A Weekend Escape: Private and picturesque
An hour and half drive west of Greater Sydney and on the other side of the Blue Mountains is the cutest country cottage.
One kilometre from the main drag and down a winding unsealed road, the Cedarspan cabin is set on over 100 acres of rolling countryside. The remote location offers complete privacy with spectacular panoramic 360° views of the mountain ranges overlooking the Jenolan State Forest.
It’s no wonder that this quiet retreat created more than 22 years of cherished memories for the Wadsworth family.
“It was a weekender and we spent a lot of time up there,” David fondly recalls, “Family and friends were over all the time. Even my son and daughter, as well as their friends. It was just a fun thing to do”.
Cedarspan: The appeal
It was the turn of the millennium when David began his journey with Greenspan, working with second-generation family owner, Doug, to bring his property to life.
When asked why David chose a Cedarspan, his answer was quite simple. “Doug’s a great guy. And the cabin is a good design, very solid. It was within our price range and was neat and tidy – we thought it was good value,” he tells us.
And we can’t argue with that!
But there was further appeal. A PreCrafted cabin made life for David so easy, especially when it came to the challenge of the site’s remote location. With all of the modular parts handcrafted and assembled in Sydney, David’s new country cottage was essentially delivered in kit form, ready to install.
“Plus, it fitted the block where we wanted it and gave a good aspect,” David explains of the cabin’s positioning high on a hilltop. The piers and elevated floor system meant no costly, environmentally damaging earthworks and positioning exactly where he wanted it.
DIY Installation: A family (and friends) project
What’s more, the precision-crafted panels ensure our buildings go together with ease. So, there were no expensive builder costs for the Wadsworths, who all chipped in to assemble the cabin as a family project over several days. David looks back on this time, remarking, “That was when I was a bit younger and could do all those manual things!”
The hands-on family took pride in building their new weekend home themselves, but with such a big project to tackle, they did need to call on some extra hands at times. “Once the foundation and flooring were there, we bolted the walls and it took a few more days to install the roof trusses. We had to get a couple of people to help us,” recalls David.
And there were other challenges to contend with too, being on top of a hill! “It all depended on the weather. One day it was fun, the next day it was very windy!” he recalls.