember there was a good degree of professionalism about it.”

“It was a simple procedure. Nothing seemed to be out of bounds. You were only limited to your imagination.”

 

The 30H50 with cedar upgrade, additional verandah and deck, and elevated floor

Craig and Christina turned their holiday home into a cosy, relaxing retreat. They incorporated natural hardwood with muted colours.

“We painted the inside panelling white. It was pine we put around that.”

 

Staining the Cedarspan™ floor brings out the natural pattern of the wood

Craig and his wife recently returned to Hanging Rock, receiving the ultimate compliment.

“We went back there last year and knocked on the door of the people who bought it, and it was exactly how it was when we sold it.”

“It was like walking back in time.”

 

How’s the serenity? A spacious Cedarspan™ verandah to relax and enjoy the view

It’s an investment the couple are happy to have made.

“The product we got was reflective of the price. It was affordable.”

“I have no hesitation in buying another one and doing it again, and you can do it at your leisure.”

 

When it comes to leisure, the highlight for Craig was soaking up the serenity.

“We had magnificent sunsets there because we faced to the West. You can sit on that verandah and watch the sun go down and drink a bottle of wine.”

“That is the one thing I really do miss.”

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A Vibrant Beach Cottage, a Place for Happy Family Memories

It was 2017 when Philip and Helene added a Cedarspan™ to their Kioloa property.

And four years on, the sentiment is simple.

“The value add is enormous. We are still glad with the investment we made.”

 

The couple chose a Cedarspan™ 30H60 Loft Cottage in board and batten.

The Cedarspan™ 30C60 Loft Cottage in board and batten with Colorbond roof in Monument. Painting by Philip 

“My wife looked around at various possibilities for kit houses. We liked the flexibility. We could make our own, and we did,” Philip explained.

“The other thing we looked at was the years Cedarspan™ has already been in the business. So those two factors were most important.”

 

Cedarspan™ has been building prefab barns, cabins and cottages around Australia since 1976.

With that long-running company history comes a commitment to personalised customer service.

“In terms of working with Cedarspan™, the product itself, and the end result I would say absolutely go for it.”

 

Northwood Cottage, Kioloa is a popular Airbnb stay

“The advantage is that we designed it ourselves, and we built it the way we wanted it.”

 

Philip and Helene’s vision for their property was a beach cottage.

The Cedarspan™ high-pitched roof and loft give the room a spacious ambience. 

“Because the ceilings are so high, the open plan area feels large.”

 

Philip & Helene customised their design with a skylight and balustrades to the loft area

The couple added two verandahs and decks, making room for more lifestyle space.

And to give the cottage a distinctive look, they chose cedar French doors and cedar windows.

 

The cedar window and cedar French door upgrade creates a striking contrast

Known as Northwood Cottage Kioloa, Philip says it’s a place for happy memories.

“It’s always the Christmas holidays that are the favourite moments when the whole family is there.”

 

While the couple has created the perfect holiday cottage, their only wish is to spend more time there.

“The fact that we’re six hours away from Kioloa, you can’t do it over a weekend. If it were closer, we would definitely go more often.”

 

When the family isn’t occupying it, Northwood Cottage is a popular Airbnb stay.

“It gives us the flexibility to book it when we need it.”

 

Philip & Helene added two verandahs and decks, and an elevated floor

 

The quality of the prefab cottage also gives Philip peace of mind.

“During the six months when we rented it out long term. There was a massive storm in that area.”

“Nothing broke. Nothing fell off. It withstood the storm. The structure is solid, and we can rely on it.”

 

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